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What are sources of creative inspiration around you that help you complete your work?

As someone who always struggles to be seized with enough passion to create things, I wondered what inspires you. I saw a Vox video on youtube about how nature itself can be a model of design and a source of inspiration, and I was wondering how people come by their professional ideas. #inspiration


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Theresa’s Answer

In my experience, my heart and mind are energized to be creative when I have an aspect of my work I wish to improve. It could be a topic that falls under a bigger umbrella or the entire umbrella itself. I find, during the busy day, moments of creative inspiration come when I allow myself the time to think. For example, when I am driving, or walking from place to place or even walking the aisles of the supermarket. It allows your mind to relax and drift and I imagine what the outcome I wish to achieve feels like. Creativity for me is very much tied to emotion, and when I set my mind to experience what the outcome will feel like, I find it sets my brain to work. Nature is an excellent place as well, as it focuses and relaxes the mind, allowing your mind to wander and understand what your end goal is. For me, working in my English Cottage garden really helps. I see color, geometry, creatures going about their day, progress, beauty, and I find I begin to relate these things to what I am trying to achieve creatively in my job. It gets me in a state of mind which slows down time, relaxes my mind, and opens my heart. When I can get to this place, creativity becomes very natural.

Once you have an idea of what you want to improve, decide what the outcome will look and feel like. Then, think about what you could do to make it even better. What would it look like if there were no rules, no boundaries, and no laws of physics. When you come to that, and your idea takes your breath away, figure out what you need to do to achieve it and work the problem. Peel away at each aspect and hurdle as you are able. Remove or limit the boundaries one by one, until your idea becomes alive and your outcome may possibly be better than what you originally imagined.


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Emily’s Answer

Great question! Artistic inspiration can come from many places. As you mentioned, nature can be a great reference point. I've found that working in different locations and environments influences the work that I create. For example, I did an artist residency in East London. It's a very industrial area and the materials that I used in the sculpture I made there reflected that. I participated in another residency in Barcelona, and my work there was very different. It was colorful and reflected the cultural vibrancy and diversity of the city. Another great inspiration for artwork is going to see other artists' work. If you can, I suggest searching online for exhibition openings near you that you can attend. It's a great way to meet other artists and ask them about their work. Finally, I suggest finding a group of artists that you can connect with on a regular basis. Whether it's online or a MeetUp type interest group, it's very helpful to talk with other artists about the work that you're doing. So many times I've had breakthroughs on a project, because of a conversation I had with another artist friend.


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Nirmal’s Answer

Great leaders inspire and motivate me every day, leaders that I can look up to, not only professionally but also personally. Couple of great qualities of a good leader include: sense of empathy, active listening skills, great energy and the ability to understand and put themselves in others' shoes, positive reinforcement and guidance to achieve success together.

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