Pixilated Designs In RGB & CMYK Colors


Have you ever used 8-bit pixels to design and color fabric? Inspired by pixels on the computer, pixilated designs express the newness of technology. Pixilation causes your colors to really pop!

Composed of colorful square blocks of color (like giant pixels), the women’s fashions and accessories of Kunihiko Morinaga from Anrealage Fashion Studio, Japan, use pixel art to give an iconic look to his Fall/Winter 2011 collection. Some of Morinaga’s color ways are neutrals, including a pixilated camouflage. Nike has created a line of sport shoes in bright pixilated colors and Cristian Zuzunaga has created pixilated designs for sofas, rugs, beds, and soft seating for some of the best high-end and respected manufacturers including Ligne Roset, Nanimarquina, Hastens, Moroso and scarves for Tate Modern. His colors look like they were borrowed from blankets of strike-offs that were to be approved for printing or chosen for woven jacquards. This scale and faux RGB & CMYK color combinations really work for furniture and many product categories.







Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color

The Perpetual Image Student

When I started in Image Consulting some 14 years ago, I was one of only a few.  Fast forward to present day, I am thrilled to see that I am now one of many – and in such good company.  Some people wonder why I have decided to train my “future competitors.”  There are two reasons, actually.  First, I had very generous people educate and mentor me along the way (I, too, went through the Image Consulting Certificate Program at FIT way back when) and I feel a very strong need to pay it forward.  Second, I am not worried about a scarcity of clients.  I truly believe that there are enough clients to go around. Regardless of the economy, people still have a need to get dressed and look good.  Quite honestly in bad economy people are even more sensitive about making smarter buying decisions. (That’s where we come in!)

All that said, I am often asked by new consultants how to stay ahead of the competitive curve.  With that specific question in mind, I recommend that Image Consultants should continue to learn and study, even after they are credentialed. Some 14 years later, I still take new classes at the Center of Professional Studies!  In addition to FIT, I think some wonderful classes can be found at the Association of Image Consultant International’s annual conference.  This year’s conference is in Orlando, Florida on May 19-22nd.  For information, check out www.aici.org.  Hope to see you there! BTW, if you can’t make it this year, no worries.  They usually tape the concurrent sessions and have the downloads available for sale on the website.












Carol Davidson teaches SXF 810: Color for Wardrobe Planning, SXI 100: Introduction to Image Consulting, SXI 110: Image Consulting Confidential.

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