100 Days of Curated Colour – Week 2

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Wow – it’s the end of another week of Colour Curation already…! It has been a super-busy few days for me, building up to a little family party at my house to celebrate what would have been my dad’s hundredth birthday. We had a lovely time sharing memories of our lovely dad and marvelling over the growth of various children (always a thing of endless fascination!).

But in spite of all the busy-ness I managed to put together another seven colour-curated fabric and haberdashery (and a few other bits and bobs that sneak in) mood-boards for my 100 Day Project (an Instagram art project – lots of people are doing it – check out #the100dayproject). My project is #100daysofcuratedcolour (and I’m trying not to feel annoyed that someone has piggybacked on my hashtag.. grump grump):

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8/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Courtyard Hues

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9/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Spring Tones

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10/100: Design Seeds – Autumn: Color Harvest

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11/100: Design Seeds – Heavenly Hues: Color Heaven

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12/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage

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13/100: Design Seeds – Makers Hues: Color Studio

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14/100: Design Seeds – Flora: Color Paradise

11/100 was the favourite this week amongst my IG followers. It’s a little bit mid-century, a little bit North-Norfolk-weekend-getaway, a little bit John-Lewis-furniture-catalogue, so I am definitely up there with the fans! I think my favourite is 10/100 though – the collection I’m calling ‘Virgina Wolf’s Drawing Room’. I am a sucker for that dusty vintage feel, that’s why I love French General so much… The Umbel fabric from Liberty is also one of my favourites, so it’s pretty irresistible to me.

This week I’m learning that it’s not just about the colours, it’s about the balance of colours in the collections. Three or four times I’ve looked at the collection I’ve put together for the photo and despaired, but added just one more piece which has brought the whole lot together. I will try and take some Before and After photos of what I mean next week. But a couple of examples from this week – 9/100 was unimpressive until I added the little purple cotton reel, and in 13/100, the grey wool was a last minute addition that seemed to bring a much needed balance. I’m learning that when I am working with a palette, you don’t have to use equal quantities of each colour. Writing that down, I feel like this should have been obvious…! But as usual with me, it’s in the doing that I’m learning. 🙂

Which is your favourite this week?

100 Days of Curated Colour – Week 1

I am taking part in one of those great big Instagram get-togethers – The 100 Day Project – where lots of people are using the tag #the100dayproject plus their own person 100 day tag (mine is #100daysofcuratedcolour). I was really keen to do a project based on colour – it’s so important to my work and something that always gives me tremendous pleasure when I get it right, whether in my outfit for the day, in my garden or with my sewing!

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I believe that colour is a language, and when you’re learning a language, you need to practice every single day. So, for 100 days, I am selecting (mostly – they’re my rules after all!) crafting materials from my home or studio, curated according to a Design Seeds palette of colours, which I choose fairly randomly, or by taking inspiration from an object that I’d like to use that particular day. My hope is that every day I put together these groupings of objects based on colour, the neural pathways that ‘do colour’ (not a technical term) in my brain will be strengthened, and gradually it will become a language that I can speak more fluently. Perhaps, it’s such an important language to learn, I will try and carry on after my 100 day project has finished. Here’s the first week:

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1/100: Design Seeds – Market Hues: Fresh Hues

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2/100: Design Seeds – Creature Color: Color Creature

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3/100: Sorry – frustratingly can’t find this palette…

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4/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Color Way

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5/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues:Color Stacked 

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6/100: Design Seeds – Rustic: Rustic Tones

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7/100: Design Seeds – Sweet Tooth: Color Pick

The favourites (by Instagram likes) are day 6 and day 7. I am not at all surprised by number 7 being very popular, it’s so cheery and zingy, but I was very interested to see that those blues and greys did so well. Maybe it was the beautiful Liberty lawn touches that attracted people. My personal favourite is actually number 1! I love that combination of green, blue and pink, with dark touches, it’s just lovely. Which one is your favourite? I’d love to know!

The 100 Days Project

I’m all signed up to take part in The 100 Day Project – a free global art project which is running on Instagram right now. The idea is that you sign up to do a project for 100 days and post a pic on Instagram every day. Because I need a kick up the bum to make sure I take time for a bit of creative thinking every day, I thought I’d give it a go.

I love Mary Oliver’s poem The Journey, so was happy to see this!

I’ve been wanting to do some work on my understanding of colour for ages, but hadn’t found a way to do it that appealed. As soon as I saw the 100 Day Project posts popping up in my Instagram feed, I knew I wanted to do something with colour. But it needed to be something achievable, and NOT sewing!

So… introducing my project #100daysofcuratedcolour. My plan is to take a palette from Design Seeds every day, and quickly grab some pieces from my home/studio that work with the palette I’ve chosen. Here’s my first go, so you can get the idea – this is the palette I chose:

Market Hues | Fresh Hues from Design Seeds

And this is my first collection:

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All these goodies were lying around my studio this morning. The thing that shouts out at me is that the pink fabric (Square Dance, by the ever-wonderful Denyse Schmidt – on of my favourite Useful and Beautiful prints of All Time ) is way too pink.. not that it doesn’t look great with the selection I’ve made, so I’ll live with that.

My plan is to keep all the photos and use them as inspiration for future projects… and I’m sure more will come of it than that. I am hoping it will be a bit like learning vocab when you are trying to get to grips with a different language – it first it will seem like lots of random images, but as I progress, structures and narratives will emerge. You can follow me on IG to see my daily posts, and I plan to post a weekly collection on here. Wish me luck!