Exploring Inspiration – Volume 1


Inspiration is often an elusive thing, and I find it interesting to track the progression from initial inspiration to a finished piece – with my own work, and with the work of others.  I thought I’d share this collage, Dissect, as an example of how one element – one material – can inspire an entire piece of art.

I created this collage early last year, when I was emerging from an artistic drought.  I knew spending time in nature would help restore my creative spirit, and headed to a nearby park that has extensive hiking trails.  Once there, armed with my camera and some plastic bags, I walked the trails to see what would catch my eye.  I gathered a few feathers and a stone or two, but the prize of the day was this odd-looking thing that looked like a cross between a pod and a loofah.  It reminded me of a heart, and I knew it would make a compelling central image for a collage.


From there I decided to take a peek inside, inside myself that is, which I like to do from time to time.  I dissected my heart, figuratively, and created this collage based on what was inside.  Once I knew what aspects I wanted to visually manifest, I dipped into my cache of art supplies.  Here are some of the materials I used, in addition to the found pod:

Base board – the base is thick cardboard, a slightly damage book cover
Background paper, crumpled
A page from a vintage ledger
Masking Tape (for the edge/border of the collage)
Metal tape
Glue dots
Small vellum envelopes
Vintage sheet music
Other ephemera/personal bits
Vintage letter stamps
Metallic rub-ons
Silver tray (I chose this as a frame for the heart, partly because it had a kind of clinical feel – like a tray that might be found in a laboratory)


Assembly took a few hours, and voila!  Dissection complete!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick peek into my creative process. Inspiration will be the topic of some future blog posts, when I’ll share how other pieces of art or writing took seed then bloomed into their finished state.

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted August 17, 2010 at 8:04 am by Terry | Permalink

    I really like this piece, and thanks for sharing your process!

  2. Posted August 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Terry. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!