Inspiration. Where does it come from? Creativity? Which inspires which, which comes first? How do we inspire the creative thought process? I have realized fairly late in life that I am a somewhat creative person. My parents always encouraged my intellectual side because that is where I excelled. That is not to say that they did not encourage artistic abilities, I have a sister that is a very talented artist and they always encouraged her artistic side. I think much of creativity comes from deep within. You have to be willing to recognize your own creativity and you have to be able to nurture it as well. Having parents that encourage is a wonderful gift, but I firmly believe it is up to the individual to first, recognize and second, cultivate your own creativity. I believe everyone has it. I have also realized that my creativity needs to be inspired at regular intervals. R. Gopalakrishnan recently published an article about creativity and he said “creativity is in our genes, the idea is to stay open to new ideas and remain permanently curious”. Exactly.
For me, inspiration can come from anywhere. I am a visual learner. I work in a visual and tactile industry which I consciously chose because gemstones, the science of gemstones, the microscope and the beauty of jewelry inspire me, it both excites and calms me. To be inspired I know that I must keep my creative eye “open” to what’s around me. That sounds easier than it actually is. It can actually be rather exhausting and overwhelming. When my children were little, I had to turn off that “opening or close that eye” because I could not be with them and feed that creative hunger. It was a focus issue. While they were little, I fed my creative side by working part time as a gemologist doing lots and lots of gemological and appraisal work.
May I present to you, some recent inspiration.
Quartz, Allegra Hicks, An Eye for Design.
Graffitied building, Paris, France.Aquamarine on silk chain stitched lizard cushion. Allegra Hicks, An Eye for Design.
Hotel Il San Pietro di Positano in the 70’s. Photography by Emanuele Mascioni.Carla Amorim Jewelry, Ciranda earrings in rose gold and coral, photo courtesy of Carla Amorim.
Silence, Shapes. Photography by Filippo Minelli, 2012.
Hotel Lancaster, Paris.
Holiday Magazine, January 1959, photo by Slim Aarons.
Vogue, Paris, April 2013, Peru Article. Photography by Mario Testino.
Detail of Tell Me Everything, acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas. Richard Prince, 1986.