This is a companion post to Pam’s Hip to be a Square podcast episode #148 where she and I talked about finding inspiration.
You won’t find inspiration unless you look and actually see what is around you. The texture of a building that was not a blip on your radar yesterday may inspire you today. In the podcast we talked about finding inspiration at a quilt show. Listen to find my tips about that.
Some examples of where to find inspiration:
- junk mail
- sidewalk cracks
- what is around you on your walk to work? new flower springing up int he parking lot planter? Building decorated for the holidays?
- glossy magazine ads.
- Look at the CPP posts (yes, I had to throw that in)
Once you find inspiration, here are some things to do:
- take a photo
- make a drawing, rubbing or other kind of sketch
- create your own personal 365 project where you look at the same statue, building, public art, fountain or parking garage every day.
- Take a photo (or draw) and compare the photos (or drawings) you have taken over time (a Flickr set is good for this). What has changed? How is the light different? Do the colors change with the seasons? How does your artifact look in the rain?
- What is it you like about the piece? Color? Shape? Pattern?
After this, it is a good time to translate your inspiration into a quilt. Use the essence of the inspiration, you don’t have to make a replica. Use what you like to make something reminiscent of your inspiration.