First off, let me just say that when Clothworks asked me to design a line of 'funky basics,' I was thrilled. You can see from my flower patterns that I design a lot of smaller items that look best done in tonals and textures (as opposed to ginormous prints.) I wanted an alternative to solids and batiks, know what I mean? So the idea for the Closer Look line had been simmering on the back burner of my mind for awhile.
|Collage of 'A Closer Look' swatches|
Let's talk about 'Salt.'
|'Salt' from 'A Closer Look' collection by La Todera for Clothworks|
Salt is a pile of salt crystals magnified about 100X. Then digitized, recolored, put into repeat, and voila! The result is a subtly shaded fabric with funky interest upon closer inspection.
The color are high pastels. I selected colors that might be hard to find in other pastel lines. They are just a bit vintagey- They remind me of an illustrated children's book from the seventies! From a cornflower blue, a slightly acidy yellow and bubble gummy pink, lime green and fuchsia, to a yummy slightly dusty turquoise.
Also included are a light grey that has a range of greys like a Carera marble, and a dark grey that is the perfect cold grey that looks great with pastels.
By the way, if you are crazy about crystals like I am, check out these images from the Crystal Caves in Chihuahua, Mexico!
|Cueva de los Cristales, Chihuahua Mexico|