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A blue story of recycling textiles in Japan
By Jeanne Goutelle Boro is a Japanese word meaning "tattered rags". It refers to the way people used to recycle small pieces of fabric to make bedcovers, futons and clothing for daily use in Japan. (image above: Mingei Arts Gallery & Gordon Reece) These...
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The Expression of Flowers: Ruslan Nurgaliev
Times change, things are temporary. Our environment is changing and flexible. Stable enviroments don't exist. Time would have come to a standstill, as were it a photograph. In The Expressive Flowers series by Russian Photographer Ruslan Nurgaliev you will see not...
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The grey areas in between cultures
Being lost in translation can be frustrating. You don't understand something, or you lack the ability to express something, simply because you don't master a language well enough. You may know the feeling of watching a film in a language you...
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Temperature Variations and colour change: The Season Carpet
By Jeanne Goutelle: Hello spring, goodbye winter! That could be the tittle of this piece. That could've been our motto for our last winter days in Europe. But unfortunately, March is not always about nice weather and warmer climates. The hope of...
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Psychology of Colour in the Educational Environment
When it comes to colour in the learning environment, function trumps aesthetics. Colour trend & other such frivolities have no power here. The science of colour psychology is the reason to pick a blue over a red, or an orange over a...
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Sophie Smallhorn: Colour, Chaos & Order
By Justine Fox: Colour understanding is at the forefront of my work with Clarity InColour. It defines the projects that we engage in for commercial clients whether it's in branding, retail or product range building. But colour is an evolving science, something...
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Tones are essential in geometric art: Zarah Hussain
In geometric art colors are very easy to get wrong. The use of tone is very important in geometric art because of the diversity of shapes and vast amount of angles English artist Zarah Hussain explains. Using similar tones will make...
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A glimpse into a product design project
Product design requires an open mind. Daniel Kerris' Synaesynth project isn't the result of stale and narrow thinking. The product is quite straight forward: a camera with connected computer turns colors it registers into sound. If you have a painting for...
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The Branded Spectrum: Yellow
By Jason Allen: Without being prompted, it's hard to think of many logos that are yellow, isn't it? It's an unusual colour in the branding world because yellow's inherent qualities – joy, warmth, cheer, caution – aren't usually qualities we look to...
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Last chance for a winters sleep
We've met Toshihiko Shibuya before and this winter he's been at it again. This time at the Ice Hills Hotel in Tobetsu Japan. If you're up for a  last winter experience before the spring comes, here's your last chance to stay...
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Last weekend of Miscellaneous at Walls Gallery
A little bit of everything. The Walls Gallery in Amsterdam is closing it's Miscellaneous exhibit this weekend so it's your last chance to check it out. 20 young artists showing their sculputers, paintings, drawings and photo's. Here's a selection of our...
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Laura Daza shares ancient color recipes
Creating color is a delicate, time consuming process. The synthetic colors we know from our everyday products come from chemical factories, but up until the nineteenth century producing colors was a laborious process. The master painters of the renaissance would have...
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Peter Pilotto, Spring/Summer 2014, Image courtesy of Liberty
By Justine Fox, Clarity InColour Digital printing is now allowing designers to really stretch their creative metal with effects and pattern that simply aren't possible within traditional methods. Back in college I remember visiting the great European printing houses like Ratti Spa who were...
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Plant based colors by Aurelia Wolff
By Jeanne Goutelle Aurélia Wolff is a fashion designer with a true passion for colour. Alongside her "Rosa Tapioca" ready-to-wear brand, she's now creating WHOLE, an interior design concept selling household linen products made from natural organic materials using a environmentally friendly...
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The Rockabillies by Jennifer Greenburg
Teaching something you love to do is a virtue. Especially when your students are very engaged in what they're doing: students that don't have to be at your class, that are there because they want to be there. What you're teaching...
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Psychology of Colour in the Health Care Environment
By Sylvia O'Brien Colour is an influence on everything. It seeps into our consciousness whether we know it or not. The psychology of colour is especially connected to the healing process. It is a known fact that our state of mind directly affects...
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Painting is Color according to Meghan Keane
'My paintings are colorful principally due to early understanding that paintings equals color.' A rather down to earth response by Meghan Keane on why her paintings are colorful. We could end the article here, but Kean has more to add. She's...
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Branded Spectrum: Orange
By Jason Allen: What's up with orange? Of all the colours, it's one of the least popular when it comes to logos. Why is that? Why the bad rap for this gorgeous sunny colour? Adjectives about orange that might come to mind...
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One or the other: Cecilia Vissers
Every now and then we get the privilege to meet an artist personally. One of the downsides of an internet magazine that operates internationally is that a lot goes over the internet, using skype for example. We meet people at fairs...
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Valentin Dommanget makes me a dreamer
By Jeanne Goutelle:  Valentin Dommanget is a young French artist based in London. His artistic approach is wide open to experiments using colour and media to question the nature of plain flat surfaces. Upon first seeing his work on his website I asked...
