I have been asked many times where I get my ideas for my art pieces or crochet designs. There isn’t really one simple answer.
Some ideas seem to pop up into my conciousness fully formed. Other times it is a vague wisp that wanders around in my brain and sketchbooks for weeks, months or years as it gathers more form.
I have realized recently though that a great way to generate ideas was given to me when I was in college. I had a professor in one of my writing seminars that said to develop a story one should always ask “what if…” and explore those ideas.
The same exercise can be applied to any creative process. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist or creative “type” you can use this. If you look at a pattern and think, “What would that look like in a different color?”, you have just used the “What If”.
What if I take a tank top design and add this stitch pattern for sleeves?
What if I modify this stitch pattern to work in the round and make fingerless mitts from it?
What if I use these pieces of junk mail to create the colors and texture for a sculptural collage/painting?
What if I reinterpreted that knit sweater into crochet?
Of course “What if” often leads to “How do I”, but that is a topic for another day.