Carly and I were asked recently about what inspires us both and we answered 'everything'. Probably a one word answer for what could have been a day long conversation. It is so worth thinking about that though, why you are drawn towards some things and not others. There are just so many beautiful things around and plain or 'úgly' things too that can inspire. There are just so many talented creative people around doing their thing where can you possibly start?
We were talking about it yesterday on the phone. I remember a dance teacher doing some choreography with a group of us back in high school. She ( I cannot remember her name :-( ) asked us to think of something you do at home like a duty- washing the dishes, vacuuming, anything...doing your shoelaces and then make the movements, and then make them larger and then take out some of the details and see if you come out with any interesting new movements, Then see what happens if you repeat that movement over and over, what does it look like, combine it with music, make some parts of the movement slower/faster.
She was amazing and I suddenly realised that ANYTHING can be the source of a new idea. The movements in dance are patterns just like that in a patterned textile except movements in 3 dimensional space. Its the same with music being a pattern or a map of sound.
Or, if your stuck for an idea pickup the nearest thing to you... in my case its a pencil...and really look at it.
There are lines and 6 angles to create an almost round linear object. There are two dark ends the pencil tip and the patterned black end. There's gold writing and numbers and little symbols- I dont know what they are. The inspiration within this pencil could evolve into a body of work and patterns that could keep you busy for ten years!
I could draw lines with dark and light parts, some filled with text, I could look at the little motifs in gold and create all sorts of different new shapes by repeating them in different directions. I could think about the shape of the pencil and the potential imagery that could come out of it by way of line or shade and introduce that into a more static simple line repeat. Then you have colour and scale and the possibilities are just endless.
Im blabbing again. The beautiful objects in the above photographs come from jhterrygallery ; whose online catalogue is a most beau and inspiring collection to me.