Saturday, September 15, 2012

Workshop on Colour

Today I thought I would talk a little about the class I took with Deanne Fitzpatrick of Amherst NS. I had never been to any class related to rug hooking so I was ready for anything. I had no preconceived notions so I was coming in with a clean slate. I loved the whole process- the venue and the class itself. It was so nice to be among fellow hookers as it is a rare opportunity for me. I tend to work in a vacuum and rely on my on line friends for inspiration and encouragement.The following pictures are from Deanne's blog which is a great read. I was so busy hooking and listening I forgot to take pictures!

picture by Lorna from Deanne's blog

picture by Lorna from Deanne's blog

Deanne's studio is beautiful so inspiring - lots of colour and textures. I could have bought so much more! Where we created was lovely. Bright and clean with books and pictures surrounding us - lots of great working surfaces and comfy chairs to embrace us. I should have taken pics of the before but you get the idea. A bunch of hookers and the wool is everywhere! The class was on the theory of colour given by Phyllis Cameron (fiber artist), who was a fountain of knowledge and opened up a whole new way of looking at colour.

Colour work boards by Phyllis from Deanne's blog
Colour work boards by Phyllis from Deanne's blog

I have this instinct about how to put together colour in a rug, but sometimes there is something very jarring about it. Something is not working. You don't know quite what it is but you play around with the fabric and the design and you get that AHA moment. This course was on the theory of how colour works together. the terms to describe their relationship and how you can make colour work. One thing I learned was that NO COLOUR is wrong - it's just how you put it together. You can make any design sing. You just need to know what your goal is and work towards that. There are so many great books and tools available at your fingertips and that discussion is for another day...


Kim said...

Glad you enjoyed your time in Amherst. I was in the studio at lunch time that day and saw some of the participants browsing around. Did you have lunch at Bella's?

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

Hi Kim - yes we had a wonderful lunch at Bella's. The rugs on the walls are gorgeous! I think by Joanna Close?? I wish I hand known who you were - maybe we passed by each other. I am on the Island now til the end of the month. This is where I leave my heart each year.. one day hope to be a permanent resident - much closer to Deanne's studio so I can take more classes LOL.

Tammy Burks said...

sounds like you had a marvelous time! So good to go to a class with no "agenda" as to how things "should" be. Those colour work boards are stupendous....looks like you could put a frame around them and mount them on the wall. Fabulous!

Farm Girl said...

Thank you for becoming my newest follower and I love what your wrote and taking your first class. I have never taken a class either and just what your wrote that there is no wrong color just lifted a weight off of me.
I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Thank you,