Inspiration can come from anything.
You can be sitting at a cafe and be inspired by the design of a cup, check out www.work.no and look at Kaffebilen’s beautiful cup designed by Norwegian graphic designer Kevin Hagen, or a unique outfit put together by a homeless person. Whatever it is, it ignites a creative feeling that makes you want to write, draw, or anything that may strike your fancy creatively.
I was watching Project Runway last week, and one of the designers mentioned she was inspired by materials before she sketches her apparel ideas. I related to that comment because I definitely feel prompted when I see some cool materials, especially when the materials are luxuriously, beautiful. However, even if the materials are not from Italy’s finest tanneries, having a material at hand does help with the creative process.
As I have mentioned, my favorite magazine is Surface. While perusing the beautiful photographs, designs, and advertisements, I saw a sofa that made me stop turning the page. Oh yes, I am so in love with furniture design and will not only spend everything I have on beautiful shoes but furniture is my biggest weakness next to shoes (i.e. I just purchased the Tolomeo lamp for my office.) This sofa is by design house Luminaire. The design is so simple but yet stylish. I love the combination of the two materials which appears to be a mesh type of material with a twill or microfiber.
My personal aesthetic is very simple and modern. I don’t feel the need to over do things for myself. I don’t follow trends either. I do that for a living so I keep things simple.
This time instead of drawing just a shoe, I decided to sketch a lifestyle shot which resembles my personal style which can be a jacket (blazer…do we still say that?) , skinny jeans which lately I have been thinking of going the ripped skinny jean route but have not attempted the look, and some boots that were inspired by the design of the sofa. It combines simple but luxurious leathers with a mesh type of material that gave a feeling of it being see thru and sporty. I added some hardware such as flat head studs to give it an edge and hidden zipper that is non-functional. I am not much of a heel girl because comfort is key for me, however, I do like height. I added an additional piece to the heel to give it a semi wedge look. Perhaps it’s all wood or partly wrapped with leather and the heel is wood. Just a thought…it was just fun to play around!