I am constantly in search of a muse to ignite a creative spark.
I look for her like an online shopper a week before Christmas, hoping to find a trigger that promises an indescribable buzz I call “designer high”.
My attempt to get inspired sometimes leave me mentally exhausted. It’s like hitting a wall at every turn while perusing websites and magazines. Designer’s block can either deflate me like a whoopee cushion or lead me onto the road of cheap and uninspired imitation.
It should be no surprise to most of you that the Instagram community has been my source of inspirations. Recently, I was asked to be the administrator of an account known as Creative Minimalism. It was started by Xavier (@in.ovo), a Parisian friend I made via this app.
Besides sharing a love for surreal and minimalistic compositions, we wanted a platform to gather and feature artists whose photographic work shows similar styling. Here’s an informative blog post about minimalistic photography.
We are also wanting to encourage the Instagram community to look at common objects (both living or non-living) with an out-of-the-box perspective. It’s so easy to get distracted by the next-cool-thing that we fail to appreciate the things that we use or encounter day-to-day.
There are three Instagramers who continually inspire me with their creatively minimalistic work.
From left to right …
Kerstin Hiestermann (@spielkkind) incorporates her whimsical doodles with common objects like rubber bands. Who wouldn’t like to go on an aerial adventure in bubbles!
Stephen McMennamy (@smcmennamy) is the master of combining photos of common things to create another reality. Umbrella-flower for your love ones?
Peechaya Burroughs (@pchyburrs) and her paper craft display childlike playfulness. Who wants their egg sunny side up, up and away?
With these and more inspirations from many others in the community, I started my own journey of using common objects and painting a different picture with them (see collage below or click InstaCrayon, Coffee-Tea-or-Me, and Shadowery Adventure).
At Creative Minimalism, we used to issue themed-challenges like a watermelon challenge to celebrate National Watermelon Day followed by a veggie challenge where we encouraged people to play with their vegetables. Should we restart similar challenges?
Are you on the edge of your seat ready to unleash your creativity? Try this exercise!