- by Barney Davey
Sometimes the best inspiration and ideas come from those things we initially thought we would never do. It is a well-known brainstorming technique to think of all the things you wouldn’t do.
The previous Indie Art Intersection post sets the table for this one. It seems art, fashion and music come in trends with different global locations taking turns leading. Lately, Brit chicks have been having their way on the pop music scene with Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Leona Lewis and Adele all making hits and generating lots of fan and media interest.
Similarly, there is a wave of indie fashion mags helmed by Brit chicks as well. None better done or more exciting than N.E.E.T. Magazine. It is helmed by Stephanie J who manages the slick online publication as a one person band. What she is pulling together is a visual tour de force of indie fashion, graphic design, art and accessories. It takes a while for the mag to load, but it is worth the wait.
You may or may not have an interest in fashion or indie fashion, but it is a source of cutting-edge trends that often wind their way into the mainstream market. I would hardly describe myself as a fashionista, but I do appreciate creativity and great design. I found an abundance of both in N.E.E.T. Although this genre is primarily populated by younger generations, visual artists of all ages can take clues on current graphic design and color trends to inform their work. N.E.E.T. Magazine is a step beyond fashion. Here is a quote from a Q&A on Prcouture and Stephanie J that sums up her concept for the publication:
Who/what gets featured in N.E.E.T?
SJ: Anyone and everyone – as long as they’re independent. Fashion designers, crafters, illustrators, photographers, fashionistas, journalists, boutique owners, bloggers, vintage lovers, stylists, make up artists, eco-friendly stores, fairtraders – in N.E.E.T. I feature original, quality and well made items.
Sometimes the best inspiration and ideas come from those things we initially thought we would never do. It is a well-known brainstorming technique to think of all the things you wouldn’t do. Try it sometimes when thinking of new vacation destinations. Or, flip through the pages of N.E.E.T. to discover some concepts you can creatively borrow for your art business. Maybe it’s not for you art, but for your Web design or graphic design to promote your business. Or, maybe you’ll find a piece of irresistible jewelry or other accessories. Enjoy!