Floortje is intelligent and articulate. You will meet a good explainer with great flexibility in helping you to apply your Season palette to your individual pigmentation, body type, and desired presentation. She also has great common sense (we had a joke that this was the Dutch coming out in her), the ability to prioritize those times when details matter, and an open-mind to visualize many beautiful interpretations of a Season.
Floortje’s colour story is a long one, as you might easily imagine when you see her pictures. If you were to test her colouring, you might find that the surprises continue. Perhaps least expected is how similar the colours and patterns in her eyes are to those of many members of her Season, even average or stereotypic, if such words were included in our vocabulary. You will able to read the story on Floortje’s website very soon.
We all understand experiences better when they have been our own. With many Seasons in her past, Floortje has respect for the many ways in which this might happen, and the sensitivity to know how confusing it feels. She also has a clear sense of the strategies that help resolve the questions (and emotions) and continue progressing in your own colour journey.
In Floortje’s own words,
Thank you for welcoming me into the 12Blueprints colour community. My name is Floortje Mossou, but you can call me Florentina if the spelling of my name confuses you. It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of my business, Calla Studio for colour consulting, in the Netherlands. I am very proud to introduce the 12Blueprints method to Western Europe. Together with my colleagues Annette Henriksen (Denmark), Jorunn Hernes (Norway), Johanna Järvinen (Finland), Hana Haulišová (Czech Republic) and a soon-to-be-announced analyst in Poland, we will be able to introduce many women (and men too, hopefully) in Europe to the science and magic of the 12Blueprints/YND method.
Before I became a colour analyst, I worked in research. I have a Master’s degree in Biology, and all my life I have been fascinated by the natural world. As a scientist, I am mostly interested and the shapes and colours of plants and animals. As a colour analyst, I combine this interest in colour, with a passion for helping you understand your colours.
My colour journey
How did I become a colour analyst? Well, there’s a long story. Image me in the year 2012. I was living in a little shoebox of a student room, halfway up a tall building in the university town. It was rented for the summer months, and I was there to work on my Master’s thesis. But things weren’t going so well. I was struggling to do enough work every day. Why, you might ask?
Well, as a little girl, I was never as big or strong as the other kids. I couldn’t run as fast, or as long. I couldn’t throw a ball as hard as the others. But I moved well, with ease and grace, and I was fine.
Later, as a teenager, moving became less easy. Going to school became a strain, and sports started to get very hard. The changes were slow – and insidious, so I never knew they happened. But eventually, I noticed I was very tired. Really very tired. So tired in fact, that all the simple things I used to do had become impossible.
Maybe you know about someone who has chronic fatigue. Maybe you have had it yourself, or still do. Gosh, I hope not. But if you do, you’ll know that chronic fatigue is no joke. It reduces your life to a personal twilight zone, the past forgotten and the future meaningless. The present becomes a prison, where every second grates at your well being. Even the most mundane tasks, like going to the bathroom or checking your bank account, become insurmountable obstacles that require tremendous effort. During that time, I lost my friends, my hobbies and my plans for the future. I nearly lost my education too. However, with iron will, talent, hard work and the help of a lot of other people, I succeeded. I graduated high school.
The next step was to go to university. What could I do but try? I enrolled in Biology, and for the next four years, by a process I might call ‘creative scheduling’, all went better than I had reason to hope. Until I reached that summer where I worked on my Master’s thesis. The higher workload and added pressure meant a major setback on my delicate health. But with it came an unexpected benefit.
There I was, effectively marooned in that little student room. It had very large, south-facing windows, and the summer heat wave meant I had to keep the curtains closed during the day. The evenings were most comfortable, a quiet time I filled with rest and tea. It was during one of those evenings, that I thought to myself: “if I can’t improve my health, I can at least try to make everything else better.”
But what did that mean? Looking good made life easier, I knew. It was what I was struggling with the most. You have to realize that all the things I couldn’t do (and there were many), people would have to help me with – or forgive me my failures. But trying to ask for help, to talk, to express, to communicate – was so hard. My face felt bloated and heavy, my skin was oily and the teenage acne kept lingering on my cheeks. I had trouble lifting my eyelids enough to look smart, or even awake. I felt so small and vulnerable, it was hard to look people in the eye. My power to connect was gone.
And so, by the golden light of a setting sun, I sat down behind my desk, turned on the computer and went looking for ways to make my life just a little bit easier.
