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Utter Inspiration

I make a lot of things, especially in my head. The pieces that physically evolve have origins in functionality: a bowl. With my deft hand, it is rendered as less and more: a bowl with so much material removed, could it even contain apples? Maybe. But it’s aspiration is not to contain anything; it’s purpose is to be, much like it is our own purpose to be, to exist. Now the object’s destiny it to be had, to be collected. I make collector’s pieces.

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Precedent studies. Impersonators. They fall under criticism in the art world. Professors of the arts encourage students to travel and soak up fine brush stroke techniques and study building construction. Libraries (and increasingly blogs via the internet) serve to fill our minds with examples of historically significant and contemporary examples for which we may take (liberally) inspiration for our own work. I’ve encountered a number of people who scoff at precedent studies and demean impersonators. Others have taken an opposing stance (such as myself) and love nothing more than a well done museum from which I emerge with a sketchbook full of ideas and a mind full of renewed energy. (Also, how would I live without Elvis Presley impersonators? Seriously!)

The debate undoubtedly centers around the idea of copying, a concept we’ve been told since primary school is very bad. While I have known my fair share of outright copiers *you know who you are!*, I’ve made peace with the notion that there is no such thing as an original idea (It’s morose, but it’s true.). So many of the world’s success stories – from musical artists to engineers to website developers – have taken inspiration from people, ideas and projects before them. And all for the better; as a society we are constantly “borrowing” from others to improve upon our own work. The problem therein lies with how much credit is given and how much credit is due to the “original” party. (Again, we all know about plagiarism and how devastating it can be for a student who finds themselves copying and pasting (literally) from Wikipedia [seriously, Wikipedia? Again, you know who you are!]).

That is why I’ve developed this newest page of my website, titled “!” to represent the light bulb that goes off in/above my head every time I encounter something so exciting and grand that it instantly becomes inspiration for my own work. The scope of my inspiration is broad – from the architecture in Paris to the runways inside them – and in tune with my thoughts on originality and copying and owing credit where credit is due, I will always show you my creation alongside the “original” concept – be it a necklace, a book, a bottle of wine or a landscape.

fall 2011 look book

visibly stunning invisible glass

Associated content:

Architecture Portfolio

iMADE

iMAKE

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