transforming inspiration

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Artistic practises | 2 Comments
transforming inspiration

I’m really interested in the creative process and how different artists and designers work – how do they take their initial inspiration for an idea¬†and transform it into a final piece of work. My series of sketchbook interviews on my last blog ‘Sketchbook Peeks’ gave us a glimpse into the sketchbooks of a wide selection of artist and designer-makers and I was constantly intrigued into the different ways that we all work. In today’s I’m going to share with you and example of how my original ink illustration Truly Madly Deeply came into existence.


The idea for my topiary trees in Truly Madly Deeply came from a day out at Thorpe Perrow in North Yorkshire one Mother’s Day weekend when my Mam and I spent the day wandering around the gardens and enjoying the daffodils. We came across these unusual looking trees and as soon as I saw them I just knew I had to take some photos and include the beautiful forms into my work.


I think this goes to prove that you never really know where you will find your next bit of inspiration, which is why it’s a great idea to always carry a camera or sketchbook with you when you are out and about.

I’d love to hear where you found the inspiration for your current piece of work – feel free to leave a comment below.


  1. Jenny Andersson
    September 22, 2014

    I always carry a camera on a walk, mainly to capture the fun we have in our walking groups, but also to capture the landscape. I love looking at the shapes nature makes. I used to paint as a teenager and really think I must get my paintbrushes out and see if I can start again. I wasn’t very good but I did enjoy it.

  2. Sarupa
    September 22, 2014

    Hmmm recent inspiration came while swimming in the Med. Much if life is a metaphor and it can be incredibly aspiring. Lovely post here….