As an artist, I struggle to balance finding inspiration from within and from outside sources. There is so much beauty in the world, and so so many talented designers. With so many other influences, it can be a struggle to both identify and stay true to my own aesthetic.
For example, I'm a huge fan of Pinterest because its easy to find and save beautiful ideas.(Imagine if our mental bulletin boards had such capacity!!) I find myself wanting to recreate a jacket or dress just as it is, to capture the style and wear right away! While I'm very greatful for my natural and learned skillset to be able to make the clothing I see... it is a slippery slope to knock-off-ville.
Identifying with someone else's work is a great compliment to their power as an artist. It can also help me define my personal style. By saving this vast catalogue of inspiration, I've determined that my aesthetic is modern, soft, clean, and feminine with moto (motorcycle), structured, and geometric influences. Knowing these characteristics helps me stay true to my style when I'm designing clothes, bags, or home decor for myself, or other people!
Most of all, I have to follow my gut. I'm most proud of my work when it portrays the mixing pot of ideas in my brain as one cohesive concept that's clean, polished, and a strong representation of my own exuberance.
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Mary Beth is a maker & artisan, a one woman studio, creating unique art and fashion for the modern, thoughtful lifestyle.