Tag - Inspiration

Looking over the shoulder of a person reading. You can see the brim of a straw hat, an open book, and someone's legs.

Summer Reading, Textile Edition

Summer is officially here, NeoCon 2022 is officially over. We all deserve a little downtime, right? As I stare down the huge pile of books begging to be read, I'm thinking back to a few favorites that have been inspiring the Design Pool team lately. In unique ways, each of these five books offered a seed of inspiration in the creation of our latest collection, Invisible Threads. If you're looking for something to read, especially if you're a textile...

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Tulip field with words overlaying reading A Creative Week in Holland

A Creative Week in Holland

In the spring of 2022, I joined a group of thirteen women on a Local Flora Field Guides trip to Holland. The trip was led by Kimberly Becker, Lauren Pignatello, and Susan Becker with the goal of experiencing the country while learning about the local flora and creating field guides. Each of the three hosts had something different to offer. Kimberly, an artist and designer, taught watercolors and embroidery. Lauren, a farmer and herbalist, taught all about the local...

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Fashion Documentaries, Kristen’s Picks

I am a sucker for a good documentary, especially ones focusing on creative people. Fashion documentaries in particular are one of my weaknesses. I find it fascinating to see how creative people work and build a business. Plus, fashion designers are inspiring on so many levels – visually, creatively, and professionally. As an entrepreneur, I love to learn how other people built their businesses and learn from their mistakes. What have I been watching lately? Here's a round-up of...

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My Snow Farm Art Residency

This spring, I had the opportunity to participate as an artist in residence at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, for two weeks. It was the first time since graduate school that I had an extended period devoted solely to being creative. There were no limitations or requirements. I spent two weeks completely free, exploring new concepts and ideas. Often with running Design Pool, I move from one task to the next without a break or...

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Kauai Inspiration: Flowers, Pattern & Color

How do you turn your inspiration into something tangible? Of course, sometimes you don't need to. Inspiration for the sake of it fuels our creativity whether or not there is a direct line to a piece of art or project for work. But, it's also helpful to save inspiration to use as resources when you need them. When I travel, in addition to keeping a travel journal, I'm constantly snapping photos of beautiful colors and patterns. When I get...

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Inspiration Day: Dyeing at PRO Chemical & Dye

As winter loosens its grip on New England, our team was feeling the need for an inspiration day. Our small team works remotely, separated by about 90 miles. Technology makes it easy, but it's nice to have real-life face time every couple of months. I had just spent two weeks on Kauai and was feeling relaxed and inspired. Kristen lived vicariously through my photos. We were both itching to put these good vibes someplace tangible, so we met up...

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Travel Journal Prompts to Bring Inspiration Home

For a lot of creative people, traveling can be a huge source of inspiration. Different scenes, smells, sounds, all heighten your senses and seem to open a door to new ideas. Once home, how can we take that inspiration and use it in our work? I recently got back from two weeks on Kauai, and all I kept thinking while there was that everything seemed more intense, brighter somehow. It was more than just the sunshine. After so much...

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How To Plan an Inspiration Day

Vacation days, sick days, mental health days. There are lots of reasons people take breaks from work. At Design Pool, we've added inspiration days to that list. I think any creative entrepreneur will agree that running a creative business is both rewarding and challenging. On the rewarding side, the creative pursuits that inspired you to start your business in the first place are now your focus. On the challenging side, the tedious tasks of running a business (returning emails,...

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Learn About Color with 5 Fun Exercises

Color surrounds us, inspires us, and influences us. You can read about color science and color theory all day long, but the best way to work better with color is to play with it. The more you learn about color through experiencing it, the more you'll train your eyes and use it better in your work. With a better understanding of how colors interact with each other, you can effectively use color to influence a mood or a setting....

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Alphonse Mucha at NC Museum of Art

On a recent visit to North Carolina, I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to see their exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary. This exhibit is on display through January 23, 2022. When I lived in North Carolina in the 1990s, this museum was one of my favorite spots to visit for inspiration. In fact, during that time there was an exhibit of Mucha’s work. I loved the show so much, I bought a small poster...

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