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Original Ideas V Pinterest

EASTPosted by Tricia Sun, February 28, 2016 15:43:18

Is there such a thing as an original idea? With the influx and easy access to visual stimulus and the ability to promote your work the the furthest corners of the Wifi world.

I do wonder sometimes how my head copes this of visual inspiration seeping into my brain, which sub consciously starts to inhabit, taking on a life of its own, being molded and merged to the existing stock pile of ideas, creating a whole new form and the original ideas slips into the mist of my head.

And then there is Pinterest.....A site I use frequently, to give me that inspirational leg up, only then to feel some sort of copyright/ idea guilt similar to when I secretly eat a bar of chocolate out of the kids earshot. The images I find to be really useful,beautiful, enlightening and empowering. But by taking them in and clicking that Pin button am I allowing the infiltration of my visual resource banks where it melds and merges til I’m not really sure whats mine and whats someone else.

I’ve not got any answer to the ebb and flow of the original, but for Pinterest I must be thankful, not only has it eaten away hour after hour but it enable your work to be seen by audiences that 15 yrs ago would have been mere chance encounters.

This week I’ve been lucky enough to have my work in Belgium in an International Paper Art Biennial as a result of the auto directed suggestions on Pinterest.

Like the guilt over the chocolate which I wont stop secretly eating. My Pinterest account will mainly highly active, in the knowledge that you never know someone, somewhere may using your work as a building block to their original idea.

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Posted by Beverley Sun, February 28, 2016 18:49:58

I have worked really hard on pieces which I thought truly original, only to find a comparable image pop up in a creative magazine. Have often wondered if I don't possess an original idea or I'm bang on trend, of the moment, part of a collective thought. Its better to believe the latter. I use my blog/sketchbooks to date ideas, just to prove I have/can do first thought. Love Pinterest, superb means to eradicate time. Fine line between flood of inspiration and depression over achieving the talented results shown! Off to find your Pinterest accoint, Tricia.

Posted by Ellen Devall Sun, February 28, 2016 18:24:31

That's brilliant.....and much food for thought. So far I have avoided Pinterest for one of the reasons that you have spoken about.....I am concerned that I might be too much influenced by what others are doing.....it's a tricky line to walk.....a fine line....we do need to see the work of others, and to be inspired but how easily their ideas might settle and join with ours and then I start to wonder if the idea was ever mine; however, you have shown the positive side of it too....it's a balancing act, and I may look into it eventually.....dip my toe in cautiously.....I've seen the benefit of having a page on Facebook dedicated just to my own work, but I am also aware of how much time all of this takes from the actual making of artwork.....a balancing act.....great news about the International Paper Biennial, a positive.

Posted by jenny Lesli4 Sun, February 28, 2016 16:00:50

Great, well done.