Christy Ferer says artists surround themselves with objects that inspire and feed their creative side, and so should you. You probably have a collection already without realizing it. Walk around your house and find one. Gather all your vases. She says the plates that are too good to eat off. Those beautifully colorful foreign banknotes that you will never spend. Things made from the same material, or off the same shape, color, subject, or texture. Stuck away in a drawer, it's just clutter-displayed, it's a collection.