‘Inspiration Board’ from my studio
Like many artists and creatives I collect and keep images which appeal to me. These are often in digital form but I still like tangible ‘hard copies’ which can come from many sources – newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, art exhibitions, galleries, open studios or specialist shops. Sometimes they are ‘ephemera’ or things I simply come across in my travels. I am often surprised at how diverse these images are – spanning centuries, artistic styles and disciplines as well as encompassing a wide variety of media.
I tend to display my favourites on a board in my studio. Sometimes they are reproductions of works by other makers, photographs or words than trigger something in my brain – a memory or train of thought. Sometimes I just ‘connect’ with the subject matter – colours, textures, shapes or tones – in a way that is less easy to articulate. All these images effect my work on a conscious or subconscious level.
So, at the start of every new year, I take them down and do a ‘re-hang’. Both familiar objects and images in my studio get reviewed. Some are put away and others take their place.
Declutter – rethink – reappraise! Out with the old and in with the new! Clear the mental horizon and hope that something fresh and new appears there! So that is what I have been doing this week. Taking down the images that appear here and replacing them with other newer ‘visuals’ that I find equally, if not more, stimulating and appealing. Let’s hope they have the desired effect!!