Vera Neumann: An Artist And Entrepreneur With An Eye For Color

August 12, 2015 § Leave a comment


August 12, 2015

 

I was surfing the web last week when I found an article on Vera Neumann published by Elle.com in Mexico. If you’re not familiar with Vera logo , you are in for a real treat. 

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In 2010 Susan Seid wrote a very beautiful book called Vera The Art and Life of an Icon. It is filled with wonderful and colorful photographs of Vera’s history. In it Susan states:

“Vera Neumann was an unlikely revolutionary–her tiny five-foot-tall frame typically dressed in mod tunics and a bold scarf, armed with a quick wit but a shy demeanor. But Vera—the innovator of cross-licensing and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time–had a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. She believed that artwork should not be relegated to walls. Rather, people should surround themselves with art–wear it, eat off it, and sleep under it. And why not? Great art endures. It lifts your sprit and makes you feel better. Vera’s art certainly does. It is bright, happy, and inspirational.”

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A year after Susan Seid’s book came out, I made note of Vera Neumann in my book Pantone: The 20th Century in Color.  The chapter is aptly named “Colors and Coordinates,” where I said, “Designer and artist Vera Neumann didn’t seem to need any help understanding color interactions, or the way color creates a mood.”

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Seid has quoted Vera as saying to the Washington Post in 1978, “Color is the language I speak best,” and, “Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in the world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”

I agree wholeheartedly.

If you are not familiar with Vera, a quick Google search will bring you into the colorful wonder of Vera Neumann.

Vera’s designs are still being licensed now, more than ten years after her death. Their longevity is her longevity. And for those of us who were around when she first came on the scene, it is a welcome reminder of a colorfully artistic era to see her famous logo still used today.

Catching Up With A Young Color Lover

August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment


August 6, 2015

It has been just about one month since I wrapped up my summer color/design course. It is a busy few weeks after the class. We are putting stuff away, getting prepared for the next class and chatting about all of the wonderful people we’ve just met and the ones who have taken the course previously. It was in that discussion where we remembered one student in particular, whose experience in class had such a colorful impact on her daughter that she gave her young daughter an impromptu color/class in the days that followed. We did a blog post about their experience because it was too adorable and it showed us all (I am sure her mother knew) that a child’s love of color is insightful and shows no bounds. Color is an important factor in childhood development and one day could ultimately lead to a career that involves color, including consulting.

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Click here for the original story.

We caught up with Amy Anderson and her daughter Sofia to find out how Sofia is using her color skills today. We thought it would be fun to do a Q&A and, as a budding color professional, Sofia nailed it. She has a true gift for color and her choices are just as on-trend today as they were then.

Below are their responses:

Are you enjoying your summer so far?

Yes, it’s awesome!

What have you been working on since your color class?

In my art class at school, I made an orange cheetah mask with papier-mâché and my self-portrait. At home, I’ve been working on my own logo for “Sofia’s Colors.” I love color and art!

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Are you pleased to see that your magic yogurt maker color palette is all over the fashion scene?

Yes, I love neon because it’s very bright and I like bright colors. They make me feel happy and energized.

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Are you wearing neon? If so, what is your favorite piece?

Yes! My neon pink cardigan sweater is my favorite. It goes with everything.

What is your next project?

I’m really excited about metallic colors. I really like my metallic silver Birkenstocks! I’m working on a palette for a new product I want to create like the magic yogurt maker. Last week I went to the Paint Lab and picked out metallic color swatches: fire opal metallic, amethyst, sapphire, tourmaline, topaz, ballroom gold, aluminum and emerald.

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Hickies® Revisited: The Arc Of The Colorful Lace Alternative

July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment


July 23, 2015

 
Here is an update on fashion upstart, Hickies®, one of our former clients. You can read the original blog post here.

Not familiar with HICKIES®? In their own words:

“HICKIES® is an elastic lacing system that replaces traditional shoelaces and lets you easily slip in and out of your shoes while keeping them snug and secure. Never tie or untie your shoes again! Get rid of the bows and customize your footwear.”

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It wasn’t that long ago when I was visiting a popular site called The Grommet, when I saw HICKIES® prominently positioned on their front page. I was instantly reminded of what I knew back then: that this concept is stellar and they have certainly found their following.

I couldn’t be more pleased!

It’s phenomenal to see what can come of your dreams when they are supported by your peers and a grassroots network with Kickstarter. I remember the excitement and energy of this company and I couldn’t be more pleased with their continued success.

Cheers to you, HICKIES®! We look forward to your continued success.

Yellow Gorgeous! The Minions And I Embrace The Radiant Hue, Will You?

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment


July 9, 2015

 

Just like many of you, I am constantly online working, either reading and responding to email or doing research, and I am blessed that my work is FUN!.  Recently I received a message from a fellow color lover,  Piali Dasgupta, a Fashion Editor for Amazon India/Style Diaries, with a special request to discuss the color yellow, and not just any yellow but Pantone’s Minion Yellow.

My best Minion impression.

My best Minion impression.

Please click the link below to read the full interview.

[Minion] Yellow Fever – Style Diaries.

