U L T R A - V I O L E T

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Another year has gone by and Pantone has released Ultra-Violet as the 2018 color of the year. Inventive, imaginative, complex and contemplative are some of the words used to describe Pantone's choice for this blue-based purple. Even though I agree with Pantone's statement about living in a time that requires creative inspiration and discovery of a world beyond ours; I am still not sure this purple was the perfect choice. Color is incredibly subjective, and any hue with the right pairing can be tasteful. This is why I decided to share with you what I think might happen with this color in 2018. 

By the end of 2017, we are still seeing tropical leaves and pops of iridescence everywhere. I believe that with the 90's patches trend, several textures will come back, and tropical greenery will meld with fancy metallics and this purple addition. We were already seeing blue shades being incorporated with emerald greens, so a transition to ultra-violet doesn't seem too far off. Iridescent textures already have purple light hues incorporated, so the pairing of these two seems like a natural next step.

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Nature's Neutral -GREENERY-

Pantone finally announced the 2017 color of the year today!! Even tho I was rooting for Kale Green, I'm happy they picked a green family hue. 

"A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."

Can't wait to see what kind of products get launched after this announcement, and how it will translate into fashion, cosmetics, and interior design. Here is some inspiration I pulled to get you excited! Enjoy!!

ARTIST HIGHLIGHT

I believe that every artist is like a raw diamond. Even though some remain hiding, and some shine like no other, they are all beautiful and unique in its own way; this is why i believe they all need exposure. I've decided to make a contribution to our community and expose as many artist. This wee I can. This week's highlight belongs to my dear friend Brittney LeighAnn. I met this sweet lady at a 2D class in Mississippi, and since then I've admired not only her work, but her capacity to be everything she can and want to be. Her inspirations go wider than the sea and her creativity runs wild. I love seeing all the ways she expresses her art, and I cannot wait to see what the future waits for her. I asked her three questions about her work and creative process and here it is what she had for us. 

1.  What do you enjoy most about creating a piece of art?

I love that I can start with or without an idea of what the end result will look like. It is both a conscious and serendipitous process simultaneously for me. Whether its a color palette on a page made with acrylic paint one day, and the next day on the adjacent page a collage with bits of fabric and paper; then the discovery that certain elements compliment and harmonize with each other on both pages and inspire a new piece of color-paint-collage bliss; this is why I keep creating. It is experimentation, discovery, and perfect happiness tied into one. It may be a photographic frame one day, and a video composition the next. So many things to create, and always so little time. Just like any day-to-day routine, there is this literal need to create something. To evoke or express something as vague as a concept or an emotion. I actually keep a notebook in every drawer in the house for when ideas come (I have tallied 6 notebooks thus far, not quite every drawer but I daresay I have run out of notebooks). There has always been this urgency to record thoughts, ideas, and feelings; oh the joys of creativity!

2.  What inspires you?

I could probably rant on for hours. It sounds cliché to say the “world around me” but this is rather relevant; colors, textures, lines; all of the proper design elements I suppose. But mostly, I am obsessively nostalgic. I had a girl tell me, “Brittney, I feel like you should have been born in another time” and this rang so true to my essence. I immerse myself in museums and antique shops, I read history articles and historic costume books and fictions for the thrill, and cannot find enough BBC period dramas to watch. Although I like to pull inspiration from all different eras, I would most certainly go back to the Edwardian/Ragtime era (1910ish-1920's) art noveau/joy epoch art movements. I would definitely put my hair into the Gibson Girl bun and drink coca cola from a soda fountain if this was acceptable . I cry every time I watch Titanic because the colors and details of the garments are so beautiful, and I watch behind the scenes videos about the cast and hair of Mr. Selfridge, and have watched pretty much every directors commentary for my favorite films to gain insight into the spirit of the times. I am somewhat of a nerd I suppose.

3. What is your advice for every raw diamond out there?

Start Somewhere; give yourself time to create. As I am sure any creative would agree, there have been weeks, even months where I felt I was creatively stagnant and uninspired, and had this anxiety hanging above me like a dreary raincloud preventing me from trying something new; fearing it would not turn out the way I anticipated ( if I even had the faintest of ideas in the first place). It was not until I began creating this routine; waking up at 5am every morning, before the sun, before the majority of the world was awake-before school and work, and life really. And I would get up and make a cup of coffee (or a soup bowl of coffee for that matter, I drink more than I should) and block off just 1 hour to create something. Weather it was tearing up scraps of water color painted paper and ink markings and collaging them, cutting a linoleum block to print make, or merely dreaming up ideas with a pen and paper,gathering inspirations for a photography project, or trying a new process like embroidery or beading unlikely materials;such as paper. This creative “play” and mental reflection and time, forced me to try something, whatever it was. To create for the sake of creating. No pressure. No anxiety. Sometimes I absolutely loved what I created. Other times I hated what I created. And most surprising, and yet usually most of the time-something that I thought I hated ended up being a piece that I loved months, even years later; incorporated into another project, with a revised color palette or composition, or even just left as is. The important thing is to simply give yourself time. If you are not much of a morning person, be a night owl and give yourself this creative time. The worst that can happen is 1 hour turning into 2, or 3, and you miss class because you are too deep into your project. (and yet this has happened multiple times.)

-Hobby Lobby-

Exciting things are happening for this store. I love walking and getting lost between its aisles, but most important I love knowing whats going on behind scenes, and being part of it. I have been working for almost 7 months in this company, I loveee my team and I am super proud of all the thing I've learned! I can do some calligraphy now, my patterns are tighter than ever, I can do a lot in little time, and I can manage several, and I mean several... projects. :) Here are some examples of what I like doing! 


Fa-La-La-La

Christmas is almost here!! This will be my first one in Oklahoma and I am super excited to decorate my apartment... I have been trying to get away from traditional colors, but what can I say? Christmas isn't Christmas without red, green and white! Hope you enjoy this refreshing inspiration! 

Oh Joy! for Target (Make sure to check her blog!! Super Cute and Inspiring!)

Oh Joy! for Target (Make sure to check her blog!! Super Cute and Inspiring!)