Friday, 20 November 2020

Inspiration

Since finally finishing and posting my piece(s) for the Sea theme, I've made another.  My missing creative mojo had a good kickstart and I'm definitely not finished with this theme yet!  

A Life on the Ocean Wave


Aside from the theme as a prompt, inspiration for this new piece came from an odd place, about which more later. It made me think about where my inspiration usually comes from and I'd really like to know where you find yours.

Sometimes something I've read sparks an image in my mind, and sometimes inspiration comes from a visual source like a lovely set of shapes - like the way edges of buildings come together, for example -


or a combination of colours in rusty paintwork. 


 This doorknob became a quilt! 





I think some textures are really beautiful - like these cracks in concrete



and squirrel away a mental picture to ponder on at night. Mobile phone photography is a wonderful thing, but it does mean that I now have more than a lifetime's worth of inspiration snaps waiting to become quilts.

For materials and techniques I get a huge amount of inspiration from the adventurousness of the Endeavourers and often see something and think 'ooh, I must try that out!' or realise that suddenly I now know a way to express something I've been thinking about.   The fish in this quilt are made by cutting up the metal from tea lights, shaping them with the end of a teaspoon handle and embossing them.  The inspiration to do this came from Fiona here - I tucked that knowledge away at the back of my head and it was just what I needed.  




Anyway, as I mentioned, the inspiration for this current piece came from a surprising source - the side of a coffee pot.  It was sitting on my blue and white seersucker tablecloth and I was transfixed by the reflection on its shiny surface because suddenly I saw a beautiful wave shape and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it - though I have been thinking about it for a year and a half!



Luckily for the sailors on the boat the colours of my tablecloth suggested fair weather, even though the sea is rolling!

The boat itself is inspired by the jolly little fishing boats in the harbour at Cockenzie down the coast from here. 


The seagulls are made from modelling clay, supported on silver wire which is inserted into the top seam of the quilt - that inspiration just came into my head - pling! It is lovely when that happens.




I am always hugely grateful to be a part of the group - it is a luxury to have the theme as inspiration to mull over, and to also be inspired by and learn such a lot from the other members.   So, I would be very interested to know - where does your inspiration come from?





12 comments:

  1. Catherine this is a truly wonderful piece I love it and what a fascinating source of inspiration, it can really strike anytime and anywhere! Like you I can find inspiration in all sorts of places but most often the starting point is a photo taken on my travels.

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    1. Hooray for being able to travel! One day that will happen again and I will look forward to seeing where it takes you, both physically, and artistically! :-)

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  2. This is a marvellous quilt, Catherine. It makes me smile every time I look at it. I love your coffee pot reflection and the way you've followed through with the inspiration and turned it into such a beautiful and fun quilt. I also like the mixed media element. Your fish look great twinkling in the sea and your gulls are amazing. I never really know where my my inspiration comes comes from. Quite often I have a story or an idea in words and I want to illustrate it but equally often I just start because a deadline is looming and somehow I get more ideas and grow more enthusiastic as I go on...It's a very interesting question and I'm looking forward to seeing what others say :)

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    1. I love the stories which are often the backdrop to your quilts! I agree, that looming deadline is quite an incentive to just start and wait for the inspiration to catch up :-)

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    2. I was following an entirely different thought this morning when I came across this quote attributed to Picasso - "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working", which seemed marvellously appropriate to what you were saying!

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    3. That's interesting. An encouragement not to wait for inspiration to start :)

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  3. What great fun you had with this! Wonderful!

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  4. This is just grand, all the way from the inspiration to the finished piece! I like all the little features - the gulls and the fish. And when it all comes together just so, it's the best feeling, isn't it?!

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    1. I think when it matches, or nearly matches, what was in your head, it is all worthwhile!

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  5. I love this piece! I am really fascinated by art quilts that don't stick to the traditional rectangular shape, and I love the clean lines of your composition. You have captured a sense of motion and that is really hard to do!

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