Aesthetic and Inspiration

Every year there is a new round of buzzwords or phrases that come into play, this year a word I’ve noticed being used a lot is aesthetic. This is not a criticism, in fact the opposite. Usually I have buzzwords, they get overused and applied to everything including when they shouldn’t be but then there are some words that I just love the sound of and aesthetic is one.
It is defined as follows
aesthetic
iːsˈθɛtɪk,ɛsˈθɛtɪk/
adjective
adjective: aesthetic; adjective: esthetic
  1. 1.
    concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty.

    “the pictures give great aesthetic pleasure”

noun
noun: aesthetic; plural noun: aesthetics; noun: esthetic; plural noun: esthetics
  1. 1.
    a set of principles underlying the work of a particular artist or artistic movement.

    “the Cubist aesthetic”

So you can imagine that many creatives can relate to this word.
I’m not one really for trends, if something happens to trend and I’m into so it then so be it. I get recommended a lot of boards on Pinterest titled ‘my aesthetic’ and that’s good because I like to see how people define their own take on it where as I always feel that I struggle to define my own aesthetic when it comes to my work and in general and it’s something I want to work on. I know what I find beautiful and not but it’s a subjective matter and each to their own and all that.
However when it comes to my own work or social media I don’t find my work that pleasing or beautiful, I think it’s quite messy and lacklustre. My actual physical work I’m happy with, I wouldn’t sell it otherwise but my presentation sucks and most days I kinda just want to delete my Instagram and start over again but then I think am succumbing to pressure. I just want my work to look good because at the end of the day it’s kinda important in selling my work, am I right???
Anyhoo, moving on, one thing I do use as a resource for inspiration a lot is independent magazines, there are so many out there, I find it hard to choose sometimes but lately I’ve found myself heading to the Tate Modern shop to stock up on latest issues that catch my eye.
So I’ve picked out a few of my favourite latest finds to share with you.

So this is a new one to me but I thought I start with it for obvious reasons! It is an art and culture magazine so a wonderful source of inspiration and discovering new to me artists, photographers, designers etc. There are some wonderful articles but mainly I can’t stop looking at the pictures and it’s giving me a good idea on how I would like to present my photos whether it be for my blog or my shop.

I’ve always been a feminist but right now it seems even more important that I stand by this conviction and also that I educate and immerse myself more in this. Feminism is seen as dirty word and it means different things to different people, so I’m trying to get as many different perspectives as possible to understand how other people think and why. This is definitely a NSFW publication but I love the layout, it’s a little anarchic but definitely draws you in.

Okay this is an issue I picked up on a previous run to the Tate Modern shop but I got this because it’s about one of my favourite places in the world Vancouver Island.

Another new to me magazine, I just the love the bold and basic cover of this, it definitely leapt off the shelf. It’s full of interviews and articles that I can’t wait to get stuck into.

Loadstars is definitely one of my favourites that I included the last issue a bought which was on Sweden. You know how in the A-ha video where the girl gets pulled into the poster by Morten Harket? Yeah well I kinda wish I could dive into this magazine, it’s just to gorgeous it hurts! I mean look at those covers for a start and it’s just the same on the inside. This magazine gives me serious style envy.
Everyone is always talking that you need a theme for your Instagram, I don;t necessarily know about wanting a theme but I definitely would like it to a little less messy and a little bit prettier. I am not the world’s best photographer, I have pictures I take that I really like, mostly on my personal Instagram but it’s kinda hard to fuck up a nature picture when the sun is being boss that day! But my work I usually end up taking late at night under crappy lighting and now that I’ve set myself this 365days of stitching project I was hoping this would help improve my photography/composition skills a little, starting smack bang before Christmas was probably not the wisest of choices but at least I still have time to improve. I just think a little sit down and planning is in order and a hell of lot of practice.

Disclaimer: This is not a review, all products were purchased with my own funds for personal use.