GET OUTSIDE & LEAVE THE INTERNET
It’s fair to say that somedays a concept for a shoot or a makeup job will come direct from the client, but when I have the freedom to create either a concept or design a makeup story as part of an editorial, I like to step outside of Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, hell the internet in general. These are all helpful tools, but when I feel uninspired or need to challenge myself and my creative brain, I like nothing better than to get outside with my camera and look around me.
SEEK OUT BEAUTY IN ALL ITS FORMS
I’m not sure if I’ve spoken about it much on the blog, but I love architecture. One of my favourite architects has to be Frank Lloyd Wright. Los Angeles has quite a few houses designed by the architect and when my parents were last visiting we went to visit Hollyhock House in Hollywood (definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in LA). I think this has to be one of my favourite buildings in the world, filled with detail upon detail. He designed the house for it’s owner, who wanted him to incorporate her favourite flower the Hollyhock, and he did so by incorporating the flower in its geometric form into the building’s design. The design is everywhere and is the starting point for the design inside and out. I took so many photos, the level of detail he went to is breath taking.
What I took away from this visit, was an obsession with detail. I took this idea of ‘details’ into an upcoming shoot I had for End Paper Magazine for their second issue in both print and online. You can see the full editorial here.
ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS
It’s funny sometimes inspiration can be in the form of colour, texture, pattern, even people and places, and for this shoot I knew I wanted to focus on minute details. We were all sent photos of the clothes previously, and I decided to study the architecture of the pieces of clothing and find a detail I like, and in turn, take inspiration from it for each makeup look. In some of the shots it was the stitching of the clothes I focused on, another shot it was the sheen on the fabric of a garment. I look at line and shapes created within how the garments were cut.
INSPIRATION ISN’T ALWAYS TANGIBLE
Inspiration is every where, and I think sometimes you do have to train your brain to look for it. Sometimes it jumps out at us, and other times it’s much harder to be inspired but it always comes back. For me, photography and travel are a huge part of my inspiration, and I think it took me a while to connect that to my blog, as well as my work as a makeup artist.
I really hope blogging makes a come back this year, I think the focus has been on youtube for some time now, while I do love youtube, I personally find reading blogs much more enjoyable. There’s something very relaxing about reading a blog, especially when I can see how someone is moved creatively, what makes them tick.
For me, inspiration isn’t always tangible, sometimes it’s something I’ve read, a piece of music, a song lyric, or even dreams. I hope this post inspires you to seek to inspiration in everything you do too. Let me know what inspires you creatively.
End Paper Editorial Photographed By Djeneba Aduayom, Makeup By Me, Hair By Nathaniel Dezan, Styling Anna Schilling. Model Marlena Libucha.
Photos Of Hollyhock House by me taken on Olympus Pen F