The inspiration for the first We're All Ears Challenge of the new year is Pantone's Spring Color Report. I've got to be honest that I'm seriously underwhelmed by the color palette they've put forward. The muted shades speak more to the bleakness of winter than the glories of spring and new growth to this Minnesota-dwelling designer!
I'm not really one to design to trends or color reports anyway, so it doesn't really matter to me in the grand scheme of things. I'm always interested to see what Pantone will choose, but I'm certainly not a slave to their color reports or their Color of the Year. While these colors aren't super exciting to me, and not my first choice to design with, they aren't all terrible. I'm always open to a good challenge... so here's what I came up with this month!
When I saw this inspiration the first thing I thought of was a pair of earrings I had just made with a pair of lampwork glass earrings from Mermaid Glass. Unfortunately, I can't share them with you yet because they are under review for a magazine. So, I decided the next best thing would be to make another, different pair of earrings using some of the other beads from that set. I cheated a tiny bit by pulling in some of the "lavender herb" that's in the men's palette but not the women's.
In honor of Marsala as Color of the Year, I decided to make a second pair that focused on that color. Sort of cheating since I've done this design before, but what the heck. It means another pair of earrings ready to go to the Unearthed Arts gallery.
Check out what everyone else was inspired to make over on the Earrings Everyday blog HERE.