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The Creative Well: Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Where do we find our inspiration for our floral arrangements or face and body art designs? It's a question we're frequently asked, and the answer is as broad and diverse as the creations themselves.

Inspiration, at its core, is that spark of enthusiasm ignited within us when we encounter something captivating or thought-provoking. It's the sensation that makes us pause, take a moment, and feel driven to create something new, something uniquely ours.

For us, inspiration comes from all directions – from the world around us and the depths within us. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it's easy to overlook the importance of taking time to appreciate new experiences, the beauty of nature, and the richness of relationships. Yet, these are the very things that shape us and fuel our creativity.

Have you ever crafted something only to discover echoes of the past woven into it? Memories long forgotten suddenly resurface, reminding us of the wealth of experiences stored within us. It's a testament to the power of our senses – the images, sounds, and sensations that leave an indelible mark on our consciousness.

Matt Tommey, mentor and founder of the Created To Thrive Mentoring Program a global community of artists I'm so grateful to be a part of, aptly describes this reservoir of creativity as a "creative well." Like any well, it requires constant replenishment. We draw from it when we create, tapping into a wealth of memories, emotions, and observations.

As floral designers and artists, our sources of inspiration are manifold. We immerse ourselves in professional magazines, social media, and keep journals filled with fleeting thoughts and sudden bursts of inspiration.

Yet, there are certain sources that resonate deeply with us. For me, a walk through Formby woods is an unparalleled source of inspiration. The towering trees, with their intricate root systems, symbolize strength and resilience, yet they are in constant motion, connected by invisible threads of life.

The world of theatre and circus has also left an indelible mark on our creative journey. My experiences performing with circus troupes has opened my eyes to the richness of diverse cultures and the dedication required to master one's craft.

What a privilege it was to step into the life of generations of circus artists and learn from them.

Dance, too, holds a special place in our hearts. The fluidity of movement, the rhythm of choreography – these elements inspire us to infuse our designs with a sense of movement and grace.

Colour, shape, and form – each of these elements sparks our imagination in unique ways. Whether it's the soothing hues of nature or the flowing curves of a circular form, we find beauty in the subtle nuances of our surroundings.

Entering competitions pushes us to think beyond conventional boundaries and strive for innovation. It's a process that challenges us to delve deeper into our creative well, exploring new ideas and techniques. The same is true in creating and presenting our floral art demonstrations.

In our workshops, we witness the transformative power of creativity firsthand. Guiding students through the process of creation, we marvel at the diverse interpretations that emerge from a shared set of materials and techniques.

In the end, our creations are not just a reflection of our inspirations; they are a celebration of the human spirit – boundless, resilient, and infinitely creative. As we continue to draw from the well of inspiration, we hope to inspire others to embark on their own creative journeys, guided by curiosity, passion, and the joy of discovery.


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