Most of my inspiration comes from the internet. I browse through thousands of images in a week at fashion runway collection sites, Tumblr, Pinterest and Bloglovin. Because of this I have about 50 000 inspiration images saved on my laptop and it is an easy place to start a project. Plus I can always refer to my earlier blogposts. But sometimes the internet is not enough. After hours of sitting inside typing it gets a bit boring and inspiration / motivation can get lost. The Beautiful Mess girls made a list of their 10 places to get inspired (outside of the www) and I thought I also should share mine. After all there is life outside the net.
1. Coffee shop
Have a cup and just watch people. Listen to their stories and read a book or a fashion magazine. Use the time away from your laptop to draw something or just scribble to your note book.
I´ve always loved museums. My favorite place in Helsinki in the Natural History museum. Stuffed animals, the bone collection and thousands of insects. Just walk, photograph, study and admire the wonderful design style (shapes, colors and textures) of nature. Some people rather see these things in the woods, I´ll take my walk inside the stone halls.
What they don´t have, you probably don´t need. Books with pictures, books with poetry or unbelievable fairytales, beautiful illustrations. Also the silence of a library is a good distraction from your normal hectic life and give that boost of concentration you need for your project.
4. A random walk / bike ride / road trip
Take your camera and go explore your neighborhood. Walk/bike to places you´ve never been before. Flip a coin to turn left or right. Take pictures of everything on the way. Geo-tag them so you find them again if needed. If you´re lucky you might find a new interesting shops or stumble upon a trash container for some unscheduled dumpster diving. If nothing else, you get some fresh air to clear your thoughts. Remember good shoes and a bag for found treasures.
5. Second hand shops
I´m sure your neighborhood has second hand shops that you´ve never visited. Take a day, mark them all to a map and take a tour. Try on everything red.
6. Antique stores
Every town should have an antique shop that sells curiosities. We have one in Helsinki. I love the guy who runs it and it is a good spot for something extraordinary. And a cup of tea.
7. (Old) book shop
If the library is the place for finding information on newer things, the old book shop is good for some vintage flair. I usually look up old comics, 60´s trash novels, biology and nature books (for graphics) and art books.
8. Art exhibition
Art inspires me. I study the compositions and colors. Especially humoristic art made with recycled materials is a good place for a trashionista to get going. I feel many people are affraid of art as they feel they should have an educated opinion on it. I never do.. To me art is subjective, if you like/dislike it, you do, and that´s all. No need for explanations.
9. The hardware store
I adore hardware stores. They are filled with small metal knick knacks and other useful glue / paint / plastic / chain thingies that I have no idea what they should be used for. But I can think of a few other places to put them, like clothes and accessories.
10. Beyond your comfort zone
Most of the good stuff happens outside your comfort zone. Do something that scares (but does not stress) you, break a routine. The feeling that you get from achieving something (could be a small thing) you didn't think you´d do is such a rush and very good for inspiration!