Case in point. In Winter of 2008, Fashion house Dries Van Noten sent models down the runway wearing huge collar type necklaces that looked as though they were cast off bangles strung on a string. Well, actually they were...just really freakin' expensive ones! The images were STUNNING and brilliant and although not practical, the aesthetic really stuck with me.
Instead I developed the concept with a One Man's Trash twist...incorporated my own style and came up with this translation:
Once production begins, the piece can take on a life of its own
|Silver Osiris Necklace July 2011|
|The first Totem Necklace July 2011|
|Tassel Totem Necklace Winter 2011|
|Tassel Totem Necklace Spring 2012|
|Holiday Bounty Fall 2011|
The latest translation for Summer 2012. Buy this beauty here.
So imagine my surprise, while searching for images of the original Dries Van Noten piece to share with you, I came across this image of a necklace from their winter collection. I literally gasped.
|Dries Van Noten|
|Sandscape Necklace 2011|
|Rapunzel Necklace Fall 2011|
While they clearly have different elements, the similarities between these two pieces cannot be ignored. How do you explain how two designers in different parts of the world at different times come up with such a similar translation of what is essentially art. My point being, where does your inspiration really come from. Perhaps we saw the same image that inspired this design. Perhaps I saw the design in a magazine and subconsciously filed it away for later use. With One Man's Trash, I strive to be fiercely original, but when you are creating something new, is it really something new? There is no way of understanding the mysteries of the creative brain and where your ideas really come from. All you can do is hope that you are putting in your own twist!