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.

 Looking to nature for patterns, colours & texture.

Looking to nature for patterns, colours & texture.

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.

 Down by the river, what can you see?

Down by the river, what can you see?

So here I go - I'll be back soon to post about the inspiration & process for creating the first colour collection Moss & Mint.

Jessica x