Roam Like Queens, Womens Travel to Morocco.
Colleen is an adventurer, lover of beauty, nature and the human spirit.
She is a visual artist and designer, so it is unsurprising that the feast of textures, music, ritual and dance that her travels , especially those to Morocco exhilarate her and those she travels with.
Colleen sees life as a great celebration, laughter , beauty and adventure being her preferred medicines.
Enjoy her insightful comments on colour.
Your bio in a few words.
I am a beauty hunter/maker, relying on intuition, joy and my heart strings to lead me in the right direction. Over the hills and dales of life, I have committed to do only what makes my heart sing and to fuel joyous memories for those around me. Colour has played an important role in my life, manifest in creating recyclage sculpture, found silk scarfs, jewellery, beautiful clothes and adornment. I have the enviable honour to take adventurous women travelling around Morocco with my tour business ROAM LIKE QUEENS.
Your favourite colours in MOROCCO.
My favourite images and memories of colour in Morocco hale from the Sahara region. The shy, women of Mhamid wrapped in their tie dye MLEHFA (saharan style cloth) an image burnt into my memory…magnificent, floating cloth blowing around their bodies in the gentle, desert breeze…protective, modest and elegant…purple and brown, yellow and fuchsia, black and orange…the colour combinations are endless and inspiring…much braver than we Melbournites who so love black, black and black! And just to keep me happy with the basic black idea, there are the Ait Kabash tribeswomen who wear black, full head to ankle cloths covered in fluorescent, wool embroidery with centrally placed symbols, depicting tribe and personal stories. No two cloths are the same…hence, my collection is building!
Your personal favourite Colour now.
My favourite colour right now is clear, vibrant, alive yellow! I have never really liked yellow all my life up until now. When I see the “right” yellow my heart skips a beat! I am finding it delicious all of a sudden. My chakra informed friends tell me its the colour of the solar plexus and indicates a “coming home to one’s self”, a truth colour. Feels good to me!
Your personal favourite colour combinations.
I wear many colours. I love red, green, magenta and black.
Right now I am loving and wearing black and white…to match my greying hair!
I have always loved and worn parrot green, not emerald, not lime, not pea…I am quite specific.
I particularly love magenta with the right kind of print…my floaty, feminine african wax fabric dress is currently one of my most fun things to wear…big, loud watch faces printed all over.
I love to wear colour drenched pure silks and wools. Silk and wool drink up pigments beautifully. I am often found in opportunity shops sourcing outfits and accessories to re-dye in my beat-up, aluminium dye pot.
Colour, how do you use it and think about it?
I am a good improvisor. Any coloured item can find a special corner in my home…creating a story, conjuring a dream, sparking a memory or inspiring the onlooker…whether it’s me or a visitor…if it makes someone feel comfortable and smile, I am a happy woman!
What colour do you dislike & why?
I really don’t like muddy colours. To me they don’t “sing”. I don’t mind creamy colours…I believe there is a big difference between muddy and creamy! I once did a short course in Feng Shui and learnt that gut feeling is a good thing to follow with decor, line, ambience and colour. Colour, edges, lines and feel definitely register on my radar.
Is there someone / something who /that has influenced your life with colour.
How and Why?
I remember as a little girl finding a print of Henry Rousseau – THE DREAM. The lush jungle greens still excite me today and I lose myself in this painting.
I love Patricia Guild’s work. She is an inspirational woman, spreading the love for colour, texture and placement.
Kaffe Fassett…I love a man who knits!…with his magnificent and intricate patterns going from small honeycombs to sharp diamonds, earth tones moving into pinks and magentas, oatmeals and greys, moss green to soft lichen and nature inspired combos…Kaffe was my favourite 1970’s textile discovery.
And last but not least…Hundertwasser, a multi-faceted artist bringing together architecture, colour and form into domestic building, life spaces and gardens…love that man’s work.
In your travels what country is doing colour well?
My favourite place in the Rif Mountains of Northern Morocco, called Chefchouen, is a gentle little city full of calm and happy folk, the local women dressed in colourful straw hats and striped aprons. The signature colour of this city is all shades of pastel blue…each house and corner painted with just as much, or just as little blue pigment added by it’s individual painter to chalk white paint…resulting in a cool, easy on the eye, blues drifting into blues, magical town often dubbed “the prettiest village in Morocco”.
(Eg I am fascinated by the Norwegian house colours.)
In your travels, Is there a trend in colour you are noticing?
I am noticing a trend to clean, sharp contrasts in black, white and charcoal with the addition of one more colour. I particularly love black, white, charcoal and yellow.
What colour is your luggage?
Always black, never to clash with what I am wearing!…but always with a signature scarf tied to the handle for identification! At the moment my luggage is wearing a jungle botanic print silk scarf, suitably exotic for my travels!