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Some NYC Retail Inspiration

I love shopping.  Can't lie about that.  I don't always buy stuff when I go shopping.  Sometimes I'm simply looking for inspiration.  And I found it on a recent trip to New York City.  

One of my favorite places to go for inspiration is ABC Home.  The colors, the patterns, the displays, the motifs...I could linger for hours.

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Some NYC Retail Inspiration

As you can see from the price tag, things at ABC Home aren't cheap.  I'm thinking some plain white cups and some stamps from my stash could emulate these cups for a lot less money!

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Some NYC Retail Inspiration

There really are so many cool things in the world.  

But don't think that only ABC Home inspires.  I found plenty of other artistic inspiration elsewhere:

from the Balzer Designs Blog: Some NYC Retail Inspiration

I love the little face on that pin or pendant in the shop window above.  So whimsical and sweet.

Before I go, can we talk about inspiration for a minute?  

What is artistic inspiration?  You know, this is such a big topic that there's actually a Wikipedia page to try and answer that question.  I can only answer the question for myself.  For me, artistic inspiration is anything that makes me excited to go and make art.  It could be:

  • a new supply
  • a new technique
  • an old technique
  • a cool project someone else made
  • a terrible project someone else made
  • an idea
  • a conversation
  • a dream
  • a deadline
  • a challenge
  • a question
  • curiosity

Inspiration is not about copying a project one-to-one, although if that's what works for you, rock on with your bad self.  For me, inspiration is riding a ripple -- When you throw a stone into a pond, it creates little ripples.  

Following this metaphor:

  1. Seeing a beautiful object = Finding a Stone
  2. Making a note of it mentally or photographically = Throwing the Stone
  3. Creating a project that is tangentially related to that object = Riding the Ripple

Does this relate to your creative process?  Or does your brain work in an entirely different way?

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