Color Inspiration from 100 years ago

Last week international color guru Leatrice Eisman gave a color talk at the Boston MFA. Eiseman just might have one of the best jobs on the planet if you like art, fashion and travel. She travels the world in order to pick up “clues” about color and observes which ones are trending….hint…blues are still hugely popular everywhere and mauve is trending big time in Europe. On any given day she might be at a fashion show in Paris, or at a furniture show in Milan, an art show in New York or even a skate park in Barcelona.

After Eisman’s talk I checked out the new American quilt exhibit. I was just blown away by the artistry and color combinations of these 100+ year old quilts. To put it into context, many of these quilts were made by woman in a very rural setting. There were no color experts guiding them as to what colors were trending. There were no color blogs, fashion magazines or TV and in most cases the quilts were sewn in the evening by candle light. Somehow these woman put together color combinations that are as “on trend” today as if they were made yesterday. Here are a few of my favorites.

This one almost seemed to vibrate as you looked at it.

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The detail on this one was amazing.

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 The quilts were large..can you imagine how long it took to make each one?
orange and black

pinwheels

I even spotted one in Pantone’s color of the year: Radiant Orchard

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Aren’t they amazing? If you get a chance to visit the MFA I highly recommend checking them out.

Which one is your favorite?

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2 Responses to Color Inspiration from 100 years ago
  1. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    The first and second quilts are my favorites. I have always been amazed by women who quilt, sew, or knit. Dying arts . . .

  2. kelly Reply

    Beautiful! The colors are so vibrant. Glad to hear the blues are still hot!

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