What inspires each of us is a mystery.  We are inspired by different things, consistently – haven’t you found this to be true?  One person is intrigued by owls or Africa, another by doorway shapes and picket fences, someone else by the color blue.  These are not trivial inclinations.  They abide and stand at the ready to take us to a deeper and informative place, if we let them.  In that spirit (rather than in the spirit of copyright violation, mind), I share some of my collected images.  If you don’t already have a clip file and scrapbook of some sort or other – I can only ask – why not?!

Why look! It’s the purple sweater that I’m in the process of revamping in Jude Hill’s boro class (image clipped many, many years ago).
Doctored National Geographic image with stunning shapes and textures (above).
This came from a fairly recent fashion magazine.  But the next two (dug out recently from some file or other), are from the 90’s!!
Japanese things of ALL kinds inspire me, but especially textiles…. since at least sixth grade when I wrote a report on the country.  I still remember taping a picture of the flag to the front cover.
African textiles make me crazy with love and admiration. Reading “Indigo – In Search of the Color that Seduced the World” (by Catherine McKinley) right now about a young woman’s odyssey to western African, in search of both her roots and the fabulous indigo cloth.

This picture comes from a library book that is going onto my Amazon wishlist!

Each garment featured (one more unbelievably embellished after another) is drawn out in this way – making the garments seem accessible, and dare I say? Reproducible?!  Not in their finery, perhaps, but in their basic structure, and with some of the same attention to detail.
Lastly, I pinned a pieced panel onto the sweater I am updating to see how it looked this morning.  Couldn’t find the shibori that I want to use for the bottom section, so pinned up a dark, patterned lycra in its place.

Weekend’s over (almost) – whew! – including Open Studios.  All went moderately well.  No need to discuss now when so tired. The important thing, here, is, it’s over and once I rest up and put some things away, I will be able move on and in and deeper toward some things much more satisfying than production and sales.  Thank you local viewers and buyers!!!!!

11 thoughts on “inspiration

  1. Ersi Marina

    I’ve so much enjoyed this walk through the things that inspire you. Every one of them is beautiful and richly evocative. And ‘Dress In Detail From Around the World’ must be a book to treasure!

  2. deanna7trees

    my inspiration folder is huge. i love going through it once in a while for some new ideas. thanks for the book reference. i have ordered it from the library.

  3. nadia

    I enjoy your blog immensely, the artistry, the way you put together fabrics, the piecing, the embroidery, the bags–all inspirational. I don’t keep an inspirational photo file because I don’t need anymore files. I feel visually saturated frequently, especially when blogging. On the other hand I go into my garden or my studio…there’s enough there for hours of inspiration.
    best from Tunisia,

  4. deedeemallon

    Erisa – thanks for looking and commenting! I am finally, now, getting back to the Karen Ruane class and will look for you over there, too!

    Deanna – you will LOVE this book. I think I’m going to order it for myself.

    Nadia – Hello!! In Tunisia, no less!! I know what you mean about clutter. Sts my paper collecting habits feel truly oppressive, but then I look through them and get re-inspired… so for now, anyway, I am deciding they are worth the space they occupy.

  5. deedeemallon

    yes, Chris, there is something almost Moroccan about the garment shown…. and Mags – glad to hear!!

  6. ali

    incredible images–I’m an image person, too. I teach writing, but images are what really sing to me, move me–thanks for sharing these!

  7. debgorr

    I’m catching up…. Love that striped dress! Oh it gives me ideas. And I’m putting that book on my to get list from the library.

  8. deedeemallon

    the book is to die for!! not just the gorgeous photos of the gorgeous garments, but the simple drawings of each piece that reveal construction.


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