Colour Theory with Emily Green – Julia Necklace

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 9th August 2011

After a wonderfully warm welcome yesterday, Emily Green is back again today featuring the inspiration behind her Julia Necklace. Emily has a beautiful blog and Etsy Store too – be sure to check them out for more Emily Green goodness! – Jenny x

Colour palette for Julia Necklace

  1. Metallic Nordic embroidery
  2. Morgan Allender’s luscious large-scale floral canvases
  3. One of my spotty watercolours
  4. a photo of my favourite yellow hasbeens and rust tights
  5. a vintage blueprint of some very ornate locks and door handles – love the linework!
  6. a photograph taken at the Centre Pompidou, Paris of a beautiful emerald green typewriter
  7. a layered, textural lino print that I created for use as a textile design at TAFE last year

em X

by Jenny Butler
Tuesday 9th August 2011


  • So lovely! The inspirations for this are gorgeous!

  • Micha 5 years ago

    Good enough to eat!!

  • genna 5 years ago

    Ahmazing way with colours!

  • leah 5 years ago

    Love your inspiration pictures for your colour palette! So gorgeous!!!

  • Jasmine 5 years ago

    if I could wear the emerald green type-writer keys around my neck I would!

  • Jacinta - Pomegranate 5 years ago

    I love that vibrant red next to the jade!
    So lovely to see where the colour pallete comes from!

  • Dyani 5 years ago

    Your colour combos are stunning Emily, you really have an amazing eye for unlikely combinations – and they work beautifully. Love the simplicity of the design itself, so the focus is all about the colours.

  • Jenny 5 years ago

    These colours are gorgeous – so warm and vibrant. Love the way the red gives an exclamation mark (!) in the palette. Thanks Emiliy.

  • sarah 5 years ago

    Nothing better than someone who understands colour. You are amazing, beautiful inspiration and a real treat to see the design process. Thank you !!

  • Bianca 5 years ago

    Love the spotty water colour. So much inspiration in all of these colours. They make me feel warm and fuzzy, perfect for winter!

  • lisa 5 years ago

    I think i’ve seen your necklaces at Mr. Kitly and think they are beautiful.
    great colours..

  • Gabe 5 years ago

    Such inspiring work…( especially for a first year design student following in your big steps!) Loved yr spotty watercolor and lino prints too … just beautiful

  • eleanor 5 years ago

    You really do have such a knack with colour. Delectable!

  • Jess Mcbeth 5 years ago

    Beautiful use of colours and hand made material! Love your neckalces :)

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    So so beautiful and happy and fun.

  • ruth hickson 5 years ago

    Love the inspirational photos and the end result! Just georgeous

  • Olivia 5 years ago

    The colour palette for the Julia necklace is so beautiful! It makes me think of cups of tea and crisp winter days with spring on the way!

  • Melissa Prest 5 years ago

    Colour theory – I reckon it’s colour therapy!! The colours zing with their own energy!!

  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Really cool idea for pulling a colour palette. It adds the idea of texture, balance and context to the thought process which gets much more creative combinations than starting with just flat colours.

  • Prue 5 years ago

    Your colour combos shake my mainstream, predictable, approach, right out of my tree.

  • jade 5 years ago

    loving the nordic embroidery!!
    looking forward to more colourful posts on the guest blog this week =)

  • Beth 5 years ago

    god, love that colour combo – not something you see everywhere

  • Megan 5 years ago

    These necklaces made my Monday. Fact. So gorgeous

  • Mrs Bok 5 years ago

    That necklace is adorable! Love the jeweled colours and the chunkiness of each hoop makes me want to bite them :) I love the yellow shoes too!

  • Wendy 5 years ago

    To died for colour palette. Love the necklaces. Thanks for firing up the creative juicers.

  • Sue Maynes 5 years ago

    Emily, you have used such a diverse range of inspiration to form your colour bases – thank you for sharing them with us. Really makes me look at colours and textures differently.

  • Sarah 5 years ago

    All so yummy! I could happily frame your inspirations! Your necklaces are beautiful simplicity, just gorgeous.

  • sarah 5 years ago

    Heh heh RAD shoes! x

  • Mel 5 years ago

    Love the textures in the lino print!

  • hannah 5 years ago

    oh such great colours, really nostalgic in the best way

  • Kylie 5 years ago

    Love this colour combo. Super spunky.

  • Leila 5 years ago

    love emily’s work – I have a pair of her earings in duck-egg blue. The necklace is beautiful & i luff her choice of colours & the way she arranges these colours (and her inspiration behind this decision)…x

  • elissa c 5 years ago

    That green keyboard is so cool! I love this colour combo.

  • Helen 5 years ago

    I love the way Emily plays with colour – but I love even more seeing the colour palettes and discovering these combos are not just part of playtime, so much thought and personal experience goes into them! Also love the yellow hasbeens. Delightful.

  • Bron 5 years ago

    Wow, just loving these vibrant colours!!

  • BusiChic 5 years ago

    Loving this guest blog series! Tantilising and mesmerising colour palettes – nice work Emily Green!

    I’d love to see a green-hued necklace too… (big fan of green!)

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