When you work in a creative field, being and staying inspired is critical. I am a visually oriented person, so when I need a quick “bite” of inspiration, my go-to sources are art, antiques and great architecture. When I lived in New York, I would spend inspiration time in gallery of Tiffany glass work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The combination of quiet and beauty could push the day-to-day aside so I could focus on a creative solution.
If getting to a museum isn’t practical, I love haunting fabric and antique stores. Beautiful textiles with their colors and textures beg for a project and inspire me to think outside of the box. Antiques and artifacts create a similar experience. While I have love connecting with history, it is finding new ways to use old things that stirs my creative thinking. The best part of these inspirational sources? They’re FREE!
Great architecture and a sense of place are my biggest inspirations, and I have been lucky to travel to some beautiful places. I love visiting a place and walking the neighborhoods like a local, experiencing not just the structures, but the energy of the place. From Florence to Savannah and Coastal Maine to the Victorians on my little island, I am transported. My mind opens up and I’m able to think and act in a less pressured, more inspired way.