Archive for the ‘inspiration’ Category

Embroidery Inspiration

July 31, 2009

Browsing around on flickr, you may stumble across embroidery samples tagged “PLOS”. I investigated a little deeper and found the PLOS Pool, and along with it the meaning of the acronym: Personal Library of Stitches. This flickr group has an amazing pool of images made up of embroidery samplers–huge and tiny, simple and complex, colourful and monochrome. This is great inspiration if you’re into embroidery, and I can also see the images being valuable to illustrators, graphic designers, and those who are interested in line value and texture. Some examples:

I have to say I’m more partial to the free-form samplers. I love the way their stitches flow together organically, like a beautiful mountain or wave.

Needless to say, I’ve been looking at these samplers for a reason–a new body of work which is still just a glimmer in my eye, but will hopefully become real in a short amount of time.

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inspired, at last.

July 22, 2009

Finally I feel like I’m coming out of my creative slump, which has existed since I wrote the last post here. The end of school really drained me artistically, and I haven’t really recovered from it until now. It’s all because I came across Katie Runnels’ art. A SCAD alumna, Katie founded our beloved shopSCAD and makes fiber-licious assemblages from vintage and collected materials.

Her work is fine art–definitely exploration of materials and aesthetic, but you can tell that Katie pours her heart into her pieces. Yet they’re accessible and (dare I say it?) commercial enough that people want to buy them, own them, and display them in their homes.

This is what I want. I focused for so long on being a designer, being commercial and marketable, going into studio production and having a line of ready-made products for the market. Why? I know myself and I know my working methods. I am a big thinker. I have so many thoughts, feelings, and ideas and my artwork has always been an outlet for that. Why would I ever think to remove that aspect? I would be miserable.

So I’m moving on from here, not sure where I’m going, but with a headful of inspiration to get me there.

Katie Runnels: blog
and website

Inspiration: A New Favourite Song

April 25, 2009

Simple things are waiting
For the one who wants it so
You bet your bottom dollar
It’ll cost less than you know

Blue hearts blue tears
Blue ‘n’ bruised ‘n’ sore
Blue skies waiting
On the other shore

A simple life’s no mystery
Confusion lies without
Get washed in the water
Feel your light pour out

Do I know how
How will I know
Cast the ropes that bind you
Get in that boat and row

Forsake not what’s around you
For simple is close at hand
You might get tossed on water
But keep your heart peeled for land

Blue hearts blue tears
Blue ‘n’ bruised ‘n’ sore
Blue skies and blossoms
On the other shore

–Violet Archers, “Simple”

Inspiration: “How To Be an Artist”

March 28, 2009

Inspiration: Farm Girl

March 18, 2009

From this month’s MaryJane’sFarm magazine:

I feel most like a farmgirl when…

…I put on my apron first thing in the morning and start my projects for the day–even if I have to carry my cell phone in the pocket.
…I get dirt on my knees and hands while planting in the garden.
…I can my tomatoes and make jams and jellies.
…I find ways to be more frugal and healthy, for my family and my environment.
…I work on craft projects, creating things with my own two hands.
…I put a healthy meal on the table and know where it all came from–whether veggies and eggs from here or meat bought from neighbors’ farms.
…I lie in my hammock and listen to the clapping leaves, playing kids, mooing cows…and NOTHING else.
…I go to the farmers’ market with a truckload of fresh veggies I have just harvested and I still have dirt under my nails and on my shoes.
…I pick raspberries in the early morning and they are shining like jewels in the dew and early sunshine.
…I can teach my children something my grandma taught me.
…I look in my pantry at the end of the summer and know we will be well-fed through the winter.
…I go outside and am one with our beloved Earth.
…I measure, mark, and cut a piece of wood just right and nail it to my new chicken coop, dreaming about the chicks who’ll live there come spring.
…I’m content with just what I have.

Inspiration: Childhood Interests

February 25, 2009

It occurred to me today that I should look to my past to find inspiration for my future. I already do that WAY in the past–looking to my ancestors, artisan craft, etc. But in the more recent past, the things I loved as a child can really still fuel my imagination today.

As a child, I loved…

…time capsules

…test tubes

…dioramas

…terrariums (terraria?)

…stamps

…miniatures of any kind

…library card catalogues

Inspiration: From Nifty

February 2, 2009

My good friend, the ultra talented Caitlin Bell of Nifty Kid Stuff made me these amazingly cute gnome finger puppets for Christmas! Aren’t they awesome? Caitlin makes a large range of finger puppet designs out of felt, and I told her a few months ago how much I would love a gnome finger puppet and that she should make them. Well, she must have taken notes because she surprised me with not one, but a whole family of five gnomes! Designed just for me! ENTIRELY HAND STITCHED! I feel so special. These little fellas are set up all around my drafting desk at the moment, keeping watch over my procrastination and doing a pretty shoddy job of cleaning the place up at night, I must say. But darn, they’re cute!

Thanks, Caitlin!

Inspiration: Eye Candy

January 25, 2009

Inspiration: My Little Corner of the World

October 3, 2008

Today, since I have no projects to show you, I thought I would share some pictures of my little corner of the world–or should I say dorm room? I live in an historic building in the center of downtown Savannah, on one of the beautiful squares. My roommate and I share a cozy room and upon moving in I had to set up the nucleus of my creativity right away!

Here it is, in all its glory! On the left is my college provided drafting table and on the left is my self provided sewing table. I love the set-up–I can swivel from art to craft in 0-60 seconds!

Here’s a better view of my art section, so you can see not only the messy clutter but the decoration! On the left is a beautiful Geisha poster from a tattoo magazine. Weird? Maybe, but I love her and she followed me back for another year. Below the Geisha there are black and white photos in simple white frames. You can see Nestor Pig nestled in next to them. Above it all is a corkboard that holds receipts, important post-its, a postcard from Sew, Mama, Sew! and some adorable buttons from the local art supply store, Primary Art Supply. Last, but not least, my Audrey Hepburn calendar graces the wall to the right.

Now you can see my sewing corner. It’s right by the window so I get a good view and lots of light. The windowsill houses Leo, my Betta fish, as well as a family photo and a gorgeous ruffled violet. Note the horrendous mess of fabric spilling over under the window.

Well, that’s where the magic happens! Hopefully I’ll have some magic to show you soon.

Inspiration: Etsy

September 30, 2008

Hello, readers! Here are some delicious discoveries from Etsy to whet your homemade appetites!


Check out these adorable little bags hand embroidered by Etsy user Anunciada!


User farouche makes these sweet “Sugar and Spice” tags (to label all your homebaked goodies) as well as other personalized stationery.


These gorgeous prints are made from user krisatomic’s original illustrations. They’re beautiful and remarkably cheap, so you should snatch one up before she gets famous!

Well, there you have it. Some yummy items straight from my Etsy favourites list! Check them out and tell me your favourites, too!