What was I thinking in my last post, promising to write about getting ideas? For me, ideas for art pieces come from anywhere and everywhere. If I lived to be 100 and sewed constantly until then, I still would not get out all the ideas that I have in my head. For those of you looking for inspiration, it is a matter of training yourself to see and not just look. Don’t overlook simple things, if you pass over many possible ideas, it is time to ask yourself whether or not you really want to make something. Forget about the myth of waiting for inspiration, ideas are all around you.
I might be captivated by a vintage textile. My collages usually start with two or three vintage pieces that I like, and I build a composition around them.
A color combination could get me started:
I am surrounded by beautiful Appalachian meadows, forests and farmland, some of my art reflects the scenery I see every day.
Oddly, abandoned buildings hold great fascination for me. My fabric boxes are my way of capturing the passage of time. Those same boxes came about first from a quote in a John Steinbeck novel.
Most importantly, just make things! Make time to be creative at least several times a week. Turn off the TV for an hour, and create. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake, it will happen, but that is how we all learn. I am always reciting my mantra that a new skill or technique will not be perfect the first time that you try it. Keep going!