We love asking the folks that inspire and excite us about what inspires and excites them. Check out their responses below.

Judy Gardner | Digital Fabrication Artist & Nerd Goddess

For me, artistic inspiration flows from two completely divergent directions. I have a close tie to nature, so visually, inspiration for the subject matter of my work is drawn from the natural world. Even work that is fairly abstract flows from attraction to natural forms or the way colors or light appear in nature. The other big source of artistic drive for me is fed by process. In planning a project, I think as much about the HOW as I do about the WHAT or the WHY. This has turned me into a total process junkie. Materials and processes seem to take on a life of their own and speak to me about how they want to express themselves. I’ve always been drawn to printmaking and bookbinding, probably because they are so process oriented. When computer graphics came on the scene, I was immediately attracted to the possibilities and looked for ways to incorporate digital work in with more traditional art methods. Read more>>

Abhineeta Matney | CEO – The Skipping Stone

What are you inspired by? I am inspired by human perceptions, different ways of learning, and comprehending meaning out of experiences. Information, theories, and visuals merely scratch the surface when it comes to understanding the individual and spiritual dimensions of human interactions or any relationship. Inspiration naturally flows when I approach each experience with an attitude of learning. Read more>>

Skyler Heck | Musician, Producer, and DJ

As a creative individual, the things that inspire me most are often times just existing in my day-to-day life. I’ve found that when I’m able to be truly present in the moment that there are ideas competing for my attention everywhere I turn. Inspiration can come as easily as trying to capture the feeling of riding your bike on a warm summer’s day as the sun filters its way between the leaves of the trees overhead as it spills on to your face, or it can be as complex as trying to narrate a specific instance of your own personal story that you feel like may provide a way to inspire others and help them grow. Anything and everything can be an inspiration, but for me to act on pursuing that feeling, it must compel me with an intensity that I cannot forget. Read more>>