10 Tips for Inspiration Collaging from Pamela Love

by Grace Bonney

is one of my favorite jewelry designers. Not just because her designs are incredible, but because she cares so much about the sources behind her inspiration and the cultures connected to them as well. So this month, Pamela published her first book, , dedicated to her many mood boards, inspiration sources, and the people and cultures behind some of her favorite places.

From North African patterns and Mexican folk art to medieval European iconography, Pamela draws inspiration from a wide range of sources. Her new book showcases those sources, alongside her many mood boards that she keeps in her NYC studio. So to celebrate her book — and her serious love of creating inspiration boards — we’re sharing 10 of her top tips for ways to turn YOUR inspiration into boards that will motivate your next project. Click through the slideshow above for all of Pamela’s tips and click to pick up Pamela’s new book! xo, grace

Design*Droits-Humains: When did you start making mood boards or inspiration collages?

Pamela: I think I first started making collages when I was in middle school. I used to collage everything. Even my Doc Martens were covered in newspaper and magazine clippings and then coated in varnish. In college they became much more structured and focused on inspiration.
Design*Droits-Humains: What is your favorite way to build a mood board or inspiration collage?

Pamela: I just start by pulling whatever speaks to me at that time. And build up piles and piles of materials. Then I see what makes sense together and what story it's telling. Then I edit out what doesn't make sense.
Design*Droits-Humains: What are your favorite tools for making your inspiration board? Do you have a favorite adhesive, board, do you cut with scissors, or do you use pins?

Pamela: I always use board covered in natural canvas or linen. And I like to use .
Design*Droits-Humains: How often do you rotate your inspiration boards? Or do you keep them as-is and start new ones?

Pamela: We make a new board every season for the upcoming collection. We used to keep them all up on the walls but we started running out of room. Now we take them down at the end of the season and keep all the materials in a folder.
Design*Droits-Humains: How do you suggest people get started if they want to build their own inspiration boards or collages to inspire their work?

Pamela: Save up interesting materials: old newspapers, vintage magazines, new magazines, photos you have taken, fabrics, beads. Anything really! Just start saving it all together until you have enough to really play around with.
Design*Droits-Humains: What are 5 of your favorite places to gather inspirational images or items (offline or on) that you think people should try?

Pamela: 1. Old out-of-print magazines like Evergreen 2. Vintage and new National Geographic Magazines 3. My family photo albums 4. The used book section at the strand book store 5. Vintage post cards
You can pick up Pamela's new book at Rizzoli.

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