Finding inspiration

Where does your inspiration come from? This word comes from the Latin inspiratus (the past participle of inspirare, “to breathe into, inspire”) and in English has had the meaning “the drawing of air into the lungs” since the middle of the 16th century. This breathing sense is still in common use among doctors, as is expiration (“the act or process of releasing air from the lungs”). However, before inspiration was used to refer to breath it had a distinctly theological meaning in English, referring to a divine influence upon a person, from a divine entity; this sense dates back to the early 14th century. The sense of inspiration often found today (“someone or something that inspires”) is considerably newer than either of these two senses, dating from the 19th century.

When designing a piece, I am hugely inspired by the natural world around us. Whether taking a hike, walking on the beach or just enjoying a day outside, I shall find lots of natural wonders. I instinctively look for nice feathers, rocks, driftwood. Finding cool shapes, colours, textures inspire my creativity. This is like creating a cabinet of curiosities. There is no better designer than nature. A piece of coral, feather of buzzard (Buteo buteo) and seaweed from my cabinet of curiosities. Take a closer look at the world around you, find your muses, let your imagination run wild, get inspired and reflect it in the interior. Have a walk and breath in your inspiration!