Saturday, March 29, 2014

A bit of Yellow therapy... my personality colour!

And what is your favourite colour? I want to tell you a bit about mine. For as long as I can remember my favourite colour has always been yellow. Most people who have a favourite colour wear that colour or have their houses full of it, like an orange dress, blue curtains or pink cushions or such. My love for Yellow is not like this for I own very few yellow things, it is a colour that I don't wear and I don't have objects, cushions or soft toys in this colour. So where does my love for this colour originate? I don't really know, but I think it shines from the inside, I must be yellow inside! I have discovered that yellow is what is called my 'personality colour'.

A few years ago I was ill for quite sometime and I felt the need to paint my studio yellow... a bright Primrose yellow, so that when I was sitting working at my desk I could feel the 'sun' on my back. This is the only time in my life that I have felt the need for my favourite colour and I am still happy with my choice and my yellow room!

I have had a stressful couple of weeks, lots of things have gone terribly wrong. I have lost almost all the files which contain all my designs and patterns. I have been working on for these for over two years. It made me really ill for a few days, I was incredulous and I also felt very stupid. I wondered if it was a sign for me to give up and go and do something else? 

Austria Center Vienna
However I am now picking up the pieces. I have decided to design new patterns. I think it is rather stupid to recreate the same designs (unless of course someone pays me a lot of money to do so). I am streamlining my production methods, before I left many designs unfinished, now I want to work everything through to the end and create a final collection or product with my designs so that nothing is wasted. In my depression I have been attracted to the colour yellow again maybe in the hope that it will give me the energy to carry on. 

Lucienne Day. Miscellany 1952
Luckily I have a Yellow board on Pinterest so that when I feel the need for a little yellow therapy I can just go and have a peek. The photographs featured in this post are just a few examples from my Yellow Pinterest board!
A fabulous yellow plate by Gemma Orkin
Below are a few interesting facts about the colour yellow.
Yellow Represents:
Mind and intellect: From a colour psychology perspective, yellow stimulates our mental faculties; it activates the left or analytical brain.
Happiness and fun: Yellow is uplifting to the spirits; yellow helps create enthusiasm for life and can awaken greater confidence and optimism.
Communication of New Ideas: Yellow is related to the expression and integration of new ideas and thoughts. 

Effects of Yellow:
Creative: The color of new ideas, yellow helps us find new ways of doing things.
Quick decisions: Yellow helps with clear thinking and quick decision-making but it can also be impulsive.
Anxiety producing: Yellow is fast moving so too much time in its presence can agitate and lead to nervousness and emotional instability.
Critical: Yellow makes people more mentally analytical and self critical of both themselves and others.
Non-emotional: Yellow relates to the head not the heart.
Choosing yellow as your favorite means you have a deep need for logical order in your everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.

Danielle Kroll
To finish on a high note, I just did this 'quiz' I found on Facebook to define which colour best describes your personality and guess which colour came out... YELLOW, told you so!


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