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JeeYoung Lee's fantasy rooms
JeeYoung Lee created fantasy rooms. All completely different, but they're all the same room: her studio. She created a range of different scenes, she photographed them, and she played the lead role. The result is a series of stories that inspire...
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The best colored objects of 2013
What's your favourite color of 2013? We don't know! What we do know, is what the most popular Color Objects article was last year. One article stood out tremendously: Gabriel Dawe didn't only attract the most likes & shares, but was...
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The story of the painted ladies
Article submitted by James Martin of The Color People The Victorians for the history of mankind had explored the farthest reaches of the known world- and often built a railroad there. They saw themselves as the culmination of all culture reaching back...
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What Russian photography has to show
The Olympics are a way for a country to show itself to the world. Unfortunately, with the Sotchi Olympics the world is focussing on the politics of the country more than on sports, the people and it's culture. We take the...
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Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen
By Justine Fox, Clarity InColour Russia is in the limelight right now. Whether from the imminent onset of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the state's political manoeuvrings over libertarian activists or simply the recently opened new concept anti-cafes like Ziferblat (www.ziferblat.net)....
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Work & Play in Coloured Glass
By Sylvia O'Brien Imagine wearing a pair of glasses that change colour all the time, shifting perception & stimulating the mind. Sounds like fun, yes? This month I wanted to highlight two buildings that do just that. The first one is the New...
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A colored block represents a home
'Constructivism' by Ruslan Nurgaliev: I'd like to offer you, the viewer, my project "Constructivism". It satisfies most of the principles of this trend of art, which appeared in the beginning of the 20 century. I think nowadays it's not easy to offer...
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Louise P. Sloane: like a ten year old having a great day
History is important. To Louise P. Sloane, american minimalist painter, as an artist you need to contribute to dialogue of artists from the past by referring back to the masters of her roots. Her masters? Itten, Goethe but especially Albers. A...
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The Branded Spectrum: Blue
By Jason Allen Of all the colours in the spectrum, when it comes to logos, the most formidable player is blue. One third of the world's top 100 brands have blue logos. That's a lot of blue in the marketplace and it...
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Colour Melting by Na Young Lee
By Jeanne Goutelle The work of Na Young Lee, a young Korean artist, is all about how painted colours melt into each other: do they blend? Are they attracting each other or do they refuse the contact? Do they create a meeting...
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Color Objects threatened by Bits & Pieces
Computers are taking over the world it seems. Ray Kurzweil, a futurologist and information society god to some, predicted something called 'The Singularity' would happen between now and ten years. His basic premise put very simply: computers will become extremely dominant...
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Pera Studio nobility
Joanna Pera of Pera Studio is a very concrete person, clear in what she means. That character trait reflects in her color preferences. Pastels, thinned or whitened out colors is not her thing. 'I prefer colors which have a type of...
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Robert Sagerman and the process of creation
Although color is a subject that is endeared in his heart and he uses up to 200 colors in a painting, colors are not the central thing in Robert Sagerman's paintings. The process is most important and Robert hopes the viewer will...
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Coloring by 3D printer
By Justine Fox Colour people are always talking. A few months ago I got embroiled in a debate with a colleague about the world of 3D printing and what it was up to in colour. So when I heard that  3D Print...
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Get Colour Blind by Kiyoshi Yamamoto
There is proof that we all see differently: colour blindness. Kiyoshi Yamamoto Farias investigated it thoroughly and created a project where he made colorful textiles for the colour blind called Get Colour Blind, so the colour blind can actually appreciate the...
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Architecture in Technicolour
By Sylvia O'Brien Like a beautiful and precious gift box, this charming bank building contrasts it's purpose. When we think of the financial industry we usually think of serious colours such as grey, or grounding colours such as brown to represent their...
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Britzpetermann's Colour Morphology isn't finished yet
Britzpetermann. It's one name, but actually three. It consists of André Brtiz, Timo Langpeter and Nico Zimmermann. A trio of designers and techies who work together. Childlike curiosity is key. Childlike curiosity helps Britzpetermann make unusual decisions, and keeps them from...
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25hours Hotel in Zurich
We could spend all day in the 25hours hotel in Zürich by interior designer Alfredo Häberli. There's more to do here than just be a hotel guest. Sure, there's a conference room, a sauna with a view over Zürich, there are even cooking...
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Birds are curious creatures
Photographer Zoë Maxwell is curious. Her work is about curiosity in the world. She loves photography for it's ability to let you do something with your curiosity, it lets you escape. Many of her photos are quite dreamy, she loved to...
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Brad Ascalon has a color deficiency
Always look on the bright side of life! That's definitely a sensible summary of the De-Evolution chair set by Brad Ascalon, whom we met at the Moscow Design Week. The chairs look whimsical, the colors are bright. What's more: the original...
