Thursday, May 7, 2009

Inspiration - Blog Carnival

The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]

William Shakespeare
1564-1616, British Poet, Playwright, Actor

Linquistically, the word, inspiration means "breathed upon." For me, that means the merging of the dichotomy of my life, my feelings, and the images in my mind with my chosen medium of metal, which by itself, could be seen as being cold and unyielding. Metal is, however a great carrier of heat, greatly reflective, and malleable.
When working with silver and copper as raw materials, I am concerned with the form it can take. I draw inspiration for form from the things I see; shapes, figures, people, and other works I view as I go through my day or have filed in my memory. The feeling those shapes evoke can bring fluidity and motion to design.
Beyond the metal, I also use other materials which inspire design and form. What draws me to obtain those materials? Beyond beauty and color, I like things that have a sense of history. That history may be present because the material might be vintage, I may have found an item for which I can imagine a story, or it may be a stone that made itself over years and is now unearthed. Even the mundane, everyday object can take its place in a great story and be recognized for it's beauty.
I am a big reader. The books I read and the stories I hear often leave me with images that can be translated into what I make. Being able to use words and incorporate them into design through stamping, gives me the ability to be inspired by a unique phrase or something I said when I was young that evokes nostalgia or humor. Words give me some measure of freedom in design.

I am a researcher at heart, trying to find a story to tell through form, materials and words. I love to be able to tell the story behind a piece. That story often helps me to reach out to others and make connections.

To read more stories of inspiration, read these blogs, whose authors are posting on the topic for 5/8/09:

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