In the last episode of Color and Meaning we explored the color Blue. I had a poll at the end of that post asking about how you use blue in your fiber art or quilting. Here are the results:
Today marks the end of the color theory series. I hope you have enjoyed these posts this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the time writing about my favorite topic: color! I’ll wrap it up today talking about the last of the Munsell primary colors.
“From a political angle, I’m trying to be apolitical if you will. I mean people say, ‘Are you a red state or a blue state?’, I say, ‘I’m purple.’ I think there are great ideas on both sides of the aisle and neither side has cornered the market.
If you are a parent you will not be surprised to find out that purple is the favorite color of 75% of pre-adolescent children. Purple was the color of the first synthetic dye color made from coal tar. It is the color of royalty and conveys wealth and extravagance.
Lighter purple is romantic and nostalgic. Dark purples often evoke feelings of gloom.
Purple is generally uplifting and calming. It can also be very spiritual and inspire creativity.
Mystery (yes, both positive and negative)
The Purple Heart is an American military award of valor
Amethyst is sacred in Tibet
The Roman Emperor wore purple as a sign of his office, everyone else was forbidden from wearing the color
Christians associate purple with Advent and Lent
Purple people eater
Although I am looking at some purple in a quilt on my design wall right now, I think I rarely use purple in quilts (except for scrap quilts). Of course I made a pink and purple quilt for my niece when she was about 8. Otherwise, I seem to avoid it. I don't hate it, it's just that I mostly make "blankets" and purple is not a common color in the decor of my friend's and family's homes. How about you, what do you think of purple and do you use it in your quilts?