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?

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!

Kids, colour and choices

I smiled when I saw this fab ‘first day at school’ outfit over at Let’s Go Fly a Kite the other day. This lovely, very individual choice made me think of our boys and their choices. Danny loves his clothes and would wear his ‘bright clothes’ every day, given the chance (I have to wash them now and then). Here he is in his favourite outfit – red track pants and an orange sweatshirt.

bright clothes

His slightly eccentric outfit got me thinking of our own colour choices, and reminded me of these amazing photographs taken as part of The Pink and Blue Project by the artist JeongMee Yoon.

The Pink Project - SeoWoo and Her Pink Things
The Pink Project - SeoWoo and Her Pink Things by JeongMee Yoon
The Blue Project - Ethan and His Blue Things
The Blue Project - Ethan and His Blue Things by JeongMee Yoon

Terrifying aren’t they… Ironically, I have seen these photographs used as examples of cool kids’ rooms on websites about interior decor…

I get very frustrated at how hard it is to find clothes for boys that aren’t blue, or brown, or (absolutely the worst of all) camouflage colours (I’ll not get started on the hideous choices available when they were babies).  I love bold, bright colours for children, but confess to struggling when Danny decided to put red and orange together, a little worried about what other kids might say or think. But that doesn’t concern Daniel, and I’m really proud of him for doing things his own way.

The use of colour in our lives is so restricted by rules and convention – and it’s hard to work out how much the colour choices we make are influenced by our own taste, the culture we grew up with, and the advertising and branding we’re surrounded by. But what worries me is that branding and marketing are making it so hard for kids to form their own opinions, go against the grain, and be accepted for who they are, not for what they’re wearing.