It’d be tricky to be creative in a vacuum, don’t you think? Inspiration is essential. T’would be an awfully large leap from the blank page to a work of beauty if you’d not laid your eyes on beauty elsewhere. So I’m always happy to discuss inspiration with friends such as your marvellously good selves. Where – if you don’t mind me asking – do you find your inspiration?
For me, nature is an unsurpassable source of ideas for colour, form, and texture. And artists/crafters who capture the creativity of the natural world come a close second. Artists such as Dan Bennett. Gather round, my friends, help yourself to a glass of this rather lovely rioja, and feast your eyes on this:-
This is the design on the cover of my 2014 appointments diary, an acrylic by Dan Bennett called Meconopsis 5. I love it. The detail, the geometry, the colour, the botanical inspiration – it speaks to me. Dan Bennett’s images (many of which are here) make me think about what might be possible with needles/hooks and yarn. When I was designing my knitted picture of a mandala, I thought about mandala-like designs of his, such as this:-
Bennett is a British artist, inspired by the world visible through the microscope as much as by the world visible to the naked eye. I’m reproducing some of his acrylics here as their repetitive details are perhaps most relevant to fibre artists, but he also works in oil and through the medium of body art. Want to see some more? Here is another of his acrylics:-
And a painting that makes me ponder texture:-
All rather beautiful, no? Anyway, whilst I continue to knit my secret new design, I just had to share this with you. Whose work inspires you? Or do you rely solely on raw nature? I’d love to hear your thoughts.