Wednesday, November 27, 2013

introducing Color Intensive

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. 

Color Intensive coming soon!

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 heart color

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!

fabric color wheel 

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).  

Color Theory when I was 18...

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.

my first quilts, lol

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!

21 comments:

  1. Absolutely, you know I would be interested.

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  2. fun post! Your photos this week have been awesome; color grabs me!! Happy Thanksgiving Rachel!!

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  3. This class sounds great - I definitely need this

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    1. I'm so glad to hear it! Every time I create a class there's part of me that is nervous that people will want it... even when people have been asking for it! Anyways, I'm excited to get to focus on color. It's definitely a true love.

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  4. I don't know how you do it, but each time I feel the need to learn more about a certain aspect of quilting, you come up with that exact class. It is a bit spooky, but great!

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  5. I would definitely be interested. You are right... if anyone asks, what do you want to be better at my first thought is color.

    One quick question would you also include how to mix fabric pattern, large scale, medium and small scale? I can't seem to break out of the rut of small scale prints. It is what I gravitate toward.

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  6. Will sign up in a heartbeat! Colour is always a challenge for me. I instinctively know when I get it right but I don't know how I know it. Would be nice to shortcut some of the angst that is inevitible when choosing colours/fabrics. I too would like a class on scale but perhaps separate from the one on colour. I have taken colour classes but left feeling that we had just scratched the surface and like I hadn't really "got" the meat of the subject. Hope this all makes sense. Looking forward to your class!

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    1. Thanks so much for your thoughts, Dianne! We will talk about scale and other questions particularly relating to mixing fabrics during the last week of class. For the first 4 weeks we'll be focusing more specifically on color, though all ideas will be illustrated with fabric and/or completed sewn projects.

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  7. Sounds like a great class. Sometimes I take the easy way using a fabric from one line so I don't have to stretch myself.

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  8. This sounds like such a great class. I always love the combinations that you put together!

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  9. Hi Rachel! I can feel your excitment for colours through your words! Colours are everything for me, too! Great that you have had opportunity to take a colour class. I think for the colours instinct is very important. I'm lucky because my grandfather and mother were artist/painters and I have inferited the love for colours from them. Your class sounds great and I would love to learn more about colours but unfortunately I can't join now. I'm sure your class will be succee! x Teje

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  10. So funny about the paper quilts. I took an art class in college to fulfill my gen ed requirements and I remember doing a big pastel number that was definitely patchwork. I'll have to find that.

    Your class sounds amazing! I'm a huge believer that fabric selection makes or breaks the quilt.

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving! This class sounds so great! I can't wait. I have learned so much from just your little beginning of the Penny Patch QAL! I know that I will learn so much from this class. It will make my quilting that much more fun! Camille @loveseehard@gmail.com

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  12. I've finished one of your classes, am currently involved in the Penny Sampler quilt class and have absolutely enjoyed both. Every lesson is well structured, worded and presented. I've always been challenged when it comes to colour and struggle with pushing my personal boundaries, tending rather to play it safe (always). I'm so pleased you are doing this new class and will be looking out for signups. If you ever want a referral or testimony, Rachel, I'm your girl!

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  13. I loved taking the Color & Design class in college, especially when working with the little colored papers. Remember those? It looks like you're gearing up for a very fun time with fabrics. :-)

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  14. This class looks amazing! It's always interesting how these things percolate in our minds over time, and how fine arts skills are so organically transferable to the quilting world!

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  15. I'll be looking forward to this!

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  16. Make certain you keep us posted on the class. I love to study color and because I have no art background I am always interested in learning more Is the book in the photo a book from college and did you like it?

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    1. I promise to keep you all posted! I haven't looked at that color book enough to know if I think it's useful enough to recommend yet. I did like it in college, but that was so long ago! I'll try to remember to share my thoughts on the book sometime this month.

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