To continue our discussion on finding your own artistic style and being creative, I wanted to share how I use Pinterest to get inspired. When you’re working in a medium, it makes sense to look around at what others are making, but this can be tricky because you don’t want to just copy someone else’s art. My best suggestion is to look outside of your medium to find inspiration. I do keep a Pinterest board of Weavings, but when I’m looking for inspiration I have boards that are not related to weaving that I go to.
One board I always keep is a color inspiration board. I like to collect pictures of colors that compliment each other and also pictures of colors that I wouldn’t think look good together, but surprisingly do. This board helps me in two ways. The first way is, there might be a grouping of colors that inspires me as soon as I see it, so I plan a weave around those colors. The second way is, I might want to weave with a certain color, but I’m not really sure which other colors to use with it. I’ll then look to my Pinterest color board and find the images with my color in it and see which other colors are there. And I said this before, but if you look over your board you saved at all the thumbnail pictures you will right away see what your preference is. My board, for example, is very colorful, but someone else might have a board full of earth colors.
Another board I like to go to for inspiration is my texture board. Here I gather all the textures that catch my eye. When I’m inspired by this board, it’s much more of a challenge to myself to try to figure out a way that I could achieve a similar texture in my weaves. Or maybe not even a texture, but more of a flow and movement.
A third board that I’ll go to is my forms board. This is a loose collection of geometric shapes that I find inspiring. Weaving and geometric shapes are meant for each other, so it’s always fun to get some shape inspiration.
Do you also use Pinterest boards for inspiration? What is your go-to board you created on Pinterest? Feel free to link to it in the website section of the comments.
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