During most of 2013, Whipup.net will be hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!
I feel incredibly fortunate to love where I live. There is so much here that inspires me and influences what and how I make.Â Part of that process comes from beingÂ aÂ blogger and taking pictures.Â I am by no meansÂ aÂ â€œPhotographer,â€ I am justÂ aÂ woman withÂ aÂ camera who enjoys taking photos. When I started blogging and reading more blogs, I was truly in awe of some of the beautiful photos I found on the internet. It rekindled an old flame, photography. I set about improving my skills, which meant takingÂ aÂ whole heck ofÂ aÂ lot of pictures. There is no shortage of subject matter out there. I started by taking walks in my neighborhood and capturing things that caught my eye. Then, every outing meant bringing my camera along and noting my environment; shapes, textures, colors and patterns sprung up everywhere I looked.
I started to see things differently. Everyday ordinary objects took on new beauty and interest. As I would go through my photographs, I would see them again in yet another light.Â AfterÂ aÂ while I started to seeÂ aÂ connection between my pictures and the projects I was working on. The colors and patterns of seasons would make their way into my making.
Winter Barberry some gray and red stitching
AÂ riot of spring flowers and some colorful quilting
Small moments, little vignettes, places just down the street were captured by my camera and somehow made their way into my making. Even my backyard became full of inspiration.
AÂ gorgeous little caravan and some fabric printing
My little red hen Fran and her cohorts have played muse to me many times
Often when I find myself stuck, when I feel I have run out of ideas, I grab my camera and takeÂ aÂ walk. It allows me to get out in the fresh air, clear my head and haveÂ aÂ good look around. I always, always come back withÂ aÂ number of pictures that get me pondering. Sometimes I do not even realize until much later how much my environment really affects me and what Iâ€™m working on.
This picture has me thinking about making something right now- love those colors!
And of course going hyper-local, my favorite subject isÂ aÂ constant source of inspiration.
So why not give itÂ aÂ try? Take your camera out and capture whatever interests you. Your photos donâ€™t have to be perfect; itâ€™s all about seeing things differently, noticing the colors, shapes, and patterns of your surroundings. Make it Local in pictures! I bet that wherever you live, there is no end to what can inspire you.