We have been gathering our fabrics and we are back with something great this month. We are featuring a mix of Manuel Canovas’ newest collection that lightens up our design world. Indeed, a strong statement is a palette of vibrant colors one next to another. This composition is made of equally saturated colors, any of which can dominate the palette. Its success is in the repeated use of all the colors in small amounts. For example by adding a large sofa in the fuchsia geometric fabric the palette becomes harmoniously fuchsia with a colorful framework. The options are endless!
In the printed designs of head designer Ariane Dalle the Uzbekistani women are working on their embroideries in the process of suzani making, everything from carrying seeds, hand weaving and nursing their children is depicted, as if paying homage to the labor of the women behind a craft which is basic yet becomes a sophisticated way to dress up our homes and ourselves. Dale’s designs celebrate the art of fabric making with a wide cultural perspective and a refined French spirit. This ensemble reminds me of certain indigenous cultures I have visited whose bold use of color in their elaborate prints and weaves embodies the artistic nature within humans that transcends culture, language, education or technology.
Color is dear to my heart because it can express a range of things from; geography, affluence, to personality and emotions. The indigenous people of San Cristobal, Mexico and Antigua, Guatemala (pictures below) engage colorful designs in their clothes and accessories in their everyday life, which are amazingly similar to those from Asia proof that we are undeniably connected thru color, art and nature.
- VOYAGE EN CHINE, TURQUOISE /MANUEL CANOVAS
- KERALA, ROSE INDIEN /MANUEL CANOVAS
- EBBTIDE /SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT
- MONCEAU, TURQUOISE /MANUEL CANOVAS
- NURA, CITRON /MANUEL CANOVAS
- FABULOUS GRAPE /SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT
- FOCH, CARDINAL /MANUEL CANOVAS
- BELLA, AQUA /MANUEL CANOVAS
- EXUBERANT PINK /SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT