My Journey To melissaAnne COLORS Textile Products

My Journey To COLORS Textile Products

If you have followed along on my photography journey over the last 8+ years you know that I’ve had a long-time dream of putting my abstract style images on textiles for a branded line of melissaAnne COLORS textile products. The dream began many years ago with a single image, a desire to create my own handbag and evolved into research and design of pillows several years later.

I made a prototype collection of pillows from my Water Colors and Urban Colors images but never got as far as taking them to market.

Why? Well, a list of reasons, including the financial commitment required, “life” happening around me and my desire for fine fabrics and quality production. That last part has been the hardest to come by. When you are a small business, requiring customized small production runs your options are limited. I tried many companies and either the quality was not the right fit or the customer service was not what I expected and required.

When I was building my melissaAnne COLORS brand the personality was all about color, vibrancy, and uniqueness.

It was about getting up early and being in the right place at the right time for that special moment of color. Or staying up late to capture more moments. It was about taking adventures and not playing it safe in my own back yard. It was about seeing the world differently and sharing my passion for color!

When it came to textiles, there was a sensory expression that was of equal importance to me. I wanted the colors to FEEL as vibrant and special as they looked. I could only do that with the right products, textiles and vendors. Without it, it just wasn’t worth going to market.

Fast forward several years, lots of Google searching, trials and errors and some down right failures in working with vendors, persistence…and letting go of expectations…and here we are.

Persistence pays off…Letting go seals the deal.

Last year I found a new company that offered custom printing on textiles. Some of the requirements I’d set early in my search didn’t fit but I decided to let them go and take a chance. After all nothing had quite worked out so far. “Let’s just see…”

So I ordered fabric samples and they were fantastic! Rich, soft, luxurious…FEEL – check.

I ordered product samples with my designs and they were fantastic (like stopped on the street with comments from strangers fantastic…)! QUALITY…check.

I emailed with questions and support and the company was timely and supportive, even on weekends. Partnership-worthy CUSTOMER SERVICE…check!!

Getting Started With Scarves

It’s time. I’m going for it and I’m taking a slightly new direction with melissaAnne COLORS textile products and starting with fashion accessories instead of home accessories. The next step in my journey is a Spring Scarf launch with melissaAnne COLORS Impressionist Photography Designs. I selected two of my favorite and most popular images, one representing my current home in the Pacific Northwest and the other my soul home in Amsterdam. I can’t think of a better way to start.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sticking with me. Thanks for listening to my textile dreams and not giving up on me…so I wouldn’t give up on them. And now, let’s do this! And, stay tuned…sample pillows are next on my list.

Dedication, Persistence, Letting Go…To Make It Go!

 


I’m placing my launch collection order on April 10 and as a supporter of melissaAnne COLORS I’m giving you an opportunity to purchase direct from me by April 9 at a special launch price. Scarves will be shipped in 4-6 weeks as each scarf is custom-made to order. 

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Impressions On The Palouse

When I moved to the Pacific Northwest I read about a place called The Palouse. “What is The Palouse?” you might ask if you aren’t from around here. Well, it’s a 4,000 square mile region of rolling, asymmetrical hills covered in wheat. I was completely smitten by the idea of heading out with my camera to explore this divine-looking destination. It only took me 4 years, but hey, better late than never.

Let me show you my impressions on The Palouse!

I was amazed by the rolling fields of wheat, the colors, and the shapes and textures they created.

 

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Skagit Valley Tulips 2016

Skagit Valley Tulips 2016

I’ve completely ignored my blog over the last month. I’ve been guest blogging on other sites and spending lots of time on Instagram curating a MOST colorful feed. Today I needed an extra special blog inspiration environment and as I type this I’m sitting at the Safeco Field ballpark (thank you WiFi) watching my childhood team take on the local team.  Texas Rangers vs Seattle Mariners on a temperate Spring afternoon does a body and mind good (the hotdog I just devoured didn’t hurt either).

Speaking of Spring…

One of my MOST favorite things to do in the Pacific Northwest is visit the Skagit Valley tulips during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The drive is beautiful, the farm country is inspiring, and the tulip fields are colorfully energizing and make for great camera play! Come along with me as I wander{lust} and color{lust} through the rows of color.

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Urban Flow – Amsterdam to Seattle

It’s Sunday night, officially almost Monday morning, out here on the West coast and I’m moving along in my urban flow. Most people have turned in. The city is quiet and the rain has set in.  The streets are mirrors to the city lights that now shimmer and paint the streets outside. I’m sitting at a local pub trying to get inspired by the energy of the music and “lives happening” around me, plugged into wifi and trying to find some words and images to share on my Monday blog. Nothing is coming to me. NOTHING…

I stop for a minute and take in the scene around me.  A dark downtown Seattle looms outside the windows. Area businesses are mostly closed. The ever-present construction work is on a brief hiatus until tomorrow morning when the construction sites become like bee hives again. Right now, the only remnants in view are the orange traffic cones lining the streets and sidewalks. They are the new icon of the changes happening in this city. They have become the omnipresent accessory that adorns the city like jewels.

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The Art of Changing Perspective

The Art of Changing Perspective

A week ago I was basking in an uncharacteristically sunny February day and took a last minute adventure out to Port Townsend for a few days because it’s one of my favorite places to spend time with my camera. Port Townsend is one of my happy places.  It’s a small town with lots of boats and water and in some ways reminds me of my visits to New England when I lived on the East Coast. Monday morning roared to life. I was full of energy, up at 5:00am and on a 6:00am ferry so I could get to town in time to catch a little of the golden hour. I basked in the sun, walked along the marina docks and found inspiration from reflections.

 

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I love the way reflections make you look at things differently. How the water becomes a mirror, but with gentle movement that softens the harsh “lens” we we normally see things through. Hard angles become soft, flowing curves. Gentle to the eyes and soul.

 

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Reflections are a good lesson in changing perspective.

 

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If you turn slightly, take a few steps to the side, look closer, or step back things change. 

 

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You see more of one thing or less of another. Colors change. Shapes alter.

 

You have control of what you see by moving and changing your perspective.

 

Just like I did in the images above.

It’s Monday again and today, well, it’s not sunny.  I didn’t start the day with a roar. I’m not out surrendering to my wanderlust. I’m staring at a computer monitor. I’m restless. I need to change my perspective it seems to find the inspiration that is before me.

How are you feeling today? Is it time to turn slightly, take a few steps to the side, look closer, or step back to find some inspiration?

 

Life, photography…sometimes it’s all about the art of changing perspective.

 

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