This was how Rachel introduced her workshop:
“Feeling overwhelmed? Not able to keep all your many ideas and plans organized in your head? Don’t worry! Tomorrow’s peer workshop will hopefully help you sort it all out on paper. (There’s a slight chance however that you will become even more confused, but don’t worry about that either as you’re in good company…!)
What we’ll be doing: By organizing and mapping content related to your field of interest, you will visualize what’s going on in your brain. In the first part you will generate ideas associated with your work through writing. This will be condensed down to one word. From there you’ll be asked to free associate starting with the one word, make another list that can be either drawings or words. This will be followed by mapping of all this material into a final drawing.”
The writing exercise was productive for me and some underlying reasons for my interest in archaeology emerged. I found it extremely difficult to put them into the second part of the exercise, partly because I needed more time on my own to process what they meant. But despite this the third exercise generated an image which provided me with a way of thinking about how my projects are connected that also offers possibilities for how I might present them.
Rachel’s immediate reaction was that the left hand column, that was concertina-ed up, was a kind of archiving.
The interesting thing about the workshop was that everybody’s images were so different, yet all of them suggested a way of organising ideas that directly relates to each person’s working methods.