And I geek about more things than I have the energy to dedicate to them: photography, poetry, Harlequin romance novels (and I don't even apologize for that!), all things cinema, jewelry (of course) and..... medieval history. Several years ago, I was invited to join a group involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism. This isn't the first time I've mentioned my involvement with the SCA and it surely wont be the last. But the reason I mention it here is to discuss the idea of drawing inspiration for our creative endeavors from things we wouldn't normally associate with it.
I've been a member of the SCA for more than a decade at this point, and it certainly didn't take long for the allure of all things medieval to draw me in. The elaborate costumes (and the liberties often taken with historical accuracy), the established hierarchy of royalty and the participation in, or recreation of, sport and combat and arts and sciences had me at.... well, it had me at hello.
The arts and sciences... I'll admit that was the biggest draw for me. The potential to learn basket weaving, tablet weaving, even falconry had me entirely enamored. And the jewelry.... always does jewelry, and the history of jewelry, play a role in my interests.
The SCA is the reason I learned bead embroidery, after all! I'd taken a little class about the history of beading, the use of beads in tapestries and clothing, the techniques utilizied, such as "couching", and how those techniques evolved into what we use today. And, though bead embroidery wasn't exactly used as jewelry, historically
So now I encourage each of you to consider one of your activities or hobbies from a fresh perspective, and see how it can be utilized in a creative project. Like fishing? How can that translate to, say, jewelry or pottery or poetry even. Is Wonder Woman your obsession (and why wouldn't she be, am I right)? Then how can her headdress or lasso of truth be translated into wire wrapping, for instance?
Explore the world with new eyes and you're bound to see wonders.