This past April I took a photography class at the Pasadena city college extension program. Our instructor had us walk around campus as an exercise in observation, practicing taking random pictures of whatever we noticed.
As I looked around, I was drawn to these pink with purple flowers bursting from a leaf-less tree branch. I’m not sure what kind of tree it is, but it reminded me of the cycle of seasons – from a dormant winter emerges a rebirth of color and life with the arrival of spring.
Recently, as I like to do, I went to my photo album to find images that inspire new designs. The subtle shades on these flowers were so lovely I was moved to use them. Even though it’s impossible to compete with nature, I gave it my best shot, accomplishing a close second on silk.
It started me thinking: Why are tones of pink so often a woman’s favorite color?
These colors exude softness and femininity, perhaps because of our first experience being enveloped in a nurturing, comforting pink womb. Color psychologists agree that pink represents compassion, unconditional love and the giving and receiving of nurturing, certainly common female/motherly traits.
As children, color is associated with our learning processes, contributing to our understanding of life. As we get older we attach different feelings, memories and meanings to certain colors and this becomes a part of our subconscious. We can build up judgements toward colors, labeling them as happy, sad, or frightening.
But the colors of nature just ARE.
I hope what I’ve captured in this beautiful silk scarf lets you be reminded of, and feel the beauty of nature. Please let yourself be nurtured wearing it!