CH 68: Spring Colour

Curious Handmade Podcast 68

Today I have some announcements and am sharing my thoughts on an inspiring workshop I attended this week by Fiona Humberstone called Colour for Creatives. It fits in so perfectly with our focus on colour on the podcast this month.

 Show Sponsor

Meadow Yarn

Today’s show is sponsored by Meadow Yarn.

There is a beautiful rainbow of colour to browse through in the yarn section at Meadow Yarn and I was talking to Anj about choosing colours for projects and she said:

“Whether it’s opening boxes full of yarn in myriad jewel tones or quietly contemplating the perfect shade of grey, we never tire of thinking about colour and we spend lots of time having our heart strings tugged by the latest ‘perfect red’ or ‘to-die-for green’…. Matching the perfect shade of yarn with the perfect pattern is our ultimate goal and whether it’s a cool aqua whispering ‘cardigan’ to us, or a pop of vivid ruby red begging to be transformed into a warm winter cowl we’re happiest when we’re indulging our love of colour…”

You can find a carefully curated selection of yarn

the Muse Connection Volume 2: Musing on Beginnings

The Muse Connection is a series of gatherings where we celebrate creativity, share our inspiration and come together as crafters. A Playful Day and Curious Handmade have collaborated in order to create sessions of creative fun, pulling together our two loves- maintaining a playfulness in the everyday and exploring our curiosity about new and creative things to make. For a few indulgent hours, enjoy inspirational company, at specially chosen venues for some knitting, a little chatter and share some musings on your favourite creative topics.

I’m thrilled to announce that one of our speakers at Volume 2 in June is Lydia Gluck, editor of Pom Pom Quarterly.

Lydia Gluck Pomcast

Photography: Clara Parkes

Here is Lydia interviewing Clara Parkes for the Pomcast podcast.

Pom Pom Quarterly will also be a sponsor of the Muse Connection Volume 2 together with Anzula Luxury Fibers and Signature Needle Arts.

Coincidentally, in the latest issue of Pom Pom there is a gorgeous shawl knit in Anzula Haiku called Blommande by Hanna Maciejewska

Blommande Shawl

Photography: Ana Mercedes

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Pom Pom Quarterly

Photography: Agnese Sanvito

Colour for Creatives Workshop with Fiona Humberstone

This week I attended the Colour for Creatives workshop by Fiona Humberstone aka the Brand Stylist

The workshop was all about colour psycology and how to use colour to help your brand really sing.

I actually found about it quite by chance through Instagram from from Emily Quinton to Gudy Herder to the Brand Stylist.

After having “sort out website” on my to do list for about 2 years – when I found out there was a inspiring workshop happening on this very topic in the next suburb I had to sign up.

I arrived to find a bouquet of spring flowers tied to the door of a character filled warehouse building in Brixton and immediately knew the day would be something special.

We had a chance to have a coffee, chat to fellow attendees and take in the surroundings before it started.

Colour for Creatives

The workshop took us through colour psychology which Fiona explained as being represented by seasons. We started to think about our brands and businesses in terms of what season best represents the brand. I wasn’t sure at first as being a bit of a colour junkie I am attracted to aspects from all the seasons. I found it quite hard to narrow down to one or two. Eventually I settled on Autumn for Curious Handmade.

Fiona described it as game changing for her and there is no doubt that I feel like I have been given some very powerful tools to use in analysing and putting together colour schemes. I can see how it will be useful in so many facets including my branding, design work and the stuff that I do at home and for fun like decorating a room or a theme for a party or event!

We were also very lucky to have another talented visual story teller Gudy Herder of Eclectic Trends to take us through a session on creating moodboards. If you follow me on IG and have seen my #itsamoodywednesday posts – that is Gudy’s meme.

I am still processing everything I learned and also reading more about it like crazy. Apparently this is quite a typical Autumn thing to do!

The best thing is that Fiona has an amazing amount of her knowledge and resources on her website.

A past attendee commented they wanted to share it but also wanted to keep it to herself as it is so powerful – I can relate to that feeling.

Fiona has a book on it coming out in May and having seen an advance copy – I can’t wait to read the whole thing – How to Style Your Brand: Everything You Need to Know to Create a Distinctive Brand Identity

The whole day was such a wonderful experience – I’m still buzzing from meeting such lovely people. I’m looking forward to catching up with some of the attendees at Blogtacular in June.

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