Something I’ve been asked about over the years of I’ve been designing is where do I get my inspiration from? I’m sure that other designers and artists get asked the same question over and over again as well. There is no short answer to that question. I’m sure that everyone who gets asked has a million different answers. Doing what you love is a very personal journey. What you are doing as an artist at the moment might be very different from what you did a few years ago. I know that pieces I build now are things I could never have tackled five or ten years ago. My skill at construction now allows me to create things that frankly would have terrified me years ago.
That brings me to Inspiration and where it comes from. First of all, there is the need to create. If I’ve spent a few days wearing my administration hat for the business, there is a real need for me to sit and create something; a physical need to stop and lose myself in the creative process. It’s like needing food and sleep. You need to create. Then there is the “what do you create” question. Where do you get ideas from?
In my case, it’s sometimes been an idea in my head that has been there for awhile. A walk on a bright sunny autumn day causes me to think of all of the rich tones that topaz crystals come in. That translates to an autumn colored piece in several shades of topaz. Spring blossoms and trees in bloom trigger the use of every shade of pink crystal.
Creating helps you through hard emotional times as well. When my mother was in hospital two years ago, and things at the time were looking grim, I would end the day at the Atelier for a couple of hours each day. As tired as I was, I created some of the most spectacular jewellery as it helped me cope with stress.
There is no short answer as to why we create as humans. But I’m sure it’s an important coping mechanism. Imagine how dull the world would be without creative Inspiration?