Mark making and Abstraction: Morag Colquhoun

“You can find inspiration in everything. If you can’t, then you’re not looking properly.”
Paul Smith

I definitely agree with this quote that Morag showed us, in the fact that you can find it everywhere, however I don’t think that it is something that you should necessarily look for. Obviously if you are given a brief and sent into a museum to ‘find inspiration’ then it is quite likely that you will succeed. However in an everyday sense, I think it is important not to be looking for inspiration, but to be constantly looking around you, with an open mind that something may inspire you. I think that it should come naturally and although this is likely to take longer, it will be more useful in the long run and will show up in your work.

This quote is from an interview that Paul Smith did with Alexa Chung for Vogue Festival in 2013 which I have now read and was very interested by.


Morag raised the question: why draw? She then showed us her answers:
– To help relax into a creative state
–  It can allow us to explore our self world
– Drawing can help us to understand space and spacial awareness
– It helps to explore light in relation to matter and space
– It develops art work from initial idea
– It gives evidence of your thought processes
– To present ideas to others and give clarity and credibility to proposals

I especially agree with the last point, having always been very much a visual learner, I like to see pictures or examples of what people are explaining or talking about. Drawing is a good way of doing this because it comes straight from the mind.

Morag gave another Paul Smith quote from the same interview: “The world doesn’t need any more designers, so you need to find something that makes you stand out.”
This is so true, I am constantly stressing about how much of a difficult and competitive industry I am planning on getting into, but as long as you have something new to offer, you will always do well. In my opinion, you need dedication, passion and a fresh idea to succeed.


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