This latest collection stacked with color was named after Lebanese American artist and poet, Etel Adnan. Adnan’s contemporary paintings, which we first discovered during a visit to SFMOMA, inspired our approach and use of varied colors and hues in this collection. Where my designs are often derived from pattern work, the development of this collection offered a study in finding composition primarily from pairing and combining colors. The Etel Collection focuses on color and hue thoughtfully arranged to appeal to one’s sensibilities.
Each of our palettes was inspired by a particular painting. With each of these we created palettes to evoke a distinctive mood. Shore, which is composed of muted colors - pink, blue and grey, and accented with a bright, almost-neon yellow, and black, is the more calming of the palettes. The combination overall is soothing, one that makes me nostalgic for the soothing overcast Puget Sound landscape of my hometown. Pasture is composed of verdant greens and yellows, balanced with soft pink and blue hues, and accented with a striking primary red. Pasture is the most playful and varied of our palettes. It has the electric feel of youth and summertime. Horizon is a warm mix of purples, balanced with terra cotta and muted pink, and highlighted with primary red and yellow marks. This is a palette made of 8 different colors, blocked and paired to illustrate our favorite summer days – full and warm.