The classical elements. The forms and states of matter.
The elements provide endless amounts of inspiration and creativity from the natural world.
FIRE – EARTH – AIR – WATER
These elements provided a philosophy and an understanding for early civilizations, combined with the final element, one to describe non-matter and what was beyond this world: the IDEA.
The ancient model of the four physical elements with the spark of a creative idea was my own inspiration for the third year of Project Spectrum. Much like the previous Project Spectrum incarnations [year one and year two], PS Elements has a list of associated colors and month.
FEBRUARY / MARCH – FIRE- orange, red, pink
APRIL / MAY – EARTH – green, brown, metallics
JUNE / JULY – AIR – gray, white, yellow
AUGUST / SEPTEMBER – WATER – blue, black, purple
Something so unique that there is not anything exactly like it in the world… not even one. Creating with your own hands – using your precious time to make something beautiful, something thought-provoking, or something simply spontaneous…
Creating memories. Creating stitches. Creating something that only existed on paper or in your mind before it came into your capable hands. Creating something completely new and beautiful from an item that someone else discarded and considered useless.
What can be more rewarding than that?
Colors inspire. Colors elicit deep emotions and memories. Colors symbolize life events and the changing of the seasons. We surround ourselves with color – in our homes, in our gardens, and even on our dinner plate.The idea of Project Spectrum is simply a celebration of the colors around us, and taking the time to notice them. Participants can dye, crochet, weave, decoupage, spin, build, stitch, knit, paint, scrapbook, construct, sew, quilt, cook, grow, collage, photograph, bake, or bead items in that color group (of course all arts and crafts that I missed are totally welcome as well!)
You can choose to make one thing out of the designated color(s) in the two-month span – or twenty things! This is a no-pressure project. You can simply make a photo essay – you carry around your camera with you and post pictures of the color objects you see throughout your daily travels.
Projects can be big or small – it is not a race, it is just about sharing your creative work to inspire others and express your spirit!
Taking that final element – the IDEA – and letting your mind and spirit explore. Expressing yourself creatively – making something beautiful, and creating something unique. Thinking outside of the box – perhaps taking up a new hobby or a long neglected one, or finally dabbling in design.
It is about texture and depth, making an item that is tangible and real. With the elemental theme, texture plays a large part in the process: flowing waters, crisp flames, grainy earth, and smooth breezes…
Please remember that Project Spectrum is not a knit-along. It is an opportunity to join a community of crafters, artisans, and generally creative people who explore the meaning of colors and their impact. Some of the participants in the Project Spectrum Flickr group have suggested working with mediums related to the elements, like working with clay and pottery, or cooking for the FIRE element, or planning an herb garden for EARTH. These ideas excite me, and I hope they excite you too.
There are many ideas and several projects in the works – including a card swap, book discussions, and some contests to encourage participation and true exploration of these elements. I will update with more information in the coming days. In the meantime, you can join the communities at Flickr and Ravelry to start discussing your own plans for this third year. Maybe you will be inspired by someone else – and you can inspire others as well.
The third time will truly be a charm ~ won’t you join me?