Hi everyone! Tula Pink is in the building! And she's here to talk about her Moon Shine collection for Free Spirit Fabrics. This collection was inspired by camping, Tula style! Her whimsical prints are always a favorite of ours, and yours too! We can spend hours pouring over all the gems she hides in her illustrations. But we'll save that for later, right now it's time for a tale around the campfire, Tula-style!
Q: Tell us a little about the Moon Shine collection. What were you inspired by?
Another of my favorites is the Camo deluxe print. I mean, what's more outdoorsy than camouflage? I did it in my own excessive way though because I am incapable of leaving anything alone. Of course the star of the show is the deer portrait made up of a plethora of tiny shapes and paisley elements. This is my most favorite way to think about form and design. I love taking one thing and molding it into something else. Even though I have been drawing this way for a while it still totally surprises me when it works out.
I value imagination above all things. I have designed some really pretty prints that never made it into production because when I put them up on the wall they were just pretty. They didn't say anything or tell a story. I need that second look in my work. I want you to be able to go back to it again and again and see something new every time. When I design a new collection it is pretty much all I will be working with for up to six months, so it better be enough to hold my attention, and if it isn't then how can I expect it to hold anyone else's?
Color is the third factor to the Tula Pink style. I LOVE color! I love arranging color, choosing colors, putting them together and moving them around. I spend as much time on color as I do on the drawing of the prints. I prefer a bold clear color. Some like jewel tones or neutrals I tend to be really interested in tertiary colors. Those are the colors that are created when two other colors are mixed together. I will always opt for aqua or a true blue, or a yellowish green over a grass green, a magenta over a bright red. I am addicted to rainbows. Everything I make can be arranged into a rainbow. It just happens, it's not intentional, I just love all of the colors.