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January 3, 2014
In 2005, I did a Color/Design class here on Bainbridge Island (as I do every summer) for those wishing to expand their careers in color and had the good fortune to have a lovely woman named Irma from Indonesia enroll in the class. Needless to say, Bainbridge is a long way from Jakarta and I was delighted that she was motivated enough to come all that way to take the training program, especially because I had spent some time in Indonesia doing consulting and presentations for a very large cosmetic company founded by a woman named Martha Tilaar. She literally started her company on a shoe string budget with a recipe for skin cream passed on to her from her grandmother. She had seen my first book, more recently re-done as More Alive With Color, and decided to contact me about the possibility of coming to Indonesia to train her make-up artists and salespeople in color.
I happily took my first trip there in the late 80s and subsequently went back to Indonesia twice in the 90s (including Bali— but that’s another story) and enjoyed every moment there. This is a country rich in color heritage and the women are really quite beautiful. They are a mix of native Indonesian, some other mixed Asian cultures and Dutch. The furniture in their homes, the food they eat and the clothing they wear reflects those varied cultures. Ms. Tilaar was a fabulous hostess and I found out when I was there that she had quite a success story behind her. When she took me to one of her cosmetic-producing factories, she opened cauldrons of bubbling creams and had assigned color names from More Alive With Color. It was quite a colorful and amazing experience!
It is always gratifying to hear from former students, particularly when I have such fond memories of both Irma and her country, so I was happy to hear from her with an update on what she has been doing in the eight years since she took my class.
Among many other advancements in her career as a personal image and fashion consultant, she has been quite busy picking the colors for Garuda Indonesia’s crew uniforms. It was such an amazing coincidence that earlier in the year, July to be exact, she chose reddish purple as an additional color for the Maitre de Cabine uniform of Garuda Indonesia new cabin crew uniform (national flag carrier airline). Additionally in 2009 as part of the team of consultants for Garuda, Irma chose three colors for the new cabin crew uniform: turquoise, orange and blue (purser). After the launching of the new uniform in July 2010, she was thrilled knowing that turquoise was chosen as Color of the Year (2010) and Orange or Tangerine Tango for (2012).
Well done, Irma!
October 4, 2013 § 4 Comments
October 4, 2013
Teaching my color/design class has brought me into contact with so many creative people who work with/in color. As a teacher and a lifelong student, I am fortunate to be in contact with a lot of amazingly wonderful and talented people.
Color is the binding agent for which these relationships are forged and it is the provider for the inspiration that we all bring into our daily lives as well as our careers. Color touches every part of our lives; from our surroundings, to what we put on our bodies, down to the car that takes us where we want to go.
Consciously or subconsciously we are having a daily color conversation with ourselves. It is the driving force behind our choice of what to wear, unless you live in a nudist colony. It is in these daily “conversations” that we discover the power of color in our lives.
It is my love for color that got me here, and into teaching about color. It was through teaching color that I come to meet other people who share their love of color and how they use it. How people are using color directly affects how I learn and teach about color, which is what inspired this (and all) of my blog posts.
One of the students from my summer 2013 color class recently sent me a very Emerald inspired link from one of her colleagues. Click the link below to take a look at how Emerald, Pantone’s 2013’s color of the year, has inspired the creative juices.
Do you have a love of color? Does color drive your daily decisions? Has your love of color opened up your world to new possibilities? If so, I would love for you to join me for my next color/design class this January in Burbank, California.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your love of color and how you use it in your daily lives.
December 13, 2012 § 2 Comments
December 13, 2012
Lorraine DePasque is a Style/Trends editor for instoremag.com. She has interviewed me many times before and we are often on the same “wavelength” when it comes to spotting trends. This was especially evident when it came to Emerald. I often tell people at my presentations to look to high end jewelry for future influence.
You can say that Lorraine had her (Emerald clad?) finger on the pulse of this one considering that she posted this blog back in April. Click the link below to read Lorraine’s rationale of Emerald in terms of jewelry.
May 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
May 8, 2012
One of our colleagues and former students, Denise Lampron, is an image consultant, stylist and a color design consultant in Los Angeles. She attended a Pantone/Sephora Tangerine Tango event in the “Pop-up” Shop at the Grove in LA– a fun place to shop for all kinds of goodies. This is the report she sent us….
“The event was attended by the press, stylists and ‘corporate’ from 3-6 pm, and from 6-9 pm by the public. The Pop-up Shop was ideally located in the ‘park area’ of The Grove. It was a warm, sunny day and an ideal backdrop for the happy, bright introduction of Tangerine Tango.”
“The Sephora personnel were knowledgeable, friendly and appeared to be genuinely excited about being at the event. The Pop-up Shop was impeccable. The displays were very high end looking, eye catching, creative and, of course, bright and bold. The Sephora make up artist I spoke with referred to the psychology of TT (she paid attention in your lecture!)”
“The catering company did a lovely job of re-creating the TT theme in the food.”
It was a festive opening with lots of interest.
Thank you, Denise, for sharing. Especially loved the picture of you (in orange) taking a picture of you taking a picture!!
March 21, 2012 § 3 Comments
March 21, 2012
We recently received an update from Chip Fesko; a previous contributor to our Blog and an Artist from Newport Beach, California. His prominence as Senior Director of Advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation is heavy duty. It is impressive–there must be lots of people vying for that position. He writes well– obviously he got that position at the Lucas Foundation because of his talent. Some of you may remember that he was first featured on our Blog on February 5th, 2010. The color of the year back then was Turquoise and Chip had just completed one of his abstract water colors of painting 10,000 – QUARTER INCH squares of Turquoise.
