A special gift received

I have been wandering around the house peering at stuff through a tonal view finder as a result of a generous gift sent to me by Shay Toner. I had heard about the 3 in 1 colour tool but not ever seen it. It is a stack of colour swatches that you can use to plan colour schemes and at the back of the swatches there is a handy view finder. When you look at a pile of fabrics the sheet of coloured plastic knocks out colour so that you just see tonal values. This makes it an ideal quilters tool.

In the parcel was some vintage lace to die for it is totally gorgeous. Also a really nice piece of ribbon was tucked in all side some threads. I think I was most touched when I spotted the threads as I realised that Shay had matched the colours to this crazy quilt block which I was working on when she posted the parcel but have since finished.

Anyone who has seen the I dropped the button box crazy quilt will know I have a liking for buttons so an Altoids tin full of vintage buttons was pounced on with glee. I am not sure if Shay was aware of it or not but we do not have Altoids – or their tins here in OZ so the tin itself was a great gift too! Apart from liking the shape it’s an extremely useful size making it a handy little storage tin. Thankyou Shay!

All that Jazz Done!

As I am sure everyone knows Annie of Annies Crazy World has been meticulously assembling the All that Jazz Katrina fundraiser quilt and the two quilts made from donated blocks. These are now done.

Do take a look as these quilts are really stunning. All that Jazz 2 is complete.

The last All that jazz quilt had her stumped a bit but have a look at how she resolved it . It works really well now in my opinion.

Annie has even finished the packaging the quilts will travel to the US in. Take a look at what she has done

Annie has done an really good job on these quilts. It is not a rushed job just thrown together but well crafted as she has taken as much care of the assembly as the creators did when they made their blocks. The final attention to detail makes for a spectaular series of quilts.

The book that changed my life

itten art of colour

Johannes Itten as his colour theories in the Art of Color is one of the key influences in my ideas about colour. In fact I would say he is my grand master as Itten is a colour genius.

As a student we had his Elements of color as a text book which is a pruned down version of the more expensive but complete book. I found that once I was introduced to his ideas on colour theory I just had to have this larger more comprehensive book. At the time it was out of print and I scoured everywhere for it. Eventually one day I had a phone call from a book seller (there was no internet with online searches then) and my day was made. 25 years ago I paid $150.00 and that was a lot of money then. I was not well off at the time but forked out the money without hesitation and have not regretted it in the least.

This is a huge hefty book of pure colour theory and I mean pure color theory. There are no short cuts or brief explorations. The approach is logical, scientific and detailed. Itten’s skill is that he discusses both objective and subjective colour exploring all the nuances and relationships in detail. If you invest in this book and work though every exercise I don’t think you would regret it.

I remember a semester of colour exercise after colour exercise, week after week, in my first year of art school but it paid off in droves. When I say this book changed my life it did as doing these exercises literally changed my eye for colour – although at the time I belly ached about them as I think everybody did! I finished the semester with a thorough understanding of colour, a subject that was fearful to me was now a joy and I was given the means of expressing myself using colour. How else can I describe an experience that not only gave me a language but the tools too.

If you are interested in colour at least check out Itten’s books in a public Library and if so inclined put aside some time and do the exercises for this is a case of it is in the doing that you learn not just the looking.