This is my handpicked collection of handmade products in Pantone Living Coral, the 2019 Pantone color of the year. Pantone describes this color as “[a]n animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I do like their rationale for this year’s color:
“. . . In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Pantone Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression . . .”
So I have curated this collection of handmade products that come as close to this playful digital stress foil as my eye can discern. Actually, I’ve allowed my eye some slack in discernment, but all of these items are close enough to pass muster with anyone (outside of Pantone).
I kicked this set off on the good foot, with this big 11 ounce mug, because it actually uses the correct Pantone Living Coral color. So we can use it to calibrate our eyes as we move on with the rest of the set. It’s made by CloothDsignArt and is available for $12.99 at Etsy. They’ve also got some other really cool mugs.
My eye tells me this gorgeous rose brooch is right on the money. It even hues to the “golden undertones” element in Pantone’s description because its a real rose that has been preserved in resin and coated with a film of 22k gold. Having a year-round always ready rose to wear is definitely in line with the light and playful aspects of this color. Its maker, Danai, calls it Rosy Mood in Coral. $38 at Novica.
Oh I’m on a roll. This pretty watercolor print brings that soothing Living Coral vibe right into your home or office. It was created by artist Nancy LaBerge Muren, and its available for $12.75 in her shop, Watercolor by Muren at Etsy. Besides this lovely piece, she has lots of other nice prints and original watercolor paintings there.
You can go Living Corel all day everyday with this set of products. This beautiful scarf, Coral Bands, is handwoven by Ranm Ixoqi’ (“woman’s heart” in the Mayan Kaqchikel language), an artisan group whose female members have been working together since the 1990s to empower themselves through the creation of Guatemalan handicrafts. $60 at Novica.
This is where that slack I gave my eye comes in. This Coral Placket Bracelet by Dana Kellin is darker and more concentrated than Living Coral. But there are some Living Coral highlights that gave me the go-ahead to include it. In truth, I would have rationalized green highlights, because I love this bracelet! $220 at Sundance.
You’ll find more handpicked handmade products at the Handmade Shopping Portal.