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Position yourself in Hungary of the 50's
Pos1t1on designers duo create interiors and design furniture. Each of their collections has it's own story, but there is a general vision to their design. Their vision refers to Hungarian design from the 50's and 60's. This period isn't well known....
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Deborah Baker tries to stay intuitive
Does your intuition change as you learn and develop? Having gained a lot of knowledge and experience, does that affect the choices you make, leaning away from the gut feeling which is actually important to hold on to? Although it can...
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A visit to Vivid Intervals at Established & Sons
The renowned Established & Sons had an intervention done at it's studio showroom during the London Design Week. We needed to find out what it was. The photo's in the catalogue promised vivid colors. We looked around the gallery and down...
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Obsessed to create something that lives: Daan Roukens
You may be tempted to think Daan Roukens is playing with illusions to the eye. His graphics do play with your perception, and they do look like those graphic images where the image moves, or white dots turn black. But that's...
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An interior needs to represent: SBP
An internet agency like Covus needs to mix professionalism with creativity. Techies with marketeers, and experienced working with the youthful. And it needs to be appealing to work at to attract the best to come work for you. Seel Bobsin Parker...
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Shades Of Blue last week in London
The Contemporary Ceramics Centre in London is hosting a special exhibit as part of the London Design Festival ending October 5th called Shades of Blue. Ceramics and the colour blue are inherently linked to each other, blue coming from coloring oxide cobalt...
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Be part of the largest Favela Painting ever
We recieved this plea to help create the largest ever Favela Painting project in Brazil! Help them realize their dreams for the community of Vila Cruzeiro!   'Visual beautification, job creation and positive attention boost pride and self esteem and help bridge social...
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A White Collection in the autumn
We know Toshihiko Shibuya from his Snow Pallet in which he colors the snow by reflecting light. He's now used the concept of reflection for the White Collection. What does that have to do autumn? In the fall, plants turn red,...
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True Colors by Lex Pott
A designer or a chemist? Lex Pott has gained a name for himself with a project he did with David Derksen creating tinted mirrors by controlled oxydation of the silver layer beneath the glass. We met him at the London Design Festival...
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Ben Marcin Last House Standing
'Less is more' could be applied to Ben Marcin's photo's. The solitary houses in his photo's used to be part of a row of homes, a city block. But they wouldn't have stood out much then, especially not with brick colors....
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The Branded Spectrum: Green
By Jason Allen One colour for logos that's seen a huge resurgence in the last two decades is green. It's a colour that's a bit more specific in regards to what it can convey, with attributes like health, freshness, renewal and hope....
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Tips for London Design Festival by Justine Fox
The London Design Festival is starts saturday september 14th. Throughout London there will be a host of events in museums, galleries and the streets. Justine Fox, director of Clarity InColour has a few tips on where to go this week!   Water -...
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A Tale of Blue Cities
By Sylvia O'Brian A city painted blue seems like fantasy, but there are three very real blue cities each with their own tale as to why they're blue. First, there is Jodhpur, India. Jodhpur has been around since the 15th century and one...
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How do you keep growing? 3 photoseries, one photographer.
One photographer, three series. They're all different from each other. We first found the 'Day to Night' series by Stephen Wilkes. But in our investigation we also found his other work, and we loved it. Why stick to just the one...
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Dreaming in the Australian Outback
Next weekend the Outback is coming to Freiburg, Germany. Artkelch gallery, specialized in Aboriginal art, is hosting an exhibit 'Outside Fog - Inside a Storm of Colors'. Jukurrpa ('dreaming' when directly translated) is a common thread throughout the exhibit. Jukurrpa is...
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The sunset belongs to us all: Penelope Umbrico
The internet is fettered with images. Images by artists and non-artists. And anyone can see them. Penelope Umbrico is intrigued by the masses of images available on the internet. Just type in a subject in your search engine, and you'll find...
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Adding color to white in the Perivolas Hotel
White is an easy color to use for your interior. In small spaces you can almost feel forced to use white on the walls and ceilings, to make the space feel less cramped. White is almost like a safety measure. You...
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Yarn bomb goes Andy Warhol: Knit the Bridge
If you've never heard of yarn bombing before here's a proper intro: decorating the Andy Warhol bridge in Pittsburgh in yarn. Lots of it. The project Knit the Bridge aims to increase the sense of community in Pittsburgh. To do this...
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The colors of your land: Terre des Hommes
Product designers design products. Color isn't really important in a product design education. It that sense, it's good Liz Eeuwes, founder of Studio Eeuwes, started with a fine arts training where color is important. After all, where would art be without...
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Carlo van de Roer uncovered
He, New Zealander Carlo van de Roer, intended to go to Europe, but lack of cash and the .Com boom kept him in New York where he easily found work starting off as an photography assistent. He's still there now, no longer...
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Akane Moriyama increases the activity of light
Is white a color? Akane Moriyama thinks so. Sure, it's not a color in Photoshop, but in space there are many tones of white, and that includes greys. She often uses white. Japanese architects and her clients like white. She works...
