Finding Inspiration

It is no longer winter time and I now live in an area where I am a hop, skip and a jump away from the Adirondacks.

As I have been exploring outside I’ve been bringing my camera along to take pictures to document the trip but also to find interesting colors, textures, and proportions that I could use in future woven products. Here is a little post to explain what I look for, and some awesome ideas that I have.

Beautiful contrasts from the leaves to the dark wet stones with a highlight of white water, as cold as ice.
Beautiful contrasts from the leaves to the dark wet stones with a highlight of white water, as cold as ice.
Proportions of color- mainly sun-washed stone with a trickle of dark slate grey with a few opposing shots of rusty fallen pine needles.
Proportions of color- mainly sun-washed stone with a trickle of dark slate grey with a few opposing shots of rusty fallen pine needles.
Uneven stripes of trees, supported by some lush bright greens.
Uneven stripes of trees, supported by some lush bright greens.
Peeks of bright orange lichen flowers with some frosty green amongst a field of neutral colors.
Peeks of bright orange lichen flowers with some frosty green amongst a field of neutral colors.
Rich texture from giant untouched lichen growths. Could be translated to undulating twills, shadows twills or even some organic overshot.
Rich texture from giant untouched lichen growths. Could be translated to undulating twills, shadows twills or even some organic overshot.
A stump with beautiful line variations with a growth of short little green joys encasing the top. Would make a really cool table runner (stripes capped with little checks of green)
A stump with beautiful line variations with a growth of short little green joys encasing the top. Would make a really cool table runner (stripes capped with little checks of green)
A garden of lichen with mosses and leaves. Love the rich texture- maybe for a honeycomb and lace combination.
A garden of lichen with mosses and leaves. Love the rich texture- maybe for a honeycomb and lace combination.
Lush velvety moss. In the future this would make a lovely tapestry, with soft fluffy parts in contrast with the stiffer leaves interspersed throughout.
Lush velvety moss. In the future this would make a lovely tapestry, with soft fluffy parts in contrast with the stiffer leaves interspersed throughout.

Inspiration can be found everywhere. I am very happy that I have a phone with a good camera on it because I never know when I will stumble upon a really awesome color combination- or an interesting texture that could be translated into a woven product.

What are some of your favorite outings to find inspiration? What do you look for? What are your favorite images that you have gathered? Would love to hear from you! And when I take these images to weaving production I will be sure to share.

2 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration

  1. I have feasted on all the blog entries and posts you have created on this site in an epic binge of delight and learning. I see that so few people have left comments, alas.
    Perhaps, after reading one of your entries, the viewer can’t wait to run off and put to practice the insights you’ve offered and can’t spare a moment to post a comment!

    Your writing and photography are FIRST CLASS, and you are generous in sharing your knowledge. Thank you.

    1. After a long day at work, I settled down to my computer and I saw your lovely message. Thank you! Your words are delightful and lifted my spirits. I hope that you share with others! I am working on a round of blogs entries that focus on production weaving and some more on drafting. If you have any questions or insights I would love for you to share! Look forward to weaving a conversation with you.

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