As most people are dreaming of the end to the polar vortex that has been Winter 2013/2014 and the official start of Spring, I am looking a little further forward…to Spring/Summer 2015. The forecast predicts colour! Lots of vibrant, beautiful colour!
[In Spring/Summer 2015] the vibrant hues are used in a new and fresh way. They are broken up by other tones that act as anchors, tethering the brights with neutrals or dark tones.
How colours are placed in the world around us, either familiar or surprising, continues to inspire us. The intrinsic materiality of objects or things—their surfaces, their weight and density—gives rise to a unique ambience that can thrill us.
Each surface affects the colour mood: airy and fluffy, slippy and glossy, rough and flakey, foamy and matte, iridescent and glassy, luminescent and fluffy… and so. Whether it’s an ancient rock structure, an extraordinary bio-lace, a mechanical sculpture or sweet candy floss, these things fill us with new inspiration for the upcoming season.
Deep darks combine with a natural white and deep charcoal for summer. Metallics are still important: peeling golden touches and pewtery grays.
The emphasis here sits firmly with a fascination in the ancient and primordial.
A deliberate turn away from all things digital to once again re-engage with the intrinsic materials that our forebears used: clay, charcoal, brick, bone, feathers, stone, crystal, tar and wood.
The raw ingredients invoke a strong idea of texture and hue. These surfaces inspire this colour range: the imperfections, the crumbling, cracking, rusting and staining. Natural earthy and raw tones range from light to dark: carbon, slate, deep beetroot, sandstone, white, mustard and woody browns, lit with the gleaming of time-worn metals.
This is a palette of fun and strong primaries. The brights work clearly with black and white and are to be played with in a theatrical fashion. There is nothing shy and retiring about the colours; they add drama and communicate directly.
Constructivist-based learning encourages education through hands-on, experiential, and task-based discovery. Thus our collection of brights promotes a direct and honest approach. The innocent and high-spirited appearance belies the sophisticated and sometimes highly technical aspects.
Man-made wonders—wheels, mechanisms, and intricate components—are sometimes colour coded to communicate sophisticated data, or joyously coloured in a spirit of sheer exuberance! Used in the right combinations, these colours are perfect for graphic shapes and powerful abstract expressions.
This collection of gentle tints and sharper brights flicker and dance, creating the impression of movement. The sensory collection of colours is both soft and vibrant, as images blur in and out of focus. Colours transcend through intense sharpness and muted softness via the layers of movement: hot apricot orange, fuchsia, milky green balanced with soft tints of blue, pink and peach. An olivey green grounds the palette.
Surprise vibrant hues burst forth and then melt away, leaving behind diluted and reduced tints. It’s about creating a slight nuance or hazy impression of what was before.
Blues have been so important—and we see them continuing for this Summer season. In this palette they make friends with succulent greens, a soft yellow and some soft tinted pales. The colours all have a strong relationship with each other and sit together in a harmonious style.
Our shared need to conserve, protect and safeguard is reflected in this palette. The images reflect a continuing focus on environmental issues and the value we place upon cherished resources. Artists and designers reflect these topics. Colours are simple, universal, elemental, but the way in which they are used inspires: flowing, floating, drifting, blending and budding, producing uplifting and elevating effects.
Art meets science, with borders continually crossed as bioprocesses and conceptual thinking meld to yield living textiles, epidermal electronics and bacteria/algae products. Replicating nature is channeling some extraordinary results, with natural tones very much under the spotlight.
I cannot quite decide which is my favourite of the four. Can you?