Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Tell us a bit about yourself... 

I am a mum of 2 and live in Sussex – I escaped to the country after 20 years in London. I love to travel and am fascinated with culture and colour around the world. 15 years ago, my husband and I built a tiny finca in the mountains in Andalucía, and we spend time there too - mostly eating and swimming in the sea! 

I am a colour forecaster and photographer.I have been working with fashion and interior brands developing future design stories and colour concepts for over 20 years. I am the owner and creator of Luminary Colour, a colour forecasting bible sold directly to the design industry. 

I love creating Luminary, it is a passion, I am obsessed with building new ideas and original stories for an industry which is so saturated with copycat ideas. Luminary is a sketchbook of inspirations which start my clients on their own seasonal path of discovery. 

I am also the author of Love Colour, published Nov 2018. Love Colour is a book filled with colour ideas for the home, with global inspirational images alongside real homes. 

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

What inspires you? 

Colour – and everything that affects it. From how we see colour to how we use and create colour. Colour in nature, man-made colour. How light and shade affect colour, surface texture and colour. Colour in photography, and on screen. The colours inside my head!!  

Human beings, people and how they live. My children and how they see the world. The seasons and how this affects everything around us - nature, light, warmth, colour. Travel and culture - tribal communities, indigenous costume and clothing, ancient customs and people surviving in the modern world. Keepers of the earth, natural living, trees and woodlands. Food and eating, cooking and collecting. Craftsmanship and quality in design, people who are experts in their field. 

What makes you happy? 

Sunshine, warmth, my family, friends, my dog, good food, chocolate and red wine, cooking outdoors, seeing my work inspire others, watching stories unfold. 

Who is your style icon and why? 

Frida Kahlo for her brave and fiery use of colour and pattern, her fascination with traditional Mexican costume and her no-nonsense, unique style.

I really love the everyday colourful traditional costumes in countries like India or Mexico. I love the story and the history connected to textiles, and the idea that the clothing connects the wearer to a lifestyle and an ancient past. 

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

What are you listening to and reading at the moment? 

I really never listen to music when I am working – I find I am so absorbed in what I am doing that I cannot take anything else in. At home this weekend I was listening to Tusk, Fleetwood Mac and The Miseducation of Lauren Hill. 

I have been reading books around nature, and the human disconnection with the natural world – as this is a big theme in my work right now. I just finished The Overstory by Richard Powers – a book centred around trees. And recently read Wilding by Isabella Tree, Feral by George Monbiot and Wild by Jay Griffiths, I like the idea that we are reassessing our place in the natural world and trying to re-engage with nature. This conscious move toward a more nature centred thought process must become central to how we live and work, and I am using these ideas, quotes and themes within my books and presentations to the design industry. 

I also have just returned to the books of Virginia Woolf, especially Orlando, as I just created a piece for the Charleston House Trust – the home of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set, which is down the road from where I live. Woolf was obsessed with how to describe the colours she could see – especially in nature. Her words are mesmerising:

“Their metallic blue stains the rusty iron on the beach. Blue are the ribs of the wrecked rowing boat. A wave rolls beneath the blue bells.” 

Virgina Woolf 

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

What do you like about SIDELINE? 

I wear SIDELINE almost every day! I have known Ellen for many years and have pieces from every SIDELINE collection. The amazing thing about Ellen’s clothing is that it slots into my wardrobe and fits with so many different pieces. I like colour, and I can wear SIDELINE as a base and layer bright colours on top. SIDELINE works for me as easy everyday items like the jeans or jumpsuits – which I wear to work in my Studio. But I can dress up pieces for presentations and client meetings, especially the dresses. The fit is perfect and the fabrics are beautiful – they seem to get better with age. I find, working with High Street brands that quality, fit and styling is often lacking. SIDELINE items are investment pieces, I wear them over and over again and really don’t know what I would do without them!

Photo by Sarah Weal

Photo by Sarah Weal

Anna wears our Eclipse Jumpsuit in indigo ripe available here