Yesterday I found this old ball jar at a thrift store for 69 cents. I love the wire closure, and its gorgeous aqua hue. Some quick research indicates it was made sometime between 1930 and 1960. I didn’t have a particular reason to buy the jar, no project in mine for it, but I liked it, and I knew I would find something to do with it.
The moment I could, I went online and started rummaging around the internet for ideas on what to do with my jar. This isn’t out of the ordinary for me (and I suspect most online crafters). Even if I have an idea for a particular object I will still check around for other project ideas, and inspiration. Although I don’t think there is anything wrong with this behavior, I wonder what it’s effect is. Basically:
Is browsing the blogosphere for project examples, ideas, and inspiration polluting my creativity?
For example, I made a letterpress tray jewelry organizer based on pictures I found on many different sites. The funny thing is, all the letterpress tray projects I saw fell into three or so basic projects, good projects, but the same projects.
I wonder what if I had never seen those “inspiring” pictures, what would I have created? Would it have been better? Or would it have been a lack luster desk organizer?
Is it only natural to build off other people’s projects, a way to improve and refine ideas or would I find myself more original if I smashed my router?
I don’t think there is a definitive answers to my questions. Original thought on the internet is a touchy subject anyway, but anyone with thoughts, leave me a comment.