Cindy Kuo
"Colours of Life"

Pictures

Statement

Process

 

Pictures

(Photos by Patrick Fraser)

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Statement

Colours can invoke different moods, memories or feelings. Changing the value, hue or saturation of those colours will also change those moods, memories or feelings. Sometimes I donít even realize how colours are affecting my life.

I love colour but until I actually thought about it, I didnít realize how much colours fill my life and why. Subconsciously there are thoughts and memories that pop into my mind when I look at certain colours. Combining colours makes those feelings stronger.

When I see purple or blue, I think of my great grandmother and her smiling eyes. She was always laughing. It gives me a very warm feeling.

Red makes me feel in control, even though life can sometimes be hard. It makes me smile, gives me energy and keeps me happy. Change the hue and it makes me think of birth Ė starting anew.

Brown colours make me think of nature, nourishment, starting over.

Determination for me comes in the colour combination of blue and gold.

When I look at my pieces, I realize that the main colours of my life are red, yellow and green. Red has always been a favorite but I was surprised to find that green seemed to be so important. It actually gives me a peaceful feeling. It is a colour to tone down the reds and yellows that seem always to be present-- sometimes even screaming at me.

Think about colours and how they affect you. You may even find yourself surprised by a colour that you didnít realize was so thought provoking in your own life.

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Process
I started but collecting pictures of different colours that I wanted to use in my piece and making notes about what those colours made me think of or how they made me feel.. I then chose wool roving to match those colours.

I then chose a pattern that I wanted to use and drew it out. I cut out felt fabric in the shapes of the lattice work and glued them to the felted squares I had made using the wool roving.

I then painted them with gesso (picture on the right). Once the gesso was dry, I painted them in the colours I had chosen.

After the paint had dried, I cut them to size & sewed them together with black ultra suede.

 

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