Color: a manifesto

Added on by Clare Nicholls.

The American Tapestry Alliance has a new Facebook group for members called Let’s Talk Tapestry. In July we were talking about color, and I wrote this about my approach to color: 

I used to be really afraid of color until I read Chromophobia by David Batchelor. That text helped me get in touch with the color palettes I truly enjoy, which come from my childhood. I've always been in love with Barbie pinks. (I felt vindicated when I found out as an adult it was Elsa Schiaparelli's signature color!) Another huge influence is Sailor Moon's pastels and neons. I used to think that I could only be taken seriously if I was restrained, which affected my color choices. Now I relish trying to put every color next to every other color. Another huge influence has been Christina Forrer. I love her brash abandon. I try to remember that the Fauvists were called wild beasts because they loved color.

View work by Christina Forrer here
Learn more about Chromophobia here
Get more inspired by David Batchelor's drawings here

 this blown out photo of one of my tapestries has been very inspiring.

this blown out photo of one of my tapestries has been very inspiring.

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