Collage – As in brainstorming, give your Unconscious a chance, this time by running amok with old magazines. Rip and tear! Free associate. Make unexpected connections. Clip out pictures suggesting objects, characters, or ideas in the play, evocative colors or textures, and overlap, hide, reveal, contrast, play. “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Juxtapose ideas. Make weird collisions, like hard and furry or luxurious and icy. Use serendipity. Don’t worry about creating art anyone else will understand – or that you will. Stir the depths.
(Part of an on-going series of design tools sampled from my up-coming set design ebook Alice Through the Proscenium.)