Otherwise known as parasols, one look at these colorful umbrellas on cotton fabric and I was inspired! Aprons, handbags, rosettes…this imagery made me spin with ideas. Could it be that the colorful ,visual spirals were a neurological jump-start, like plugging into a part of the brain that gets fired up and has to run its course? Where do ideas come from, what triggers creative surges?
Anyway, I’d seen a cool post on “The Spiral” – on FifthRealmPress.blogspot.com – which reminded me how much I love the nautilus shape of the ancient ammonite fossils. Not long after, I picked up Tracey Chevalier’s book Remarkable Creatures about a young woman in the early 19th Century who hunted fossils for a living and became infamous for her discoveries of ammonites and Jurassic era fossils. This at a time when women unchaperoned out of doors was shocking, and most certainly not on long stretches of beach by themselves!
Oddly, this spiral shaped nautilus shell resonates for me like the image of a twirling parasol. So, where does inspiration come from and why? Can it be compared to garlands of imagery and thoughts linked together in resonance and pattern, waiting to be made manifest by us?
Well, to look takes a moment, but to absorb what we see and translate it into shape or form may take some “slow time” to make it happen. I prefer to spin around the ideas and images a bit to find their shape. What strikes your fancy? Where else can you see links to that idea or image? Take inventory of similarities and watch the connections take shape. Make it playful and see what emerges for you.
Anyway, let it rain all it wants, I’m under the spell of my umbrellas!