I know everyone must be enjoying their warm summer afternoons and late lazy evenings. I would be if the weather were better. Perhaps I will regardless of the weather when I head to my old home on Vancouver Island to visit family and good friends.
For now I’m thinking of colour…. well actually I’m always thinking of colour. Today, more specifically, I’m thinking of fall.
One of the best sources for colour trends and forecasting is the Pantone website. It is rich with information about every hue and shade you can think of. ’In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone’s founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community.’ Every season you can find trends for fashion and the home listed.
Another great site for those who love colour is COLOURlovers a blog for … well those who love colour. It is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns, discuss the latest trends and explore colorful articles… All in the spirit of love.
As you can see there is quite a bit of similarity between the new fall and spring trend colours that Pantone have developed. Some shades are a bit more intense while others are more muted. I look forward to planning my fall ‘collection’ around many of these trend colours. That’s right, you read it. A Fall Collection. I’m going to try to behave like a grown up designer and create and produce a coherent collection. I love what I do and the creativity that it involves, but I recognize that sometimes my work is sporadic and a bit random. I get distracted by new ideas and inspiration all the time. Usually I just follow my nose and create. This year is going to be different. My plan is to make a plan… ha ha. [Not too serious yet] I’m going to sketch out my designs and plan colour stories within that. If you have any favourites or pieces you want to see let me know.
I’m thinking modern, balanced with a bit of traditional. Using materials like chalcedony, dyed jade, turquoise, agate, fossil coral, and cherry quartz. I’m thinking of my usual favourite the Elizabeth movies and the richness of her gowns, but also the youthful exuberance for the Twilight movies and modern simplicity. Ooohhh I can feel those creative juices flowing. Maybe I’ll even post sketches. Will you hold me accountable and help me to stay on track? Knowing you may be out there reading will help.