Even though this blog is not that old, I’ve had enough time to abandon one whole category of posts – that is the category that was originally called Art. I felt sorry for this, so few weeks ago I decided to rename the category Art and thoughts and start (re)posting pictures that inspire me in one way or another. Posting mere photos would be dull, so to spice it up I will be writing about creativity and related topics with the side of my photographic masterpieces :D. (I’m trying to turn down the amount of pictures as not to bore you to death with mediocre shots.)
Sewing and crafting are not going anywhere! I know I have tutorials on dressmaking to write but I got carried away by these pictures I took at the beginning of December in Sealife, Helsinki (it’s an awesome aquarium and probably my favorite place in the city :D). So fear not, they are the next thing I’m focusing on!
Because this is the first post in the updated category Art and thoughts, I decided to write about the things that inspire me in general. Why do I want to share it with you? That is because I believe if we openly talk about the passion that drives us to create something – be that sewing, drawing, painting or crafting – we can learn from each other. And if we learn to see the world a little bit differently, it may help us appreciate the beauty around us even more.
I see this as a virtuous circle: I tell you what inspires me and you (hopefully) get inspired by it too (but in your own way). Then you share your new thoughts with someone else and get them inspired in their own way, and thus the circle is complete. (It’s what I call spreading the word of creativity. Deep, isn’t it?)
Inspiration is hard subject to tackle. What does it even mean? To me it’s the irresistible feeling to try express my vision, seeing anything interesting and turning it in my mind to something else, and then making that idea into reality.
Where should I start? How does this feeling come to me?
If I begin from the beginning, one of the biggest factors behind my drive to create is the world around us (surprisingly enough). I want to find new things and learn everything I possibly can. Do you know what plants are the most common in your home area? Google it, search some books, go into the wild. When you keep your eyes open as well as your mind and heart, you are likely to come across something new.
Exploring is the key. Whenever I’m bored I try to find a fresh perspective. “Yeah I’ve seen this statue a million times before… I wonder what it looks like from below?”
Is it any good exploring if you are not the tiniest bit curious? I don’t think so either. I try to look at the world thorough the eyes of a child, even once in a while. You should give it a try too, it will do your creativity good, I promise.
Let’s take an example here. In Sealife there was a cute sand box for children where they could try out the role of an archaeologist and take part in an “excavation”. It looked fun, so I decided to join in (there weren’t any rules forbidding it, were there?). Sure it might have been weird to some people that a 21-year-old was the most excited one to dig, but I don’t mind. And look what splendid shapes we found! (This is what I call being inspired 😉 Once again it was worth following my intuition and heart.)
Talking about seeing the world differently, I love high contrasts and bright colors. Brightness makes everything seem so full of life! Colorful spots are the first things to catch my eye, which is an effect I want my products/drawings to have, too…
So to put it bluntly, colorfulness is sufficient condition for me being inspired.
(Seems like this post is going to be very unorganized, but I guess that is also one aspect to inspiration; thought runs more or less smoothly)
To add to the previous ones. imagination is also very, very important factor that strives me to create. What would I do without it? I’m a helpless daydreamer and I love stories. Like I wrote in the beginning of this text, inspiration (and creativity) for me means turning the ideas I have into reality. And ideas are free to come while dreaming!
This might be little off-topic, but happiness helps me also to find inspiration… Maybe it’s because when you’re content, your mind is free to wonder. What this means in practice is that I like to wear something comfortable, listen to my favorite music and drink a cup of tea while working on a creative project.
It could be called “multi-modal approach to creativity”, but whatever it actually is, I’ve noticed it works for me. Provoking all the senses, not just the visual side, helps to focus on the thing at hand and keeps me relaxed. Plus, it’s also fun being happy.
Lastly, being inspired requires also the courage to take chances. The biggest obstacle I have faced with the creative side of my life (and still struggle with) is the fear of making mistakes. Whenever I manage to let it go, I’m free to go wherever inspiration takes me.
Well that was a whole lot of everything, maybe also a little vague… So to sum this text up, this is how I find my inspiration:
- Be eager to learn.
- Keep your eyes and mind open.
- Be curious and explore (with all your senses).
- Follow your heart and intuition.
- Remember to dream.
- Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
I don’t know if this helps you or not, but at least for me it’s good to see all that written down. Now I have something to turn to when I get my next art block ;). Still, if I should add a step number 7, it would be “don’t push it”. Ideas come and go and inspiration can’t be forced, which is something I have learned through experience.
I hope this post gave you something to think about. As I promised, the next post will be on dressmaking, and it will up in a few weeks.
Thank you for reading/ viewing! And it’s still not late to wish you all a very happy new year!