We have come to the nail biting finale of the Full Color Training Scholarship Contest where two winners will get to spend four days saturated in color with Leatrice Eiseman (colorexpert.com) in Burbank, California. COLOURlovers were asked to submit a palette they connected to their life, how color impacts their life as well as how they would like to use color more, to impact the lives of others.
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We asked each finalist what they would expect to bring back from the class to apply to both their life personally and if applicable, professionally. Lastly, if they had any questions for Leatrice Eiseman. I have included these responses below. So without further adieu, because I know many of you stayed up waiting to hear...
First Place - Full Scholarship: Linda Holt
Occupation: Designer / Photographer
What she does: Owner of New Light Redesign (newlightredesign.com).
Location: Massachusetts, USA
"My intention should I win would be to apply my new color knowledge in my business. I have been doing interior color consulting for the past year but I want to take it to the next level. Like I mentioned in my application, I feel like the more I learn about color the more I realize there is to learn. Since my eye was trained for so many years as a photographer to see color as "light", the switch over to seeing color as pigment has been profound for me. I never knew until I bought Leatrice's books that color affects our moods. I guess I knew it intuitively but I am just fascinated by the whole psychology of color. Please please please pick me...I REALLY want to come. I promise I will work hard and be a good student!"
Linda's Questions for Leatrice:
1. Has Leatrice had a life long love of color and what was her path to becoming the "guru" she is today?
2. What inspires her when it comes to choosing color pallets?
3. What is the process for Pantone in choosing the much anticipated "color of the year"?
Linda has had this class on her calendar every year for at least the past two years. It is a lifetime dream for her to attend. Congratulations Linda!
First place will receive a fully paid scholarship for tuition to the Color + Design Training Program, plus a copy of the book, PANTONE® The 20th Century in Color, by Leatrice (co-authored with Keith Recker).
Second Place - Half Scholarship: ModernMuse (aka Michelle Stroescu)
Occupation: Artist & Color Theory Professor
What she does: Painting (ModernMuse.net) & Teaching Color Theory (College Professor)
Location: Texas, USA
"I would expect to bring back to my class the huge amount of in depth color information ...trend application, social impact of color and why colors trend when they do ( curious, I am curious to hear Ms. Eisemane speak to this , since I am always trying to speak to my class about the importance of being aware of what is happening all around them .
I would love to be able to promote my winning this course for helping gain more credibility for our design dept. at school. And to help me to advertise my ColorMuse paint workshops here in Dallas."
Michelle's Questions for Leatrice:
1. How does Pantone take into account the current social/ political environment when deciding on future color palettes or do they at all ?
2. Are there really and truly color meanings related to a persons personality and characteristics?
3. Of all the Pantone color of the year selected by Pantone , which color / year had the most impact on businesses and sales?
Michelle teaches Color Theory for the Fashion Design and Marketing Students at El Centro Community College in downtown Dallas, Texas. She shares a strong passion for color and bringing that knowledge to those she teaches and through her art. Congratulations Michelle!
Second place will receive a half-paid scholarship for tuition to the Color + Design Training Program, plus a copy of the book, PANTONE® The 20th Century in Color, by Leatrice (co-authored with Keith Recker).
Five runner-ups won a copy of PANTONE® The 20th Century in Color
Originally, I had made a list of finalists and a list of book selections. After having such a grueling time narrowing the finalists, some of you were in the running to win, but there were only two spots so the best I can do is give you an awesome book! I also did mix in with those only applying for a book as they lived too far away to attend the class. Believe me, you all deserve this opportunity and hope that you one day get to attend one of these classes.
In no particular order, book winners are:
- 1. haft2 The color authority for branding (haft2know.com)
- 2. Solosprings - in transition
- 3. lopezdegull - Image Consultant (lopezdegull.com)
- 4. greypupil - Artist (adriannemartin.com)
- 5. macole - Graphic Designer (marigolddesign.com)
I would like to end by saying that this was honestly one of the hardest decisions I have had to make here at COLOURlovers. Many of the submissions were more than submissions to a contest and some almost brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could give the first place prize to many of you as you are all very well deserving. Very late last night I was reading and re-reading over the initial submissions and then the finalist emails and waiting for a few stragglers to get their finalist responses in (hence the delay to give fair chance). As well as waiting to confirm if people would in fact be able to fund their travel along with 1/2 the scholarship cost if they were chosen for 2nd place.
I was extremely impressed at how dedicated some of you were to wanting this opportunity. Realizing in this economy how tight money can be. Some of the responses included having to sell their car and borrow money for traveling (from Brazil) where another, with a very supportive husband who knew how important this opportunity was, said they would make the cost of even 2nd prize work some how, some way. Others were planning on begging their workplace to help. This is how important color is to these people. This is how passionate these COLOURlovers are about color.
Leatrice does this class twice per year. Cross your fingers we can do another contest in the near future. Each contestant will be notified via Love Notes (internal COLOURlovers email).