Inspiration

January 1 ... a perfect day to start the conversation. So much to talk about, so much to share.

Let's start at the beginning -- the point of inspiration. An alternate definition of inspiration is "the drawing in of breath." Isn't that often how creative inspiration feels? The drawing in of an idea, a divine breath, that fires our creativity? Sometimes our inspiration comes upon us like a steady inhalation. And sometimes it arrives like a gasp. 

In 1991, a flier from the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville (now The Kentucky Center) arrived announcing a performance by Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. The mailer featured an illuminated crystal that caught my attention. Looking at it now, after having viewed thousands of images of diamonds and colored gemstones, it certainly isn't what I'd call a pretty stone. Yet the placement of the highlights and shadows captivated me.

As I sat staring at the image, I had an honest-to-God "gasp" of inspiration: there HAD to be a way to turn this diamond into a quilt. After all, those facets were simply straight lines, right? And, while I'm not a great seamstress, I can at least sew a straight line. (Well, on good days....) I didn't have a clue how to to do it, but I knew I wasn't going to give up until I figured it out. Seven years later, after reading lots of books and attending lots of workshops, I finished my first diamond quilt, "Solitaire", in 1998. 

                  "Solitaire" (5' x 5'), Private Collection. All images copyrighted.

                  "Solitaire" (5' x 5'), Private Collection. All images copyrighted.

Fast forward to today. Here's the source of inspiration for my current diamond. It's a spectacular peach Zoisite from the collection of Mayer & Watt. (Photography by Geoffrey Watt @ Mayer and Watt) Laurie and Simon Watt's mission is to buy and sell beautiful and unique gemstones that inspire the creation of fine jewelry. Their operation is headquartered in Maysville, Kentucky.  You can check out their collection of stunning gemstones at http://mayerandwatt.com/. 

         Photography by Geoffrey Watt @ Mayer and Watt

         Photography by Geoffrey Watt @ Mayer and Watt

In my next post, I'll share a bit about how I selected this particular gem and how I hope to tell its unique story.

Where do you find your inspiration? Tell me about it!