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Conceptualizing… Project Spectrum 5
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Conceptualizing… Project Spectrum 5

Your encouraging words and support on my last post set me up for a good week.  Many thanks for taking the time to write such thoughtful comments!

With the potential of some more free time on my hands (in between job applications and resume re-tooling), my mind started churning – and I came right back around to one of the things that has always brought out the inspiration and creativity: Project Spectrum!

Project Spectrum... again?

It has been over a year since the last Project Spectrum.  I think the year off helped, because many of you have shared that you are ready to start it up again, and I see that I have missed it too.  Funny how this little bit of “structure” can help really unleash the creativity!

Going back to the model of the original Project Spectrum in 2006 (!), I wanted this round of PS to have simple suggestions and a lot of room for interpretation.  Elements and Directions offered this as well, but I am feeling the pull to go back to the basics.  So, I propose we do just that and focus on the primary and secondary color series for a 7-month span (including one for neutrals!) May – November of this year… one month for each color.

Yeah, May.  As in less than 2 weeks…  Seems doable, right?

Color theory can be quite technical, and as I read about it more, I thought that it may be interesting to explore a bit of that technical side by adopting the Additive Primaries as our model.  Unlike the traditional “art” primaries of red, blue, and yellow, the additive primaries are based on light and how our eyes perceive these light emissions in media and technical presentation… the RGB color modes that our computer and TV screen are based on, for instance.  Since this project “lives” in this online environment, the Additive Primaries make sense… and they might help you think outside of the box a bit too!

Starting in May, we can make our way around the color wheel with photographs, words, fabrics, paint, yarn, food, books, pencils… really in any way you want!

May – Red :: June – Green :: July – Blue :: August – Pink :: September – Yellow :: October – Cyan/Aqua :: November – Black/White/Grey

I have big plans… I always do.  I want to make some art.  I want to take dozens of photographs.  I want to cook up a storm with colorful ingredients.

Is the inspiration striking you? I would love to hear your thoughts!

And if you want to start talking this up and sharing your ideas, the Ravelry group is open and ready, as well as Flickr, and I even started a Tumblr blog just for PS!

**Update: Project Spectrum is now on Facebook!

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51 Responses

  1. kimu

    Yay! I was just thinking about PS the other day & wondering if you were considering doing another round! Looking forward to it. I like the primary/secondary colors idea a lot.

  2. Maryse

    Yay!! The break was good but I’m glad to be going back to the beginning

  3. Jo @ a life in lists

    Oh, how exciting! I came across your first project spectrum a few weeks ago when I was googling for some spectrum related sewing inspiration, and I started following your lovely blog. Great to see a new project spectrum that I can (hopefully) get involved in!

  4. Jacey

    Yes! I’m so ready. I check on ravelry every so often to see if there’s been an update in the group. Count me in!

  5. Casey

    OMG YAY!! I’m so excited to see PS revived, and even MORE excited to see it go back to the beginning – so ready to get started!

  6. mick

    Awesome! I’m so excited for this. I’ve been in a creative slump lately, but PS will really help.

  7. Seanna Lea

    I’ve never tried this, though I’ve always enjoyed seeing the different photos on people’s blogs (and to a lesser extent on Flickr, because I see the blogs more). I’ll have to give this a try!

  8. Beverly

    I’m so excited! Can’t believe PS began FIVE years ago!!!

  9. Kathy

    Yay! I’m excited to start this again. I just took a fair isle class, so color is on my mind!!

  10. Rachel

    I don’t know what this entails exactly, but it sounds interesting! I’m going to follow along and might even take part if I get the grips of the idea! How cool. : )

  11. Rachel

    Ack so, now I get it (having read your introduction to the first Project Spectrum). What a great idea. I’m keen to apply it to my little crafty world. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Greta

    So excited to participate in PS again!
    Getting all kinds of creative impulses just THINKING about it!
    Thanks for all your inspiring work to make this possible…

  13. Queta

    Yay, I can’t wait to get started. Now to peruse my ravelry queue.

  14. margaux

    SO excited!! Lolly you rule! Can’t wait to get started!

  15. liz

    Can’t wait for PS5. I haven’t participated as fully as I could have…will fix that this year for sure.

  16. Tressa in NC

    This is EXACTLY what we need right now. The timing couldn’t be better. Thank you so much for your excitement, enthusiasm, and cheerleading.

    Good things are happening. Can you feel the static in the air?

    Tressa in NC

  17. Kris

    Yay! Now I’ll have to do a little planning. And a lot of thinking!

  18. k

    this sounds great – as a graphic designer i spend all day working between these two colour modes (RGB and CMYK), but it will be interesting to explore each colour on its own and in different mediums than just my computer screen and printer.

  19. Christina

    I just found this project, just in time to join in on this round. Sounds exciting!

  20. Kristyn

    Yeah I can’t wait to get started!

  21. lynn

    So VERY excited to see this!

  22. Bertha

    I’ve never officially participated in PS over the years, but I always admired everyone’s else’s contributions. I think this year I’ll try to be involved as well!

  23. allison

    Yes, yes, yes! I haven’t clicked over to your blog in a while, but I love that when I came here today I saw this post up top. I am really excited to see everyone’s creative interpretations :)

  24. Siga

    This sounds like fun. I’m not sure if I have enough time for that much knitting, but I am sure I can try and be creative in other ways. So, I’m in!

  25. Tina

    Oh yes, thanks for restarting, that’s quite some inspiration! I get totally excited about it! I think I might be part of the fun this time. Finally! I think it might be photographs and knitting/crochet for my part. I am thinking of lots of flower pictures :-) And I am looking forward to see what all the others come up with!
    Tina in Germany

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  28. Sarah

    I’ve been trying to come up with little creative “assignments” for myself, and while I have plenty of ideas, this might just be the simple inspiration I need to actually get excited and move forward on them. Isn’t it funny how the simplest things can make such a big difference?

  29. jody

    I’m going to give this a try this year. I find myself really missing crafting, cooking, gardening and general creativity. Work and life commitments are so easy to distract me from the things I enjoy. I’m going to try to use PS as a way to remind myself to *enjoy* the things I love!

    Thanks so much for another year!

  30. Miss Scarlett

    Oh I’d love to participate again — and hopefully get more exploration in this time!

    I just began to read Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey an hour ago — Additive Primaries fits perfectly with this book. :-)

  31. multifloratextilius

    Yieeeppieee – never enough time for all my ideas but happy to have a new PS to focus on.

  32. mrspao

    I’m definitely in again!

  33. jane

    This will be good for me as I have WIPs in many of these colors!

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  35. Heather

    Yeah~I’ve miss PS! Glad to see it’s back and it looks like a fun roundup of colors for the next 7 months! Thanks Lolly for arranging this yet again.
    P.S…can’t find the FB page:(

  36. Patty

    My first PS! Very excited and charged to look at things differently for a change!

  37. Caryn

    Oh yay!! I took off a few years, but I’m really excited to come back to it, especially since it’s unstructured, allowing for more creativity!

  38. Jenny

    On an absolute whim, I’m joining for my very first round. I’ve always been intrigued, but this sounds like what I need right now and I love the idea of starting with a basic of RGB. Yay!

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  44. Holly

    I just posted my project on my blog. wwww.interlacingloops.blogspot.com
    Thanks fir having an awesome project!

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