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Let's talk about inspiration and more importantly Pin-spiration!
If I could marry a website it would be Pinterest. Not only because I'd never be bored, it so get's me in a soul mate kinda-way, but I'm pretty sure with a few pins I'd have the perfect wedding arranged in an evening! I would say it's my go-to place when I have a few moments to spare in a day. Sometimes I'm on a mission looking for something, other times I'm happily entertained by the days pins or looking through past pins. But how does all that translate into beads and jewelry for me? Let's look at some of my current inspirations and dish.
First up, I'm slightly obsessed with folkloric influenced fashions and thanks to my Pinterest friends I've recently discovered Gundun Sjoden. All the photos and designs above are from their website. I love the playful mix of colors and patterns and see new beads being inspired by this trend. My next step will be to spend some time sketching and deconstructing what I find so appealing about these styles and how to translate that into beads.
I'd say this fits the folk theme quite nicely. Wild flowers and oak leaves to entwine the wrist.
Next up, looking ahead to winter and into spring I'm digging the teal, navy, sage mix in these textile prints. I know you'll be seeing beads from me as a direct inspiration from these designs.
Until then, I'm seeing those colors spill over into some of my Woodland Winter Collection.
And Pinterest can help expand your idea of a motif. Like the deer pins that have been swirling around in my brain. I'm seeing something layered, brightly colored and patterned with antlers that look like tree branches. Are you seeing it? This is going to be my work this weekend, finding my voice in the deer motif.
Until then I've been using a few deer components I have from Green Girl Studios and Andrew Thornton like the Bronze Deer Pendant.
Now I've shared my inspirations with you,
in the comments below share a link to a Pin that you've found inspirational lately.
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