Did you know that each year Pantone Inc chooses a colour for the year. Or in the case of 2021…two! In 1963, Pantone revolutionised the printing industry by developing a tool that could reproduce colours consistently and accurately. The tool organises colours into numbered chips (both hard copies and online) and every year the company makes predictions about trends and provides the fashion industry and paint people with ideas about what will be IN!
In response to the challenge of 2020, the good folks at Pantone decided we needed two colours for 202. Leatrice Eiseman, a colour guru and the ED of the Pantone Colour Institute said: The union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted. This is essential to the human spirit.
As regular readers know, I am slowly using yellows more in my colour palettes but they have been under represented. So I LOVED taking up the silver grey and lemon challenge I set myself in response to the colours of the year!!! I had stacks of fun making simple but calming pieces and can you imagine my delight when, this morning as I dropped in a blurb about this collection, a Trove customer was purchasing some Colour of the Year earrings!!!! She knew all about the Pantone choices and was thrilled to know that this small collection was inspired by this. I hope she feels encouraged and uplifted. I know I did.