Collecting inspiration is June's fostering creativity theme. In my Google searches this morning an interesting comment showed up over at a blog called Design Shack by Joshua Johnson. His comment was "...overuse of inspiration can stifle your own creativity." This particular blog post was about apps for collecting digital inspiration (the post is 3 years old, so it predates Pinterest). He goes on to comment that inspiration should not be to do what's been done, but to do something new with it. It is easier to make someone else's pattern than to come up with my own. Though I rarely make a project exactly like the pattern. As much as I might like someone's project, I'd never use the exact same fabrics (I've never understood kits). But is that being creative, making someone else's pattern, but with different fabrics?
Shay over at Quilting in My Pyjamas wrote a post last week about her frustration with Pinterest, too many postings about the same thing and how spending time pinning kept her from achieving some very worthwhile goals (I'm very much in favor of the world peace one). Many of us have stepped back from blogging a bit because we feel we aren't able to fit in time for the things we blog about. I guess the trick is to balance the time we spend on "collecting inspiration" and actually using those collections to do something creative, however you define it.
I did spend some time in my sewing room, though in the last week, it hasn't been much more than 15 to 30 minutes each time.
Still six out of seven days isn't bad. I had a finish in there and made some progress on moving Calico Cats closer to being finished.
How did you do this week on finding some inspiration and acting on it?
1. Kate @katiemaequilts