on decor8…

While I was out yesterday, a guest post that I had written for dear Holly went live. I’m still sifting through the FANTASTIC comments and am a little behind, but I wanted to invite you readers to chime in on the issue!

Inspiration vs. Imitation— what are your thoughts? Share them right here.

[p.s. I’m putting out a few fires in my inbox at the moment, so this will be my last post for the day. I’ll check in with you first thing Monday morning, and have a FANTASTIC weekend! Love to you all.]
  • i read this yesterday and thought it was a really insightful post. you are right on. it is a fine line. with such easy access to others’ work on blogs and websites, there’s more inspiration potential than ever. but it also puts a more responsibility in the lap of artists to make sure that the ideas sparked by others are original ones, not just misappropriations of someone else’s work.

    usually my most honest and most meaningful pieces arrive when i shut off the computer and
    retreat into my own world. then everything i’ve seen or heard mooshes together with my own thoughts and interpretation and with luck something comes out. that’s how i best use inspiration to make original work. did i say work? it’s not work. i play :)

  • Awww, amen, Aimee. I love to hear artists that consider their work to be play and are super grateful for the creative life they lead.

    I love your take on this; thanks for sharing it! :)

  • great post, erin. i’m with aimee— the inspiration comes when i’ve had a moment to catch my breath, stare at a white wall (or blank piece of paper) for a stretch. maybe a waffle for breakfast helps too.

  • Totally respect you starting this up over at decor8 – love the fact that it has taken a couple of different directions now too.

    Thanks, love your blog

  • Erin, your thought-provoking post was fantastic on Decor8! I find that inspiration comes when I am not trying to be inspired. I’ve been a rut over the last week, attempting to develop the specific shot set-ups for an upcoming project…I even “scheduled” time where I would think about ideas…and none of it worked. Then when I was simply brushing my teeth today questioning if I needed teeth whitening…the perfect idea hit me! Toothbrush, waffle, or a blank wall…it’s all beautiful :)

  • Great post! I think the best we can do is hone our own work and treat others with generosity and integrity. And good for the people who do enjoy success — it gives the rest of us hope.

  • Ahh, thank you! I agree so much with each of you… such a great conversation to have! :)

  • Wow, Erin. What a great post. I just spent a lot of time reading the comments. Such an intelligent group of people with a lot of great points.

    I’m not a designer, so I can’t really comment on the pros and cons of the issue, but as someone who’s worked in marketing for years, I so often find that unoriginal people play it “safe” by using tired trends. Like in commercials. Lately, the trend is to show about 15 people saying the same thing a split-second apart. “I decided” “I decided” “I decided to take a stand” “Take a stand” “take a stand” “I decided to take a stand.” OMG it drives me NUTS!

    Anywho, that’s my two cents! I have some catching up to do now on the rest of your posts…

  • What I love about the Decor8 thread is that just about everybody who commented spent some time and wrote a long, heartfelt note on the philosophy of copying. Great job stirring up our minds!

  • Really great article amanda- thought provoking- will double check i dont rush and give credit where it is most certainly deserved. thanks for your thoughts and concise way of getting them across. p.s. i lurve your blog more and more everyday;) x

  • Well, look at you go girl! What a great way to stir up some dust on none other than the Decor8 blog.

  • That’s a really great post you wrote for decor8. Where does inspiration end and imitation start? and vise versa… Imitation can be useful as learning tool when you start out. But that’s all it should be. True talent will always feel the need to grow and find his or her own voice.


  • Awww, thank you for your support, everyone! It’s a tough topic, yes, but very necessary in our tight little community.

    And Ashley, dear— thank you so much, but my name is Erin. ;)

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