Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What inspires you?

What inspires you? I often ask myself questions like this, because the answer is never the same, yet always true.

One answer, time and time again, is this textile piece that decorates a wall in my parents home. I've studied it for many years, and to this day it still engages me. Its layers and layers of fabric defy the classic rules of contrast and complementary colors. Looking back I see that it continues to be influential in my work today — the colors, textures and depth are an opening sentence to a story I can't forget.

And then there is another answer, one that is more auditory than visual, and is always at the forefront of my mind: my mother and daughter playing the piano together. I enjoy it from a very comfortable chair nearby, usually with a project in hand.

I encourage you to start and finish each day with this question, too. Make sure when you answer that you are not in a rush; that you are being thoughtful, mindful. My answers often surprise me with their range: watching a duck come in for a landing, mossy steps, and even professional basketball have all made it onto my list as sources of inspiration.

What's yours?

~ Kata Golda

Kata Golda is available for custom and commissioned pieces large and small, and will gladly teach workshops for children and adults. Call or email for details.

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