1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
“Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration”
2. a sudden brilliant, creative, or timely idea.
“then I had an inspiration”
Who doesn’t love to feel inspired and led to creative greatness. Instant joy is felt when you are visually stimulated by a photo, an object, or scenic view. Hello dopamine receptors. To be inspired is to enhance your ideas, thoughts, and flow within the creative process. So create, be inspired by the world around you. But be mindful. There is a difference between using inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and taking it by copying another like if it was yours to begin with.
The same rules apply for creatives. Can you be removed from social media platforms? Jailed for taking an artistic idea as owner? No, but your reputation will follow you as being a copy cat and nobody likes that.
Grabbing an idea from another is not a scandal. Grabbing an idea from another and not giving credit when it is due is not cool. Take bits and pieces, but build from those areas to make it your own. That way you will leave something behind to inspire the next individual.
This lovely pic from thrifty blogger @affectionatelyaudrey is a prime example of taking inspiration and making it your own. I immediately fell in love with this picture. Besides the tones and textures of the various belts I was obsessed with the idea of wearing multiple belts at once. It was genius. She may have created this on her own or was inspired by another, who was inspired by another. I was inspired and wanted to create my own version of this look.
I took the main focal point of the picture which were the belts and created my own inspiration. Someone else may draw inspiration from the fans on her black dress. Another person may be inspired by the organgy-red belt and create a monochromatic look based on that color. The idea of layering and using black as a contrast to make the belts pop is similar. My decision in styling is different by going with a blazer and pair of jeans. Keep in mind inspiration is subjective and the possibilities are endless.