It's a designer's job to design. Day in, day out, that's the job.
Now, sure, I'll sleep on things, I'll roll things around in my
mind for a week, sometimes. But that's pondering, not struggling.
If someone needs some "flash of inspiration" then they're probably
just no very experienced.
You’ll sleep on things… that means you do have a dry spell here
and there, although you are fortunate in that it’s not a big problem
Creative blocks do happen. People that are creative have this on
occasion. Some are fortunate, as you seem to be and are not faced
with a creative block, or it’s so minimal that it doesn’t bother
them. People have strategies to help them remove that block, for me
it’s a warm bath, for you it’s to sleep on it, and roll things
Not everyone is the same. The artists I mentioned earlier are not
spring chickens and have been producing quality art for many years,
so again inexperience is not the issue. Inspiration is very important
when you want to “feel” the work, and communicate that feeling.
I mentioned that we are working on themes where I’m studying at the
moment. I chose a theme, and trying to think too much about the
theme actually stopped any ideas at all, I had one, but that was it.
The worry that I had about what to do for the other pieces was
eluding me. Jumped in a bath, relaxed, let go of the worries, and the
designs simply popped into my head.
That's the job - designing. Jewelry, lamps, clothing, cars. Makes
no difference, you should (if you are a "real" designer) be able to
perform, now. Pull out the sketchbook, let's see some ideas.
Again, that doesn't mean it's going to be instantaneous. But
designers don't sit there waiting for lightning to strike, either.
A commercial designer who creates designs, day in, day out, is
employed because they “can” produce on demand. It’s not a matter of
experience, it’s a matter of aptitude.
You are lucky is that you can do this. Another type of artist I come
into contact with have a machine gun approach to art, they paint in
bulk, but one in ten of their works are good the rest are "fluff"
I would argue that good quality art requires inspiration.
I just realised something, I’m equating art to design… maybe I’m
on the wrong track. Do you see design as art, or do you see them as
This got me thinking, and my problem is that I have a misconception
of design and art.
From what I understand of the meanings of the words.
Design “can” be art, but this is not always true. Art is just art.
Design does not have to inspire feelings and emotions, whereas
feelings and emotions are required by art.
I think, because I’m a sculptor, I look at jewellery more as art and
not so much design.
Regards Charles A.