Posted by Lora Hart
|Carved pillars at the Natural|
History Museum entrance, London.
Inspiration for a series of beads?
But not to copy. Oh no! I keep my sub conscious in check while I do what I call Mindful Observation. I like to activate my inner inspector by looking at the details of any type of imagery that catches my eye, whether it was made by a jeweler, a ceramist, or a carpenter. For example, I've gotten ideas for clasps and suspension methods (how a focal piece might be hung) from looking at gates, door frames and lamps. And yes, I get general design ideas from looking at other peoples' jewelry.
|Lisa Jane Grant. Not only is|
this milled MokumeGane
necklace a great variation on
the lentil form, but the angled
jump rings are a wonderfully
functional design element.
You should try it. The next time you come across an image that totally captures your imagination, stop and look at all the individual components that make up the whole. Which ones are you particularly drawn to? Can you distill the essence of those details and incorporate them into your own practice? Try drawing variations of the theme.
Which side of the divide do you fall on? Do you love learning from others that went before? Or do you feel that reviewing the design ideas of other artists will corrupt your creativity?