colour stories : Sonia Cantie

Oh I am so, so happy to be able to have lovely Sonia and her beautiful work on my blog again and this time in a wee guest post. Yay! I am completely in love with her colour story and all these gorgeous shades of pink, let me hand you over to Sonia to tell you more...

colour stories : Sonia Cantie | Emma Lamb

"For like most every little girl, the color pink was part of my childhood, right from the start. From clothes to dolls and toys, through bedroom, it was everywhere, in variable doses, and in variable hues. Come teen age, it almost disappeared from my life, and the few times it was present, it was not in the most subtle kinds of pink.

colour stories : Sonia Cantie | Emma Lamb

When I finally got to be a young adult, it went back into my life, but for a brief moment, as I suddenly thought that all that pink was too girly, too synonymous of childhood. As I grew older, my love for nature and everything natural grew bigger and bigger, and I couldn’t help (I was not particularly right) thinking that pink color couldn’t be that natural after all. I knew there were pink wildflowers, pink creatures (pink flamingos etc), but as for textiles, I thought it couldn’t happen to be natural.

colour stories : Sonia Cantie | Emma Lamb

Then I started doing natural dyeing experiments. And I realized I was wrong. I could achieve my own pink colors with something natural! From that moment on, I was re-introduced to soft, muted, pastel and a little brighter shades of pink. And I also understood that it was all the synthetically produced pinks that I disliked. What I’m trying to achieve, months after months, years after years, is to let (natural) pinks enter in my life again.

colour stories : Sonia Cantie | Emma Lamb

Natural pinks can be so soft and muted, and also much stronger and brighter, according to the plant or plant dyes you use. Almost all shades of pink are achievable with a little bit of technique, I admit, but very few actually, and natural dyeing is SO much fun after all! I’m using pink again in my crafts and in my wardrobe and feel happy to do so! And lastly, and you’ll probably find this silly, but I have finally understood and accepted that I am not obliged to like all the shades of pinks, even the natural ones!"

colour stories : Sonia Cantie | Emma Lamb
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Gorgeous right!? It is so inspiring to see all of these wonderful shades of natural pinks that Sonia has created in her wee dye-pots. I just want to dive into this last picture and start playing with all these beautiful materials, those yarns are just divine! Oh, and the wee lace doily... eep!

Thank you so much dearest Sonia, for sharing your wonderful creativity and your inspiring colour story. You have made my day!

Emma, x

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18 comments

  1. Lovely article!I love Sonia's work!AriadnefromGreece!

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  2. These pink shades are PERFECT !
    Soft, gentle and maybe even a bit vintage looking. ;)
    Maybe, the new "grown up" pink.
    Rose

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    1. Thank you ! "Grown up" pink ... ah, I like that ! :)

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  3. I'm a huge fan of Sonia's pinks! Thank you for a lovely pink article :)

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  4. Love Sonia's work! Those pinks are so beautiful!

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  5. I love Sonia's natural dye work, and her stitches and makings. She so wonderfully documents the whole process, from gathering the plant materials through to dyeing and then wearing the beautifully dyed pieces. I am lucky to have one of Sonia's silk scarves and it's like wearing pure gold sunshine.

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    1. aw, thanks so much Ellie !! You are too kind !

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  6. Oh holy moly, these are the perfect pinks, I also only have a huge affinity for natural pinks and dislike the synthetic tones intensely. Hmmm I think I will ditch the green and charcoals this coming summer for some of these pinkyspirations! Great posting!

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    1. Thanks a lot ! Glad you enjoyed the article & that you share a love for natural pinks !

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  7. I have a similar relationship with pink too! Funnily enough, I only just wrote about pink yesterday - pink peonies. It's nature's pinks that I love too. A gentle colour but which often conceals strength, as I found with peonies! Love this stash of pink, and Sonia's work in general! :)

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  8. How beautifully written. Thanks for sharing your journey.

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    1. Thank you very much, it was my pleasure writing this article for my dear friend Emma !

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  9. Sonia,
    What a beautiful colorway of pinks. I have not ever been much of a pink wearer but how could one resist these ...so feminine and mature. All of your work is just stunning.
    be well

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna, for your kind words. I'm glad I'm not the only one enjoying these "grown up" pinks, as another lady above said. :)

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