Leading color forecaster to speak at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 17, 2001 -- Margaret Walch, director of the
Color Association of the United States, will speak on the art and science
of color forecasting at the University of Rhode Island. The lecture, "Fashion
in the 21st Century: Multicolored Patterning and Special Color Effects in
New Materials and Blends," will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at
4 p.m. in URI's Quinn Auditorium.
One of the top color forecasters in the country, Walch can explain the
often mysterious business of color forecasting. Both a science and an art,
color forecasting is done by industry specialists to predict which colors
consumers will want two years in the future. Fiber and fabric manufacturers,
textile designers, fashion designers, and interior designers work from these
forecasts to provide retailers with a uniform color story for each season.
Often, the preferences are cyclical in nature, and predictability as well
as artistry is involved.
Walch has authored several books on color, including The Color Source
Book, The Color Compendium, and Living Colors: The Definite Guide
to Color Palettes Through the Ages. She has a bachelor's degree in history
and fine arts from Swarthmore College, and a master's degree in social history
from New York University.
The lecture is sponsored by the URI Honors and Visiting Scholars Program
and the Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design Department. It is free
and open to the public.
For Information: Linda Welters, 401-874-4525,
Dave Lavallee, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116