This was a question on CF 'Colour bias or colour hatred'. It got me to thinking…….
What is colour? Definition - is a property of things that results from the particular wavelengths of light which they reflect or give out, producing a sensation in the eye. That says nothing about the way colour makes us FEEL!
There are colours I love and colours I don't like but hate? A very strong word and I didn't really think about it until I realised there are colours I object to and others I just point blank avoid.
Pink is one of them! I don’t mean in Nature because I love flowers, flamingos, shells and sunsets but I think I dislike it intensely because it seems that people who like pink want everything in pink. In my opinion it signifies a lack of originality ( I know the same can be said for my preference for blue!) As a redhead it's not a colour I wear and when summer comes round - ok the promise of summer by the fashions in store - everything is in pink - I see clothes I would love 'if only they weren't pink! So perhaps in a sense I resent pink because it’s not for me – wow an embarrassingly selfish point of view!
Well that may partly be true but my avoidance of pink goes a long way back. My dad once made me a toilet roll holder, it was a wooden cat with its tail in the air and the roll went in the middle – I adored it, the style, the cute expression on the cats face but he painted it PINK! I was devastated, it didn’t match anything I had, my dad is not someone I could have asked to change the colour without him taking offense, I could have changed it myself but I knew I would never get that cute expression back or do anywhere as near a good job as he had.
As his daughter why didn’t he know I hate pink, why didn’t he ask what colour I would have liked? Why of all the colours under the sun did he choose that one? Ok lime green wouldn’t have been fab I grant you but PINK?????
SO why is colour so emotive? Am I unfair to base decisions I make on the feelings a colour brings out in me? I consider myself to be a ‘girlie girl’. I like sparkly things, shopping, girly movies and books and all things fluffy but I cannot get on with pink! And I don’t like the lack of choice I feel I am given. I can take control and design in my fave colours but I often get asked ‘Do you have that in pink?’ And when I do make pink stuff it sells! Sales are good, definitely but that makes my creative outlet become expressed in a colour that annoys me!
I have decided though that the problem must of course be me because the shops would not be full of pink if it didn’t sell, although I do not have to follow the masses I do have to realise that if I am the only one not wanting pink then that issue rests with me and I should accept pink as a part of life so here are a few items I have designed (without being asked) in pink………
Would love to hear your thoughts! xx