Friday, February 6, 2009

Color of Love

I apologize for not having made an entry for over 2 months… I seemed to have gotten all caught up in the seasons and then the changes that have had me moving since the beginning of the 2009. We like many are in the process of re-evaluating and adjusting to a new economic climate. At first I was worried about all the bad financial news which seems to be the topic of conversation where ever you are. It has become sort of a collective mind set to focus on what is not working. But over time I have decided to embrace it as an opportunity to lean into the things that I really love. I am simplifying and taking time to enjoy the things I really love.

I love color and I love looking for inspiration in everyday life. Fashion, details and treasures often prove to be the starting point for my creative thoughts.

I still love to print new patterns. I love that when you print on fabric it can be transferred to any genre. I love wrapping a new floral around a pillow or stretching a stripe out for curtain panels. The flexibility of fabric is a wonderful thing when combined with color and space.

I recently began developing a new collection called the ANNETTE TATUM studio collection of fabrics for nursery and home. It will be available in March 2009 and I am very excited about it all. My inspiration for the line and color palette comes from a two year book project with Clarkson Potter that I have been working on due out in Fall 2009. I have finally found a connection that offers a constant stream of inspiration... Fashion.

Recently I have been preparing the final strike offs for the line... Here are some of the steps involved in bringing a line to market. Often times an idea has to be caressed into being… from inception to final print the process can be very exciting. You never know what it will really look like until it is done! There is an element of surprise every time. Color is a funny thing. You have to see it for real to appreciate it.

Recently I met up with a woman named Philippa Radon who has become my friend. Philippa is an extremely well trained and talented color specialist in which I have learned so much from in a very short time. She has opened my eyes to looking at color not only alone as a pigment but actually exploring the relationship that colors have to each other when placed in the same space. I have been practicing with her in my own home. Changing colors in rooms and hallways and even playing with wallpaper and prints in bathrooms. Look for my house transformation story coming soon! One of the fun new sources I have found was Walnut Wallpaper... check them out here.

Color of a Quote

“I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.”

-Coco Chanel


Mara said...

The colors are gorgeous! I can't wait to see your new collection. Thanks for the inspirational words during these tough times.

Debbie said...

Annette, it was love at first sight when I saw your work at the LIMA show in New York City. As artists we adapt. Hang in there your work is so beautiful. Deb Crabtree in Utah

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