100 Days of Curated Colour – week 4

One hundred days of curated colour header

Doing a daily project like #The100DayProject (currently happening on Instagram) is that you realise how quickly the weeks rush away. It is the end of week 4 already and I have made 28 (actually 29, I just posted today’s) curated colour selections for my #100DaysofCuratedColour project. I am resisting the temptation to look up what the last day is!

There is an odd-palette-out this week -. On Saturday I heard a very sad and depressing story – friends of mine lives in a village which celebrates a festival at this time of year, and lots of the residents put flags out to celebrate. Two years ago, in response to the shootings at the Pulse nightclub, my friends put up a rainbow flag.. very sadly it was pulled down by some unpleasant human(s). This year the rainbow flag has gone up again, and been torn down again. As a very quick *first* response (there will be more..!), I made them a Rainbow Palette to cheer up their Facebook page. As my friend Rachel says, love always wins.

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink blue

22/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Color Bloom

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - brights

23/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Create

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - olive purple beige

24/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Color Craft

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - rainbow colours

25/100: The Rainbow Palette for my friends

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - lilac purple mint green

26/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Spring Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - olive orange

27/100: Design Seeds – Maker Hues: Paper Succulents

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - grey yellow mustard orange

28/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage: Color Create

The favourite on Instagram by likes was 24/100, although 26/100 came an extremely close second (just 2 likes in it). Removing the Rainbow Palette from the equation, because that is obviously my favourite, my personal choice would be 27/100 – I love it – I feel I got the balance just right and that combination of olive shades with a pop of orange reminds me very much of my godmother’s home. I really enjoy the way that the palettes evoke memories and atmospheres for people, that’s one of the rewarding aspects of this project, and of sewing in general, of course. I notice that the really bright palettes are less popular – 23/100 didn’t get much love! It would be hard to work with I admit!

Which one do you like? If you want to see all of them so far, I am gradually putting them on my 100Days0fCuratedColour Board on Pinterest.

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):

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink green

8/100: Design Seeds – Wanderlust: Courtyard Hues

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - blue green lilac

9/100: Design Seeds – Spring: Spring Tones

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - red brown grey

10/100: Design Seeds – Autumn: Color Harvest

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - teal green yellow mustard

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

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - pink blue mustard teal

12/100: Design Seeds – Color Collage

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - green mustard blue grey

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

Color curated moodboard by Very Berry for #the100dayproject - purple peach orange

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:

the100daysproject day 1

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!