What is inspiration anyway?
Lately I’ve been thinking alot about inspiration.
Do you have to have an art school approach or journal to feel inspired or is that just a documentation of some sort, connected but more influenced by management and documentation theories to justify our purpose in a hugely competitive world? Can you just be emotionally inspired in a spontaneous way – by joy, anger, lifeache, elation? This means creating something without a map or explainable provenance. Something that will probably never enter a gallery or get any attention because of its lack of paperwork. Is this where we’re at? How peaceful! (You can tell that I’ve been reading Leunig to help my attitude)
On that note, I’ve been privileged once again to have weavers in my studio doing just that. Weaving the Saori way without prepared documentation. Learning a tool box of techniques to get them started along the way but exploring their own ideas so readily. I tend to focus on techniques as a practical kick start to weaving with the Saori approach but there is much more in the philosophy which, although quite difficult to understand, needs to be explored over time.
Some aspects are already within Western cultural attitudes but many are almost the antitheses of our thinking. Letting go of ideas is more challenging than gaining new ones.
For example; what is beautiful in cloth? I’ll leave this question with you because it is difficult. Maybe you’ll have an answer? I can’t begin to write down my answer because it is strung up inside of me.
I’ll let artist Tallulah and weaver Eleanor influence you!