Wednesday Vignette – SO last year…

This is the time of year when style gurus from Pantone and all the paint companies come up with their trend forecasts. I think it’s fun in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way, but on a creative level, it always bothers me. There is no better way to date and – outdate – yourself than to be a slave to trends. And trendy colors when applied indiscriminately are a little like that disappointing spicy dish that is all heat and no body – devoid of all supportive flavor networks, other than the five basic ones your tastebuds can detect. Meh! It lacks both relevance and nuance.

I get that there is lots of watching of societal trends, fashion, and pop culture going into these nominations – that the current Zeitgeist is distilled by the style committee into a single color – which is then blasted through the ether as The Color of the Year. I get that its nomination is not completely taken out of thin air, but I still find how it happens kind of amusing. I am a firm believer in cyclical rotations of human affectations and fancies – no less so with color than with anything else. If you wait long enough, the color will come back around again, to enjoy its rather finite time in vogue. To boot, the great irony of this year’s selection is that is said to represent the absolute opposite of trendy:

“Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.”

You gotta love that! My vignette for this week, is the color wise most conforming bit of foliage I could conjure up in my garden. A close contender would have been the Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’, but this Heuchera offered a better photo, so it will get to represent the hot shot color of 2018. It is with a great sigh of relief that I can truthfully let the world know that I am indeed ‘on trend’. Phew! I will sleep well tonight!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – SO last year…

  1. tonytomeo says:

    My favorite color is still white. “non-conformity”? Really? Isn’t that the point; getting people to conform to trends? Try white. No one else is doing it.

  2. Beautifully framed shot

  3. Tina says:

    Haha–love your take on this nonsense of trends and styles. I cannot stand the rush to transform the house, or worse, garden, to reflect whatever is considered the newest ‘in’. But, like you suggest, if one waits, all things come ’round again. Where are those chinzt curtains and overstuffed, floral sofas?? Love your shot–that’s the ‘stork cabbage’ in your last post, correct? Gorgeous!

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, it’s that little Heuchera next to the cabbage. It’s the most brilliant purple, except the photo doesn’t quite reflect it. It was taken when it was getting dark, so not the best of representations, I’m afraid. Speaking of fashions – I just dug up an old jacket that I apparently didn’t have the heart to pass on. I was thrilled when I found it – I had thought it was gone. Anyway, it pretty much defined me during the early 90’s. Now, it’s been so long, it fits right in again. Best of all – nobody else has one! 🙂

  4. Peter says:

    Oh thank goodness I didn’t throw away my purple polyester pants from 1971! Love that Ultra Violet heuchera in your image! Can’t wait to conform to this color trend in order to symbolize non-conformity and push boundaries through creative outlets.

  5. You’re so funny–and smart, Girlfriend. Love your observations. Cheers

  6. hb says:

    We’re all more affected and aware of “trends” because of the internet. And trends come and go lightning-fast now as well. I’m worried my new paint job in the house is A Thing–it wasn’t intended to be so. Arrghhh!

    But the Heuchera foliage is gorgeous. Nature, trendless, is a comfort.

    • annamadeit says:

      Oh, it is SUCH a comfort, Hoov. I wouldn’t know what to do without it…

      As for your colors, I find that many people need a few days to get used to a color change. Give yourself a couple of weeks. If you still hate it, you might want to redo it, but chances are you’ll begin to like it. Now, if your only concern is that it’s trendy – just wait a few months, and it will no longer be. Just remember that – at the rate the paint industry pushes it – just about every color is a trend – at some point. If it works with everything around it, it will look good regardless of its purported “trendiness”.

  7. Alison says:

    Ugh, I’ve never paid any attention to those color of the year things. I have colors I like and colors I don’t like, and sometimes they evolve slowly. I used to not like orange, and then I did, and now I’m just kind of indifferent. I think I will always like burgundy red, and green. No fancy names for them either.

    • annamadeit says:

      I’m with you, Alison! Honestly, I don’t even HAVE a favorite color. I love them all! Color is all about light, context and temperament anyway, so who cares about the trends… I find them limiting, but I still think it’s fun to see what the style gurus come up with each year, if for no other reason than to see if my radar is capturing the same Zeitgeist that theirs is. I find that often I’m a few steps ahead of them. I mean, I painted the back of my garage a dark purple two years ago – but not because I liked purple. It was because tropical, bold, green foliage looks so amazing against it.

  8. Kris P says:

    I want to know who gets paid to write the descriptions of those colors. What claptrap! I agree with you that these color selections can (intentionally or not) date things. Our first house had mauve tile, which was already passe when we bought the place. We talked about replacing it but somehow never did. Thank goodness our current place features more classic colors as house renovations are things we like to talk about but never do. Here’s my brief WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      I know… right? Hahaha – wouldn’t that be a great job?

      I’m of the firm conviction that there are no bad colors – only poor combinations of colors. Every single one of them can shine when done right. The challenge is to make it happen. And paint is WAY cheaper than tile…

  9. Ah yes, so last year! I always think about nature’s colors, actually, and how to incorporate them into what i wear. I don’t usually follow through, but just this morning I was thinking–after seeing the buff/yellow grasses near some gray branches and patches of moss, how I could wear my buff/moss green scarf with my gray fleece. Nature is so inspirational. Thanks for hosting this wonderful meme.

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