¡Hola, amigos! I'm back from my incredible adventure in Mexico, and let me tell you, it was a feast for the senses, and that's without talking about the buffet. Spending time around the area of the Riviera Maya I was surrounded by natures colours that left me completely inspired. Today, I want to take you on a journey through my experiences and share how the kaleidoscope of hues I encountered has ignited my creative spark for my upcoming yarn collection.
The first thing I noticed after a few days was how the vibrant colours of the plants, flowers and fish meld perfectly with the very natural colours of the sand, the limestone buildings and the more muted colours or the world. like a wee pop of colour on a very muted background. in my head Mexico was a riot of colour, and to some extent it is but I found myself really enjoying the suppleness of the combinations. I'm not explaining that well. but you can see what I'm trying to say by the orange hibiscus flower on the beige sand picture above. Something i think could be interesting to take forward into this new yarn collection.
As I wandered around the hotel complex I was really taken by all the native flowers they had around and what beautiful colours they were, even the foliage was beautiful. They were so different from what we have in Scotland, even the colours on the hundreds of lizards running around has ideas spinning in my brain. I feel the need to dig out my sketchbook and work out these colours. This is the first time approaching a collection like this since college. normally i just go straight to the dye pots, and while that works, its not really letting me enjoy the process.
there is just something so wonderful about being able to have fresh eyes in a place. As a tourist somewhere new you soak in all the sights and smells, things you don't really notice in your own place. This trip has reminded me how to open my eyes and look at the simple things around me and how to just absorb the colour around you. I'm excited to start working on this new collection, reignite the spark, get back in the sketchbook...and pick out some new sheepy yarn bases <3