Creating Spring and Summer 2016 Palettes

marbled napkins

This past winter I took a class at the Textile Arts Center which is based just a few blocks from me.  One of the classes I took was marbling napkins.  It was so amazing.  I have never marbled anything.  The whole scientific process was so hypnotic and unexpected.  You cannot determine what will come out.  You can choose colors, but however the marbling occurs is the way it goes. A new season is upon us and it really is starting to feel like in the air.  We cannot control Mother Nature just like marbling napkins. Global Warming is making that quite clear.  March is such a schizophrenic weather month.  One day it's cold and the next it is quite warm.  In like a lion, out like a lamb.  We will see what happens in a few days when April arrives.

We are slowly waking up to warm weather.  We have been hibernating, so to speak.  After months of deep blues, rich reds, smokey greys and dark charcoals I am ready to breathe in something fresh!  Bright yellows, soft pinks and eye opening purples.  Like the flowers coming up from the ground, these are the colors that I am being drawn to.  Crocuses are the first bloomers of the season.  The below photos are from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  Fortunately just a short walk for me.  Inspiration provided by nature. 

photo Sarah Schmidt, 02/26/2016 and Blanca Begert, 03/17/2016

yellow gold and violet linens from terrain

Violets, lavenders, purple heather and daffodil yellows start to pop up in our home, housewares and kitchen linens. Perfect Easter tableware.


As a creative person it is hard for me to design warm weather items when the weather is chilly.  But these little bits of warm weather are helping. Happy Spring!