People often ask me as a designer, “how do you come up with so many different ideas without all of your clothes looking the same?” Little do they know that coming up with the ideas is the easy part. It’s the cutting and sewing aspect of the construction process that usually limits the ideas you can bring to life when designing. For me, it is more important to enjoy the process of creating rather than enjoy the beautiful rewards of meaningless effort. Designing is something very near and dear to me and I love every step in the process, especially when developing ideas and researching inspiration. I try to interpret the inspiration that goes into my garments in an abstract way so that I can extract unique meaning from each source I use. The true meaning of inspiration is witnessing something of beauty; something that can excite any of your 5 senses. You can hear an instrument, smell a fragrance, watch a monologue, taste a dish, and even feel a fabric and become so moved by it that you don’t know how to react. You become overcome with emotion feeling as though you want to cry, but it’s too beautiful for tears; so you smile, and you think, man I sure wish I could capture this somehow. You all of the sudden want to embrace it, re-experience it, and reproduce your own version so you can remember that beauty you initially felt. That is what inspiration is about for me as a designer; finding excitement in new experiences such as movies, festivals, and new social and natural settings. This past week has been an adventure in inspiration for me. I was thinking about all of the different collections from last year’s Rock the Runway show and the themes used. In order to stimulate my creativity I like to visit artistic places such as museums, open mic nights, and local meet-ups to get my creative juices going before I start sketching. I’ve been researching a few different ideas that have come to me lately for my capsule collection theme. I always like researching historic eras such as the Roaring Twenties and 50’s and 60’s influences such as the Beat Generation and Twiggy. These eras often inspire costume design in today’s fashion. I’ve also thought over some futuristic concepts that I could interpret through my aesthetic in a re-crafted way. I’m thinking of something glamorous with an added historical element for my theme, but that’s just that’s just from my experiences in past weeks. Stay tuned as I start shopping and cutting clothes!