Collaborating with Hatha Yoga Desha, an established yoga studio in Sydney's inner west, My Tiny HQ recently facilitated a colour analysis workshop.
Nothing to do with yoga or about abandoning the right to freedom of expression, participants signed-up to learn a practical way to help them shop smarter and get creative.
Having had my colours done a few years ago, I knew what a simple and useful skill it was to learn. I learned to recognise which colours work best for me without make-up (saving time and money there) and which colours might look best on me at job interviews or for other special occasions.
That's really quite a lot of positive things that came out of a wintery afternoon several years ago and it's why I approached Hatha Yoga Desha (HYD) with my idea for a collaboration.
The workshop was developed as a low-cost small group exercise. Lasting two hours, each person took a turn as the subject, while the rest participated in the ‘analysis’ - seeing the visual effect of colours on themselves and others. The group was guided to shift attention from the fabrics to observe how light changed and reflected on the face.
It came faster for some than others but by the time we were half way through the session everyone had the feel for it and was relaxed and enjoying themselves, especially the group approach. It was also interesting to find that the group was unanimous in their individual assessment of how well certain colours worked for each subject. Mission accomplished!
That really was all there was to it. A short, useful and playful way to promote sustainable fashion consumption.