I am a magazine ripper. I always have been. I have shoeboxes and file folders filled with decorating ideas, recipes and other miscellaneous projects. No matter how hard I’ve tried, I can never seem to organize or tame the scraps of inspiration floating around my house.
Enter Pinterest. This new social media craze has my name written all over it!
Basically, it’s a virtual corkboard. You see something on the Internet that interests you and you click “pin” on your toolbar. Then, you pick the “board” best suited to the topic, and, ta-da! The photo and link are saved for reference later. No more shoeboxes. No more shuffling through papers to find that-one-thing-you-knew-you-kept-for-reference-later-but-can’t-seem-to-find-when-you-need-it.
Best of all, you can see what your friends are pinning. Who better to aggregate all the fun and helpful things on the Web than those who know you best? And, as it’s social, you “meet” people who have similar tastes as yourself. I “watch” the boards of those with all-white country kitchens, because I can instantly tell we have the same sense of domestic style.
One of the most popular topics on Pinterest is art. People pin art they’ve produced, art they love and artistic mediums they’d like to experiment with in the future. Thousands and thousands of ideas are being collected on this website. Watching communities of people from diverse backgrounds come together wearing virtual badges declaring the importance art has in their life is truly motivating.
Personally, I can skim the “Art” boards for hours, just bathing in the beauty and talent of current and past artists. It also helps me refine the forms of art I most identify with. Although I’ve always thought I liked modern and abstract art best, I usually find myself pinning Impressionist pieces. It didn’t take me long to notice this trend. I’d stop to admire the modern and abstract, but I’d linger and want to reference the Impressionist paintings later. This realization made me reflect on how my taste in art has changed over the years, and how I may better choose exhibits to visit in the future.