amelias magazine – what does colour mean to you?

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recently i did an illustration for amelias magazine. if you’ve never heard of amelias magazine (shame on you!) it is an online magazine/blog with articles on art, fashion, music, illustration, and much more. if that appeals to you, be sure to check it out.

the brief was to do an illustration based upon your favourite colour, as part of a post to inspire people to think and talk about their favourite colour for a contest by blair and oliver. you can submit your colour story as words, photography and video. to take part, send your stories to renewalstories@redant.com with your contact details too. the deadline for submission is 1st march 2013 so get creative! oh..and the winner will receive £250!

what is your favourite colour? let me know in the comments. i’m always really curious why people love certain colours. please remember to look at the post on the amelias magazine site to see others’ interpretation of their favourite colour.

here is is what i said, and my illustration, but i’d like to add a little more about what colour means to me in general, too.

image on amelias magazine post about colour, a collage with image of a planet with legs

“i absolutely love all colours, and colour is my world. turquoise is my favourite, though. it both gives me energy and keeps me calm. i like to always have this colour around me because it also helps me feel creative but not overwhelmed. i feel as if there’s something magical about it that other colours don’t possess. to me it’s representative of earth and life.”

i don’t know if you realised by looking at my work, but, i love colour. a lot. if you were to take a look through my home and my clothes, that would also lead you to see the same. colour is so important to me and is one of the few things that make me truly happy. so many of my happy memories aren’t just about good things, but the colours that were around me at the time.

i remember once someone asking me if i could define perfection as a colour, what would it be? my answer was orange. a slightly golden yellowish orange. i don’t know why, but when i see that colour, it just exudes the aura that i feel ‘perfection’ would have. it’s not my favourite colour, even, but ..that’s just the colour of perfection.

as much as i love almost every colour (there are a very few exceptions, but even those could be acceptable in the right context and in small amounts), i think blues, greens, turquoise and greys are the ones that speak to me the most. maybe it’s because they are colours that can be seen in nature, maybe it’s the calming yet invigorating it’s effect they can have ..maybe it’s something else completely!

i could honestly talk about this all day. maybe in another post i’ll share stories and photos about colour. i’ve said that word far too much in this post now, so time to stop and let you get on with your day.

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pinterest finds part 2

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as promised here’s the second installment of some of my favourite pinterest finds. these are from my clothes & accessories
board, and art & illustration, respectively. if you ever happen to be shopping for a present for me (i doubt that, but you never know) i feel my boards are representative of my tastes, so they’d definitely be a good guide if you’re stuck for ideas.
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favourite finds: pinterest

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i thought this would be a good thing to do every now and then, to share images from around the ‘net that i like/love, and things that inspire me. also because i just want to share. i don’t want to commit myself to something i potentially may not remember to do or stick to, so i’ll stick with ‘every now and then’ and see where it goes from there.

todays pick is from some of my pinterest boards. pinterest is addictive, isn’t it! you can find me here if you are so inclined. i’ll be posting two today and two tomorrow, so come back! if you follow me on twitter i’ll be posting a link to it. if you don’t, follow me here.

firstly, from my type board:

pinterest type selections

i definitely have a fondness for ampersands. i’m not quite sure what it is about them, but they just make me feel good somehow. this one by darren booth is particularly fine! i’ve also noticed that i’m quite drawn to single letter typography/lettering over quotes and such, i think it’s because they look a bit more graphic and bold ..but that doesn’t mean i don’t love quotes etc.

1 // darren booth    2// anna haas   3// fubiz.net    4// robert cottingham

then my home decor & studio board:

home pinterest selection

1// folk rug    2// amber interiors   3// from scandanavia with love   4// zinnia folk arts

that rug is pretty fantastic, no? i love the colours and relatively simple look. i really want and/or will need a wall height bookcase someday. i love books of all types (but especially art and visual books) and can see that one day i will be buried underneath them all. when i have my own home that i can decorate however i want, i can’t decide whether i want something bursting with colour and texture or something that is for the most part black, white and grey, but with occasional pops of colour. time will tell!

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laura ashley

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this wasn’t the post i was originally intending to write on friday, but some things have happened that have driven me away from the computer, and my trusty glue and scissors. and i just haven’t had the time to take photos that do justice to what i want to show you. it feels so wrong to me to not be creative, even for a few days, especially as i’m having so many ideas at the moment. i’m hoping things in my day to day life will improve, and then i can focus more on doing what i love. it is my lifeline, and i know many of you feel the same way about what you love.i am aware that some of you may have already seen this on my tumblr, which is where my site was hosted for quite some time, but there’s some things that i’m proud or excited to have done, and want to have it documented here too. so every now and then i may be posting some older pieces, or older features on sites that i’m particularly proud of. what i wanted to show you today was this illustration i did for laura ashley. i’ve been a fan of them for most of my life, so i was very excited to be approached by them to do an illustration for their blog.
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