At the beginning of each month, I am going to strive to post my inspiration and beginning thoughts for the collection of the month. Since I didn't do that earlier, I wanted to post my inspiration for my May collection today, before I post about the pieces on Tuesday.
A few months ago I was listening to a podcast in which they were talking about the elements and principles of design. I was struggling to come up with collection ideas, so the discussion really struck me and I thought "What if I make a collection based on the idea of each of the elements and principles?" I loved the launching point, so I pulled out an old art textbook to start reviewing.
The first element of design covered in my textbook is line. I focused my April collection on line and write up a post about that collection in a few weeks. The second element is shape, and that is where my ideas for this month's collection began.