Working with colour
by Lotte Hahn Kofoed
Many artists and designers have dedicated their work to colour, and making shades and hues fit perfectly together really is an art form. Within the fashion and textile industry it’s an on-going process too. Whenever you create a new palette for the coming collection, materialization and finding the fabric or yarn from which your collection is being made, will always make you tweak and twist your palette throughout in order to come the closest to perfection.
Colours can look so different whether they sit on a small, smooth paper swatch or a soft, woolly sweater. You might fall in love with a crisp, snow white but when it’s materialized into wool for instance, new shades and the element of tactility occur and the white is now, naturally, in a much warmer shade where the softness of the wool also adds a different texture and surface to the colour. So now the process begins again from creating the original colour layout to tweaking it in order to match the other colours in the palette to a much warmer shade of white.
Each shade will effect one another and depending on the final expression, you have to both push to get what you want and let go at the right times as well - because new expressions will occur and lovely and beautiful surprises are often exposed within this part of the design process. This is the secret of colour. At Carcel we’ve chosen to embrace this part as a fun and living feature of creating quality clothes.
Many factories even have their very own colour labs in order to meet the needs and standards of their clients. Often, smaller companies will have an advantage in matching their colours with already existing stock at a supplier – whether it’s yarn or textiles – it makes delivery time shorter and generally lowers the cost.
Within Carcel the colours are of great importance because they need to match the timelessness and quality of our knitwear. It is that simplicity and the right cut that makes it stay relevant. The colour of the item is therefore also extremely important because this is where we twist shapes with elements of personalization so that you can choose to embrace classic Scandinavian colours like black or blue or twist up your long-lasting item with a spark of bright and cool yellow or lustrous and saturated red.
The palette for Carcel’s knitwear collection had the overall goal of being diverse and suitable for both male and female. Within the Carcel team we all have our individual favourite colours and we love the look of each one when displayed with either the tee or sweater with matching pants. Whether it’s the classic black or blue, the edgy white, the cooled yellow, saturated red or forest green we find the colour-blocking of the full outfit quite effective and fun. We hope you find your favourites too and we can’t wait to add more colours going forward and for the whole colour-process to start again for the next process with new materials.
Yellow is my favourite colour
Currently I can’t get enough of the yellow sweater and pants. I think there is something extremely satisfying about the cooled shade that it has. It’s not a warm yellow, it follows the Scandinavian palette where light is scarce and sharp this time of year and it fits well in with the rest of the otherwise more dark or subtle shades of the collection. Personally I know green is a better match to my somewhat ‘Scandinavian tan’ and I am really into that colour as well, but as a designer I just love how the yellow states it’s presence whenever I see it.
Meet Lotte Hahn Kofoed, design and communications intern at Carcel.
Lotte has a BA in textile & fashion design from Design School Kolding, where she specialized in textiles. Her describes her key design elements as: colour, materials, storytelling, tactility and sustainability. Lotte was part of the Fashion Summit and Youth Fashion Summit in May 2016, where she got to build on her existing knowledge from her education.
Recently she returned home from the US after finishing a one month long internship at Pensole Footwear Academy in Portland Oregon. Here she was assigned the job of being Color and Material designer on a shoe project with Adidas US and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. The shoe was designed for Tunav Nanda who had recently beat cancer and was granted his biggest wish of designing his own sneaker. Lotte has chosen to continue her education and is now taking a Master’s in Textile design at Design School Kolding.
Lotte met the Carcel team in april 2016 and at that point she already knew that she wanted to become a part of Carcel somehow. Luckily, as a part of her curriculum as a Master’s student she is now interning at Carcel where she works with sourcing of materials, spills some of her sustainable knowledge and helps run communication with the press.
"Something I really love about being a part of Carcel is that we try to make it simple and easy for the customers to consider multiple sustainable aspects, without compromising on textiles, colour and materials, and this is really one of the hardest things to do.”