Thursday, September 9, 2010

What inspires you to create?

In reading other posts, both on clay and on jewelry, I have seen a lot about inspiration.  I am curious what inspires people to create what they do.  Is it nature?  Something you see that someone else made?  Thoughts about a person or place?  Dreams?  I have been inspired by others work to make something with my own twist or flair, I have also created because of a thought of a certain person.  Sometimes, when wrapping a stone pendant, I 'let the stone tell me what it wants me to do'.  I have seen things in the print on fabric, or in cloud shapes in the sky.  My inspiration can take on many forms... what about you!  Come on, leave a note, I'm curious to read about your inspirations!  Don't be shy...

3 comments:

MosaicMagpie said...

I have been inspired by a number of things. Nature, color, pattern and even picking up a piece of rusted metal and seeing something in it will inspire me. Maybe I am not a critical enough thinker, just about anything inspires me.
Debbie

Regina said...

Having such a creative and talented family - (yes you) I often get ideas from things you all have made... but since I have been working so much in fabric of late it is usually the fabric "talking" to me. I rarely make a pattern in the colors as given in the design - but take the pattern and like you said - put my own "twist" on it. Sometimes it is creating from nothing - getting my idea in my head and figuring out how to make it come alive... usually based on the person I am making the item for. The best thing I have going for me is the good foundation though - techniques and tools that allow me to figure out how something was done, or how I can do it my way - and make it work.

I also do my best "designing" on the tile wall in the shower! That's where I used to compose my best term papers, too!

jamberry_song said...

Nature is very inspiring, so walks out in the world and looking at photographs of places or things in nature (such as anything from landscape postcards to deviantart photos of bugs and mushrooms) are very inspiring. I agree with you, too, I think stones and beads in and of themselves are inspiring and I often spend a lot of time contemplating my materials long before I sit down to make something with them. Music can be inspiring, too, as well as films and other media, like books and magazines. :) Other peoples' work might influence how I make things (I'm always looking at my mags and going, "I want to try that technique!"), and I guess that's inspiration, too.