When I'm struck by inspiration for a new piece of personal work, it's like lightning, and I'm blinded by its light. I know exactly the feeling, the mood, most of the colours but I don't have a clear picture.
I don't know why it's different when I do work for a client, perhaps because I need to quickly be able to visualise my ideas so that the client can see what I have in mind. In the early stages of commissioned work I find that a clear creative brief from the client, followed by a mood board from me, is an effective way to get the project going and to make sure everyone is communicating around objectives, goals and imagery.
But when it's just me, I don't have to communicate with anyone but myself and I can have the luxury to let my image evolve through the creative process.
So when I'm doing personal work, it's not like a photograph imprinted in my mind, more like an image waiting to be developed. Instead I know I'll uncover the image when I get to work, and usually I know how to uncover the picture. Once I see it - I'll recognise it, and think to myself, "yes that's it". That's exactly it.
Starry Sky feel into place, and the colours were there already, I discovered my palette, blue, lilac, white on a dark purple. For my collection, I created two versions on a different background, grey and blue also adding two different sizes for my pattern.
Taking a step back, I thought, what would happen if I applied my creative licence again, and moved away from my more literal experience of the starry sky? Applying a mid-century palette? And there it was, rediscovered... again.