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“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”
Chuck Close

How does inspiration "work" for you? What needs to happen for you to get into your creative zone? What to do when you are stuck? Have advice? Join the group and let us know.

 

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Aesthetics and Aging

Started by Tom Supensky. Last reply by Tom Supensky Jan 12, 2013. 4 Replies

I will be leading a panel discussion at this March NCECA conference in Houston, Texas, along with Don Reitz and Cynthia Bringle.  The title of the panel is Aesthetics and Aging.  I would welcome any comments about how one keeps the creative flame…Continue

To create I need quiet.

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Aug 22, 2012. 5 Replies

I have found this out a long time ago: To create something meaningful and…Continue

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The color of creativity

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Harriete Estel Berman Jun 17, 2012. 1 Reply

Source:…Continue

Tags: creative, blog, efficient, practically, crafthaus

Researching mediums outside of your primary, for inspiration

Started by Angelina Ciulik. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Jun 14, 2012. 2 Replies

On inspiration...Sometimes it helps me to see what others are doing and what concepts they are pursuing in their individual bodies of work, also paying special attention to artists working in mediums outside of my primary.  I often take the…Continue

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works

Started by Harriete Estel Berman. Last reply by Harriete Estel Berman Jun 6, 2012. 3 Replies

This is the most amazing book. I highly…Continue

Tags: ask harriete, creativity, inspiration, harriete estel berman, Imagine, How Creativity Works

Beauty

Started by Sandra Murray May 12, 2012. 0 Replies

I am often inspired by beauty! Whether it's something natural like trees and flowers, or even buildings. I was in the National Portrait Gallery today and I saw a postcard of Louise Brooks and Gary Cooper and bought them. I love drawing people and…Continue

How much time to you spend on new possible forms, styles, projects?

Started by Brigitte Martin. Last reply by Tom McCarthy Apr 29, 2012. 2 Replies

A few things to think about:How much time to you spend on new possible forms, styles, projects?Is there ever a drive to do something entirely different from your established and successful work?Are you afraid of your customer base/peer base not…Continue

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Always inspired

Started by Miri Admoni. Last reply by Miri Admoni Apr 26, 2012. 2 Replies

True, many of us feel the same, inspiration is everywhere and at anytime. As a former graphic designer, drawing sketches was the proccess for me and I still like doing that today. But there is nothing like touching the materials! This is the real…Continue

Tags: einstein, simple, imagination, proccess, inspiration

Inspiration is Easy; Focus is Hard

Started by Vickie Hallmark. Last reply by Harriete Estel Berman Apr 24, 2012. 2 Replies

I can be inspired by just about anything. Focusing on one inspiration is the hard part for me. I have a history of too many media due to exactly this combination.It's interesting to note that my recent work has become a bit more focussed since a bad…Continue

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

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