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The Branded Spectrum: Black
We start this series by looking into one of the basics – black. Why do some companies select black as the main colour for their logo? If you Google the attributes that are associated with black, you get a list that's...
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Paint up the neighbourhood when it's needed: Philly Painting
Haas & Urhahn, well known for their favela project in Brazil have published a book on their latest project 'Philly Painting'. Over 50 store fronts in the Germantown Ave in North Philadelphia were painted according to the design of local mural...
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Barbora Adamonyte chooses her colors for the day
The winter is depressing for a lot of people, often for women more so than for men. Barbora Adamonyte takes matters in her own hands to do something about it. She's a designer. Still in school but already getting quite a...
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Tom Johnson sometimes forgets which colors he used
Among a broad portfolio, Tom Johnson also has a serie of 30 scratched panels he made for a project. It's one inch think wood which is painted in 20 to 30 coats of different paint colors. He then sanded them unevenly...
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I only want you to love me... twice
The Somerset House in London is currently hosting Miles Aldridge with two exhibits in his honor: 'I only want you to love me', a retrospective of his work, and also the title of the new book published by Rizolli. And 'Short...
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Abundant Michael Velliquette
Cultures have a tendency to decorate. Each in their own way. Some like it minimal, Michael Velliquette chooses abundance and over stimulation. His brightly colored works may need a minute to sink in. All the colors distact from what's going on....
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How diverse can you get?
How diverse can you be as an artist? Bands tend to stick to one style. Designers can lack experimentation aswell. Viktor Lukin seems to be a playful type. His work is abstract, but it ranges from complex sculptures to toilets decorated...
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Different century, same color
Recreating something from the past in the present. We do it all the time in music. And it's done in design aswell. Rachel Harding from Studio Droog recreated chinese vases. Not that they look the same. Because they don't. What is the...
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Metal Futures
By Justine Fox I have a developing obsession with metal. Not the hard rock version but the stuff that comes out of the ground and forms the foundations of some of the most wondrous and beautiful objects. It began a year ago at...
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James Turrell in the Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Guggenheim Museum in New York has opened the James Turrell installation 'Aten Reign' on June 22nd. It's his first exhibit in New York since 1980, and for this exhibit he has transformed the rotunda of the famous building by Frank...
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Richard Mosse puts the Congo in a different light
- FOAM in Amsterdam will exhibit Richard Mosses' 'The Enclave' this spring starting March 21st to the 1st of June 2014. -   At the Venice Biennial running through november 2013, you'll find a pavillion, the Irish pavillion, with Richard Mosse's six screen film installation....
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Chat up to the girl next door at Splash
What would you normally expect if you go to a laundromat? Boring, uncomfortable, impersonal places to be? You're right. That's what they usually are. So Splash in Barcelona let Frederic Perers do it differently. They obviously want to drive people in....
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Bright words: calligraphy by JZ Aamir
JZ Aamir did it all himself. First learning calligraphy as a child in Pakistan, later learning to create light calligraphy. If it looks difficult to do calligraphy using light, JZ leared it easily. He has practiced calligraphy so much as a...
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Lluis & Marcela play together
Lluis Busse is all about expermentation. Just have a look at the selection of photo's for this article and you'll see how diverse his work is. As Lluis says: 'I like to play every day'. Led's objects, different rooms, lights, camera...
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Textile Biennale Museum Rijswijk opens
The third Rijswijk Textile Biennial opened yesterday in Museum Rijswijk, The Netherlands, with an exhibit larger than before. Due to the opening of a new wing in 2012, and an overwhelwing response by textile artists, the curators, lead by Anne Kloosterboer,...
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Gabriel Dawe uses thread to create light
How do you create a beam of light? Turn on a light. Gabriel Dawe found a more work-intensive way creating light, but with a very convincing effect. His installations radiate light, and gives the visitor the impression of there actually being...
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The imagery of science
Josef Kristifoletti has always been interested in the imagery of science. He flips through many scientific jounals. And like a scientist looking to discover something new to the world, Josef would like to come up with an image no one has...
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Protect the red sole at all cost
By Charlotte Champion:   Paul Simon got it wrong. She shouldn't have diamonds on the soles of her shoes; she should have red paint on the soles of her shoes. And not just any red, in fact, the colour has to...
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Pinta Art Festival London opens today
Latin America is one of the most diverse continents on the planets, and up an coming. PINTA London, Europe's only art festival dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art, will exbihit a wide range of Latin American art. Over 50...
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The power of a red wall
By Sylvia O'Brien   This red wall spans three stories of an old converted 19th century Victorian rowhouse in Toronto, Canada. The house has been remodeled at least twice and had very little of it's original character left. This wall colour...
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Theme week: The power of red
There is one color of which you can say it really stands out from all the others. All around the world, allthough it's meaning can be diverse, it has an edge that only that one color can have. The power of...
