As a creative person, I find it helpful to look at the world with different points of view. Sometimes, I tell myself, just look at colors. Sometimes, it’s layouts or typography… or textures… etc. etc. Everything before me is an opportunity to be inspired! As fabric-enthusiasts, we know the colors we gravitate toward and we most likely have a few different styles which suit our aesthetic. Our stash accumulates accordingly. What catches our eye? What is inspiring us to make what we make?
This leads up to “Inspiration is everywhere” I recently attended the Brimfield Antiques Show in Brimfield, MA. If you enjoy a good flea market, love to browse vintage shops and think of antiques as eye candy, this is the place for you! So many set designers, artists, interior designers, furniture makers, crafters enjoy the show every year, it’s truly an event to behold. My friends in the textile industry make a point of going every year, sometimes to all three shows per year, to have a day or two of looking, learning and fun!
This September, I attended with my husband (who has a hobby of various collectibles) and we set forth to walk the show, take in the artisan spirit and basically, “see cool stuff”.
I also went this year with our quilt market in mind. We are developing our booth displays and as many shop owners know, visual merchandising and displays are an art form of their own. Whenever I am feeling in a creative rut, I google or search Pinterest for “Anthropologie Window Displays” and my creative energy surges!
Come along with me – a few photos to show you what caught my eye… I could walk the same aisles over and over and see different things each time – that’s what I love about this and many big flea markets/antique shows. You never know what is going to appear before you and what will inspire you… I also rely on my husband to see things very differently. We are opposites and I enjoy watching what catches his eye!
I know if we all walked the show together, we would all see different things! That is what is so great about these shows and about keeping your eyes open to what’s around you!
Hope you liked the little look into my fun Sunday afternoon with the hubby. It’s technically not all fabric related but inspiration can come from anywhere – I’m sure someone is figuring out how to make a Mr. Fish face quilt right now – Ha ha ha!!!