Inter-Society Color Council

Upcoming events

    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Jean's talk is entitled: "Application of Alber's Interaction of Color to Color Evaluation"


    Visual approval of color for production requires the evaluation of lab dyeings, print strike offs, or pattern handloom samples.   Preparing color technicians to perform these evaluations in a light booth includes understanding of visual environment, sample positions, and perception. 

    Applying the principles developed by Josef Albers is an effective means to train colorists. 

    This presentation will provide visual examples of color relativity important to color evaluation and the procedures color technicians can use to make confident color decisions.  Exercises such as simultaneous contrast, gradation, after image, optical mixture, Bezold effect, and the Weber-Fechner Law will be applied. 


    With color expertise that balances theory and application, art and science, Jean Hoskin retired from Macy’s Merchandising Group as Director of Color Services in2016.  Since her retirement, she has been consulting, writing, painting, and traveling.  

    Majoring in textiles, Jean holds a BS from Iowa State University and an MA from Michigan State University.  Her PhD from the University of Tennessee included Textile Design, Testing, Dyeing & Printing combined with Aesthetic philosophy.

    Jean began her career in teaching at the University of Kentucky developing courses that included Color Theory for apparel and interior design students. She also taught Costume and Textile History and maintains her interest in ethnic textiles as a member of the Textile Society of America.   Her creative/research focus was on color testing and textile art.

    Sandwiched between university teaching and retail, Jean managed textile screen-printing for Kentucky Textiles responsible for design, color matching, and pre press.  Promoted to creative design, Jean managed apparel design, color and material development.

    In 1995, Jean jumped from manufacturing to retail, beginning as color manager for Lane Bryant at Limited Inc. in Columbus, OH.  The major responsibility wascolor approval of materials using instrumental color measurement and communication. Next at May Merchandising Company in St Louis, MO she developed an international color management program that included exciting travel to manufacturing sites in Asia.  In 2006, she moved to Macy’s in New York, where as Director of Color Services she implemented a global color approval process.  Jean co-managed an international team of 35 and was responsible for training, color systems and industry trends.  The New York and International teams provided a variety of following functions, such as color trends, color standards development, CAD matches, pre-production and production color approval, plus results reporting for color selling. 

    Always a teacher, Jean is a frequent presenter on innovation and process improvement at professional meetings.  She is a member of American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Inter-Society Color Council, and Surface Design Association. She is the current president of International Association of Color Consultants-North America and is a former board member of Color Marketing Group.  Her article “Following the Creative Path of Color Theory” was published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Surface Design Journal. 

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    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 34

    Josef Albers's Color Experiments

    Working directly from Albers's teaching notes and student recollections, Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman will lead experiments such as "make one color become two" and "the four color worlds". Josef Albers' color course was legendary. The Bauhaus master, who also was director of Black Mountain College and head of the Yale School of Art, taught generations of students to see color in new and unexpected ways. Over a lifetime of teaching, he created a series of exercises that opened up the subject of color. In this four hour workshop, we will explore a few of these exercises. There is no prerequisite of painting or color experience.

    All materials, including ColorAid paper, will be provided. Participants will be able to take their exercises home.


    Fritz Horstman is the Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has taught Albers workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, California, and Brooklyn. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    The registration will be $75. The default payment is via PayPal (you do not need to create a PayPal account.) Payment by check is available, but please contact the ISCC office for details.

    Fritz Horstman photo credit Adrien Thibault.

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 20 Mar 2019

    The ISCC Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the TAGA Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis, MN on March 17-20. Registration and other conference management will be handled by the folks at Printing Industries of America (who runs the TAGA conference each year).

    Check the TAGA site for conference details, including registration once it is available.

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 33

    ISCC Long-term Planning Meeting

    The ISCC Board of Directors periodically holds long-term planning meetings to ensure that the organization stays on track for the long term needs of the color community.  This year, the meeting will take place in the morning after the Annual Meeting concludes, on Tuesday March 19  at the Sherwin Williams facility in Minneapolis. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided for all registered participants. 

    This meeting will be facilitated by the Board of Directors, but will be open to all ISCC members, and interested parties. Please come ready to participate in a lively discussion about the future of our organization. 

    Please use the Register button to the left.

    For more details download this PDF.

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