Knolling: an exercise in attention to detail

by | Jan 25, 2017 | Advice | 0 comments

Without wanting to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, the compliment that I receive the most is regarding the attention to detail I tend to put into my costumes. I seem to have developed a habit of replicating very small and intricate details very accurately, and as with any skill, I firmly believe that it’s something that anyone can learn, even outside of costuming itself. Let me introduce knolling, one of my favourite ways to practice attention to detail.

If you’re not familiar with the term, “knolling” is the art of sorting the component pieces of something into equally spaced positions, typically utilising straight lines and right angles. People have knolled cars, padlocks, games consoles, and thousands of other things, and it’s a really interesting exercise in patience, developing a steady hand, and attention to detail.

Lego knollPersonally, I like to knoll Lego.

The first piece I attempted (pictured) was the 449 piece Lego AT-ST (75153), and I fell for the art. If you ever wanted to improve your ability to spot small details, remain cool under pressure where knocking one tiny thing out of place could ruin an entire piece, or to eyeball accuracy and evenness, knolling is well worth a go. It’s actually way more satisfying than you may expect to finish a knoll too, especially when it comes out really well.

Nice thing about doing it with Lego is the consistency of the size / shape of the pieces (making it ideal for beginners), but also the fact that once it’s done, you can then crack on with the Lego build way more easily as finding the right piece becomes super quick and simple.

Anyway, for the last couple of days we tackled a much larger Lego knoll; the 1329 piece Star Wars Millennium Falcon (75105), and man it was tricky. Lots of round pieces that would roll if you knocked the table, lots of variety of shape and colour, plus the sheer number of pieces, but boy did it feel good to complete. You can see all the pictures in the gallery below.

So yeah, if you fancy a new challenge which will carry over to your crafting skills, give knolling a go, and if you do, throw a link to your finished piece in the comments below.

Andy Valentine

Andy Valentine



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