It's all about colour.
I had a wonderful revelation in early January whilst I was picking my way through the planning diaries & calendars for 2018. In the midst of thinking about business goals & which events I'd like to do I was struck by the thought that I absolutely totally love working with colours. There is nothing more thrilling than ordering a new thread colour, after poring over the sample book & trying to imagine it stitched up with the rope. This has served me well so far but truthfully , I'm completely winging it in the colour stakes. I tend to just do what feels right without any understanding of why I think those colours are right. This year I'd like to change that & build a deeper relationship with colours & moods. Understanding the "rules" always lends itself well to making sure I can break them too, I think.
Curiosity & excitement is an excellent way to get started on any creative journey, but if you keep travelling on that road, at some point you've moved beyond curiosity to experiment & then to more serious study. I've definitely been curious about colour & experimented with it, so I feel that I've reached the studious part of this particular journey.
So... this year I'm choosing to take a more conscious path to create new work & build the new collection. Last year I was very devoted to figuring out shapes. How tall, how wide, how curvy, how square can I go etc. I've now got over a year of daily exploration on shape so each time I sit down at the machine I feel like I'm building on the rules I know based on my own personal book of experience, which is a wonderful thing. Shape will always be integral & I will continue to push those boundaries, but right now for me, it's all about colour & pattern.
Always one to start anything I do in earnest, I've already read several books & experimented in the studio with both colours & patterns that I've found in nature. So the decision I've come to is to create a series of collections based on colour. I'm working on the first collection "Moss & Mint" for which the two main greens were inspired by colours I found during a walk by the river in my village. I'm simultaneously working on about 5 collections, each based on the theme of one colour found in an aspect of nature. I'll be posting about each colour collection so I can share with you the inspirations and process involved in bringing each collection to life.
So here I go - I'll be back soon to post about the inspiration & process for creating the first colour collection Moss & Mint.