Thursday, September 12, 2013

Fresh Glass | Roadblocks to Creativity

This was my fan page post for yesterday:
Your Beadmaker has a case of the BLAHS! I don't want to make beads because I'm feeling uninspired. I don't want to clean beads I've made b/c my dremel is midway on another project. I don't want to photograph cleaned beads b/c it's hot. I don't want to list b/c no one seems to be shopping... sigh #FallDoldrums
So what do you do when you need inspiration???  No, really, I want to know!!  This is the hardest thing for me. I see people make cute little sets... over and over and over... and pass the bullets please! I was never cut out to be a "factory." I knew this with the rubber stamp biz.

Back when rubber stamping was really huge and there were actual rubber stamp stores, several of the more successful manufacturers offered a "card of the month" program. While this was a nice way to guarantee wholesale order every also involved creating a handmade card for every store that subscribed to the program!  And the most had 200 -250 stores subscribed to this plan!  I knew  two of the artists who made these cards every month, Jane Beard, (who drew the Museum of Modern Rubber line that I press) and the late, great Georgia Cerone. Both loved the repetition of the work and having to come up with new designs for next month. I would just die if I had to do that!

And so it goes with beads. I have to have something new going on to keep my brain happy and with the doldrums... how do you just light the torch of inspiration???

I decided to explore some color sites.  I wrote down the color combos that appealed to me and before I knew it... the bead ideas were flowing. I only got a couple of beads made...but that's a start. And sometimes, that's all it takes!

So... what do YOU do when you need inspiration????

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glassbead, isinglass design said...

Holly! I Love the bead with the flower cutout- I've never seen that done- way cool!

JanelDudleyBeads said...

I agree, that flower bead is cool. Very unique :)

I find that color combos snap me out of inspirational funks.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

So funny but that's the bead I like the least!!!