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These colors always work: Paulo Wang
This project by Paulo Wang was a learning project. It wasn't about the colors really. It just looked good we thought. Hearing his story was good though. Splash is the result of Paulo's practice with fluid motion design, a specific part...
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CVDB Arquitectos wins WAN Awards
Recent winner of the WAN Award 2013 in the category Education CVDB Arquitectos for their Braancamp Freire School in Lisbon. You don't associate modern concrete architecture with more colors than grey, or white maybe. The original building dated from 1986, reasonbly...
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Turning to a more serious subject
Philip Rhys Matthews recently won the Printspace fashion photography competition. A beautiful picture deserving recognition. When we checked out his portfolio, we we're suprised: his winning photo Locomotive (shown above) is obviously stricking, also in it's vibrant colors. But much of...
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By chance, I went to see Chuck Close's work in the White Cube Bermondsey, London. I wasn't so keen on his work before. When I got there I realized that I didn't know his work. I only knew the result. And...
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Bank logos and their nationalistic colours
By Jason Allen Take a second and think about where you do your banking. Go ahead. I'll wait. There. I'll bet you thought about your bank's logo just now. There was a time not so long ago when, if I'd asked you the...
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Coming to you straight From The Lenz
Did you wonder how they did this? It's quite simple really. Just a lot of work and long nights. From the Lenz is a photography duo. They do several types of assignments. Allrounders with an urban style. Their backgrounds are quite different:...
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It is a family business: Alexandra Kehayoglou
Alexandra Kehayoglou grew up in the family business you could say. Carpeting has been a family affair for generations, and Alexandra added a new twist to thier expertise. The factory often has leftovers. When you make the fibre for a carpet,...
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I underestimated what colors do in my work
There's no meaning to the colors Joshua Hibbert uses in his art. They just come to him. He draws on paper, black and white drawing on cream paper. He learned that white paper was too powerful. Cream paper gave it more...
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Looking for love: Randy Polumbo
If you're looking for love, make sure you're looking in the right places. Similar to how bees look for the right flowers to feed on, Randy Polumbo chooses colors that suit a human sense of sexuality. What colors would attract us...
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Life is a bunch of layers: Leah Rosenberg
Leah Rosenberg loves combinations of colors. Allthough she doesn't wear them alot or have a very colorful home, she is drawn to them (funny enough, we've noticed a lot of creatives who love colors don't necessarily surround themselves with bright colors....
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Keeping it real: severafrahm
How do you build a living room out of blankets? Here's one way. severafrahm created this photoshoot. Inspired by Cubism, Bauhaus and De Stijl, known for using bold primary colors. severafrahm, a photographers duo, quotes Walter Gropius: "The final goal of all...
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Bring your view into other's eyes: Robert Grosso
He used to be a musician. A guitarist and composer. That was in Italy. Roberto Grosso now lives in London. Italy wasn't the best place to find work as a creative. He changed his ways as well. For the band he...
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Quality Colour
By Justine Fox, Clarity InColour I've been quite fascinated again recently about luxury. An old topic I know but what does it really mean to us today? The world has taken a seismic economic shift beyond the bling of the early millennium...
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City landscapes city tones
Jeremy Mann, American painter. One of his main subjects: city scapes. In a way it's easy to make cities look the way you want. Any color will do. But Jeremy's city scapes are recognizable. Wether the chosen palette is green, or...
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Gray on the outside
Sometimes it's best to let the creators speak for themselves, so we let VMX Architects and i29 do the talking: 'The ambitious attitude of the company is striking. There is a strong, positive culture. The new construction was intended to clearly...
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Roos Breeuwer was inspired by a rainbow
Your eyes fool around with your perception. Things aren't always what they seem. Roos Breeuwer plays with this idea. She had a room, with an open entrance. By blocking the entrance, and leaving an open slit in the middle, she was...
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El Seed: no one can steal purple
I once heard someone say that the Latin alphabet offers designers the most room to play with the design of the letters. The fonts in other alphabet's always look the same, he said. It's not challenging from a graphic design point...
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Kaffe Fassett Exhibit at the FTM London
Kaffe Fassett, well-known for his colorful work with textiles and fashion. 'A life in Colour' the exhibit is called and it's clear why. His last exhibit in London was record breaking in 1988. Now over 100 pieces are exhibit in an...
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Color goes through the material
Rosalie Dace travels around quite a bit. It makes you wonder how she has time to work on her quilts. Or wall pieces really. Most of her work is using traditional techniques like ironing and stitching. Allthough she's South-African, and she...
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Community in Full Color
By Sylvia O'Brien: Being Canadian & in the colour business I can't help but be charmed by the landscape of some of our east coast cities. St. John's Newfoundland, for example (see photos) 'thumbs it's nose' at the harsh climate with a...
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Take it into the real world
Glitch art? Have you heard of that before? If not: Mathieu St. Pierre will love to show you what it is. Glitch is a niche in digital art. It's what you see when a video 'slips', the video is distorted. You...
