Friday, June 12, 2009

Color Theory: Memory, Tradition, & Inspiration

What is it that inspires you to choose the colors that you do? Is it a childhood memory of walking along a sandy shore, gathering seashells? Perhaps it's the memory of sleeping out under the stars on a midsummer's night. No matter what it is that inspires us, at one time or another we all struggle with finding the "perfect mix" of beads for a project. Join fiber artist Alice Starmore and journey along a path intertwined with memory, tradition, and inspiration as she discovers the source of beauty in her colors:

"This blend is the result of my wish to capture the effect of the tide coming in over rocks at mid-day in high summer. The sea at this time is full of bright and lively blues, peppered with the glint of pebbles underneath. My favourite place to watch this happening is a cove called Geodh a' Chuibhrig near the village of Swordale in Lewis. It has a shingle beach of marvellous pebbles; a mysterious cave, and various massive rocks of different sizes and colours. There is one particular smooth black rock about twenty feet high, and it is from the top of this rock that I like to watch the summertide coming in. What follows is a story of absolutely no relevance whatsoever, apart from the fact that it has its denouement on this very beach near this black rock, so if you have no interest in tales of mutiny, murder and Spanish silver dollars, you had better skip...." (or read on)...

As you meander ("stravaigin") through her Hebridean collection, pay careful attention to her sources. It reminds me of the old saying to wander close to home when looking for inspiration.... Click on the title above to begin the journey... Enjoy!


Beady Zoo said...

Virtual Yarns is a marvelous site! Thanks so much for sharing this.

SuzyQ said...

Hi Kathy,
Your welcome! The source came from my dear friend Jonell :)
Happy Beading!