Friday, July 31, 2009

Merry-Go-Round...



This month's question: What inspires us? A peak into our pinboards, folders, journals (or wherever we hold little bits of inspiring stuff)

What inspires me? One word: everything! The world around me, the news, a sentence in a book I’m currently reading, the colour of a wild flower, a black and white photo, anything and everything… I used to cut and paste magazine articles and photos into journals, keeping only what had an impact on me, not just jewellery…



I am drawn to bright colours, busy backgrounds, the intricate and the ornate in everything. I need to shock, to make you stare, and I always want to go further. I tried and tried to make lovely classic timeless jewels and failed miserably. I just can’t do it. The busier the pattern the better I feel…



I also find inspiration through interviews of well-known designers; it is a real treat to look through a little window into their own minds, Jean-Paul Gaultier for example, not for his work, but for the way he works and thinks, he is cheeky and interesting and he likes to mix genres. His work is always a surprise, and even if I don’t actually like a lot of it, I like to look at it!!!



Furnishings like these are also mind blowing, made of burnt wood… this may not turn into anything but it makes me think in a different way and it makes me look at things in a different way…



I also have examples of just INCREDIBLE handmade jewels like this fabulous necklace by Magdalena Borejko, wire-wrapper extraordinaire who works with the most scrumptious of precious gems…



I also have rough sketches (and I mean rough…), and obviously, my stones…



But the shortage of ready available mags in English or French over here in Turkey has prompted me to use the internet instead, where I have dozens of folders full of pictures and websites jewellery and non-jewellery related… And the funny thing is I hardly ever re-visit them… I am much happier looking through my journals!! I think I am now reaping the benefits of keeping journals, my brain is a melting-pot of thousands of pictures and ideas, and inspiration comes out of the blue, on a good day almost immediately. I trust my brain to show me the way... =)

Thanks for reading!!
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8 comments:

florcita said...

That was very interesting! Lolita Lempika is so you for some reason!
I want that red drop like stone you have there in that pic!!! :)
I use the internet and pics a lot too. paper seems to be too messy for me these days!ahahah

Ruth said...

All those rich colours. Gosh, it fills you up! It's so interesting to see the things that draw your eye. your journal looks all so neat too....unlike some I know.

Thanks for the sneak into your eyes.

Lily Pang said...

I love the colors! I hope I can handle busy theme as well.

Yes, I feel the same. Everything around world is a source of inspiration.

meherio68 said...

You are very baroque, aren't you?
I can see how these feed your sense of intricate, balanced detail...

Easterya said...

Florcita, it's yours!
Thank you Lily and Ruth!
Meherio, am I? Great!!! :D

'fancypicnic' said...

Intricate patterns, sumptuous designs...yum. I loved reading your post - packed full of gorgeous things!
I can see clearly where your inspirations lie, and it is extremely evident when I look at your fabulous creations. They are intricately sumptuous indeed.

Lovely to read, thanks so much for sharing x

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

The internet is such a great tool for inspiration isn't it... so visual and can help you create a mood, of idea of what you what to make just as easily as visiting somewhere.
Love your new pieces!
Sx

Jenny said...

Yes I also thought the same as agathe did, Baroque! :) I agree with the part also that it is really inspiring to read other designers' & craftspeoples' thoughts and ideas. Even though you may not be too fond of what they acually make, they are still in the same creative process as yourself and can give new views on things. :)
Those stones looks yummy! :)