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“Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another purposefully, to cause vibrations in the soul.” -Wassily Kandinsky

Inspiration for design can come from anywhere.  A child’s painting, your backyard, a street in Italy, a brick wall in Cornwall, the Australian outback, a wrought iron fence in any suburb in any city, a favourite painter or a favourite fibre artist.

Doodling and brainstorming can boost creativity although the latter usually requires a group of people sharing ideas but I’m a freeformer so I believe that anything is possible 🙂

This site might be worth a visit. And don’t forgt to click on the 10 Creative Myths link on this site!  Brilliant advice and I couldn’t have said it any better myself!

I particularly like this suggestion I grabbed from Step 4 at the above site …..“freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking.” I occasionally run creative challenges on my Ravelry and Yahoo groups which begin with a certain criteria which could easily be looked on as a restriction.  For example the current challenge is based on a “magic ball” of yarn where differing lengths of yarn are knotted together and then crocheted or knitted. They can then add whatever extras they like and what each participant does with this fabric is entirely up to them.  Past challenges have proven that the above quote is very true.

Some of my favourite painters who I turn to are:

Paul Klee

Wassily Kandinsky


Robert Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay

Marc Chagall

Juan Miro

In fact any of the Expressionists and Impressionists are good creative fodder.  You don’t have to like any of these artists’ work but studying their use of colour and line is an invaulable exercise.

Even if you never create anything from your explorations it’s still beneficial to absorb the possibilities from this kind of creative wandering.

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