Color Theory (or, the problem of too many choices)

I have been struggling for weeks to finalize the fabric colors I’ll be adding to the Cotton & Flax Fall/Winter collection, and I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a bit stuck. There are so many beautifully dyed linens available, it has been really hard to narrow down my choices.

The bottom four fabrics in each of these stacks are what I’d call the “Core Colors” of Cotton & Flax. These four colors, a natural unbleached linen, a dark charcoal grey, a strange mossy yellow green, and a minty seafoam green, have been the foundational fabrics of my textiles since I began printing on fabrics in 2009. I have occasionally experimented with a new color here and there, but these four colors have been the standard that I keep returning to.

I am thinking about adding a few new colors, and while I think I may have finally made some decisions, I wanted to post these photos as a reminder of all the planning that has gone into making this collection. I doubt that I will look back and feel wistful about my days of making color charts and tearing my hair out because a certain fabric is “suddenly looking too blue.” But it’s a nice reminder of how lucky I am to have access to such lovely materials.

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About Erin Dollar

Owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Since 2010, she has been creating modern screenprinted home goods, as well as fine art prints on paper, from her home studio in Los Angeles, California.
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2 Responses to Color Theory (or, the problem of too many choices)

  1. and aren’t they all great in a big pile/collection too? i know the feeling of wanting One Of Everything…

  2. Pingback: Letting things go | Cotton & Flax

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