Monday, September 27, 2010

Creative Inspiration: Japan

Today's Creative Inspiration post comes from Sheila of Shecological. Thank you, Sheila!

Ever since I was young, growing up in the Midwest, my friends wondered why I was obsessed with Asian art and design. I couldn’t really explain it then and I still not sure what the original influence was. I do know that now I am intrigued and inspired by Japan.

I went to Tokyo for Spring break a few years ago and the reality of the city exceeded my fantasy. People were friendly and polite. It was clean and convenient. And, it was full of art, style, history, and imagination.

When I am choosing fabric combinations or designing patterns for my bags I try to think about the aesthetics in Japanese design. I love their combination of historic and futuristic, natural and urban, cute (kawaii) and elegant. I love their fabrics and accessories such as zippers and trims.

There are a variety of other influences that I work into my designs but I hope the Japanese inspirations shine through.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Creative Inspiration: Dogs

Our girl, Suki

Dogs. Not all people love ‘em, but those who do shower their four-legged, tail wagging friends with unbridled affection and unconditional love. Or is that the other way around? Whichever, the relationship between canis familiarius and homo sapien has triumphantly stood the test of time.

Myself? A dog lover. Until recently, I was master of two pooches. My big old Black Lab, guardian of the property and grand fetcher of anything thrown, passed away leaving my old Weimarner, Suki, as the queen of the house. At 12 years old, she still has fantastic energy and a stubborn streak to boot. She also receives copious amounts of love and affection from my family. Her time will come as well...sooner than we care to think.

Beantown Handmade's Corsage Collar

So, it goes without saying that I have had dogs on my mind recently. These creatures are an inspiration to all who have known the love of a dog. Happy, carefree, silly, loyal, many other adjectives to describe a dog’s positive attributes (and there are negative ones, too, but I won’t mention those here) I was actually surprised to see how many Artisans Collective members create dog-themed items. From artworks to dog apparel, this team has the dog inspired treasures covered.

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made." ~Roger Caras