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Colourways

Hi, and welcome to Colourways, a collection of fairytales, myths, ghost stories and oddities. Below you’ll find stories that I have come across when researching my artworks, ones that have stuck with me or whose imagery excited me. Each tale is linked by a colour – either featuring in the title or having prominence in the story. I have always loved how colour is used in storytelling and throughout the weeks I be exploring how colour is used to shape plot and character, but also how colour can form or celebrate cultural difference.

My professional work is heavily influenced by fairytales, folk cultures and traditions from around the globe. Here, I want to explore those same traditions and experiment with the visual aspect of folk communication. I’m not sure how easy it will be to keep finding stories where colour features prominently, so this is also a bit of an exciting journey into the unknown. Of course, if you have any ideas or think I’d be interested in a particular tale that you know of, feel free to email me ideas or for a chat. I am always interested in discovering new and magical stories!

Each week I shall illustrate the found story and explain how I came across the tale, why I chose it and a little exploration of that week’s colour. Some weeks the post may be short, sometimes longer. This is very much an experimental blog that I will add to in my spare time, so I’d really appreciate and welcome collaboration, shares and likes on social media. And who knows – if you guys like the illustrations, perhaps I’ll do something with them in the future.

 


 

Week Eight

The Brown Bear of Norway

Week Seven

Girl in White / La Llorona

Week Six

The Pink

Week Five

How the Bluebird and Coyote Got Their Colors

Week Four

Black Arts

Week Three

The Red Little Red Tortoise

Week Two

The Yellow Wallpaper

Week One

Why the Evergreen Trees Keep Their Leaves in Winter

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