Monday, April 11, 2011

Creating a New Color Palette

My main focus these last months (and for the next to come) is my new 2012–2013 catalog. The print catalog and web site updates take a lot of time, but the true work begins more than a year in advance, starting with the items that will be in catalog. I've really been examining my work closely, being more discriminating than in years past, and as a result the collection will be filled with new items. (Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2010–2011 catalog.)

There are so many elements that factor into what makes something "exactly right" when I'm composing a new collection of work. Design is a clearly a big element, but materials and color are equally important — two areas you'll see changes in when the 2012–2013 collection comes out later this year.

I've always been careful about the materials that I choose, re-using as much as I can to be mindful of unnecessary waste. A desire to shift towards more organic materials led me to choosing a new canvas that's 50% organic cotton and 50% hemp. (Is it geeky to say I'm really excited about its fiber content?)

Those of you that work with fabric know that it reacts differently to dyes based on its fiber content, and so with this new canvas comes an exploration of a new color palette. The canvas is dyed by hand and, as you can see, it takes the dyes that I use wonderfully!

Many, many color samples were made to arrive at this most recent list of contenders. There were a whole lot of beautiful blue swatches, but in the end I decided that two shades of blue would be enough. While I like giving my customers options, I've found that by thoughtfully editing my color choices my creations stay true to my voice. And so I not only try to pick my favorite nature-inspired colors, but also those that help create a strong and diverse palette.

The results with this new canvas have been amazing, making the creation of new items more of a treat than it already is. I feel incredibly lucky to be making a living doing what I love.

~ Kata Golda

My new children's books, Stories for Bedtime and Tooth Fairy Keepsake from Chronicle Books, are now available for purchase! Ask for them at your favorite local book store.

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