I'm beginning to think about designing some new throws for autumn/winter 2017/2018. I've already started to think about weave structures and have been out walking over the Penmon hills to gather inspiration. I have been drawn to look at stone walls which appear all over the hills of Anglesey, in various states of repair and with varying purpose. Up behind the Penmon Priory, the stone walls are now crumbling remnants of what used to be a deer park. They are unusually tall walls and the fact they are crumbling gives them so much more interest. I am compelled to photograph the trees and branches which have grown up against the side of the wall and then have been almost frozen into a bent shape as they have been pushed over the top of the wall by the coastal winds. I see walls which are now giving in to the strength of nature; ivy vines seem to be winning by sheer determination to force themselves in to the crevices of the once sturdy wall.
I will spend some time over the next few weeks using these photographs to make drawings in my sketchbook, but before I do that I want to establish a colour palette. Trend forecasting may be considered to be the domain of the fashion world, but there is always an influence from the catwalks that spills into interior design, in fact the two areas are strongly connected. Although I don't need my throw designs to be fashionable as such, in fact I want them to be almost the opposite of fashionable in that I want them to have longevity and long lasting purpose, however, I do need them to have appeal and to be able to fit in with the design scheme of a contemporary home.
In my searches through colour forecasts, I have been drawn to the blush pink, which seems to be everywhere this year, but I'm not seeing much of it forecasted for next year. So it could well have been purely a fashion colour and those I need to avoid. This means I may need to reconsider using this palette, which is taken from some amazingly naturally pink rocks which were thrown up by a volcano on the tiny Island of Ynys Llandwynn off Newborough forest.
But I am pleased to find that green is one of the strong colours forecasted to be in our lives next year. I sometimes use Pinterest to gather together images that I find appealing and green is predominant in my findings and it makes a lot of sense. To begin with it is all over the outside world, it is a foil to every other colour but it can easily stand out all by itself too. So, green could well turn out to be the champion of the palette. I used some photographs taken from around Penmon to find some shades of greens and some companion colours too. I really enjoy the sludgy, khaki browns and the dark chocolate offered by this colour palette. The tiny pop of light blue and the limey green lifts it and contrasts beautifully with the stronger shades. This natural palette comes directly from the source of my inspiration and could be a contender.
watch this space!