My current collection of brush holders. I made the one with the bird, found the Humpty Dumpty planter and the Tikis in various junk stores, and the sailor cup was a gift from a friend way back in art school.
I've consciously, gradually removed what I consider ugly or common from my studio. If it's functional, it also has to be visually interesting. Seems to help my creativity if that one small space at least, isn't tainted by plastic, mass-produced crap.
William Morris is famous for his art, design, and writings. One of his most famous quotes: "If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
It is a very weird quote. It seems to say that if an object is useful, then it's ok if it's ugly. That applies to most everything made of plastic that's available in a box store. Plastic trashcans, technological devices, etc--yeah, they are useful, but their ugliness sort of sucks the creative life out of me at times.
But maybe I'm misunderstanding Morris. All I have to do is look at his designs and artworks and I'm re-charged creatively. This design for wallpaper is an example; I love it. I'm intrigued by the Acanthus motif, the subtle coloration, the movement, and the raw artistry. Time and again I check out his works and writings and get inspired.
More on William Morris in a future post.