Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday's Tips #10


Last week on Tuesday's Tips #9 I talked about some different places to find inspiration from other artists in your field. I got some great responses from you guys - so that's what I'm featuring this week! You!

Glorybe1024 said: Searching around Etsy is great inspiration. Often I will see a color combination or item that "speaks" to me. Usually, I will think that if I added this or changed that it would be really cool. I never want to imitate, I just try and make it my own in some way. (Glory is an artist in many mediums and in her shop, Lucky Lady Bug Designs, you'll find crocheted items, key fobs, jewelry, and more!)

Merily said: I tend to avoid looking too hard at things in my field because I don't like my style to be influenced, even if it was subconsciously by me having seen something in passing (same thing when I used to write- I refused to read LotR parodies when I was writing one years ago). I mean, I'll still sometimes look around just out of curiosity at other art to see all the pretties, but I try not to pay too close attention to it if it's something I do.
I do love all my Etsy teams and Artfire guilds, though! I definitely get inspiration from them (especially the ones that run challenges), and it's so helpful to be around people who share your interests. :) (Merily is crochet, clay, and jewelry artist with a passion for fantasy. You can find her work on artfire at MeriGreenLeaf.)

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Lapidary Journal bead and jewelry catalogs Somerset Studio books from the library for my dyed and painted clothing, inspiration comes from the world of nature around me
(Splendid Little Stars also works in a variety of different mediums. On her blog you'll see her stunning photography, at Sparkly Park you can find her jewelry, and at Splendid Little Stars you will find her fabric work!)

Silver Parrot said: Lately I've been taking pictures of "nature" (the beach, butterflies, insects, flowers, etc.) and using them for inspiration. Nature is not shy about mixing color and yet they always seem to "work." (Silver Parrot is a jewelry artist who's work definitely reflects that love of color!)

Julie Antinucci said: You asked, so my favorite magazines are The Quilter and American Patchwork And Quilting (a Better Homes and Garden Mag). Both of these have things each month that have modern fabric and modern patterns, none of that dark and depressing fabric that I don't like. (You can find a variety of fun fabric items in her shop Creative Mines).

MemoriesforLifeScrabooks said: You're so right. You can admire work of other in your field and take from them...but create something totally your own :) (You can find awesome scrapbooks in her shop - which is now on Artfire!

StoryBeader said: I love looking at the etsy bead weavers. Some of my favorite jewelry artists are in that team! {:-D (At Story Beader you'll find a variety of beautiful jewelry - each with it's own haiku!)

Patchfirstshop said: Always get inspirations from Wedding Magazines.. I love to see the wedding gowns and think about what design of jewelry to match those dresses. (And it certainly shows in the lovely jewelry you'll find at Patch First Shop!)

Stay tuned for next weeks tips - I have an interview lined up for you guys that I think you'll love!

14 comments:

Merily said...

Wow, all sorts of different inspiration! That was an interesting read. :)

glorybe1024 said...

Thanks Ruthie!!! I loved reading everyone's thoughts on this subject.

Silver Parrot said...

This was great! Thank you so much!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This post goes to show that inspiration is all around us!!!

BeadedTail said...

Very interesting to see what inspires everyone!

Leather Made Nice said...

I'm with Merliy. I avoid viewing other artisans as much as possible because I don't want to be influenced by their paradyms. And I want my designs to be from me, my heart and soul. I get alot of my inspiration from dreams!

Anne ^i^

Julie Antinucci said...

What a great idea, Ruthie! Thanks for doing this. I hope it helps lots of crafters out there!

Patti said...

Everyone has so many great thoughts and ways to be inspired. Life gives yus so much to observe and think about, doesn't it?

Momwithahook said...

Excellent inspirational stories. I get my inspiration from my kids and their world. Mainly cartoons, teen scene and Music. Thanks to all the ladies who shared.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Now that's fun! Thanks for asking, and thanks for featuring all of us!

storybeader said...

love the bracelet! {:-D

Meghann LittleStudio said...

Awesome! I love being inspired, and this sure helps :)

patchfirstshop said...

Great tips and great ideas.. :)

Missie said...

Reading about others inspiration is very...inspiring. Ok, that wasn't creative at all. But anyway - thank you for posting this and gathering the information! I love hearing how others are inspired - it gives me ideas on how to get un-stuck sometimes!