With these products on-hand at the shop, I wanted to create a display of examples of how these technicolor components could be used. Since this color palette is SO far removed from my natural comfort zone, I created a new color wheel. When I was helping students with their portfolios, I always encouraged them to create a new and personalized color wheel every time they started a new body of work. The thing about color (and using it in a personal way) is that our color sensibilities change. We are a product of our environment (both external and internal) and depending on factors like the quality of light at that time of year, current mood, and even the color of the rooms we spend the most time in can make an impact on how we see, feel, and work with color.
And here are the results...
Marti Brown of the Odyssey and Bead Expressions. The earwires add a nice, unique touch of color.
I'm smitten with the earrings on the bottom right. I love how the wire can still be manipulated into shapes after being passed through the rubber tubing. They were pounded on an anvil with a nylon hammer to work-harden them and prevent the shapes from becoming distorted. A nice perk was that the rose pink of the balled copper headpin matches the pink of the rubber tubing!
While this was certainly challenging, it was a lot of fun. It was nice to play around and use daring, bold, bright colors. The colors have a lot of life and energy. Working with the neons, fluorescents and complimentary colors has certainly inspired me to incorporate more of these explosive color choices in future work.