Textile art and the way I look at color.

A textile artist is always looking for inspiration. I’m  attracted to the way one color blends with another, somehow the colors set off endorphins in my brain that says, ‘Like me’

Color and light can affect mood, change actions, and sway my thinking. Color is a powerful form of communication, color is everywhere in nature and its irreplaceable.


Secondly, light is just as important as color. If there was no available light, we wouldn’t be able to see color since it is created by the reflection of light on an object.
I have great difficulty in a dark room. I need a lot of light and I rarely have a cover on my windows at home or even in an hotel room (I just make sure I’m on a high floor so no one can see in)

I have difficulty visiting a place that is dark, gloomy and raining. Its not a new phenomena, its been with me all my life. As a child I could entertain myself just looking at light and color. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that not everyone looks at objects in that manner.

I love orange. Perhaps one of the most intriguing of  colors, orange pulls elements from both red and yellow and strikes a balance. Its flamboyance and originality inspires me. Orange is heavily associated with joy and happiness. (so those who know these things say, I know it makes me feel like ‘Pam’

Below are some of my textile images from yesterday. These are the places we looked at to take students on textile tours.

We’ve walked the walk and beat the feet on the pavement all in the name of color and art and its such a delight.

We found a co-operative to buy this beautiful pieces quite reasonably.
Just go through the pile.

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I had time to photograph the buildings and the people, but we only had the morning so I took off at 6.00 am to get these shots.

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The colors in the morning light were wonderful.
I was followed for a few blocks by the street dogs, so I turned and walked towards them.


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I stopped for a coffee, watched the world go by and thought, I should be home in the studio, but this is a good alternative.


They have the best coffee here in Guatemala.

the mountains

The best thing about the morning is the color…. shades of gold.

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Color is a very big part of my life. It means everything to me. As I write this from Guatemala I’m in a culture that is steeped in color.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    Spectacular pictures… as usual! It is interesting the similarities in textiles between cultures. I was given a bracelet with woven beads very similar to the woven balls in your picture that a friend brought from Nepal.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Wendy, there are so many similarities, sometimes I felt I was in Thailand, sometimes India… there is a thread connecting.

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