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You don't have to be bright
A misconception in general language is that colors are bright. People often think of liking colors in terms of bright, loud, highly saturated colors. There's more to it than that really. Most colors we see aren't bright pop art colors. Most...
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Expressing Culture in a Brand: The Rio 2016 Logo
Few logos receive the scrutiny that an Olympic logo does. Released five years in advance of its respective games, an Olympic logo is the first visual glance the world gets at an Olympiad. It needs to weave together story, culture, athleticism,...
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Orange by Grey
By Jeanne Goutelle: Orange between orange and Orange: An exhibition of Michael Joaquin Grey   Tired of grey winter shades? Let's meet Mr Grey in person to know how he became a big fan of orange! First I should introduce Mr Michael Joaquin Grey. He is...
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The Sound of Color by Dorothy
This is pretty cool. Dorothy, a UK design agency, was working on a project. The assignment was to create a new range of paint colors, and using names of songs for the colors. Blue Moon, Yellow Submarine and so forth. This...
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Bugs are beautiful
Thomas Shahan has a great series of photo's on Flickr. Extreme bug close ups that really show the colors you normally don't see. They don't even look scary anymore, and some of their names are quite special. In order of apprearance:...
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Mary Iverson's paintings contain a message
Seattle is a port town. Mary Iverson's home. She was lucky enough to have met someone let her into the ports. The cranes in the port are Seatlle red, an orange type red. Mary got hooked on the cranes with the...
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Wies Preijde: Against the Flow
Wies Preijde's project Tegendraads (against the flow), is a tease. In several ways it plays with your sence of space, depth and perception. Wies places textile walls in a space, creating new spaces. The woven walls are partially transparant, so you...
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Spring furniture: Studio Haekkinen
It's yellow and it's ducky. A stylish duck though. It wasn't until during the design process of the furniture set that Petteri Haekkinen of Studio Haekkinen that the duck look was noticed, and they continued in that fashion, playing with the...
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Hense the name
He's become more aggressive over the years, in terms of his use of colors. He is Hense, an Atlanta based artist. He's adjust to what he thought his customers would like, so he wouldn't pink for example, trying to keep his...
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Black & White
By Justine Fox:   For my first foray into the world of blogging I thought that it might be wise to start at the beginning. By that I mean back when we began to use colour description in language. I was listening recently...
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I get transfixed by things
'I guess I've always been drawn to their immense colour and texture. As an object I was fascinated by the shape they took on. The carvings and markings that were made by the cue's created these amazing cave structures. No chalk was ever...
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Learning to see color
By Sylvia O'Brien It is debated that the average human eye can perceive up to ten million colours or more. To see colour... I mean actually see it, means that we have to learn to look, decipher and categorize it. Is it...
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Ilanel ORA lamp: light up your home in any color you like
 Interiors are often static. You choose the colors for you wall, a couch and rug, a dining table, curtains. And there you go. You have a home to live in that is unchanged for the next five years. But are you...
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David Popov: a personal account of the world
David Popov is a graphic designer. Not only professionaly, he also has his own personal graphic projects that represent his experiences. In the 'Round the World' series, he's created his own account of his travels throughout the world. From Amsterdam, to...
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Mimicking Painting: The Old and Dusty World
By Charlotte Champion Photography has always been a great passion of mine, not only trying a hand at it myself but also looking at a lot of photographs and thinking about them. Photography is fascinating aesthetically and theoretically to me. By chance...
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Russian Color Photography in Foam, Amsterdam
FOAM Photography museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands is running an exhibit on early Russian photographers, Primrose: Russian Colour Photography. They started using colors in photo's practically immediately after photography in itself was invented. As early as 1850 russian photographers started coloring...
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'Tonal value does all the work, color gets all the credit!'
South African textile artist Odette Tolksdorf has a personal preference for warm colors. Her preference and also her artwork reflect the surroundings she lives in: Durban South Africa. There's a lot of earthy colors in her work, but Odette will use...
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Southbank Centre Light Show in London
Highly recommended if you are or are not interested in light art. The Light Show will be featuring 25 installations and sculptures, all about light, that each explore diverse aspects of light such as color, duration, shadow, natural and artificial illumination...
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Widawscy studio doesn't overdo it
Do you ever worry about using too much color, so your interior might end up looking a bit too childish for your taste? Or like a rainbow? But you still want the uplifting effect that bright colors like yellow can give?...
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Haroshi: a skater that does what he likes
Not a man of many words, when asked about his work, Haroshi's reply was 'I am just producing works that I like'. He's a skater, and his sculptures are made of layered skateboards. Just alot of them put on top of...
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Habitat Grove snow esthetics: Hidemi Nishida
The Habitat Grove, in the center of Moerenuma Park, Japan, was the chosen location for Hidemi Nishida's installation. He installed atmospheric curtains between the trees, in an area 50 by 50 meters in size, adding gradation and depth to the landscape....
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Is bending light just for the movies?
