6 hours ago
So I launched my new Christmas Colour Your Own Range at @thehandmadefestival. It went down wonderfully but a lot of people questioned my decision to use robins, penguins and snowmen when they all use only a one or two colour palette. Well, I deliberately chose them for that reason.
When I was an English and Art teacher I had a startling realisation that kids imaginations have diminished so much in comparison to when I was younger. This isn’t their fault, because modern teaching has become very organised, clear and easy to follow in order to give every student a chance to excel. But because learning is so organised, students come to expect that in all aspects of their lives, even Art! So when you give a child an art project to interpret, they’re stumped! I would be asked relentlessly which colour to use next, what medium, where’s the template?! And when I answered “use anything you like! There is no template” the poor tots would still struggle to let their inhibitions go.
Kids are so used to structure and getting everything correct that they’ve lost their creative imaginations so trees always remain green, water is always blue and penguins are always black and white. Well not the Pen and Gwyn ones!!! My colouring prints are there to reignite a child’s creative freedom and help them see snowmen not as white men with carrot noses, but as blank canvasses to colour anyway they like with no rules! I’ve done this example ahead of the products launch on my Etsy to show you how funky rainbow snowmen can be and that snow can be any colour! Just don’t eat the yellow kind.... 😖