Colour theory - art and science
Sir Isaac Newton drew the first recorded circular diagram of colours in 1666 after separating light with a prism. He split white sunlight into red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, and blue beams; then he joined the two ends of the colour spectrum together to show the natural progression of colours. Since then artists and scientists have studied and designed their own variations of the concept.
|Sir Isaac Newton|
My aim as a designer is to use colour in a harmonious way. Harmony is a balance of colour which is pleasing to the eye. At the other end of the scale you can have colour combinations that are either chaotic – too many different colours over stimulating the eye - or boring – bland mixes of colour under stimulating the eye. We want a nice balance that delivers visual interest but also a sense of order.
|Jewel Cascade Earrings|
I will be launching my new summer jewellery pieces soon and I have used a lot of mixed summery colours. On first glance some of the bead arrangements may look random and multi-coloured but if you look closely you can see that I have only used colours that work together and there is a balanced pattern – almost symmetry to them.