A New Palette

One of the tools in my toolbelt is to choose a limited palette and work with it. One of the issues that used to stymie me was that as a fabric dyer, I could literally have any color I wanted – the overwhelming amount of choices would freeze me. I discovered the joy of working with a limited palette 3+ years ago as I began making quArt. I worked with my warm palette for quite a long time, and found it very freeing!

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The point is that I can work with these colors in all different modes of textile art, the work in one area feeds the work in another! I still love working with these colors, but my very first custom bag customer asked for a red bag – turns out she was actually talking about the deep dark orange I use, but I dyed some lovely red canvas, and made her bag:

Which was lovely…but I wanted to come up with a new set of colors that brings out the cools tones of red, thus my “cool” palette:Cool-Pallette

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Well, this is all a long way to say that I’m contemplating another set of colors: There’s a certain plum and dark tealy-turquoise I’ve been trying to dye, and I finally hit on the what I’m looking for. Here’s a 1st glance at another palette I’m calling the Jewels:


I can’t wait to see what I can make with this!

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  1. OH GREAT…….it was hard enough to pick between cool and warm for my tote, now I have to choose between this one too!!!!!!! Your killing me Candy. They are all too beautiful!!

  2. i couldn’t agree more about working with limited palettes! i think working with less actually promotes more creativity, whether with palettes or tools or materials… i find that it allows me to assess what i’ve got quickly and then get down to the business of dreaming and making. too much to choose from and i dither way too much and sometimes don’t even get started.

    your palettes are gorgeous by the way, and so are your pieces!

  3. Your work is AMAZING! I just found your blog thru Aimee’s and the fb journal group … very glad I did! I am finding limiting myself helps so much (though I still tend to buy and hoard things).

  4. I completely agree. I teach kids’ art classes and I will generally make them choose 3 colors – 1 main color and 2 secondary colors. It really helps them focus.

    I absolutely *love* your work. And those jewels will be perfect in the autumn and winter months.