March is National Women’s Month in the Philippines and we will be writing about the female spirit in the coming weeks to celebrate women. This second post (in a series of four) is about the colors of the Creator archetype (personality type).
I conducted an informal survey with women I know and I got many deliberate answers. At first, I categorized the answers using generations, i.e., boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), and Millennials (born 1981-1996). But it didn’t make sense so I decided to use archetypes instead.
I found four archetypes—The Explorer, The Creator, The Nurturer, and The Sage. However, not all had longings that could be placed in a single box, meaning that some of the respondents could belong to more than one category.
The Creator moves between two worlds, the intangible and the tangible. For most people, her ideas seem to come out of nowhere. Like the feathered white wisps of dandelion seeds, they come floating in the wind to germinate in the fertile ground of her mind and heart.
Innovation is as natural as breathing to the Creator, with her left and right brain working in sync. Imagination is her talisman and pragmatism her trigger. The consummate Creator wields both with a delicate and skillful hand. The guiding principle of her creations is that they must be of enduring value.
The Creator can be found in all walks of life, doing diverse things in the arts, in the sciences, in business, in politics, and even in the home. Her inventive spirit thrives on the freedom to be herself. Her unbound self-expression is essential to the originality and excellence of her work.
The Interior Style and Colors of the Creator
We’ve made a color palette for each archetype. The colors in this blog post were chosen to represent the Creator.
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The eclectic interior style is the Creator’s design choice. She uses different styles, mixes them all up, and uses that mix in one space.
Her home is awash with bright colors, patterns, textures, and unexpected objects which come from different influences. She throws all of these elements together with a deft hand, much like an alchemist who brews ordinary ingredients in her cauldron to come up with a magic potion.
Only she knows that special extra something that lifts her concoction from banal to sublime. The objects may be familiar and common, yet the impact is visceral. If you enter her home, you just know it works because you can immediately feel the palpable aura it exudes.
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The color palette we made for the Creator is a combination of warm and cool colors. On one hand, there are the intense and energetic colors of orange and red to represent the Creator’s unfettered imagination and daring drive to build things of value. These are balanced by the cool blue grey and the fresh white that symbolize the intellect and discipline to push innovative ideas forward until they are concrete.
Balance—this is what the Creator needs in the process of manifesting her ideas into something tangible.
Balance is found in a complementary color scheme, where two colors which are opposite in the color wheel are combined. The result is a color combo that provides high contrast and impact.
Snippets from the Survey
These are some of the answers I got from the informal survey:
I no longer think about wanting those glass slippers, I want to shatter glass ceilings.
I want the freedom to be ME!
- To be able to make choices without being compelled to stay within the bounds of social expectations and stereotypes
- To be able to do things that resonate [with] my heart’s desires and not be called out and restricted because I am operating at the fringes of social expectations on gender, age, race and religion
- To seek and pursue my own definition of happiness and find those around me supportive of my preferences even as it runs counter to theirs.
I do not understand how family life can ever be boring when it is exactly where a woman stretches herself to the limits of her mind, body, and soul. It is where she…raises the bar for herself…[for] each and every role she plays within the family – wife/life partner, mother, friend, financial magician, psychologist, culinary master, and more!
I want to publish a book…to write and sketch…to get a PhD.
Highly evolved Creators are what Steve Jobs called the crazy ones, “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Creators, keep on making magic. The world needs your legacy.
By the way, archetypes are also applicable to men.
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