A LIGHT BULB IN YOUR HEAD
Almost everything I design and think of comes out of relationships, but sometimes the right inspiration takes a long time to come. Everyone that knows me knows I'm a hoarder, and every now and then I rediscover something that gives me a light bulb moment!
I keep some objects, books and photographs in my house for years and the right connection comes out sooner or later. When I say relationship or connection, I mean that I see something in a different light. An anonymous object (that might look meaningless at the time!) like a bottle-opener or a kitchen clock, or even a scrunched up piece of plastic, might turn into the texture of a jacket some day.
I put things together and take them apart. I give them a different meaning. My archive is full of meaningful stuff, packed with affinity and empathy. I construct metaphors and analogies because I often say that “everything changes, but nothing changes!”.
That's why I'm not totally dependent on technology (although I'm quite addicted to Instagram). I don't rush to use the latest innovation; I do recognise its value but I often don't get that light bulb moment I mentioned earlier.
I need contact with things and images. It's the real meaning of things that makes the right connection for me, that turns a regimental stripe into a destructured pocket.
I get a lot of input when I'm out on the street. I'm always ready to receive new stimulation so that I can create something “meaningful”. Too often in fashion, the meaning of things is lost and you have to get your feet back on the ground.
To avoid getting lost, creative intuition should shed light and clarity on the way forward without being too dazzling. It might sound simple but it isn't so easy to understand which light switch to use!