Mood Inspired By Pantone’s Marsala

July 2, 2015 § 4 Comments


July 2, 2015

I love this beautiful Marsala, Pantone Color of the Year collage, that my friend and colleague, Bridget Frizzie, created for Kehoe Designs.

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful Marsala compilation with us.

What are some of your favorite Marsala moments?

 

Fashion Color Forecast From The Fifties: #TBT

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment


June 25, 2015

Discovering or rediscovering history is something I truly enjoy. What can be more life-affirming than a trip down memory lane? It’s fun looking back at the signposts that are left of a life once lived, reflecting on the food, fashion, and music of eras gone by is something both the young and the old enjoy. How many times have you seen the Internet meme celebrating the wonders of the past? 

Today is wonderful but yesterday was something else, especially when it is tangible. There is nothing like feeling and smelling these relics from our past. I’ve heard it said that “the nose is the doorway to nostalgia,” especially if you read old books.

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I was flipping through one old book in particular when I realized I was completely transported, not just by the old-book scent, but also by the wonder and promise that this first-of-its-kind forecast held. The book that I am referring to is the venerable textile manufacturer Hockanum’s Coast-to-Coast Woolens fall 1955 fabric color trend forecast. You might be familiar with it if you have read Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, as it was featured in the chapter between Cosmetic Superstars and Fantasyland. 

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Below is the foreward from the Hockanum forecast:

“From coast to coast, America soars, sails, rides, treks, walks. America goes places. So does Hockanum.

Here, in a few pages, is a fast trip through Hockanum Coast-to-Coast Woolens for Fall ’55. Not all of the collection is here, of course – but there is enough to give you a quick look at our Fall color story, with proposed coordinates – and a lightning idea of some of our non-stop fabrics.

The new trend toward ensembles shows up clearly. One fabric links itself to another – and yet another. Colors stand alone with strength, or fall into costume groups, giving each other additional grace and impact.

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The fabrics have gone into all markets – coats, suits, dresses, sportswear, separates. There you will come upon them again – and we hope you will find the helpful signposts, pointing the way to a good, successful season.”

This forecast was a blast from the past, but as familiar and comforting as the fashions we loved on Mad Men.

David Letterman Had His Colors Done By ME!

May 21, 2015 § 2 Comments


May 21, 2015

I was talking with the ladies in my office about missing the final episode of the David Letterman Show.

Did any of you watch it?

I was fortunate enough to have gotten to be on the Letterman show many years ago. It was one of the most exciting yet unnerving experiences. I had to audition for nine people, including Lorne Michaels.

It was one of those days where everything that could have gone wrong did. My flight was late to arrive. It rained in biblical proportions and I was caught without my raincoat.

In spite of all of those obstacles, I managed to get the spot.

I am thrilled to say that I did David Letterman’s colors. He falls into the Sunlight Colortime® and he also seems to favor the Crossover colors.

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I am sad to say goodbye but forever grateful for the opportunity and experience to have gotten to be a part of history.

So long Dave.

Thank you for this wonderful write up, Lori E.

Color spotting, messages and meanings – Mercer Island Reporter.

Memphis Is More Than A Movement

May 21, 2015 § Leave a comment


May 21, 2015

Was the uber-influential 1980s design collective Memphis named after a Bob Dylan song, the capital of ancient Egypt, or the birthplace of Elvis Presley? The first answer is correct, but Memphis founder Ettore Sottsass would have loved the question: Memphis was a deliberate mash-up of high- and low-culture references, expensive and cheap materials, functionality and playfulness.

Sottsass was in his sixties when he gathered a bunch of European twenty-somethings to launch Memphis during the 1981 Milan Furniture Fair. Their provocative, zany offerings, including Sottsass’s Carlton Cabinet, attracted immediate media endorsement, and Memphis was star material right off the bat.

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It is wonderful to see this movement having another moment in 2015. The color palette may have slightly softened to speak to today’s color palette but the feeling, context and the design elements are enduring.

Please take a moment to click the link to see how the Memphis movement looks today.

The Macarons: Lamps Inspired by the Memphis Movement – Design Milk.

Optical Illusions Are Fun And Colorful On #TBT

April 23, 2015 § Leave a comment


April 23, 2015

 

Originally posted November 19, 2010

Optical Illusions

Vision Scientist Studies Color Contrast, Illusions
By Sonja Patterson

“Your eyes may be playing tricks on you. Without your even knowing it.”

 

“The whole world is an illusion,” says Arthur Shapiro, a vision science researcher and psychology professor.

“It’s easy to believe that when you look out into the world, you’re seeing what’s really there and not just a representation of what’s really there. The distinction between our perceptions and reality is an important one, and people should understand it,” he adds, “as much as they can.”

Read more HERE

Look at Dr. Shapiro’s illusions by clicking HERE

How A Color Becomes A Trend

April 22, 2015 § 1 Comment


April 22, 2015

“If you had any doubts that pop culture now defines a big chunk of the fashion world, not to mention the fashion you see and will potentially buy, this should put them to rest.”

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Follow the link for more.

How a Color Becomes a Trend: Introducing Minion Yellow – NYTimes.com.

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