My design and creation process finds inspiration from normal everyday life, such as architecture, nature or fashion. I log shapes, textures and colours when they bring inspiration and catalogue them for future projects. You never know when inspiration might strike, so historically this might have resulted in a permanent sketchbook/notepad being carried around. Now the joys of technology we can log these things with a simple click of a phone/ camera lens, a digital pad for notes and sketches. Each creative is different in their approach to logging, but be sure there will be bundles of sources stashed away for when they get home, that rainy day or sleepless night they decide to bring their ideas to life.
I often find myself most creative and receptive when out in the wild and love to embrace the smells, sounds, colours and sights around me. I sometimes collect small innocuous objects for reference and take multiple photos.
When I’m ready for a new project I take what I’ve gathered and sit down with a big mug of tea and doodle. This sometimes is without any clear aim and sometimes it has a definitive direction. Drawing out shapes in photos that I’ve taken, trying to imitate textures I’ve seen and felt, looking to contrast colours and textures for ultimate tactile and aesthetic impact. Often simplifying shapes down to simple line and finding the natural, even if somewhat irregular, geometry in them and seeing how this might translate into a piece of wearable art.