Thoughts on Color from Jessica Pollak

Jessica Pollak, textile designerI can’t believe it’s Round Three… I thought last month’s challenge was super tough, but this month’s topic is even harder!  Congrats to Emelia on her win!  I loved how personal her approach was to this challenge and I was really surprised to see her working in such a different style.  Also, congrats to Michelle on winning fan favorite.  I loved all three of your colorways!

Speaking of color…  I think choosing color is an important tool for every artist because it helps to create the right mood, season or narrative.  While color is subjective I think you can always argue that some color combinations are more appropriate than others for a design.

Lately I’ve been focused on colors that I associate with Spring; vivid pinks, yellows, purples and greens. I also love seeing the combination of neutrals and neons that are being used in apparel and interior design right now!  I think it’s a fun and fresh way to reinvent neons.  I wanted to share photos of my current sewing projects to show you what fabrics and colors I like using in my home.  Here is the fabric I picked out for my first quilt; lots of yellows, blues and greens!


I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at fabric and I’m always curious to see how other artists approach pattern layout, color and motif.  I love Denyse Schmidt’s work because her patterns use color and motif  to reference vintage patterns and her work still feel 100% modern. I think her work also reflects her love of quilting!   Gennine Zlatkis is another favorite.  Her colors are festive, bright and make me think of Mexico where she lives.  If you don’t follow her blog… check it out!  Lastly, I’ve been loving Naomi Ito’s muted color and her loose painterly style.  I would recognize a print by any of these ladiess immediately because of their individual approach to fabric design and color.


All of this thinking about fabric has made me want to start lots of fun sewing projects… In addition to the quilt, I’m finishing up a nice spring dress in some Anna Maria Horner voile.  I’ll have some more photos of it on my blog when its finished! Hopefully, looking at all of these other patterns will inspire my work for the next round. Thanks again to everyone that voted and the judges for providing great feedback!
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One comment on “Thoughts on Color from Jessica Pollak

  1. Sara on said:

    Love that plaid you have in your quilt squares!

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