In one of the Harry Potter films, Harry wears a cloak. A special one. It makes you invisible. Guy Cramer from HyperStealth isn't one to let the movies do the dreaming. He's making the Harry Potter camouflage cloak a reality. He's...
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Janne Parviainen: playing with a rave toy
Janne Parviainen is a painter. He uses a canvas and a brush at times, but he also uses lights. Simpel rave toys with led lights in them. All you have to do is trace an image with the light you hold...
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Toshihiko Shibuya: Adding some color to snow
Untouched blankets of snow covering the landscape make for wonderful winter scenes. There's always something magical about waking up in the morning, and seeing your environment transformed into a white, soft and silent winter wonderland. Japanese artist Toshihiko Shibuya actually disrupts...
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Colored pixels: Chuck Close
One thing we like about digital is the pixellated nature of it. Seen up close you only see individual blocks of color. From a distance, you'll see a recognizable image as the colors blend together. Chuck Close's paintings are digital, not...
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Remove your Christmas ornaments in a microflash: Alan Sailer
Christmas is over, and the new year will be a blast. Combine to the two and you may get something like Alan Sailer's photo series. We all know photo's of blowing stuff up, and Alan Sailer has timed it perfectly when...
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Francesco Lo Castro: artists are at the center of the city
Italian born and growing up in Germany, at 17 Francesco Lo Castro moved to Miami, Florida. There's a very international demographic there that fits his background and it fits what Francesco does. He's always felt like an immigrant, and the good...
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Like a mood-song
Her paintings are like a mood-song or mood-film. You play whatever song fits your mood. Upbeat dance when you feel energetic, heavy metal when you feel aggressive. Or you might play what you want to feel like. Erin Cooper paints according...
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Studio Ensamble Casa Del Lector
Studio Ensamble completely overhauled an old slaughterhouse in Madrid and turned it into 'a centre for contemporary creation', housing artistic creation activities like training, competitions and a place for the different arts to meet. Where the slaughterhouse is an old structure,...
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Amsterdam Light Festival
Friday december 7th the Amsterdam Light Festival is opening! Several light art, installations and more will be exhibited throughout the city centre. It's a joint venture between the city, museums and several other institutions. You'll find a host of high-tech and...
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ABC Color Reform Spectrum
ABC Carpet & Home commissioned Jason Madara to photograph the Color Reform Spectrum series rugs. An early 20th century home in upstate New York, abandoned, was the chosen location. The weathered state of the home made a perfect scenery to photograph...
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Benjamin Shine Tulle Portraits
Tones can be created in different ways, and one simple way is by layering. It's a lot of work and Benjamin Shine used the transparant qualities of tulle, a farbic we all know from ballerina's, to create wonderful and realistic portraits...
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Each side looks different
The original assignment for the Academie MWD (academy for music, word and dance) in Dilbeek, Belgium, was to relate the new building with it's surroundings: the adjecent cultural centre, a forest, a residential area. It was an open question giving architect...
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How often do you wash your blue jeans?
One of the most popular clothing items around. Everyone has at least one pair in their closet: a pair of blue jeans. It dominates the streets and has been around for over 150 years. Originally the fabric is known as denim,...
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Dealing with change
By Charlotte Champion  In the fine arts, and particularly in painting, colour has always played an extremely important role. Whether artists finely blend colours to ‘precisely’ imitate nature or use the more expressive colours of emotion and imagination – traditionally these artists...
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Theory is a bit dull
Do you break the rules and question what you're told? Color theory is all good, but it's a bit dull. There's a lot of history to learn from, but it shouldn't be used as a rule book. To Ian Davenport, in...
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Shooting infrared
A well known technique amongst photographers, Andre Ermolaev used a camera that only lets the infrared light through, giving a special effect when used properly. He had to alter the filter in the camera, which normally doesn't let infrared light through,...
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Higher risk for redheads?
According to a research posted by Nature recently, redheads stand a higher risk of getting skin cancer even without exposure to the sun. It's well known that their skin is more sensitive to the sun's ultraviolet rays, making them burn quicker...
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The alternative list: who will you pass it forward to?
There's a lot of lists around about people. The most powerful, the sexiest, the richest, the best dressed. These lists don't really say it all. They don't represent society as it really is and they miss a lot of people worth...
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More than words
'A man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit rather than a portait of his face.' This quote from Robert Louis Stevenson says a lot about the work of Neil Seligman. His subjects choose fabrics for the photo...
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Digitally saturated
Originally a painter, Jack Addis moved to digital to allow more sharing. Being appreciated is good. Jack enjoys suprising and inspiring people. Regenerating them. He's part of a nomadic gallery in Bristol, Madescapes, that aims to do just that, showing British...
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I put them there!
Have you ever used a camera that captures light at a width of only one pixel? Probably not. Jay Mark Johnson got his hands on one. A camera that has only three vertical sensors (one red, one green and one blue) and...
