Media and people.
Art and music and technology. I draw a lot of what I do from digital cultures and trends. I think its really fascinating just how much the internet has changed our society and how noone really knows where its all going! I am here for the ride!
My cultural sources are mainly from the Orient and from Russia. However, since I spent most of my life in America, these influences are also strong. I like African and Latin music and art as well. No culture is excluded from my borrowing from it for ideas and inspiration.
Music. & Movies. ..can't live without 'em.
None in particular I suppose I am Eurocentric being as that is the culture I am located within. I will however use materials from any time period or culture if it inspires me sufficiently.
Being Asian, and growing up in the East, I draw a lot of inspirations from the Asian culture. But at this global age, where information & images are readily available from the internet, my cultural sources is eclectic.
Every source I'm exposed to. It is a vast lexicon of the Human condition at our fingertips and none of it is worth ignoring.
I draw from everything.
Film, poetry and everyday stuff I tend to look for as I walk on the street.
I listen to a lot of music while I work, and throughout the day. It's common to find me listening to jazz one moment and then rap the next. I also have an office filled with books on David Ogilvy or Mary Well Lawrence, not to mention the rows of design annuals and logotype publications. Everyday life and my obsession with the creative industry constantly feeds into my work.
old films, new films, musik, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows - only thins from speak directly to my soul
I would hope that we'd all try and search for references from all sources. I don't really put much appreciation over another. I think everything is relative and relevant in different ways for different reasons.
I have pulled from different recorded sources from different places, and also from my own community. I have thought of the internet as it's own unifying tool, or attempt at one, to bridge the cultural gaps, at times.
I feel less compelled to state one source over another. I try to be open minded and really learn what something means before I put myself into judging it for it's worth in my life. What can I draw from someone else's work, reasons, or thoughts, I'd say it's better to think what I can learn from them.
But if the internet is to be considered a source of it's own technologically advancing culture in the making, I'd say I learn the most online. And thus, am also creating a new culture as I exist and am awarded attention.
Specifically and most strongly (what I know the best) my internal landscape composed of 56 years of living. THen there is what I observe passively through reading or even having intact senses.
When I cook, of course it is from my traditional ways, Italian. When I design or make a piece of jewelry it from acient civillizations....the Romans (Byzantine), Egyptians and also other periods such as the Renissance, Art Deco and Nouveau. Traveling is always the best way for me to find new ideas and sources for inspiration.