My name is Sara Bowers, Owner and Creative Director of Studio 8. I am an artist, a coffee-obsessed wanderluster, a mother, a foodie and wine lover and a mountain girl. I live and breathe design. For the past two decades, I’ve helped hundreds of small businesses by creating soulful, strategic branding and graphic design to help elevate their marketing and packaging.
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Winter (and this colour palette) is the glory of warming red wine, fireplaces, down jackets and the allowance of a few more coffees. It is a new pair of cozy wool socks, vivid stars, chocolate, dark moody skies, hot tea and spontaneous snow trips. Mornings often come sheeted in icy crystals. Leaves collect shimmering droplets and the sound of rain on the rooftops hums us to sleep. Some days are still. Others, the wind howls so loudly that my little studio feels like it will take flight. My little mountain town, usually packed with tourists, has surrendered to quiet and stillness and blankets of clouds.
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These are the colours I am seeing outside my studio windows at the moment. For me, it is the time for lattes, scarves, stormclouds, mountain walks and thirsty fields of dried grass. In our local Gariwerd Aboriginal calendar, it is honey bee season (Gwangal Moronn), noted for warm, still days, cool mornings, bright red sunrises and golden evenings. One of my happy places in my job is colour palette work. There is so much interest and beauty in colour, but also a HUGE amount of psychology and strategy in choosing the right palettes for my branding clients.
With respect and gratitude, I acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we create, work, meet and live and pay respect to their elders, past, present and emerging.