Design Inspirations

Inspiration: Searching for Beautiful Decay

Fall has finally come officially and I am feeling like Margaret in Gerald Manly
Hopkins poem.  I am "grieving the unleaving," the loss of summer, the bright greens,
blues, reds and the subtle pastels, the new buds, the emerging weeds and growing
grasses.  So on a very foggy cool morning a few days ago I set out in 
search of what I like to call Beautiful Decay.  What follows is a photo essay of
what I found. 





When I returned home with very wet shoes and my phone filled with pictures, I was 
feeling much better about the changing season and inspired to get into my studio
and create. I hope you have been inspired too.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you next month when I will share with you some 
art beads inspired by my Beautiful Decay photos.


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7 Comment

  1. Katherine T
    September 26, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I can’t wait to see what you make!

    1. MaryHarding
      September 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

      I am looking forward to the challenge!! Thanks so much for your feedback Katherine!!

  2. Christine Damm
    September 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Mary, so few people would have the idea of seeking beauty in decay and you have turned your lovely photo essay into an incredible source of inspiration for yourself and the rest of us! Thank you!

    1. MaryHarding
      September 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Christine!! I am so pleased that you are inspired by my post. it was so beautiful walking around in the lightly misting fog that day and finding how nature takes care of her dying process in such beautiful ways.

  3. Erin Prais-Hintz
    September 26, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Oh my, YES! There is beauty in broken places, in the growing-aging-dying of natural things. There is beauty in each curled leaf, each drooping petal, each lichen-laden log. I love that you have shown us that we need to respect that beauty comes in many forms. And I am excited to see what you do with this! Enjoy the day! Erin

  4. MaryHarding
    September 26, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I am so pleased Erin that you are enthused by my post!! I hope to make good use of these incredible ideas and colors that I found. Thanks for writing in.

  5. Sally Sutherland
    October 1, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Theres something so special about the quiet a morning like that! thanks for sharing your inspiration Mary 🙂

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