"Use a Photo For Inspiration"
Have you ever found yourself admiring something beautiful, a flower garden, a painting, the view from a mountaintop, and stopped to think about the colors? If you have, you may have made some interesting observations about the balance of color, about shades and about what surprising colors may be present. Observing these things, especially in nature or art you love, can be a wonderful learning experience and helps to train your eye to notice color in new ways.
One of Claudia's wake up calls when it comes to color came from a towel with the most unusual color combinations. They were colors she would never have thought of combining on her own. She's thought about that towel a lot over the years, seeking out inspiration from other fabrics. You never know when you are going to run into a color oasis that will turn your concept of color combinations on its head. The point is to keep seeking and keep expanding your concepts of what colors indeed work together.
This week’s challenge is to use a photo for color inspiration in a weaving. You might have a photo you already took that you’d like to draw inspiration from (vacation photos are great for this) or you could go for a walk and take some pictures to see what you come up with. I really love the second approach because it allows you to see your world through a bit of a different filter. Your picture doesn’t have to be of nature, of course, sometimes human-made is interesting, too!
We hope you have fun with this challenge! When you're finished with it, we encourage you to post pictures on social media! On Instagram and Facebook, use the hashtag #summerweavingchallenge on your public posts. You can also email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) pictures and lessons from the challenge. We will share some of these in the coming weeks!
Remember, Summer Weaving Challenge awards will be given based on participation and achievements, so let us know what you're working on (via email or on social media, as noted above) if you want to be considered for one of the amazing prizes (including a 12" Loom and goodies from some of our amazing partners like Rebecca Mezoff's "Introduction to Tapestry Weaving" class, a tote bag from Gist Yarn and some SoftTouch wire by SoftFlex.) at the end of the summer!