Kristin’s answers to my five questions give an up-close look at how she seeks and finds inspiration. From taking a walk to searching the web to collecting items that inspire, each of these steps come together to provide direction in the creative process.
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Thank you, Kristin, for telling us a little about your methods and resources for inspiration!
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Quick, without thinking, what does inspiration mean to you?
To me, inspiration makes the world go ‘round. It is an abstract idea that I try to immerse myself in and breathe daily.
Is there one task that always requires some inspiration to help you accomplish?
When it comes to design projects, I find that inspiration is absolutely essential. I will snatch fabric samples, paint chips, tear sheets, and stone samples, and other random objects like metal scraps, rocks, or flowers. I like to throw all of these things into a pile and draw conclusions from each. Beyond design projects, sometimes inspiration is necessary just to get the day rolling… lol.
When you’re in a creative rut, where is the first place you go/look to be inspired?
I try to abandon my surroundings and go somewhere new. I think it’s important to disconnect from technology every once in a while and experience the people and places around us. I typically return feeling refreshed and full of ideas. Of course, the internet isn’t all bad. I often find myself perusing photography on We Heart It and can’t help but save hundreds of these photos on my computer for future reference. When everything else fails… I bust open my filing cabinet which is overflowing with tear sheets. It’s quite ridiculously, really. I probably have enough tear sheets on file to create about 30 magazines again….
I am obsessed with inspiration boards. Do you keep anything like this (board, journal, etc.) to help you catalog bits of inspiration?
I love inspirations boards. I had one prior to moving, but haven’t had the chance to set up another since settling into my new place. I plan to very soon. In addition to inspiration boards, I actually have a metal basket that I keep near my desk - it’s usually full of tear sheets, ribbons, fabric scraps and even a cork or two from a wine bottle – what ever strikes my fancy at that moment. It tends to fill up with items that eventually make it to my inspiration board! Oh, and when I am on the run, I do keep a Moleskine to jot down ideas and thoughts as well.
What are your top 5 sources of inspiration?
- Interior Design & Architecture – I find that a lot of what inspires me is driven by design itself. I tend to visit these sites often:
- Travel & Culture – I love to travel. Unfortunately, I haven’t done much of it, but I look forward to the day when my (currently non-existent) passport looks like a tattooed-lady and I have moleskins full of my documented travels. Seeing other’s photos and hearing their stories, for now, is inspiration enough.
- Life (every single bit of it) – Perhaps that’s cliché, but clichés usually turn out to be true anyway.
- Friends + Family