What inspires me? An easy question you'd think, but it's really hard to capture this in one little post - so instead I made stuff. Looking at all the other posts it's amazing to see how similar our inspirations are, yet how we all apply them so differently. You can check out all the other blogs here.
Maybe I'm over thinking this, but lots of things influence my work, but is that the same as inspired? Probably. In the work itself there are always themes of hearts, text, my obsession with vapour trails and love of little bits of junk.
A friend used to laugh at all the bits and pieces I'd pick up during a lunchtime walk. White washed wood, beer bottle tops crushed by traffic - little things would catch my eye. Half the time I'd never use the stuff, but it was still treasure in a way, because it got me thinking.
While overseas with another friend, I apologised for stopping to take photos for the 5o millionth time (I think this photo was of broken tiles?). She said she liked it, because my eye picked up the beauty in everyday things that she would just walk on by and miss.
It is interesting how we all see things so differently isn't it? And also interesting how sometimes someone can see bigs chunks of you in your work. After my last exhibition, I was surprised when someone who hadn't know me for very long told me about the piece which was his favourite, because 'it was just so Karin'. I seem to wear my art on my sleeve.
So why am I telling you all of this? Because this blog post has made me think about not only what inspires, but how I view things and in turn how everyone else views my work.
So in the end there are lots of things that inspire me to make art, but it's words of others that inspire me to continue.
Thanks for stopping by the yellow house in the U. You should go check out the window ledge who passed the blog baton to me ( I think you will really like her drawing of what inspires). I can't wait to check out the things we make, who follows me tomorrow.
Many thanks to Victoria from sfgirlbybay for organising this great blog mash up.