As a paint company with a proud heritage, the person filling the role of Colour Manger at Plascon would have to be a fairly impressive figure. And that’s probably the best way to describe Anne Roselt, “fairly impressive”. We’d like you to meet our resident colour expert and learn a bit about the woman who drives Plascon Spaces and who puts together the Plascon Colour Forecast every year.
“My experience as a decorative artist instilled a love and appreciation of colour. On joining the biggest paint company in South Africa – Plascon in 1999, I was involved in the launch of the first ever Plascon Colour forecast.
To grow my understanding of colour I did a diploma in Colour Therapeutics for Interiors. In 2001 I was invited to join the panel of the International Colour Authority. Based in London, the ICA is one of the oldest and most respected colour trend publications.
The Plascon Colour Forecast – consisting of 32 colours – is launched annually and is a reflection of international as well as local colour trends. The forecast in endorsed by the ICA. In addition to selecting colours for the Colour Forecast, I also do special colour collections for brands, consumers and retailers.
I started the first colour magazine now published by New Media called Plascon Spaces. The 96 page inspirational decor magazine covers everything from colour trends to beautful interiors, step-by-steps and makeovers. I write the Colour of the Month for the Plascon Spaces newsletter and commissioned the website.
I have been involved with Decorex since it started in South Africa and initiated Plascons sponsorship of the event. My involvement includes organising the Plascon stand, coming up with ideas, briefing designers, ensuring outstanding quality and a visual experience for vsitors. I am also involved in paint workshops and seminars – having given both paint-effect classes and talks on colour and colour therapy.
I started the Plascon Colour Awards in South Africa – now called the Prism Awards – to find, showcase and reward young design talent in South Africa.
I also started National Colour Day in South Africa – an initiative to make people think about colour for a day and to try and bring some colour into the lives of the less fortunate. Plascon teams have painted hospitals, orphanages, retirement homes and challenged other companies to get involved.”