Saturday, July 9, 2011
What Inspires You?
Many of my ideas come from, where else, my imagination. I love fantasy and so I created my beautiful Faerie beads and my intense Dragon Eye pendants. Both came from a visual picture in my mind in which I had also visualized the process of creating the pieces. After drawings and then practice at the torch, they gradually took shape into the final pieces you can see today.
Of course, nature is always a big inspiration. Trees, mountains, flowers, streams, oceans, sky, etc. All can be transformed into lovely art. I have created various beads with ocean themes, space/moon themes, desert landscapes, trees and mountain, flowers, etc. They are always a joy to make and each one I create has it's own, unique landscape, just like a precious painting. But in this case, it's a painting you can wear!
There are so many other inspirations out there, too. Seeing a unique painting, the design of a fabric, a children's book, a stuffed animal, a movie scene or even a commercial - - any of these things can put ideas in my head of a new bead or glass art piece. They come from everywhere and anywhere, at any time. It is amazing to me still that glass seems to be a constant learning experience, bringing new challenges, new ideas and new techniques all the time.