Author - Kristen Dettoni

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Poetry of Color from Ultrafabrics

Thank you so much to the team at Ultrafabrics for inviting Kristen to talk about color as part of their Poetry of Color series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbm-KpUKliE Any day we get to talk about color and trends is a good day! Especially when we get to do it someplace beautiful. Thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of this series. Photo credit header image: Kristen Julianna Photography

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Kristen Dettoni at Snow Farm working on a punch needle piece.

Learn Needle Punch with Kristen at Snow Farm

You’re invited!  Join me in May 2023 at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program to learn the art of needle punch. I first learned needle punch on a trip to Scotland. Ever since, I continue to create unique pieces, many of which have been exhibited in galleries around the United States. This year, I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach this to you at Snow Farm. And it’s not just needle punch, we’ll also dye our...

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Design Pool’s Pick for Color of the Year 2023

Each December, we reflect on the previous year and take stock of our experiences. We also look ahead at what’s to come and think about how we can express these feelings through color. What is our pick for Color of the Year 2023? These past few years have been unpredictable, to say the least. At the end of 2020, our pick for the color of the year was an optimistic yellow. In 2021, we looked for renewal with a clean...

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Seamless Pattern Designs Cornucopia Collection

Introducing the Cornucopia Collection

The word cornucopia comes from two Latin words: Cornu, meaning horn, and Copia, abundance. How did a horn come to symbolize abundance? It comes from a Greek myth. Amalthea, the name of the goat which fed Zeus as a baby, broke off. In its breaking, it was endowed with the power to be filled with whatever the owner desired, usually fruit, flowers, or grain. This symbol of abundance is often associated with Thanksgiving. It speaks to the quantity of food...

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Wide-format Summit Recap

One of the common themes at the Wide-format Summit, presented by Wide-format Impressions in July, was that at the start, no one really knew what to expect. The summit was a unique format and a new event. Guests were invited to attend, at no cost to them, and the attendee list was limited so as to keep interactions meaningful. The organizer's goal was to present an event that fostered relationship-building and valued quality over quantity. After three days, everyone I...

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Moveable Type, a New Design Pool Collection

The Museum of Printing “is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment, and printing craftsmanship.” I visited this museum this spring with Color Karma’s Shoshana Burgett and quickly realized I could have spent hours getting lost in this museum. Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, this museum has small exhibits and extensive special collections. They have hundreds of examples of antique printing, typesetting, and bindery equipment. In addition, there are two libraries of books and documents about the history...

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A Creative Week in Holland

In the spring of 2022, I joined a group of thirteen women on a Local Flora Field Guides trip to Holland. The trip was led by Kimberly Becker, Lauren Pignatello, and Susan Becker with the goal of experiencing the country while learning about the local flora and creating field guides. Each of the three hosts had something different to offer. Kimberly, an artist and designer, taught watercolors and embroidery. Lauren, a farmer and herbalist, taught all about the local flora....

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Fashion Documentaries, Kristen’s Picks

I am a sucker for a good documentary, especially ones focusing on creative people. Fashion documentaries in particular are one of my weaknesses. I find it fascinating to see how creative people work and build a business. Plus, fashion designers are inspiring on so many levels – visually, creatively, and professionally. As an entrepreneur, I love to learn how other people built their businesses and learn from their mistakes. What have I been watching lately? Here's a round-up of my...

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My Snow Farm Art Residency

This spring, I had the opportunity to participate as an artist in residence at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, for two weeks. It was the first time since graduate school that I had an extended period devoted solely to being creative. There were no limitations or requirements. I spent two weeks completely free, exploring new concepts and ideas. Often with running Design Pool, I move from one task to the next without a break or time...

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International Women’s Day Spotlight

Photo by Kristen Julianna Photography This International Women's Day, I'm thinking of the women who inspire my work. In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, by Jason Fagone, I first learned about Elizebeth Smith Friedman. She and her husband invented the modern science of cryptology and used it to crack enemy codes during both world wars. Elizebeth was a true trailblazer. Learning about her work and how she used pattern recognition to crack codes, inspired Design Pool’s award-winning collection, The Cryptology Collection. Elizebeth...

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