When I first started thinking about this month's CC theme, 'Found', the first thing that came to mind was what I bring home from our walks. Feathers, leaves, lichen, seed heads. Or those things from further afield, like seashells and driftwood.
But I like to go treasure hunting in charity shops and at car boot fairs too. And my latest find is exactly the sort of thing which has prompted me to think about colour. You see, my usual preference is for muted shades which reflect the outdoors. Mossy greens, greys. Maybe mustard yellow or heather purple.
And yet this vase caught my eye the other week. On paper, the colour combination sounds quite strange: mint green, saffron yellow, plum, white, slate grey, powder pink. A rainbow sheen of lustre glaze.
But it spoke to me. I suspect it's probably 1930s or 1940s. The base tells me it was made in Germany. I have a bit of a thing for this era, and a lot of a thing for vases. It cost a few pounds. There are a few chips around the bottom and it leaves a ring on the table.
I like the way an unusual colour combination actually works; if I could buy a similar fabric I would. I like how it is so evocative of a certain time period. And I like how the colours will complement particular flowers: purply hellebores, yellow-orange crocosmia, shell-pink aquilegias.
The colours were what made me pick this little vase up. It interests me that they're not what usually attracts me. No eau-de-nil or sludgy teal blue. The mixture of pastels and brights shouldn't work but it does. It's one of my best finds yet.
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What is The Colour Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.