Inspiration, n: “A breathing in or infusion of some idea, purpose, etc. into the mind; the suggestion, awakening, or creation of some feeling or impulse, esp. of an exalted kind”- The Oxford English Dictionary

This page, world, is devoted to all of the things that have inspired me in beginning, formulating, creating, and continuing this project. This list will continue to expand as the project does.  I hope in my inspirations you might also find some inspiration of your own! (Hint: Many of the images on this page are clickable.)

1. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things- Jon McGregor

2. Stop-motion animation films! Watch Western Spaghetti and the music video to Oren Lavie’s “Her Morning Elegance” to see my two favorite examples.

3. My button jar- This jar is the result of my mother’s and my grandmother’s compulsive collecting of buttons throughout their lifetimes. It currently resides on my nightstand and is a constant source of creative inspiration, due especially to the array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles that lie within.

4. The Science of Sleep: Not only does this movie incorporate stop-motion animation, it also is one of the best representations of a dreamlike state of mind that I have ever seen.

5. Avocados- The perfect late night editing snack, provided you do not get it all over the keyboard.

6. Adobe Creative Suite- If you are unfamiliar with these amazing pieces of software, the entire suite is available for a free month-long trial at Adobe’s website.

7. 8tracks- A music site which allows users to make their own mixes and listen to mixes created by others.

8. The Secret Life of Objects-This blog is run by Brooklyn artist Corrine Botz. She is the creative mind behind a rather interesting project in which people send in their sentimental objects to help them let go of painful memories, or even just memories which have turned into disorganization and clutter.

9. Everything is Illuminated– Jonathan Safren Foer- This book (and movie) has a lot of interesting things to say about collecting and the memories tied to objects.

10. Chai Lattes- For when my eyes just don’t want to look at a computer screen anymore.

11. Waking Life– A film on the subject of lucid dreaming, because any movie that dips into the dream realm and stirs up the memories within is guaranteed to inspire.

12. Images from this Flickr group, bringing together photographs of sentimental objects.

13. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art- Scott McCloud- This textbook/comic book contains interesting segments discussing just what it is that allows us to identify with cartoons, comics, and inanimate objects.

14. Objects and Memory– A project examining the idea of collective loss through photographing objects tied in some way to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

15. The Vietnam War Memorial- Although I have never been to the memorial, a professor told me about the massive collection of ordinary objects that members of the public have left at the wall, an image which was very inspiring to me when thinking about this project.

16. My room- My room is a cluttered mess full of objects and memories. This became quite helpful as I attempted to put together a project on object and memory. See my (in)ventor page for examples of some of the objects which can be found in my room.

17. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia– Episodes of this show kept me going while waiting for yet another video to import, export, and  upload.

18. Auschwitz- This past semester I studied abroad in Hungary and as a part of the trip we visited the death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. Although I do not in any way wish to suggest that the Shoah is “inspiring” in the same way that the other items on this list are inspiring, the role of everyday objects in the commemoration of the victims did give me a better understanding of how everyday objects can be used to mourn, to remember, and to empathize.

19. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein- This series of poems separated into the categories Objects, Food, and Rooms represent Stein’s attempt to capture little moments of existence and transform them in language. Sugar is not a vegetable.

20. The song “Flowers” by Regina Spektor- “The things I have loved I’m allowed to keep….”

To be continued…