Using Writing for Inspiration- Blogger of the Week: Express Yourself
A lot of designers take their inspiration from photos, landscapes, locations and wildlife. But have you ever considered taking inspiration from writing? As an avid reader, I can think of quite a number of pieces that would be great inspiration for designs. To help me express this point, I interviewed Jodi, our blogger of the week and author of Express Yourself, a blog in which Jodi posts her poems and favourite quotes, along with pieces submitted by readers.
How did you come up with this blog idea (posting your poems)?
What inspires your pieces?
What’s the hardest part about writing this blog?
“Because I try not to write my own stuff all the time, its hard finding other material because of my word limit.”
What are your other personal interests?
“Reading, acting and singing (both not as performances, just as fun), talking, giving advice.”
Do you think visual artists and fashion designers should use writing as a source of inspiration for their work?
“Well yeah. Literature really makes you think about things in another way.”
Do you have any tips for people who want to start up a blog expressing themselves?
“Try not to determine on other people’s liking of your blog. Just do it for yourself and love what you do whether its drawing, painting or writing. Also date everything. It’s fun to look back.”
I want to thank Jodi again for the interview. I actually designed three looks using two of Jodi’s poems:
Feeling inspired to design using literature yet? My suggestion is to start off using descriptive poems like this one:
In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The read fire blazes,
The grey smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!
by Robert Louis Stevenson