What brings inspiration? Funny things come to mind – one is a local studio and gallery in my foothill area of the mountains. This gallery owner put out a call for “Fun and Games” in any medium. The opening was Friday evening and my very conservative daughter and I went to this non-conservative opening. A monoprint and bookmaker went to the Dollar Store and shopped for things – world map, squirt guns, checkers, cards, etc. – someone else went through the trash and on and on. I am posting with this a picture of my quilt made from bubble wrap – it was a hit – my thing was how much bubble wrap can we throw away so I stuffed it instead. Picture in paper has been cut off and lopsided.
As I was thinking of the “Elements of Design” by Loam Oei and Cecile De Kegel it reminded me of the pictures that I take as we travel of the old building, bathroom fixtures, tile and mat floors – then at home I began thinking about things around me (I live in the mountains so many of the normal things you see are not here) wheels on the cars, retaining walls, trees, chip and seal driveway and rural roads in the county came to mind.
Wheel and gravel in the yard – the patterns on the wheel hubs are great and the tire tread makes some interesting designs when run through the printer.
Fireplug, no parking, water dept. metal cover on two lane road.
Retaining wall as the sun is going down.
Today I was at a meeting for wearable art and was going through the brocade fabric and thinking of the patterns that these designs would create. It makes the mind work in different directions. If only we had more time. Maybe it is time to work smaller.
My question to you is: what in your immediate area is of inspiration to you and how can you use it? Would you use it?