ColourRIOT Live! (Or, Speaking In Public With and Without My Sister)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair, hosted by my Knitters’ Guild, was a couple of weeks ago (September 14th). What a day it was! Read more about it — and then look for some exciting news at the bottom of this post!

Now, I’ve been involved as a volunteer in various capacities ever since I joined the Guild, but this year was a whole new ballgame.

First off, the event moved to a new venue (the Kitchener Aud). There were oodles of reasons for the move, and for the most part it worked very well — but as with anything new, there was a bit of a learning curve, so there are tweaks to be made for next year. In case any locals have missed it, the Fair Coordinator has posted a message on the Guild’s website addressing some of the concerns.

The bigger news, for me personally, was that my sister Gillian and I were the featured speakers at the event! Every year the Fair has, in addition to the many vendors, a guest speaker and a fashion show of vendors’ wares. This year, Gillian and I got to turn our whole ColourRIOT series of posts about colour palettes and colour theory into a live, in-person talk, and it was SUCH a blast!

ColourRIOT live - hands on colour!

Having pretty, colourful props makes everything more fun!

We brought piles of colourful textiles — my knits and her sewn garments — to dress up the space, and we even had an arts-and-crafts activity at the end of the talk! (We brought stacks of paint chips, so that attendees could create their own little portable colour palettes to take with them as they shopped. We weren’t sure anyone would actually take us up on the activity, but many people did, and found it helpful!)

ColourRIOT live! Presenters

Colourful ladies!

We wore, of course, entirely handmade outfits. Gillian made her dress and her wrap top, as well as my skirt and tee — and yes, that’s my Hue and Value shawl I’m wearing.

ColourRIOT live: hands on!

Audience participation! Plus, bonus Mom (right)!

Our mother came down to see us talk — to marvel at her daughters actually cooperating on something, for once? — and my trusty husband came along to help me lug props and to take photos during the talk. (He took all the photos in this post, except for the top photo in the top group.) Some of my knitting friends also made a point of coming to see us, which was wonderful. Lots of others were busy volunteering at the Fair, so I suppose I’ll forgive them (*wink*)!

The best compliments from the talk?

There was a lady in the front row who came up to talk to Gillian afterwards, who is apparently a professional colourist, and she said she enjoyed the talk and our unique perspectives.

Mr. Bee said he came away with a new understanding of colour. Though his personal palette isn’t about to change, he was really excited to think about the different colour schemes that (for example) companies use for their branding, and what they are trying to accomplish with those specific choices.

Those two sets of remarks say, to me, that we managed to hit a sweet spot in our talk — enough technical accuracy to satisfy a pro, and enough simplicity and friendliness to interest a layman. Yay!

Gillian has blogged about the event already. We also compiled all the resources from the talk into a permanent page here on my blog, and even if you didn’t come to the talk, you might just find some useful tips and tricks there.

Now for the big news: 

Toronto’s Downtown Knit Collective has invited me to be their guest speaker at their October meeting, doing a version of this same talk! We’ve just finalized the agreement, so I can now shout from the rooftops about just how excited I am to be doing this.

  • Date: October 16, 2013 (a Wednesday evening)
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Location details (including a map) are available on their website
  • DKC members get in free, but if you’re not a member, you can come as a guest for $8

This is the first time I’ve been asked to speak based on reputation, rather than by members of my own Guild, and also the first time I’ve done a talk on my own. (The first version of my colour talk was done with my friend Johanna of Lofty Fibres, and the second, obviously, with my sister.)

So! If you’re in the Toronto area and want to see the talk, or just want to meet up, please come out and join me for the evening! It would be lovely to see some familiar faces in the audience.


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One response to “ColourRIOT Live! (Or, Speaking In Public With and Without My Sister)

  1. velosewer

    Well done Annie Bee