Launching Colour by Nature with Partnership Editions’ Lisa Hardy

Written on 22nd November 2019

Between the annual London Design Festival and the launch of our Colour by Nature palette, we’ve had a lot to celebrate this September – so we thought, why not bring the two together?

Bringing the true colours of nature to life before our customers’ eyes is no mean feat, however, so we didn’t go it alone. We teamed up with affordable art emporium Partnership Editions to host two immersive in-store events, both featuring artists-in-residence who – just like us – have made nature their muse.

In this blog, we meet Lisa Hardy, who took up residence in the window of our Marylebone showroom on launch day. Trading her usual palette for the 16 new shades of Colour by Nature, Lisa created her trademark dreamy, impressionistic florals live in store, to the delight of our visitors, all the while showcasing the beauty and versatility of our new collection.

WERE THERE ANY COLOURS FROM THE PALETTE THAT YOU WERE IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO?

All of the greens! I loved Sap Green and using it alongside Lake Red, also it worked well when combined with Broccoli Brown and Imperial Purple. I was also attracted to Dutch Orange for its instant hit of golden sunshine.


HOW DOES COLOUR BY NATURE DIFFER FROM YOUR USUAL PALETTE?

I normally work in watercolour in washes of greens, pinks and reds so this palette has more depth and vibrancy. It was also great using new colours like Ultra Marine Blue and Deep Reddish Brown and it has made me more confortable using a wider range in my work.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS LOOKED TO NATURE FOR YOUR ARTISTIC INSPIRATION?

Yes, always. Even as far back as art school I explored the touch of flower petals and painted with pollen! When I paint now I never try to compete with nature or replicate what I see but just try to paint a feeling, the essence, an emotion.

HAS THE EXPERIENCE OF MOVING TO WEST WALES INFLUENCED YOUR WORK?

It definitely has influenced my work. One of the main reasons we moved was to feel more connected to nature. Now the most stunning scenery surrounds us and even on the bleakest of days there is beauty that never fails to inspire me. I have started to work on more landscape pieces as a direct result.

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