You guessed it already, haven’t you? That evening I found out about Personal Colour Analysis. It was fascinating. Here was a way to make myself look better, healthier. It actually looked doable. For every person. On every budget.
At first, I tried to DIY it. During the following months, I trawled through the house and held every coloured item I could find under my chin. I tried a myriad of makeup looks, including the ‘too-black liner and too-red lipstick’. If it didn’t look too horrible, did it mean I was a Winter?
I guess we’ve all been there. It didn’t work, of course. And so a year later I was on my way towards my colour analysis appointment.
But real life is, ya know, real, and no storybook. It took some more years, a couple misses and a lot of frustration, before I saw myself in the right colours. Those tales we’ll save for another time (see my coming website). I sincerely hope that all your colour journeys will be more pleasant and much faster than mine. Still, for an analyst, it was a blessing in disguise. I learned more about colour, and about me, than I would have any other way.
And in the end I did find them. My colours. Bright Winter. – happy sigh –
Next, some small but good things started to happen…
… I started to enjoy shopping. As a kid, I used to hate it with a vengeance. It got better as a teenager. But now. Now I knew exactly what worked for me, and what I could safely ignore…
… and gone was the agonizing over things-that-were-in-fashion-that-I-didn’t-like-but-might-learn-to-like-and-did-that-mean-I-would-miss-out-on-…?-…??? I walked out on those…
… and ended up spending less money with more results. The next thing I knew…
… I became more comfortable spending money on items. Plus…
… I suddenly had an excellent reason to get rid of the portion of clothes in my wardrobe that I didn’t like and didn’t wear. And so…
… getting ready in the morning suddenly got really easy. In fact, it got enjoyable. Very quickly, …
… colours became a secret weapon for the critical moments in my life, whether it were dates or job interviews…
… and I started to feel good about myself. Because of that…
… my fatigue became less of a burden. What happened next…
… I found my confidence. And best of all…
… I started to see my beauty.
Just think about that for a moment. What would it mean for a woman to see her own beauty?
It was a genuine blessing. It helped me to create a way back to myself, my confidence, my femininity and my beauty, and ultimately my health. My fatigue still exists, but it became so much easier to cope.
Where I started out to ‘fix’ my ability to communicate, I ultimately ended up healing it. You see, I think that the way you get treated is just a mirror of how you behave. If I felt not sure about myself, people would treat me dismissively. Why would they do that? Because I was dismissive towards myself. But if I treated myself as genuinely valuable, other people simply did the same.
This is why colour analysis is worth so much. It goes beyond the ‘mere’ aesthetics of our lives – which are major determinants in our relationships – and shows us who we really are. It teaches us self-love and self-acceptance. These were the things that helped me to build up my life again, and to learn to love the adventures that I came across.
I do not mean to say that colour analysis is a miracle cure-all, for the body or the mind. It is not. There were of course, many other things that helped me along the way. Colour analysis is simply a tool. But a powerful tool at that, and it gave me courage and support when I needed it most.
I want you too, to have this tool.
If you want to come for your personal colour analysis with me, we will take our time to talk about what challenges you’ve been finding with colour, and how you can solve them. It is important to me that you understand your result, and that you know what to do to move forward.
Accuracy is vital in colour analysis. To achieve the highest possible accuracy, my studio has a dedicated area where we’ll measure your colours. It is equipped with modern full-spectrum LED lamps that give the purest white light. The lamps are in softboxes, so we can comfortably look at you in the mirror without getting sore eyes. Placed around your chair, there are three background screens and a carpet in pure neutral grey. These eliminate all possible coloured reflections, including those from furniture. The only coloured items that are allowed in there, are you yourself and the drape that we’ll use to measure you!
It creates an environment that is so neutral, the colour reactions in your face suddenly appear amplified. It’s the neutral grey room taken to the next level. Some people like to call it my ‘blanket fort’. It’s an apt description, actually – it is remarkably soothing to sit in. And to be frank, it’s just a happy accident. I needed a flexible setup that I could move, and I am thrilled to find it works so well.
My studio is currently located in Leiderdorp, but please note that I will move to a different location in the Netherlands in the future. A website is in the works, but if you want to know more in the meantime, you can visit my Facebook page, CallaStudioConsulting, or contact me directly via email, email@example.com.
I look forward to meeting you!