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Monday, March 7, 2016

Etsy Metal Blog Carnival: What Inspires Me Outside of Jewelry

It’s time for the monthly EtsyMetal Blog Carnival. This month team members are sharing information about non-jewelry inspiration.

This blog carnival is a great way to get to know some of the EtsyMetal team members. Please click on blog link at the bottom of this post to see the other entry for this month.
I love this subject.  I collect all kinds of things, both virtual and material, that inspire me.

Just thinking for a second... do they "inspire me" or do I just "like them"?  Is there a difference?  As an artist or a creator of jewelry, maybe there is.  Maybe some things that I like actually do INSPIRE me to create.  And maybe other things I like are just nice to look at and make me happy.

So let me explore some of the things that excite and inspire me.

Philosophical musings inspire me.  I love diving into a dilemma and hashing it out.  I did a series of jewelry based on some of my thoughts about things like "the paradox of the heap" (look it up... it's definitely food for thought).

My upcoming collection is based on my fascination with space and/or the cosmos... and our place in it.  Reading about the universe from a scientific standpoint is truly inspiring for me.

Other than concepts, some of my non-jewelry inspirations include:
  •  Artists like René Lalique, Vilmos Zsolnay, and M.C. Escher


  • Concepts combined with art, like Kintsugi

It's fun to mentally collect things that inspire me and add elements of my musings into my own creations.

There are so many, many things that inspire me I could probably write a weekly blog post about it.

Check out the other EtsyMetal team member who blogged about the subject of non-jewelry inspiration: Andrea Ring http://amuckdesign.blogspot.com/


  1. Very nice! I've been inspired lately by sashiko stitching and am about to attack my denim jacket.

    1. Thanks. Okay, had to look up sashiko stitching. How fun is that! I love the geometry of some of the designs out there.