Sometimes inspiration comes to you in the most organic way possible, it flows into your body, and sets your imagination on fire. Feeling inspiration like that can truly be life-changing; even earth shattering. I’ve had inspirations like that, so amazing, that I literally couldn’t breathe due to excitement.
It’s a wonderful feeling; until it stops.
Recently, I experienced my inspirational candle burn out. And although being un-inspired has a negative connotation, to me it just means that we need to move on from the old and let in the new.
However, finding the new [inspiration] can often be difficult, especially when you have to search one out to begin with. So here’s a little bit of advice for all seeking some self-help in the inspiration department.
Step 1 : Buy some magazines / books / catalogues
This may sound a little obvious, but sometimes when we’re seeking out inspiration we forget where to begin. Even if you don’t have a set concept in your mind for what you are looking for, you will at least be able to find images you like; tear them out and create a collection. (Also, I think using print images is better than the web; it forces you to start to make a collage, and you can truly start to see a bigger picture; no pun intended).
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Step 2 : Make a Mood Board
This is the fun part. Take all your tear sheets and organize them, whether it be by colors, textures, silhouettes, graphics, or general feeling. Make a collage and pin in to your wall where you can see it while you work. It will inform everything you do, whether purposely or subconsciously.
Here is my current Mood Board for M i i T A COLLECTION SS 2014. (Made from all of my tear sheets).
Step 3 : Create a Color Story
Whether you are painting a picture, or creating a clothing line, you can pull colors from your mood board. Go to a hardware store and grab paint chips, or go to a fabric store and grab swatches. Organize them together, you can even create a Mood Board out of your color story.
Step 4 : Start Sketching
This also seems a little obvious, but our sketches are the first way to communicate our ideas. Once we start sketching, we are able to see which ideas are the strongest, and begin to create a story that feeds back into our color story and our mood. This is the most exciting part, because we can start to see the vision come together and understand what our imagination is telling us.