My first experience with Naomi was of cheerful persistence, already a very good quality for a colour analyst. When the first attempt at a training course in Vancouver did not work out, Naomi solved every problem, making it so easy for me to offer the course from her studio. The location was so effective that West Coast courses are now held twice yearly from Naomi’s studio.
When she opened her front door, my experience of Naomi was of a warm, welcoming, informal person. She is adaptable and open-minded, which translates into being able to see your problem your way and provide a solution that will work for you in your world, as she did for the course location and I. She can communicate solutions in many ways to find the one that is do-able for you.
Here is what I especially respect about Naomi. She is as free as anyone I’ve met of what an outcome has to be. This translates into an analyst who has no preconceptions about what your Season has to be because you look a certain way. Of course, natural appearance and Season have to make sense together but these decisions come closer to the end of the analysis. At the beginning, an analyst needs to clear these notions out of her head.
The scientific method teaches us to begin with a hypothesis and then set about proving or disproving it. That doesn’t work in PCA because your hypothesis introduces your personal impressions. Your impressions might be partly true but you have no idea which part. Only the drapes can tell you that.
You are better off to start with nothing, no assumptions at all. The human mind usually reacts against this. It gets agitated when it doesn’t know before it can know. Naomi is the analyst who can naturally look at reality from different angles just to see what’s really there. She is a curious explorer gathering information. She fills a space with data without needing to organize it into patterns sooner than possible.
I am honoured today to introduce you to my friend and colleague, Naomi Eastman.
In Naomi’s words,
“What colors can you NOT wear?”, Christine Scaman asks me. It’s early on in the 12 Blueprints analyst training course and it’s my turn to be draped.
“Definitely orange, lime green and mustard yellow”, I immediately respond. I would have dismissed those colours on the clothing rack, based on my past (negative) experiences wearing them.
My draping confirmed that mustard yellow will never look good on me, but a clear butter yellow would. Having a yellow overtone had led me to believe that I could not wear any type of yellow. Hmm, how interesting. Surprisingly, the orange from the Luxury drape set does not make my skin look sallow. In fact, this particular orange may even elicit a few compliments, such as, “My, how your eyes sparkle in that color!” And there was another discovery. I do have my version of a “lime” green that is less yellow, but just as vibrant. Letting go of preconceived notions can bring you to a new place. A whole new world of colour has opened up endless possibilities for me!
Trial and Error
Throughout childhood and as a young adult, I dutifully wore whatever colours were provided by the clothing industry. I wore all colours – bright, muted, dark and light. However, I did determine that I could not wear colours that were too warm, and that autumn colors (mustard, olive, rust) were not good on me. Every once in a while, I would find a colour that everyone thought looked fantastic on me, but I could not determine what made the colour work so well. It was basically hit-and-miss when it came to finding colours that worked best for me.
When the 4 Season system became popular, I hoped it would provide the answer. I located an analyst and was analyzed as a Summer. Initially, I was happy to finally have some direction in my shopping experience. I tried to buy “my colours.” However, occasionally I “cheated” a bit with more saturated colours, and I never managed to give up black. In fact, a few years later, during my frazzled new mom period (when I felt like a zombie from lack of sleep), I simplified my wardrobe down to primarily black, as there would be no need to work at coordinating outfits. It was one less thing to think about in an already busy day.
As time passed (and I got more sleep), I missed wearing colour. Eventually, I came across a 12 season system. I was curious. I wondered if I would have a different result in this system. Would I finally find my “wow” colours? However, an in-person analysis and a subsequent on-line analysis both yielded the same result – Soft Summer. I craved brighter colours, but with a sigh, I resigned myself to Soft Summer’s muted palette. After all, a Summer season had now been confirmed by 3 different analysts, so I decided to give it a go. I shopped with my swatch book, scanning the stores for muted colours, and tried to substitute my black with grey although, I confess, I still occasionally cheated. When I look back at photos of me in Soft Summer clothing, I suppose I looked okay, but I felt drab.
Perhaps I was not using the full spectrum of my palette, I thought. Maybe I was choosing colours that were too “dusty” and I really belonged at the clearer end of the Soft Summer colour range. Was a less muted Soft Summer even possible? Or maybe I just needed more makeup and accessories. Or another hair colour and highlights?
Today, I know that colours support us energetically. You can feel the difference when you’re wearing your correct colour harmony. While wearing the Soft Summer palette, I had a feeling of ‘blah-ness’, a sort of tiredness and a lack of zest. Somehow, those colours were not enough for me. I needed something more, and I was determined to find the answer.
I began to research colour theory and colour analysis through books (lots of books), blogs, colour analysis systems, and 12blueprints.com. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge. I was fascinated by the world of colour and it became my passion. I had set out to find my best colours, and now I had a desire to help others do the same. “Someday, I will train to be an analyst”, I decided.
When I saw Christine’s blog post announcing her intention of coming to Vancouver to train those interested, I signed up immediately, thinking ‘here’s my opportunity’. The training was intense and so much fun. Christine is a gifted teacher and under her tutelage my eye for colour flourished.
A vital part of my training included over 20 case studies (full session drapings of volunteers) to put into practice all the technical aspects of personal colour analysis. The photos of each draping session and an in-depth write up of my observations were reviewed by and discussed with Christine. This internship period was a valuable exercise – each case study had its unique challenges that made for fascinating discussions and resulted in the fine tuning of the skills Christine had taught me.
You have to know what to look for.
I know now that I had been draped as Summer season in the past primarily because the other analysts had (mis)interpreted my light blue eyes as ‘pastel’ eyes, when they are actually transparent and ‘icy’. Christine is one of very few analysts able to bring everything (skin, hair, eyes) together correctly to determine that I was actually a Bright Winter. My training focused on developing my ability to correctly interpret the visual effects in the drapes. The methodology that 12 Blueprints analysts use to determine which drapes bring out the best in the clients is both reliable and accurate. You will be pleased with the thoroughness built into this system.
I went into training because of my passion for colour, but I underestimated how satisfying it is for me to actually meet you and help you to look your very best. The draping sessions are so interesting – every client is unique. As I go through your analysis, I explain each step of the process and the effects I’m seeing – breaking it down into clearly-defined visible reactions. You’ll not only see your most flattering colours, but also the colours that do not look good on you, which is equally important. I’ve learned (and personally experienced) that there is a color “sweet spot” for every one of us – one of the 12 Seasons whose hue, value and chroma are in alignment with your particular colouring. And now, thanks to the 12 Blueprints training, I have the privilege of helping you find this place.
My studio is located in the Greater Vancouver area, 10 minutes from the US border. The studio has plenty of natural light. It is painted a neutral grey and is equipped with a specialized full-spectrum LED lighting system (used in the colour industry for accurate colour rendition across the entire spectrum), the 12 Blueprints drape set, and True Colour International colour books. I use the 12B product line for makeup application in your season.
Please visit my website at www.eastmancolourconsulting.com or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I really look forward to meeting you.