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Collected Patterns – New Colourways In Store

March 5, 2012

Remember in this post, I talked about colour forecasting and Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2012? Well, I took myself up on my proposal to create work in this spicy red/yellow colourway while working on a special client commission. I arranged a colour print test on the beautiful Hahnemühle 100% cotton rag stock that I use for my Collected Patterns prints and I was disappointed with the intensity of Tangerine Tango. The result was a colour that was quite lack lustre, low energy and washed out.

The idea behind much of colour forecasting is working with the energy of colours to create mood. With this in mind, we revisited the colour card print tests and chose a red/yellow hue that embodies Pantone’s colour description: “Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” The colour we chose is Pantone’s ‘Bright Red’ (Uncoated), a high impact, energetic and sassy colour, which truly embraces the spirit of Tangerine Tango. As the background colour to the designs in the Collected Patterns series, it has depth and guts and allows the white line work to cut through the colour background like a knife! It’s so crisp!

With such a successful result, I have released into my store a very, very limited edition of the Bright Red and Orange colourways resulting from this commission, across all six giclée prints from the Collected Patterns series. There, you’ll also find the striking Yellow colourway, which can be purchased exclusively through Spiro Grace Art Rooms (SGAR) in the Bromeliad, Casuarina and Cabbage Palm designs.

On a rainy day like today, it’s amazing how a burst of colour can put a smile on your face… 

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