Creative insight can come from varying sources for most writers, designers and other artistes. The evolution process from concept to finished product can be a holistic, spiritual but always very personal experience. My own method of discovery may be birthed from the fertile, green trees that line my street one day or the gleam of a golden sprinkle that lies atop a rich carrot cupcake from my favorite bakery in Chelsea. At times, it comes from the admiration of another jewelry designer like the incomparable Laura Gibson. But the resource I call upon most often to clear the artistic cobwebs is the work of the late abstract Russian painter, Wassily (Vasily) Kandinsky.
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about the artist's own process:
Kandinsky's creation of purely abstract work followed a long period of development and maturation of intense theoretical thought based on his personal artistic experiences. He called this devotion to inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and deep spiritual desire inner necessity, which was a central aspect of his art.
A lot of my jewelry has truly been inspired by Kandinsky’s apparent freedom from restriction in some paintings to the precise, geometric qualities in other of his works. To own a Kandinsky original will remain a dream but in the meantime, I will continue to visit the Guggenheim Museum in New York City often to breathe in the vivid, color-filled work of this artist. Learn more about Kandinsky here.
Photos Courtesy of Guggenheim.org