Good morning! If you hadn't noticed, there's a few changes going on around here. Rachel Follett from Ironwood Design has been working on putting up tabs, a FAQ page, and a new blog for the online creativity course I hope to teach this Spring. Everything should be finished in a week or two and then I'll be posting more details about the class. :)
Well, today I wanted to introduce you to the work of Cabin and Cub!. As you know, I love to put together collages using vintage paperdolls, spools of thread, and other vintage items. For the last couple of months I've been thinking about ways to add small illustrations to my collages. I've also been thinking about what type of material (paper, cloth, wood, etc.) I can use for the backdrop for my mixed media collages. When I spotted Cabin and Cub this morning, I was so inspired by their creativity and their choice of materials...vintage magazine clippings, illustrations, and wood surfaces. How unique! To be honest, I also thought "Why didn't I think of that?!" ;)
As an artist or creative person, do you struggle with how to be unique in your work? Does it seem like every time you think you've got a fresh new idea, someone else has already done it? I think the tricky part is to be inspired by others but to still stay an original. Because we're individuals, if you remain true to yourself, your work will be different from another artist's. Your own unique personality will inevitably come out in what you create.
I'm excited about the e-course I'll be teaching because I'll be giving participants ideas on how to be inspired by other artists, while not duplicating their work, which can be a little tricky at times. I have a feeling I'm going to be learning some things right along with you. xo
Have a great Thursday everyone! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this subject. :)