Pretty in Purple

Pretty in Purple

Published On: 02-08-2015 12:02am

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Category: History of Color

I recently created a pair of fun earrings using hand painted and antiqued purple brass fans, purple lampwork beads and other colorful components.   Although purple is not my favorite color, it is near the top of the list and always has attracted me, as do the two colors that combine to make purple.  Because of that I curated a new collection, called "Pretty in Purple" to showcase the "purple" work of twelve ArtFire artists, some featured below.

Purple beaded key fob / ID holder bracelet handmade by Mary Beth of TheTwistedRedhead

Many, many people have a passion for the color purple, and I can see why with its oh-so-rich color!  Having read many years ago that purple has always been considered a "royal" color and a "creative" color, I decided to do a bit of research about the color purple.  Here is a bit of what I found:

Amethyst purple lace butterfly bookmark handmade by Michelle of PolkadotOrchid

Purple is a combination of blue and red, the warmest and coolest colors.  Red is filled with dynamic, active energy and blue is the opposite, a cooling and calming color.  Because of the combination of the two colors, purple is said to enhance creative energies and is associated with inspiration and imagination.  It is considered by many artists to be the perfect color!

Purple awareness Swarovski crystal earrings with sterling silver ribbons handmade by Mary of PrettyGonzo

Purple used to be called "Tyrian purple".  Tyre was an ancient Phoenician seaport (located present day Lebanon) from about 2000 BC through the Roman period.  A purple dye was extracted from a mollusc found on the shores of the city.  Because of the time consuming process used to extract the dye, only the very wealthy could afford fabric dyed "Tyrian purple".   Alexander the Great and the kings of Ptolemaic Egypt all wore Tyrian purple.  The imperial robes of Roman emperors were Tyrian purple trimmed in metallic gold thread and the badge of a Roman Senator was a stripe of Tyrian purple on their white toga.  In present day, because it represent also represents wisdom and valor, the United States awards a Purple Heart to soldiers wounded in battle.    

Amethyst gemstone glycerin soap with a tall crystal formation handmade by Bonnie of Soapsmith

In color psychology, it is said that if purple or violet is your favorite color, you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself.  You are the person others come to for help.  Being needed motivates you but sometimes you allow people to take advantage of you.  You are a gentle and free spirit. With your feeling that run deep, you can be quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.

Purple trumpet flower earrings with crystals handmade by Peggi of PinkCloudsandAngels

Purple is also the color of spirituality and is often used in meditation.  It is said if you surround yourself with purple, you will have peace of mind, although too much purple can cause moodiness.  It helps us find our power within - not the power that dominates people, but a power rooted in connection to Spirit.  Violet is associated with the seventh or crown chakra, the chakra used to communicate with our spiritual nature.  It is also found quite often in Nature:  orchid, lilac, violet and lavender colored flowers. 

Here are a few more artistic selections from the "Pretty in Purple" collection:

Purple delphinium original wildflower watercolor painting handmade by Cathie of countrygarden

Purple and grey hand crochet stretchy fiber bracelet with sequins handmade by Nancy of jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy

Purple aster 3-D art quilt, wool and painted gauze background, handmade by Jen of  UniquelyJenQuiltCreations

Purple hand painted and antiqued fan earrings with lampwork beads, Czech glass and Swarovski crystals by Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns

I hope you enjoyed this short history of the color purple and maybe learned something new.  More importantly, I hope you enjoyed the purple selections from the studios of ArtFire artists.  Please visit their studios by clicking on the link under each photo.  And you can visit the collection this post is based on by clicking the link:  Pretty in Purple

If you would love to make my day and the day of the artist's featured above, please leave a comment.  Any and all promotion for the blog will also be greatly appreciated by all.  Thank you! 

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Reader's Comments

By TortugaSoapCompany on 02/27/2015 @ 02:37pm

I do love the color purple! I love the earrings, very beautiful!

By KanweieneaKreations on 02/18/2015 @ 12:52pm

Fantastic purples and I love the items you chose to feature in this post. Purple-tastic!

By adorebynat on 02/15/2015 @ 03:42am

Purple is one of my favorite colors that I come to love lately. I believe it somehow retains some pink shade that I love and combining it with blue, another color I love. After all pink is the soft side of red, lol. Beautiful picks of handmade products in purple, Catherine. Your fan earrings are fabulous!

By craftsofthepast on 02/11/2015 @ 02:49pm

St. Lydia, dyer of the purple, is one of my favorites! Thanks for the essay on purple. It is a royal color! Sharing.. Anna

By countrygarden on 02/09/2015 @ 02:48pm

Really interesting blog post and I did learn a lot from it. Purple is my favorite color and I can relate to the psychology you mentioned. I loved the history about purple. Thank you for including my painting.

By EweniqueEssentials on 02/08/2015 @ 08:59pm

I am always drawn to purple, as you know, Catherine! You've chosen some wonderful purples to feature in this post. An interesting history of a beautiful color.

By PolkadotOrchid on 02/08/2015 @ 03:54am

Thank you so much for your feature in the collection and the blog! I have an added tidbit about the color purple: the word comes from a rare variety of reddish-purple rock called 'porphyry'. It was only found in one remote desert quarry of Egypt in ancient times, and was the hardest rock known in antiquity. It was hard to find, hard to work, and hence, extremely valuable. When Roman emperors had their portraits carved, they used white carrera marble for their heads and porphyry for their togas on the same bust sculpture. When Napoleon died, his sarcophagus was carved from it.

By Guest on 02/08/2015 @ 03:53am

Wonderful essay on purple - with awesome examples!

By TheTwistedRedhead on 02/08/2015 @ 02:25am

Such an interesting read about one of my favorite colors. I love that it's a combination of energizing red and calming blue! Works for me :) Much appreciate you including my bracelet/wristlet with all of these gorgeous purple pieces, Catherine. Happy to share!

By jazzitupwithdesignsbynancy on 02/08/2015 @ 01:52am

I did not know this much about the color purple...Very interesting and informative :) Thank you for including my crochet bracelet in this lovely blog post <3

By Guest on 02/08/2015 @ 01:19am

Enjoyed the post Catherine. My favorite color is purple and your research fits with my personality too. Thank you!

By PrettyGonzo on 02/08/2015 @ 01:06am

Another very interesting blog, Catherine, and with such beautiful selections of purple handmade items! Purple is always special to me because it was my mother's favorite color. Thank you so much for including my awareness earrings in the collection and in this blog. Will be sharing! :)

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