Sculptural Inspiration

I’m not sure where the germs of an idea for a design come from. I have always been curious about this, ever since I did a report in Junior High School about creativity, and reading “The Courage to Create” by Rollo May in the 1970’s.

This introduction is a way of getting at last night’s work. I have been very sick with a simply terrible cold for the last week. Knock-Down, flat on my back sick with a pounding head ache, sinus infection and general misery. I never get sick. Really, I have not been sick like this in twenty years. But I am convinced that when one gets ill, they go somewhere. Somewhere foreign and strange and unknown. One believes that one will never return from this place. But eventually one does. And one heals and returns to the world of the living.

It took this horrid journey to make me take a rest. I took a break from everything normal- designing,working, being productive, exercising and being healthy, eating well, being social, sleeping – because I had no other choice.

When I returned (and I have to admit, I am still a little sick,) I had ideas swimming in my head. I had visions of forms and colors. Of beadwork, of knit work, of drawing. Things looked different inside my head from anything I had conjured before. And the minute that I had an ounce of energy I wanted to create. I wanted to use my hands and pull out my materials and work to bring to life these visual images.

This image is of some of the inspiration that triggered the forms.  I have also included a quick snap shot of the first little pieces of a necklace that is growing on my work table.sculptural inclusion in process

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