Friday, August 06, 2010

the evolution of an idea

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My brain is always going (and going and going and going) and often my struggles are not about the lack of inspiration but about too much inspiration, too many ideas and not enough time! I am convinced that I have some kind of overactive brain problem or maybe just hyperactivity. Anyway, when I least expect it I always seen to find something that sparks one of those ideas that I just can't get out of my head until I make it real. This is exactly what happened with a purse that I recently created.


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I have been walking and running by this manhole thing in our neighborhood for over a year and every time I pass it I am inspired.

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There is something about the design, the color and the shapes that I love- it is perfectly simple. I knew every day that I passed this spot in the street it would eventually be incorporated into a purse. I finally I snapped couple of photos and got to work! Here is a peek at how it evolved-


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42 comments:

belle said...

love it!!!! love seeing the process of your creaiona nd source of inspiration

susie c. said...

LOVE this! it's great seeing your process in action; thanks for sharing this. i always get inspired reading your blog posts!

Sharon said...

Can't go wrong with the black, white (grey) & red combination.
Thanks for sharing!
Sharon at e14studio

Alice said...

Wow I love seeing how you are inspired - especially when it is by such little things! Truly shows how inspiration really is all around us!

Mar said...

cute cute CUTE!!!

MaryBeth said...

You are so wonderfully prolific-sure wish you could download even a smidgen of you talent and offer it for upload -like you fantastic classes. I am headed home for 2 weeks and wanted to be sure to tell you how much I am learning and enjoying your COLOR YOUR WORLD CLASS!
I will try to keep up,but when I get to be with my granddaughter, Miss Sadie, everything else goes to the back burner.
Ill have this to look forward to upon my return.
You are truly a Joy,and inspiration.
MB

Kylah Marro said...

Beautiful, and i love that we got to see the inspiration!

Rebekah Leigh said...

wow amazing! Great clutch!

Nina said...

I love it!!!!

lilla a said...

Wonderful! Great to see it take form from a piece of "streetart" to the finished product.

yvette said...

Alisa....your head worries me...you must learn to stop thinking all the time.
I payed for it with a broken back and will never be as productive as I was.
Take care!

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

This is amazing! :) I love all your creations :)

whyducks said...

A beautiful bag Alisa could you please sent me some of your brain creativity!My brain is sadly lacking.

peggy mcdevitt said...

love it. Your so creative and know what you mean about an overactive brain - it just doesn't stop when there is an idea there. I find writing it down helps turn off the brain in the night but there are times I jump up and "just do it". Enjoy love your blog.

Karen said...

So great! U R the coolest crafter on-line!!!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

What a great piece of art. Love your new clutch. Your zest for life inspires me!

andrea creates said...

Oh wow-that's very cool! I love seeing how artwork goes from inspiration to final design :)

Lori said...

Gorgeous! I love how you're showing your inspiration.

As a side note:
Just picked up Artful Blogging yesterday. I LOVE that magazine but try to refrain because of the cost. However, two of my favorite bloggers were included this time (you being one of them - congrats) so I had to. Loved your interview and I am following your tip on writing for the week ahead as this is my desperately needed area of focus.

Have a great weekend.

Emily said...

Great post- I really enjoy incorporating what I see in my everyday life into my artwork as well. I can totally see how those colors and shapes inspired you during your walks/runs.

It is such a treat, I think, to see an idea from someone else's start to finish. Any pics from one's sketchbook are exciting, but especially when they are preceeded by one thing and proceeded by an incredibly creative handmade good that you've made. Great job! Thanks for always being inspirational!

Lisa Zinza said...

I Love It!! New meaning to .."There is a method to your madness!"

Cerise said...

I love it! I wish my brain worked like that!

playcrane said...

very, very cool--good for you

Odd Chick said...

It's so helpful to hear that other people have this unquiet mind that I have. For the most part, I truly enjoy living with a busy-playground-mind but sometimes I wish it could rest a little more often.
BTW- did you know that you have been a total inspiration to my daughter who now fills her hours after work and kids with sewing, grafitti, painting! It's amazing to see what you have sparked in her! I got tickets for Houston's International Quilt show just so she could meet you.

Jenny Stevning said...

Cute! Brilliant and inspiring. No wonder you never sleep. (Although I hope you do.)

Sarah O. said...

I love the outcome! I <3 black, grey and red together and I love how you can see the resemblance from the inspiration!

Anne-Laure said...

That's wonderful to discover how you were inspired for this purse! I love glancing backstage and access to other artists universe and inspiration.
Thank's for sharing!

Yasmina said...

Thanks for giving us an insight into your lovely awesome creations and how they came to be!
Wow you are just a super-inspiring person ... spreading around the inspiration!

Jane LaFazio said...

LOVE this. My colors. My shapes. Love it

Gilding Lilies said...

Too cool, thanks for sharing the evolution, that's great!

Jen said...

Awesome! I love it! I saw you in Artful Blogging. Many of the things you said resonated with me. Using photos, sitting down and writing lots of posts to be scheduled, etc. I also find I have too much inspiration and too little time. I lay down at night to go to sleep and my brain seems to kick into full gear. Anyway, just wanted to say hi!

Flying Whale said...

BRILLIANT!!!

(I have the same brain problem, i can't shut it off. i would love to be able to meditate but i find it impossible to shut my head up.)

Rita vindedzis said...

I'm really enjoying your blog Alisa especially the evolution of an idea. I think it's wonderful how you share your creative process.

superh2ogirl said...

what a great way to be inspired. Lovely manhole purse!

susan said...

What a fabulous post!...I can see that a lot of other people are just as thrilled as I am to see your inspiration, process and the final result. It means so much to me to absorb your powerful energy....yes, even through the web....I appreciate your generosity more than I can manage to express....Sooooo....just Thank you Alisa....Thank you .

Susan

Kika said...

Thanks for sharing this, absolutely love the clutch and it's so inspiring!

FASHION ICE said...

really cool! come follow me xoxo

Candyland said...

I love how you're inspired by your environment. Great project!

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

i love that you shared this! thanks so much Alisa!

Little Treasures said...

Oh my! I love your clutch!

Corrine aka Jafabrit said...

I call it craftivitis, sometimes I can't get anything done because I don't know which to start first lol!
A friend sent me your link, said I might like it, and she was right.

Your blog is super, and I LOVE your creativity and creative eye.

cheers
Corrine aka Jafabrit

creativejewishmom/Sara said...

Thanks so very much Alisa for sharing your inspiring creative process! I'm linking to this on my weekly international crafty linking party, hope that's okay! all the best, Sara

she wears flowers said...

This is gorgeous! And, seeing the process only made me want one even more! ;)

Thanks!

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