Friday, 30 July 2010

Seeking Inspiration: Dreams

Dearest Devotees,

One night when I was in boarding school a couple of years ago I had the most surreal dream ever. It was exactly like something out of a horror movie, except I don't watch horror movies so I don't have these kind of dreams. What basically happened is I went to sleep that night, just like any other night and woke up the next morning soaking with sweat and with my heart racing. I won't bore you with the details of this dream, but I will tell you that it involved a zombies, people in my boarding school, a crazy mad scientist professor and a giant mud pool on the school field. It doesn't even end there though because the next night, I had a similar dream, with the same characters but a slightly different story line. It even started off where the last one left off. I will never forget how the dream ended because just after the heroes (a friend and myself) saved the day, I remember seeing a movie poster on a tree by the gate of my school in the dream. It said "Zombies" and had a really cool picture of my friend and I on the front with the other main characters in my nightmare-movie. It was like The Twilight Zone.

So what is the point of this little spiel of mine. Basically it's that inspiration can come from anywhere even from your dreams. I told the friend who featured in my nightmare-movie about the dream and she said that that was the coolest thing she ever heard and that we should definitely make it into a movie. That experience showed me just how much inspiration is apart of our everyday lives. I'm not saying every dream is going to be a perfectly packaged and ready to go work of art but it could lead to explore something in a way you may not have otherwise. After all, when we dream our brains are truly free to explore and create without our self-imposed reins of reality and practicality. They continue to work out problems that plague us doing usually coming with a truly creative and imaginative (albeit sometimes unrealistic) solution to our problems. So if you're running low on inspiration why not try documenting your dreams either in a dream diary or on a dream board. You may be surprised by what you find.

Now let's get real. I want to let you guys know the main inspiration for this post came from an amazing movie that came out this past month, a movie I'm sure you all know as Inception. I will not go on a for too long about this movie but I will say that I really really enjoyed it and that if you haven't seen it I definitely recommend it. It was not only visually stunning with great actors, it also had an fantastically unusual plot that left me questioning everything I'd known by the end of the movie. A movie that amazes me and makes me think is definitely a winner in my books. So there's my random movie recommendation. ( Also, I feel compelled to say that if you haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet, especially if you saw the first two when you were a kid, you should see it. You will not be disappointed. )

Now for this week's Seeking Inspiration Assignment:

This week's assignment is to create something based on a dream you've had or just based on the whole concept of dreams. It can be in any kind of art form you want, a poem, short story, video, painting, dance, whatever you like. I have a song called Dreams that I am working on, but it isn't done yet, and I have finals this week. So after finals I will put it up :) It will probably be an a cappella rendition of the song in video format.

Links I've loved lately:

I thought this stop motion video of a guy walking round the states in his levi jeans was really cool. I loved the music especially.

Now that I'm actually working on my Vanille my future fashion company, I am eating up everything I can about the business of fashion that I can find. That's how I found Daily Fashion Diaries which is a blog about few girls trying to make their way in the fashion industry. Also, if you are looking for an internship in the industry you should definitely check out Daily Fashion Jobs. I must warn you though: most of these are LA and New York based (no surprise).

Merlin Mann gives some great tips on how to future-proof your passion.

HA! No words.

I took this really cool quiz on HomeGoods Decorating Style Quiz.

The Organisation vs Creativity Debate: Why you need to be organised to be creative

Beware of Your Inner Whining Artist on the Lateral Action blog.

Donate rice to the hungry by playing this simple but super fun game. Go on I Dare you.

This video of fireflies is just so pretty and I thought that this piece was really nice.

Love you all and Stay Inspired,

P.S. So let me know what you think. What inspired you this week? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.


ellie said...

Definitely a cool idea for inspiration. I loved Inception.

cass and cady said...

Very interesting how you started this post. I did love the movie. I will have to think on this exercise.

meg said...

Wow, I wish I could remember more of my dreams. Cool post.

Jeff King said...

I love your Inspiration Assignments… but this one has been a huge part of my life of a writer so far.

The reason I became a writer is because I had a vivid dream spanning 9 nights. The same dream the same way, and at the end I was sitting at a book signing with a promotional cut out of the book cover behind me.

This was something I could ignore. I never had aspiration to be a writer—of any kind. Matter of fact I hated to even read. Up to that point I had read two books from cover to cover…and that includes any book of any kind—especially text books.

Anyhow I see the power of dreams in my work every day. Thx to dreams I have discovered what I was born to do—I might never fulfill my dream of being a “paid” writer, but I will take solace in doing the thing that empowers me.
I’m going to have to see Inception.

Anonymous said...

Dreams are really strange and unexplainable .

p.s. cheers for the sweet comment on my blog, and no I didnt write it originally as a song, I just wrote it as a poem, it came to me last night as I was laying in bed reading my novels .


Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

I LOVE this. Dreams fascinate me; I definitely need to start keeping some kind of dream journal!

Leia said...

When I was studying dreams as part of my Psychology class in high school, we were told to write down our dreams every morning for a week. At first I found them hard to remember, but then I started remembering them and they became more vivid! These days I rarely remember my dreams, but I would like to keep a dream journal because I feel that we work out some of our toughest problems in dreams sometimes ;)


The Waves said...

I dream really vividly, and have been writing my dreams down sporadically. I guess there's no reason to actually do something creative with them!

I haven't seen Inception yet, but I've been planning to.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Don't laugh, darling; but what has inspired me most this week was reruns of "Gossip Girl." Perhaps it's just me; but I find it quite motivating to be my best after watching the glamorous hobnob with one another!! :P

Audrey Allure said...

It's true, I do get inspiration from my dreams sometimes - even as little as picking out an outfit for the next day (I picked it out within my dream the night before) haha. Although sometimes it's difficult remembering a dream too.

PinkBow said...

that stop motion video is so good!!

Sabina said...

What a pretty blog :)) I would really appreciate you visiting mine - I think (and hope! :)) you will really like it :)
Can't wait to hear from you, lovely!

Fashionography. said...

Thanks for posting the stop motion video, it was awesome.

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