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Derelict attracts me! I can’t help it!

I pass this broken burnt fence everyday. One day after looking at it for weeks perhaps months, I finally took a picture of it. I love the contrast of the neutral grey and burnt black wood next to the bright berry coloured rectangular shape on the left hand corner. What make this picture and colour palette work for me is two things, the ‘unattractive’ peach or ‘support stocking’ colour block on the right and the shabby linear straw in the foreground. The smaller beige square next to the burnt wood helps the palette too.

Sometimes I wonder if these ‘nothing’ pictures around the city of London speaks to me in code. Somehow they remind me of searching for ‘treasure’ amongst driftwood, seaweed and seashells, as I did as a kid on the beach I grew up a stone throw away from back home in Norway. I like to think I will never leave the city but who knows perhaps there is a small part of me that will always be attracted to something more rural?

This palette would make the perfect classic scarf with punch of berry pink.

Wear it with similar bright berry coloured lips and you’d be ready to face the world. Hold on a minute the scarf needs to be designed.