Wednesday, November 2, 2011

W.E.S.T. November Design Challenge: Fall Colour Trends

It won't be long before our world in Manitoba will be enveloped in--dare I say it--snow! Soon we will be longing for more colour to brighter our moods and our days. This month's design challenge is based on the Fall 2011 colour trend forecast from Pantone:

Bamboo. Emberglow. Honeysuckle. Phlox. Cedar. Deep Teal. Coffee Liqueur. Nougat. Orchid Hush. Quarry.

Mix and match. Use these colours for inspiration--don't be worried about matching the exact hue!
Consider adding texture, contrast and colour in your work: pair masculine with feminine, warm prints with cool metals, include both old and new influences and create an intriguing balance between the colours.

For inspiration, here are some examples of existing listings from WEST members:

I just love the contrast between these "cedar" coloured jasper beads and the silver clay beads on these earrings made by Wendy from thesilveragenda!

Fine Silver Metal Clay Grass Jasper Bamboo Earrings by thesilveragenda

Carla Dyck's stunning photograph of the "honeysuckle" coloured daisy with the textured wood and rope in the background is simply gorgeous!

Honeysuckle Rose Coloured Bloom Floating on Wood and Twine Background.Fine art photo entitled Floating - 8 X 10 by Carla Dyck

Here's how each design challenge works: 
Check the forums and blog at the start of the month to get the inspiration topic. As you mull over what that particular idea means to you, jot down some notes in the discussion thread or leave a comment on the blog. Take pictures of your process and finished item and post them in the forum thread. We would love to hear the story behind how you arrived at your finished object! I will post a separate feature for each item entered into the design challenge with a round up at the end of the month. 

A few notes: 
Create something new, especially for the challenge. Entries for each month should be finished by the last day of the month. Vintage and supply sellers are welcome to participate too, with a focus on artful photography and careful choice of item. 

Happy designing! 


  1. wonderful design challenge! I can't wait to start on something!

  2. Love the colours! I have a couple of ideas in mind.


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