Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Finding Inspiration

Have you ever thought about the things that inspire you and where they come from? There are the obvious places like the mass media. I like to see what the new trends are out there and fashion magazines and soap operas will often give me ideas to work with. Sometimes just having that bit of quiet time in the shower will get my mind thinking about things.

But then there are the simplest of things that get my head spinning with new inspiration. I read a book this fall and the author mentioned one piece of jewelry that has now wanting me to create a whole new line based around that one item. And yesterday I went to Joann’s Fabrics to see if there was anything left worth getting before the store closed for good. I was looking through the small selection of leftover ribbon and trim when I saw one spool in particular that caught my eye. There was a rubber band around the ribbon holding it to the spool and the way the ribbon was all crinkled gave me a great idea for a new project. If it hadn’t been for that rubber band, I would have passed the ribbon by without thinking twice.

Have you ever had inspiration hit like that? What kinds of things do you like to do that help get the creative juices flowing? Please post a comment and share your story with us.


Miss Courageous said...

how funny, I went to Joann's yesterday too and found inspiration... I went to the new one. I saw something in one of the aisles that gave me an idea for a new belt buckle...stay tuned... ;)

Robyn said...

Yeah! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

I went to the new Joann's the other day too. Wow! I was very overwhelmed by it all. That place is HUGE!

Refinerii said...

Inspiration for me usually comes from finding a cool piece of metal or other industrial-ish thingy; like yesterday; we visited Boise Concrete Sawing & they loaded me up with old saw blades in lots of different sizes :) Now, I've got all kinds of ideas floating about in my head for how to use them!! And one idea usually leads to another, so I have a whole list of experiments/ideas to try out :)

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