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Top 5 Sources of Inspiration

I love being creative, and I love when I get a great idea – I feel a giddy rush, and I can’t wait to get my hands on my tools and start working on the idea.  If I can’t get to my workbench, I’ll sketch out my inspiration in a little notebook that I keep by my side just for such moments.  Inspiration can come to me at any time, and in any situation, but there are a handful of places that inspire me more consistently than others.  Here’s my top 5 list of great sources of inspiration. -Robyn

My top 5 sources of inspiration:

5) Pinterest.  I love looking at fashion boards and dreaming up jewellery designs to match outfits.  The same goes for sites like Wanelo and Polyvore – sometimes I like to assemble outfits that go with Drakestail designs, but it’s also fun to assemble outfits and then challenge myself to accessorize them by creating something new.

4)  Random people.  I have a day job, working downtown, and commute by bus and walking.  While I’m out and about, I surreptitiously check out what other people are wearing, and think about how I’d wear the same outfit – what shoes, what accessories, and so on, would I wear with it?  It’s a fun exercise

3) Books.  I love to read, so much so that that’s part of how I chose to take English Lit at university.  The best books are ones that I can completely immerse myself in, to the point where I can envision myself standing next to the narrator, or being the narrator, drinking in the world around me while I act through the plot.  I sometimes get ideas based on the descriptions of character’s outfits, especially if I’m reading period pieces.  Sometimes I get ideas based on the mood of a book, or the personality of a character.  A good book is a complete world, full of details to be inspired by.

2) Nature.  I hear this time and again from people, to the point where I sometimes roll my eyes.  Of course everyone is inspired by nature.  There’s a lot to be inspired by. Sweeping landscapes, creatures big and small, the curve of an ocean wave, the jewelled colours of exotic flowers.  Nature is everywhere, and impossible to miss.

1) Other creative people.  I love to read biographies of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs.  I love hearing about their thought processes, about how they are inspired, and how they live through their creativity.  Reading an autobiography is like that person sharing some of their creative spark with me, and I feed off it.  I also love reading about the habits that creative people build to keep them inspired and working on their craft.

What inspires you to get creative?

Nature, a beautiful source of inspiration.
Nature, a beautiful source of inspiration.

Finding Inspiration

Inspiration.  It’s what drives us artistic types.  It’s food for the creative soul.  With it, our hands tremble in anticipation of taking an idea, a design, a thought, and making it into something concrete.  It drives the tools in our hands to do spectacular things.  Without it, art feels soul-less, bland, common.  With it, anything is possible.

Every artist, artisan, writer, creator of any type needs a muse.  The beauty of inspiration is that it really stems from the eye of the beholder.  Take, for example, nature.  Nearly all of the artisan shops and blogs that I’ve seen recently describe their creators as being “inspired by nature.”  That may seem like an unimaginative answer (especially when you see it over, and over, and over again), but consider: not only is nature vast and varied (glittering frozen tundra, delicate orchid petals, towering ancient redwoods, backyard butterflies, a heart-stopping close encounter with a whale), but we all take away something different from it.  Each person’s experience depends on the details their eye picks out, the parts of the experience most meaningful to them.  This, to me, is what makes the creative process so fascinating – seeing how people take their inspiration and turn it into their art.  What do they see?  What is their experience?  What part of that experience inspires their minds?  What other people take away from an experience isn’t necessarily the same thing I do.  The gnarled roots of an old tree inspire my Tree of Life pendants, but may evoke something different in another artist.  Or they may evoke nothing at all, the tree-viewer instead focussing on the cardinal up in the branches, mind racing with flittery crimson ideas.

I find inspiration in a variety of places.  Ideas often come to me at the dog park, walking on a quiet trail with my dogs off and exploring, where I can clear my mind and let ideas steal in.  I get inspiration from reading about other creative people.  I love to think about other people’s processes, how they collaborate with others, how their ideas can morph into something unexpected.  I particularly love reading biographies of creative people.  I just read Pete Townshend’s “Who I Am”, and found myself considering aspects of my wire-wrapping process and coming up with techniques to try out.  He’s a musician, I’m a jeweller, but he still got my creative juices flowing.

I challenge you to consider the things that inspire you.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist or artisan, if you do crafts or scrapbooking or write stories or just daydream.  What are the things that get your mind racing with ideas?  Is it a place?  A person?  An event?  What gives you inspiration?

What a weekend for Drakestail Jewellery!

Our display at The Foxy Shoppe
Our display at The Foxy Shoppe

Last Saturday, September 28th, The Foxy Shoppe held a special event to promote their new Fall stock and to announce new products and services coming to the store. The Shoppe now features Whipped Cosmetics (locally homemade soaps and bath products), The Polished Pinup Parlour (manicure and lash extension services), Dano Tanaka Illustrator (pinup photography studio) as well as the new Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery! It was great to see so many great people bringing their passions together to collaborate on such a fun and exciting event.

 

 

 

Roxy at The Foxy Shoppe's Fall Launch Event
Roxy at The Foxy Shoppe’s Fall Launch Event

The Foxy Shoppe was buzzing with energy and excitement last Saturday and the response to our new line was fantastic. I was even lucky enough to get a fancy picture in front of the familiar Foxy Shoppe pink wall, wearing a dress from the Shoppe, photographed by Dano Tanaka!

Our first design set for Vintage is available in 5 colours (white, black, light gold, lavender and rosaline – pictured below), made of 8 mm Swarovski pearls and high-quality silver-filled findings, with our signature stardust beads. Our first sets have been such a success that we’re already planning our next vintage-inspired pieces.

 

For now, Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery is exclusive to The Foxy Shoppe.  Contact them to order yours or stop by to see their fabulous shop.  They will be available in our Etsy store in late October, and we may soon have news about our next retail location. Stay tuned for more!

– Roxy

Our vintage-inspired necklaces

Our vintage inspired necklaces

Decorating craft spaces for inspiration

If you’re a crafty sort of person, you’ll understand how easy it is for supplies to take over your crafting space.  And I don’t mean having a few extra pens that don’t fit in the desk caddy.  I mean REALLY take over.  For myself, I have a few mini cabinets of nuts-and-bolts hardware drawers to sort some of my beads and findings into, as well as a Rubbermaid tower of drawers for larger organizers and pieces.  My dad, being a woodworking hobbyist (I come by my creative side honestly!), made me a worktable with a drawer for all my tools.  Excellent!  Now I’m organized.

Beyond being organized, however, it’s important to have a few things that can inspire as well.  Working with gemstones, I love to have images that inspire new ways to combine colours, explore shapes and textures, or spark a theme or feeling. There’s nothing better than getting inspiration from the space around you, when you’re having one of those days when your creative mind needs a little kick.

This little gem (*cough*) on Etsy caught my eye as a perfect addition to my jewellery workspace.  Always keep your eyes peeled for decor that inspires your creativity!

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