One of the chapters in the book is called Nothing Is Original, it got me thinking about design and the design process. In the book he says "What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original."
For me this is a true statement. I am inspired by everyday things I see around me, light fixtures, buildings, unusual objects. When I see these things I break them down in my mind and take the shape of the parts and come up with some of my designs.
I would like to think my ideas are original, but I understand that I am not the first person to create jewelry with hardware and I won't be the last.
The book says that if we are free from the burden of trying to be completely original, we can stop trying to make something out of nothing, and embrace the influence.
What do you think? Is nothing original?