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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Fan Favorites – The Palouse Roadtrip

My Palouse Roadtrip recap is underway on my Instagram page. It’s always fun to revisit a trip after I’ve returned and see the photos and remember the sights, sounds and feelings I experienced along the way. And, I love to indulge in my passion for storytelling with both words and photos that bring people along “with” me.

It’s a long drive out to the Palouse, 6+ hours to be exact. That’s a lot of radio time and focus at the wheel time! As I drove, not really sure what was between home and the “finish line”, I waited for just the right place to slow down, take an exit and get out of the car for a few minutes to rest my mind and eyes. I sure found the perfect spot at Wanapum Reservoir (and I’m sure glad I was in the right lane to make a split second exit when I saw the scenery!).

Who wouldn’t want to stop here in the middle of a long drive and take a stretch? I mean…EYE CANDY!

 

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There were so many great colors and textures all around and I appreciated the wide open space and chance to “look out” instead of keeping my eyes focused on the road ahead. You know, we always need those moments in life when we can take a look beyond the right here, right now and shift our gaze wider and longer. Life lessons in a roadtrip photo…

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Fan Favorites – COLORS from Anacortes

Fan Favorites – COLORS from Anacortes

I’ve found inspiration in daily micro-blogging over on my Instagram account, but I know I’ve neglected my Blog and subscribers. I’m going to try out a new goal to do a weekly blog highlighting my most popular images on Instagram. Hopefully you will be inspired by these images too. I’ll also provide a coupon code and a one week only discount on select fan favorite images so you can get images off your screen and onto your walls.

Last week I featured images from a recent trip to Anacortes and one of my favorite area beaches, Rosario Beach. Here are the top 2 “fan favorites” for the week.

Coming in tops with 100 likes and several comments was this fun photo of the violent surf roaring onto the beach as the sun was setting. These were the biggest waves I’ve seen on this beach and was thankful that I was paying attention when a particularly BIG one crashed in and tried to take me and my tripod out! Still standing (and running quickly away from the looming waves) I was able to get some great shots of rolling waves highlighted by the sun’s glowing rays.

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Coming in second, with 83 likes, is this Impressionist photography image of sunset color beginning to paint the sky.

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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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Behind The Scenes of My Fine Art Abstract Photography

Behind The Scenes of My Fine Art Abstract Photography

When I show people my photos I often get comments like:

“What is that?”

“How do you do that?”

“How do you SEE that?”

The answers to the last two are usually something along the lines of…”I don’t know. I just do.” In part that is true, I just do. I notice things like shapes and patterns and textures that other people often don’t see. I don’t try it, it just is. And, I’m grateful for that gift that is beyond me. BUT, I also “practice” keeping my brain open to this gift through creativity workouts either with my camera, my pastels, writing, etc.

Today I thought I’d take you behind the scenes of my fine art abstract photography vision using a recent sunset shoot in the Pacific Northwest.

I was staying in Snoqaulmie for a few days playing foster mom to a friend’s dog. He’s quite the adventure seeker, like me, so we spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors. We arrived at Rattlesnake Lake shortly before sunset and I was hanging out on the shores of the lake taking in the beautiful blues. Nothing beats Nature’s fine art!

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Suddenly THIS caught my attention!

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So I got as close to the COLD water as I could without being IN IT and started playing with the reflections of the clouds on the water and how they changed with the movement of the tide.

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Blue Night 

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Blue Resonance

 

I love how they turned out and those BLUES just feed my soul! Hopefully you get a little blue soul energy infusion from these too!

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Thanks to the many design enthusiasts I follow on Pinterest, I created a little portfolio of how these fine art abstract photography images would look on the wall! 

Which one is your favorite? Leave a comment on the blog and let me know which room you want to sink into because I can’t decide! (click on the thumbnail images for full COLOR size)


 

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