Every once in a while I come across something extraordinary and beautiful that inspires the artistic and creative part of me, not just the crank-through-a-lace-chart knitter, but perhaps the chick that fancies herself a little arty.
First of all, there is the beauty that lives in my own (ok, The Baron’s) backyard:
This is a little flower that bloomed in the yard a month ago, and of all the pictures I’ve taken around the house, this is one of my favorites.
Then there’s the beauty that I’ve discovered on the internet. If you haven’t seem Helle Jorgensen’s incredible fiber art, go check it out right now. She is using used plastic bags, repurposed as yarn, to create an incredible array of sea creatures. I first came across her work on the Adorn blog and over at her own blog Gooseflesh she has intricate, beautiful creations that live at the intersections of art, science and environmentalism. Her work will be shown soon in LA and I can’t wait to see it in person.
I also love the renderings of sea creatures in glass by Dale Chihuly. He calls them seaforms, and they are otherworldly. I first encountered his seaforms in a small museum at college. Horrified by cold and snow, I looked for any port in a storm and made my way across campus by ducking, lily-pad style, from building to building. One day I walked in to the museum hoping just to warm up and ended up skipping a meal so I could linger among the ethereal glass.
A few years later, when I visited the Tower of David in Jerusalem, I stumbled unexpectedly into another Chihuly exhibition. We toured the tower with our archaeologist one afternoon and returned that night to see the spectacular glass objects lit up against the ancient stones under a deep sky.
And then there’s the glass flowers, collected at Harvard and pictured beautifully at the Corning museum’s website. I discovered the glass flowers after hearing an NPR story about the artist behind them. Each glass flower is a delicate model, another intersection of science and art, created to better preserve plant structures that would otherwise decay. These incredible blossoms are enchanting in their beauty and in the fact of their existence, the unbelievable craft behind each one.
Finally, another favorite picture from The Baron’s world:
This little guy is one of his beta fish, one we bought on his last birthday and named BB (which stands for Birthday Beta). I began to compulsively photograph this fish when I discovered the macro setting on the camera, and this is an image that inspires me. I love the mix of color in the body and tail, the clean geometric shapes and the contrast between the lines of scales and fins.
I finished my socks last night and should have photos tomorrow, so I’m now on the hunt for my next mini-project and looking for inspiration wherever I can find it. Speaking of inspiration, I love Ravelry! If you’re not on yet, go sign up . . . and if you are, please send me a hello (I’m lindsayknitting) and please share whatever beauty inspires you.