In addition to Chip’s abstract painting, he continues with his watercolors of TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA and it was his painting of a CATTLE EGRET against a HONEYSUCKLE SKY that reconnected us with Chip again since 2010 … certainly, another nice coincidence for our 2012 chosen COLOR OF THE YEAR – HONEYSUCKLE .
He finds inspiration for color on the smallest scale (pixels) to grandest scale (The Big Bang) and pretty much everything in between.
His different art styles are unique, yet pleasing, intellectually deep, yet simple. Although he is, as yet, an unknown talent, we appreciate Chip reaching out to us and sharing his work!
Below are samples of his TROPICAL BIRDS & FLORA series that were on exhibit at the Newport Beach City Hall for 3 months and also featured in the Australia Art Magazine – ART RUSH.
CATTLE EGRET – HONEY SUCKLE SKY
IF ONE CAN – TOUCAN
ABSTRACT SERIES OF 10,000 = QUARTER INCH SQUARES PER WATERCOLOR SHEET
In addition to his Bird Series, it is Chip’s goal to paint 100,000 quarter inch squares – with 10,000 squares per sheet – and 10 Sheets. Each painting is based on a grand scale, yet represents its subject on the smallest level with each individual square, hand painted but looking like a digital pixel. The most amazing element to his abstract paintings is that they also have a component of 3-D imagery when studied and viewed at length and in person.
Finally, Chip has earned his first true Art Commission with a National Park. The Lassen Volcanic National Park has been selling his water colors of Wildflowers & Butterflies in their gift stores.
As Chip likes to say – “COLOR IS LIFE ITSELF” and we couldn’t agree more!
January 27, 2012 § 2 Comments
January 27, 2012
These designers were so inspired by Tangerine Tango that they decided to create a lamp around the color– then decided to produce a video inspired by the name of the color and the art of the dance.
LightArt by 3form came to life when Ryan Grey Smith and Ahna Holder were commissioned to design an 11 foot chandelier. Ryan knew the sheer scale of the piece demanded an innovative approach.
Armed with a pile of sketches and standard home improvement tools, Ryan set about to create a whole new design concept. Ryan set the oven to preheat, donned a pair of oven mitts, and turned his kitchen into an artistic laboratory. The chandelier quickly came to life as Ryan heat formed pieces of translucent Varia Ecoresin to make them malleable.
The concept that drove LightArt into existence is one of endless creative solutions. This spirit of innovation and passion for excellence drives everything that happens at LightArt. For artisans and designers alike, the excitement lies in pushing the envelope on every custom piece – using a bold array of colors and endless shape possibilities.
“With discerning expertise in architecture, sculpture, color and lighting, we specialize in understanding the vision for a space and use the art of light to accentuate the desired aesthetic.” – Ryan Smith, Co-founder.
As a full service studio, LightArt strives to achieve the most appropriate solution to meet the needs of any lighting challenge.
“From concept to completion, each LightArt piece is manufactured by hand in our Seattle studio. Our team of local artisans work directly with designers to create the most appropriate and compelling solutions for a space.”
January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
January 5, 2012
Bare with me as I toot my own horn. It is always a wonderful treat to be interviewed for the New York Times. I am especially pleased with this one article and thought that it would be nice to share. I really enjoyed speaking with Penelope Green, I love her last name and she doesn’t miss a beat.
Here is an excerpt from the Q & A and a link to the full article.
The color of the year is a bit of an assist to the fashion, cosmetics and home furnishings industries, and product and graphic design, all of which can use it as an organizing principle and marketing tool.
Will orange become ubiquitous? Probably not, Ms. Eiseman said. “What we’re trying to do is get the feeling of the zeitgeist, to use an overused word,” she said, speaking by phone from her home on Bainbridge Island in Washington. “What are people talking about they feel they need, that color can help to answer? For us, the color of the year is not necessarily the hot fashion color, but an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.”
December 9, 2011 § 2 Comments
December 9, 2011
The following is an excerpt from an article by Aylin Zafar for TIME.com followed by a little background on the selection process. Every year I spend a great deal of time perusing all of the issues and happenings that might influence color directions in the future. Ever since the color of the year has been named I have been intimately involved in the process, as I am the Director of the Pantone Color Institute and their lead forecaster in all industries mentioned below.
The world is about to look a lot more vivid: the Pantone Color Institute has named “Tangerine Tango,” a radiant red-orange, as the top color of 2012. The color experts have been amping up their selections each year, with the serene and calming turquoise in 2010 giving way to 2011’s honeysuckle, a warm, reddish-pink color meant to lift spirits and instill confidence.
But the current economic climate and frustrations call for something bolder this coming year. Pantone has turned to the “spirited reddish-orange” hue to “provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” Orange signals not only vitality, but also urgency and strength—associations that should resonate in a year where many are hoping to finally start seeing changes. “There’s the element of encouragement with orange”.
The color of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.
For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.
July 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
July 1, 2011
One of my friends and a colleague, Judi Noble, is head colorist for Fiesta Dinnerware. She is also an artist who loves whimsy and color.
In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Fiesta has issued a series of pieces in an exciting new anniversary color-Marigold. Available for only 75 weeks, Marigold comes in the complete dinnerware collection, as well as a limited edition numbered Soup Tureen.
My contribution to the 2011 release was “The color of comfort (and many comfort foods), Fiesta Dinnerware’s Marigold reminds us of vibrant florals and cheering sunshine-guaranteed to coax a smile and provide the perfect background for edibles (and drinkables).”
February 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
February 22, 2011
We are quickly approaching the 2011 International Home Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois. The show starts Sunday March 06 and goes through March 08. If you will be in the area and are interested in attending click the image for more information.
You don’t want to miss out on this because Lee will be sharing Pantone’s 2012 View Home forecast for the first time.