So, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has been reading my blog for more than, say, a day. But I really love color! I love wearing bright colors and surrounding myself with bright colors. And sewing is a big part of enabling my fascination with color.
The only living space that I’ve gotten to spend time and money decorating entirely to my own wishes was when I lived in a studio apartment in San Francisco in the first several years of graduate school. The walls were white, most of my furniture was white (Ikea laminate was about all I could afford), but my accent colors were fuchsia, lime green, and orange with pops of lemon yellow here and there and faux flowers everywhere. I re-covered my couch in yellow fleece, chair in pink velour, and pillows in rainbow faux fur. I loved it! I immediately felt happy when I walked into the room, even if I did receive the critique from friends that it felt like being in an Ikea show room on hallucinogenic drugs. Ha!
I went from there to living with my (now) husband and we used all of his furniture. And everything was grey and brown and it never really felt like me. I started collecting vintage yellow cookie jars for our bedroom just to bring some color in! The longer we’ve been together, the better we have gotten at understanding each other’s needs and communicating our own needs, so I’m looking forward to building a more colorful home together that suits both of us when we find a home of our own.
Sewing definitely helps me to enable brightness in my life. I can find ridiculous colorful fabric, even when the clothes in stores aren’t in my chosen palate. Even if I want a tamer ensemble, I can choose crazy linings, so that I make myself smile, even if nobody else sees them.
I think my love of color is one of my more defining characteristics – I often have friends share pictures of brightly colored things with a note “This reminded me of you” and that’s okay by me!
Do you like wearing bright colors? Do you surround yourself with bright colors? Does sewing affect your choice of colors?
Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on Twitter, Instagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.