Wonderful customers: Ok, so we probably established this in my last post: “Why is Paper Ivy Passionate About Stationery Design?” Getting some support from customers and admirers lets me know that someone out there likes what I do. These are the people I get up in the morning to make things for.
Other designers and their work: I am a huge fan of other designers, illustrators, makers and artists. I really enjoy seeing what they’re up to, what colour combos they’re using, what kinds of design, illustration, photography, painting, or whatever else they’re using. I really don’t think creative people should be islands. I really think they benefit from seeing the work of others. This is not to copy anyone; this is what inspires me to lift my game! Or maybe they’ll introduce me to a way of portraying something that blows my mind, helps me to see differently and therefore helps my development as a creative person.
The creative community at large: Whether a person just appreciates creativity and is involved at that level in attending exhibitions, markets, lurking on creative blogs, or they are still in beginning stages, or they are professional; no matter what the discipline or medium being used, or even the particular style, I’ve found a great deal of support from other creative people.
My children and the things that interest them: I love how they respond to things and that their experience of everything is different. I also love to look at vintage children’s books. I am also very inspired when my children aren’t around, because I’ll know I’ll be able to get things done!
Travel: Putting myself into a different culture or place where even the everyday is different is hugely inspiring. It shakes up my normal thinking.
Nature: One of my favourite things to do, ever, is to lie down under a tree and look up through the leaves and watch small glimpses of sky and clouds as they pass overhead, then I intermittently close my eyes and listen to the sounds around me. I think the creative brain needs to rest in order to be inspired again and the resting can be just as important as the stimulus.
How about you? What inspires you?