Friday, February 15, 2013

Good Vibrations

Often the colors we like best are the colors we most need in our lives and provide us with subtle vibrational help.
From DailyOm "Loving the Light: Color Therapy" by Madisyn Taylor
I've run across things about how color affects a person, and there are always questions about what your favorite color is, but this meditation from DailyOM put a slightly different twist on it. I've noticed that I do gravitate towards certain colors perhaps more consciously than I did in my younger years. According to Taylor, this attraction is not by chance and provides beneficial affects. There may be something tied to the fact that colors emit frequencies and so the benefits come through sympathetic resonance. She wraps up the meditation with the thought that "...we can modify our spaces, wardrobes and habits to ensure that we introduce the colors that speak to us most deeply in our everyday lives." (See full article here.) Yeah, I think we quilters already have a pretty good handle on that.

So with this in mind, I thought about my current favorite colors. Teal green has long been in my fabric stash...

...and increasingly in my closet. I think it has a soothing effect on me.

But oh, I rather like my coral too, sometimes shading to red, sometimes to rust.

And there it is in my closet too (although this pic has faded the color some). I feel more vibrant when I wear true coral, warm and cozy when I wear russets and rusts.

One favorite quilting color that is not much represented in my closet though is gold, rich wonderful gold. I do remember wearing it when I was in school - maybe because in junior high it was one of our school colors? Or maybe gold was more popular in the 60's and 70's than it is now. Or maybe I just don't look as good in it as I once did?  For whatever reason, it doesn't resonate anymore to wear, but I love working it into my quilts.

What about you? Do you wear what you quilt with? Do these colors speak deeply to you, give you benefits beyond simple eye appeal?    


Connie Rose said...

I wear dark colors almost exclusively -- black, olive green, charcoal gray mostly and especially this time of year. I'm a bit more flamboyant during warm weather, with aloha shirts although they're mostly in greens.
I've been attracted a lot lately to reds and oranges -- wait til you see the book I made today, bright oranges, recently printed papers.

Sherrie Spangler said...

I wear black pants because turquoise, orange, hot pink and lime green would make my butt look too big, but I love to wear those colors on top and I love to quilt with them. They give me energy and make me happy. When I wear red, people always tell me how good it looks on me, but I can't stand to use red in my art because it's too agitating and strong. This one has puzzled me for a long time.