I started taking photographs originally to use as source materials for fabric and print design as it's not often clear what copyright a photo actually has. I worried I would inadvertently use someone's photograph by assuming the person uploading had permission to share.
Although I mostly take photos for their own sake now I do occasionally still use as inspiration. I used this photograph from my earlier blog to create the stiped fabric pattern.
I picked up the colours for the stripes from elements of the photo to ensure they'd all naturally pop together.