Monday, April 02, 2007

Color by number

You guys are so nice! Thank you so much for all the encouragement for my next big ta-da! Wowee! I also learned another friend of sorts will be write there with me. (I'm doing it again, I have a tendency towards the puns, which I either need to embrace or abandon).

Wondering what's up with all the colors? Just a little studio task I checked off the list today (long, long list, speaking of books). These are my home made color chips.

Whenever I design a collection of product, the art is usually turned over to the manufacturer in the form of a digital file on disc. But many times more than one type of factory will be producing the collection so you need to give them a matching system so that all the colors are cohesive in the end. In this particular case, we're coordinating the manufacture of rugs and needlepoint pillows in China with table linens in India. Rather challenging, I must say. Lots of people use the Pantone system, and call out numbers to get it right. I prefer just painting it. Dunno why. Anyway-boring? Oh sorry. Just a little design education and the colors were so pretty and springy I thought I would share. Me and color. I completely trust color.

Well I trust it right up until it reminds me a have a bag of these in the car. Naughty naughty colors that evoke candy! But you know that's what I do when I am very busy! Which reminds me, my Chocolate Lollipop range is up on the Free Spirit site now. So go jot down your favorites and start planning ahead. Overall the images on the site look less intense and bright than they are in real life. All the images here and there around the blog and such are more accurate.

Anyway, g'nite. xoxo,AM


  1. Lovely colors, Anna Maria! I totally understand your system vs. the Pantone.....I love making my own colors, too!!! Like making homemade candy, hey!!! I can't wait to see what you and Jenny come up with!!! She is one talented lady, too!!!! OHhh! I can't wait to see your fabrics in real life, too! I noticed first thing today that on the Freespirit site the reds look more burgundy-ish......hmmmm.........your colors on the red chairs are more bright and lively! :)) Well.....looks like you're havin fun in yer studio!!! Take care, Laurie~xo

  2. doing art by computer is boring ;)
    I love your palette

  3. Your palette seems much more interesting than a list of colors someone else has created. I can't wait to see the chocolate lollipop fabrics in person. I was telling one of my LQS owners about them the other day, she loved the name -- I'm just hoping she orders the FABRIC!

  4. Anonymous3:56 AM

    I noticed the difference in the zingyness (real word?) of your fabrics in your photographs from the Freespirit site too. I came to the conclusion that you had some special intensive light shining through your world. Roll on summer!
    Tricia Garrett

  5. What an exciting and beautiful life you lead! You and your art is very inspiring! I have sooo many plans for chocolate lollipop . . . aprons, quilts, bags, covered books, cute little dresses for my daughters . . . the list goes on and on. -dana

  6. Oooh! Can't wait to get my hands om some Chocolate Lollipop fabric!

  7. I'd love to hear sometime how long it takes from you starting a design to where we see it in the stores-how long is that? You need to interview yourself on your blog sometime.

  8. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Actually, the paint chips are quite pretty. I'd be tempted to frame them.

  9. Anonymous3:43 PM

    Hello! The chocolate lollipop fabrics are great and so much fun to look through. I have what may be a very silly question to you but
    if I were to purchase any of the fabrics, is it completely wrong to
    make things with it that I would eventually sell? I am not sure what
    the rules are with fabric and I am just starting out so I don't know how to get great fabric that I can use for my creations and then sell??
    Any help would be appreciated :)

  10. Anonymous3:44 PM

    Yikes! My e-mail is if you have a chance to answer my question!
    Thanks again.

  11. Hi Andrea, thanks for your message and question!
    Some designers put restrictions on their materials, I do not. I design these groups with the understanding that I am designing a raw material for use which often ends up being items for sale. As long as you express that the items you create are designed by you (and not me) there is no conflict. Best wishes with your endeavor, and I'm so flattered you'd want to include my designs in your business!

  12. Anonymous7:11 PM

    You are a force woman! It must feel so great to be on the path that was clearly intended for you to travel!

  13. Looks like you've been very busy. Some very beautiful creations you have! Love your blog!!!

  14. Not boring! Keep the design education coming. I don't think I'm alone out here in daydreaming of turning a crafting hobby into a designing career. I love it when people shed a bit of light on the process.
    You are an inspiration. Thank you.

  15. Anonymous10:07 PM

    Oh, yay! The rugs came through -- loved those in your portfolio (Chicago)! I've had the rug bug lately too. I haven't had any time to research where to go though. So glad to hear about your new products. Yay, Anna!