This week, whilst still exploring and learning about online marketing, I have been thinking about the sorts of things that inspire me. Really I'm yearning to start making again, but physically my shoulder hasn't recovered enough for that yet - so let's take a look at my inspiration board. It sits obediently at the side of my workbench and I glance at it periodically, but I'm not entirely sure that I'm using it as I should. It's covered in pictures I really like, postcards, odd ideas that I've tried (some of them really odd!!), love notes, business cards, application forms, a couple of little paintings by my husband etc, but does all that just make it a noticeboard??? When does a noticeboard become an inspiration board anyway? I feel like it needs to fulfill it's potential by being draped with beautiful swatches, colour charts and the like and perhaps I'm letting it down a little - holding it back as it were.
Reticulated Sterling Silver Pendant
with Blue Seaglass
So here's the thing. I like having somewhere to keep the bits I don't want to throw away. If I'm really honest, my inspiration comes from what I see outside the house. I can go into raptures over the colour and texture of an old stone wall, rusty metal, lichen (don't get me started!), the bark of a tree and whilst I don't always try to recreate those textures, I do believe that they show in my work, particularly in my reticulated silver.
Recently on honeymoon in St Ives we spent a great deal of time in galleries, in fact, there were few we missed in the area. There are a couple of places that I particularly love that we visited again and previous visits had led me to some designs. The first is Barbara Hepworth's studio and garden. Her amazing scultpures immediately make me wish I was at my bench. My other favourite place is the Tate overlooking the beach, particularly out on the rooftop coffee shop on a gorgeous sunny day. I don't think there's a more stunning view. Recently I was colouring a sheet of aluminium, and as I've said previously, I'm never quite sure what the final result will be, but as soon as this particular sheet came out of the dye bath I knew what it would be called. This collection is called The View From The Tate and if you've ever visited the area and seen the amazing light you'll know what I meant.
The View From The Tate Cuff and Pendant (there's also earrings available) and indeed the silver pendant above are all available from me should anyone be interested in buying them by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
One final shoutout this week to my lovely Twitter friend S L Jewellery and Accessories. She wrote a great blog about me but she also makes beautiful wedding jewellery and button bouquets which deserve a look so check out her site at http://www.sljewelleryandaccessories.co.uk/