February 27, 2013

“word to the wise” wednesday: jim jarmusch

Nothing is original.  Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.  Devour old films.  New films.  Music.  Books.  Painting.  Photographs.  Poems.  Dreams.  Random conversations.  Architecture.  Bridges.  Street signs.  Trees.  Clouds.  Bodies of water.  Light and shadows.

Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable.  Originality is non-existent.

And don’t bother concealing your thievery.  Celebrate it if you feel like it.  In any case always remember what Jean Luc Goddard said, “It’s not where you take things from; it’s where you take them to.”

Jim Jarmusch, independent film director, screenwriter and producer

I’m so fascinated by this quote.  I suppose it’s just another way of saying “there’s nothing new under the sun” … but it does give you something to chew on, doesn’t it?  I think that’s why I love interior design.  Because I love to learn and I am constantly learning — and being inspired by — that which I “devour.”  May I always take my work to authentic places!

How do you view the relationship between authenticity and originality?

Graphic via C. Johannesen Studio


  • Patty Day
    Feb. 27, 2013
    I get inspired by everything around me.....it's amazing! Thanks for stopping by Patty's Epiphanies. I am looking forward to the Show House in Greensboro!
  • Lisa Mende Design
    Feb. 27, 2013
    I love this quote!

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