Color has been with me for a long time. I remember, as a child, my mother asking for my thoughts on the colors in her commissioned floral arrangements. Oh, how my heart swelled with confidence then! In my college years working in retail I loved merchandising the clothing. One really sweet boss tasked me with reorganizing our whole boutique before the holiday season. Loved. every. minute.
Nowadays combining colors and choosing fabrics is still my favorite part of my job. When my "do" list includes choosing fabrics for a new quilt, it's like saying that it is my responsibility to eat chocolate chip cookies. Not going to argue with that! And how did I get this lucky? Fortunately, fabric is fat-free.
When I talk to you all about what you'd like to learn next, color always, always comes up. You want help working with color. You want tools for being expressive and fresh. You want confidence. And, most of all, you need this to apply to fabric. Not paint, not graphic design.... fabric.
If you love to sew, choosing fabrics should feed that passion; never, never stall it.
I guess I've been thinking about teaching a color class for over a year now. Thinking, but facing many roadblocks. I've seen it done kind of poorly. I've seen it be so surface and theoretical and clinical - head knowledge mostly. But now I'm super, super excited because it's all coming together, and I see how much its wanted, and I'm already anticipating watching your colors come out, come alive!
This week I started sewing some projects for Color Intensive, my next online class. The 5-week course will open for registration mid-January, with a start date of February 3rd. It's definitely going to be different than my other classes, more of a toolkit and experience than a big bunch of work on your part. But it will be challenging too. Can't be too easy on you (wink).
So last weekend I was telling Brandon all about my Color Intensive class on a road trip to Ikea, and he reminded me that I took a color theory course at fashion college. He said, "Maybe it's instinctual for you now, but you started somewhere. You loved that class and probably gained more from it than you realized at the time." Oh, yeah. I had forgotten! Today I've dusted off my college textbook and pulled out some class projects. I had to mix paints from primaries to make that umbrella color wheel. It was my favorite project.
But take a look at this warm/cool colors assignment. Um, these must be quilts? (Please excuse the teddy bears.) I have no idea what gave me the idea to do paper patchwork as no one in my family or circle of friends made quilts at all. But, well... I did get 100% on the project. Too bad it was 10 years later (!!!) that I thought to actually make a quilt. Hindsight is so 20-20.
I do find color instinctual and want that for you too. Expect to see more tidbits about this class surface as we close out the year, with the big reveal scheduled for registration day on January 13th. I hope your interest is piqued for Color Intensive!