Being inspired is as simple as keeping my eyes open. I find inspiration everywhere – from pieces in a museum or graffiti on the street, to people I see on public transportation. It can be as subtle as a shape or texture, or as simple as the line created by the way a bag lays on someone’s back. These small moments that probably go unnoticed by others, light up my senses just like a light bulb lights up a room.
When I was a student, commuting to Paris every day, I had the luxury of time to sit and notice, which trained my eye to become keenly aware of what was happening around me. Even though I no longer have that same luxury of time and spirit free from responsibility, I have the same eye and interest in noticing my surroundings for inspiration. The only difference now is that my eyes are seriously tired by day’s end!
Especially now that I have other priorities like family and business, the invention of the iPhone has allowed me to capture moments of inspiration and save them until I’m free to access them. I also always carry a sketchbook with me since I never know when the mood will strike to make a note or drawing. And as unsexy as it may sound, scheduling is also a crucial component of inspiration – making time to draw every day allows creativity to flow from the inspiration I have gathered. Some days I am more successful at making this happen than others.
In architecture school, I learned how important it is to narrow and focus your ideas into a succinct and coherent story. Just like an en to noir to pour liquid through a narrow opening, the act of focusing my ideas is an organic and thoughtful process that takes time and must not be forced. Though, it can take a lifetime to truly focus my ideas and vision, I’m okay with that. After all, it is that act of continually focusing, fine-tuning and defining the vision that is the real journey.