Unsurprisingly, we’re pretty big fans of inspiration here at Mollie Makes. We’re always searching for it – whether we’re scrolling through our Instagram feeds, taking a day trip to a gallery, or strolling through local markets on our travels. Sometimes it comes to us in the strangest places – anyone else find ideas always hit them in the shower?
We’re curious to know what inspires you to make and create, too. So we took to Twitter for a #molliedebates to find out where you seek and discover your best creative ideas.
Some of you were quite specific about your favourite inspiration sources…
@MollieMakes I get loads of inspiration from old books and being out and about. Pintrest helps a lot too!!
— Lauren Barnes (@misslaurenanneb) December 10, 2014
Others said they’re more driven by an inner need to create, and tend to soak up ideas from all around them.
Travel and making time to escape from your everyday environment emerged as a big trigger for getting those creative juices flowing…
It also seems we get our best ideas when we’re relaxing or don’t have anything to distract us (like those afore-mentioned shower moments)…
@MollieMakes usually lying in bed when I don’t have my notebook I think up great ideas!!!
— TheSilverGrasshopper (@TheSilverG) December 10, 2014
In issue 48, illustrator Emma Block told us she often finds the internet ‘the opposite of inspiring’ and claimed it can be overwhelming. We were keen to hear your opinions on this, and it seems a lot of you agree with her…
— Teresa Bettelley (@SRainbow_TB) December 10, 2014
@MollieMakes you can end up spending hours trawling the net and not making anything !
— blueskiesbutterflies (@KessonMary) December 10, 2014
— Candy Pop (@Candy_Pop) December 10, 2014
However, others were keen to point out the online world’s good points, too.
@MollieMakes I think it helps to see other artists’ awesome work, and reading blogs about fun arts & crafts inspires you to do something!
— Cakes with Faces (@cakeswithfaces) December 10, 2014
@MollieMakes: Provides huge amounts of inspiration for me as an interior decorator/upcycler/workshop host + need to keep appraised of trends
— GDUKStyle (@EcoChicInterior) December 10, 2014
Finally, we asked for some exhibition recommendations to add to our must-visit list…
— WareStMarket (@WareStMarket) December 10, 2014
@MollieMakes V&A and Geoffrey Museum are my faves
— poppyinstitches (@poppyinstitches) December 10, 2014
Hopefully there are plenty of ideas here for you to draw on next time you find yourself suffering from creative block. Our next #molliedebates is happening on 26 December, when we’ll be sharing pictures of our handmade Christmas gifts – do join us!