My hero, Grace Coddington once said 'Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching, because whatever you can see can inspire you'. (Side note: I am so saddened that she has stepped down from her position at VOGUE, she is beyond irreplaceable at the magazine). Working in on R&I, or in any creative endeavor requires a lot of idea generation. Someone once asked me, 'do you ever get stuck?'. Truth is, of course, I am human and it can happen, but luckily it doesn't last for that long. Inspiration can come in many different forms, here are just a few ways that when I need it I can find it. Tell me, where do you find inspiration?
1. Go somewhere or do something new. This doesn't have to mean booking a trip somewhere exotic, I tend to get a lot of my ideas close to home. For example, I will go to a boutique that I have never been or head to a museum to get ideas. I will also go out of my way to walk down a different street. Luckily here in New York, things are always changing, something new is always around the corner.
2. Look at materials. I love incorporating different surfaces and materials other than the typical black and white surfaces. For ideas I head into a craft store or hardware store, there are so many ideas tucked into each aisle!
3. Go vintage. Nothing inspires me more than a vintage magazine. If you follow R&I on Pinterest (follow Vintage Editorials here), you might have noticed that vintage holds a soft spot in my heart, the dresses, the poses, just everything.
4. Go outside. When I am stuck, I try to get outside. This might sound like a typical response, but if I can look go outside, sit on a bench and just watch the clouds for a few minutes, it uusally recharges me and ideas begin flowing.
5. Go to my happy place. I am a person that is easily happy, so whether it be looking through a magazine, photographing flowers, the flower market, walking around New York or Brooklyn, coffee shops, I go there and feel at ease. I have found that when I am in a state of calm, ideas come to fruition. Stress is the worst for when you are trying to generate ideas.