The fun, psychedelic, saturated colours of the 1960's gave way to a more earthy natural palette in the 1970's. Recovering from the backlash and turmoil of the Vietnam War, people were in the visual mood for more muted and restrained colours and embracing the homespun handicrafts of their grandparents: crochet, embroidery, macramé, leather working and weaving. The desire for peace and calm was reflected in the dark wood and warm earth tones of the period, the use of avocado green, dark oranges, shades of yellow and warm browns were popular for clothes and home wares.
This photo is from my husbands family archive. Hard to miss that late 60's/ early 70's wallpaper in the background! Inspired by the colours of the early 70's, upcoming art and craft classes with elderly residents in aged care, will focus on using popular colours of that era to paint coasters and lay over floral patterns using home made linocuts.
Hopefully this will start a conversation on what life was like in the late 1960's/ early 70's for nursing home residents who would have been in their 30's and 40's, raising children and teenagers, in a time of large cultural, economic and social turnabouts.