Monday, 4 March 2013

Curating Loveliness

I've been thinking about ways to present interesting, engaging content lately. Not just for my blog, but in general...including things I might share via various social media platforms and so on.


The conclusion I have reached is to curate carefully - so in other words, looking out for lovely things, that which inspires, informs and pleases; to mindfully choose the best possible sources, references and artefacts.

I think William Morris put it best when he said,

"If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: 
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful 
or believe to be beautiful."

Source: etsy.com via Cat on Pinterest

One way I love keeping track of inspiration and ideas, particularly in a visual way, is through Pinterest - if you're not familiar with it, I would describe it as a kind of interactive moodboard where you can keep track of interesting content from the web, with a direct link, or bookmark, back to it.

As someone who is excited about colours and pattern, I find it incredibly stimulating when looking for ideas, and a great way to keep track of the loveliness I come across whilst traversing the web. (You can find my Pinterest boards here)


So...do you use Pinterest? Or do you have another favourite way of "curating" content?


3 comments:

Elizabeth Taylor said...

First of all, hello! I sort of forgot about my blog for almost a year--yikes!

I used to use Pinterest--I had 160+ boards and over 20,000 pins--I know, I'm a bit crazy. :p But they started removing some of my art and photography pins for "nudity" that did not meet their definition of nudity (for one thing, non-photographic art is allowed). I did some research and found I was one among many having this problem. I think you'll be just fine over there with crafting boards, but I just feel strongly that they are going a bit bonkers over there so wanted to mention it. I loved it before all that started, tho. I must have spent at least an hour there every day.

Cat McLaughlin said...
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Cat McLaughlin said...

(FYI: that original comment I deleted contains an annoying typo!)

Hi! :) Are you still making your jewellery these days?

That is one of the things about Pinterest; it's utterly addictive!

It does sound a bit bonkers about the removal of your pins though, right enough :/

Personally I find it a bit annoying that they want to categorise every pin or board, as some of my pins/boards are more for visual inspriation than anything else.