Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sources for design

I adore looking at images of other peoples work spaces.  Neat rows of supplies, the odd vintage object and a casual, beautiful piece of clothing draped over an empty chair.  On the wall there is usually some kind of area devoted to clippings and cuttings.  No self respecting creative person would be without their inspiration board.
I have tried to create such a thing on a number of occasions.  The problem is, my workshop is very porous!  When it is damp all my images warp and curl.  When it is hot the blu-tak 'melts' and some of them end up on the floor.  Any images left, hanging on for dear life, will be swept away by the wind that funnels through my workshop when the garage door is left open.

And so, my workspace walls lack any kind of considered collage of thoughts, intentions, inspirations, writ large for all to see.

Or so I thought.
foraging finds by Cari-Jane Hakes
I gathered all my foraging finds into one place.  Lo and behold - I finally have a robust 'inspiration board' which will withstand all meteorological shifts.
foraging finds detail by Cari-Jane Hakes
There are no trend forecasts here.  No hot, up to minute seasonal colours represented.  Just the stuff I find under my toes and within reach of my fingers.
foraging finds detail by Cari-Jane Hakes
Wood grain and ochre.  Wind dried steams and slate grey.  Quartz and chalky white. Oyster shell and pea sized pebbles.
foraging finds detail by Cari-Jane Hakes
Shape, form, texture, volume and pattern.  It is all represented here.  I have everything I need.

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