It breaks my heart to see what people throw in the trash. Junk mail, magazines and catalogs are some of my most favorite raw materials. I also scour thrift stores and yard sales to find out-of-date or unusable maps, dictionaries, books and wrapping paper. Many people see these items simply as garbage. I see a much bigger potential in every already used sheet’s texture and surface. Paper is stronger than we give it credit for, especially when it has joined forces with lots of other sheets. I love the way that random text teams up to create it’s own organic pattern.
A friend shared some pieces of her recently sliced-and-diced out-of-date phone book and I began experimenting immediately. While some of my best discoveries have come from experimentation, I have also learned many things that just don’t work. If you don’t try, how can you possibly know what will work? Many folks avoid experimenting because they are afraid of failure. I think we should all call on our childhood zest-for-life and be willing to fail. Sometimes, trial and error is the best way to learn and figure out something new, impressive and brilliant.
I find inspiration everywhere. I recently took a day trip to the
On Creativity and Inspiration
As we are just in to 2011 here are a few thoughts on inspiration and creativity to keep in mind for the new year.
Write down your ideas.
An idea book is a place where you keep all your creative thoughts together. Something about writing things down with pen or pencil is much more tangible than keeping them electronically. An idea book is a visual way to keep a stockpile of ideas or fragments for a day that you really aren’t feeling it. Let’s face it, we all have good days and bad when it comes to ideation.
Try new things.
A large part of creativity is exploration and discovery. Everything from a trip to the local Farmer’s Market to a day at the museum to can feed your brain for idea generation later.
Carry paper and pencil.
When inspiration strikes you want to be prepared to capture it. If you wait 24 hours, that idea may not be as clear as it was initially and you may not be able to remember all the details.
Here’s to a creative 2011, cheers!
Alicia Colina-Ashby, Artist
As a child I enjoyed coloring, origami and being read to. I love to create the unexpected by using colors, textures and found objects. I want to create things that make people happy — things that provide an unexpected reason to giggle. I hope that my creations will serve as a “muse” throughout your day.
My studies have included classical music, art, design, advertising and the human condition. Coming up with fresh ideas is a process that has always intrigued me. I love to exercise my imagination regularly.