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Gaining interest
Colors are a way to get people attention. Retailers use colors to attract people into their store, in nature colors play a role in attracting mates. In science, colors can help to attract an audience for scientific phenomena. Fabian Oefner has...
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Love Diversity, like Benetton
Benetton is one of the worlds most well known brands, and their connection with color is obvious. Throughout Benetton’s history their advertising has been inspired by social issues, and Fabrica, their communication research center, has a tradition of creating succesful socially...
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Eric Cahan Recreating Memories
Recreating your memories is a difficult task. Memories are very specific, the feelings that are accompanied by the memory even more so. Eric Cahan sees the world as colorful, they make him happy. Eric decided to recreate his memories of sunsets...
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Anke Muijsers takes matters in her own hands
What can you do yourself? Loads of people love DIY, working on the home, the car or making their own clothes or websites. How many people dye their own textiles or create their own colors? Not much.      Anke Muijsers' first experience of...
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The Disappearance of Color film programme
'The Disappearence of Colour', a special film programme this october and november in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Organised by the Dutch Materiaalfonds, this programme will look at the life of colour in cinema, from its early days in nineteenth century coloured cinema to...
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Do not repress your expressions: Shaka
Strong expressions, strong emotions. Shakas paintings are alive, coming towards you, out of the canvas. High levels of energy and stress. Shaka's themes are inspired by the suburban people in France, where large riots broke out several years ago. Their anger...
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Contrasting Color and Content: Obbe Tiddens
Obbe Tiddens work relies on timeless themes such as life and death. Not the lightest of themes. But these themes let him use colors to create an immediate contrast, lightening up subjects that would otherwise be dark and heavy. Some of...
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Color Invasion
For the Bruxelles Design September Event, the Belgian initiative 'De Invasie' (the Invasion) organized a Color expo in coorperation with the La Fabrika design shop in the trendy Danseart quarter of Bruxelles. This expo can be visited throughout september. The Invasie supports...
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Some pigeons are more equal than others
Some pigeons are more equal than others. Animal Farm by George Orwell inspired this projects name. Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charriere made some pigeons stand out from the cities pigeon crowd, and people react in quite suprising ways. Pigeons are...
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Paints wet look: Jon Gabb
When paint dries up and hardens it always looks different from when it's fresh and liquid. And it's the qualities of the latter, the color, the shine, the texture, that Jon Gabb has preserved and used to make his three dimensional...
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Hard Rock Mountain photography by Daniel Büttner
Most of the work for these photo's lies in getting up there. The beautiful series of the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria by Daniel Büttner is a natural series. Daniel didn't have to do much to catch the rocky and...
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Light is transformed into life
Ackroyd & Harvey's unique works are about as natural as you can get. Their canvas is grass and their technique relies on photosynthesis. Light is transformed into life. In a digital age as we live in now, Ackroyd & Harvey use...
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Sound for colors by Hideaki Matsui and Momo Miyazaki
A simple idea, but quite difficult to execute. How do you turn colors into sound? Color is light, and there are so many different colors in the spectrum of light that it's hard to capture a color, let alone turn it...
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Trashy colors
Brydee Rood isn't the trashy type really. But she questioned our relationship to waste, and in that research she realized the colors of rubbish. Yellow, red, blue, orange and also the black. We generally don't want to see waste, but still a...
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Eric Daigh goes digital
'Color literally could not be more important to me. The primaries specifically. I feel it's almost a crutch to work with them. They do all the work, with the viewer. It's a particular source of pride to be able to get...
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Colored News: Mike Meiré in London
Cuurently on exhibit at the Bartha Contemporary Gallery in London (ongoing until August 18th) Mike Meiré's works as art director for magazines and newspapers, making him firmiliar with using content. He came to wonder how we can deal with information, in...
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A fairytale style Flora Deborah
Flora Deborah's theme are happiness, love and courtship. And it shows. She love's pastels and bright colors. She's a freelance photographer, and she usually gets asked for her style, mostly for fashion shoots by fashion designers or magazines. Have a look...
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Skin Tones: Angelica Dass
Quite well known by now! Angelica Dass was quite overwhelmed by all the attention this summer, with the Humanea project she originally started as a school project. Taking photo's of friends and family, she would choose a pixel from the nose...
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Woods Bagots color solutions for healthcare
Colors and phsychology come together at the St Vincent's O'Brien Hospital young adults mental health unit. “The choice of colour in a project like this is an important one. Colours can evoke certain emotions and therefore can assist with the healing...
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Color Jam takes over down town Chicago
The Art Loop public art initiave commissioned a massive temporary installation to be made, interventing in down town Chicago, called Color Jam. It's the largest public artwork in Chicago history, covering the intersection of State Street and Adams Street within the...
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Marc Allante water colors
He doesn't really know why, but before he moved to Hong Kong, Marc Allante's work was mainly black & white. He used charcoal, heavy graphite and pen for his art. New environments can give you new influences and inspiration. And moving...
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Colored Cooking Emanuelle Moureaux
Red is known for increasing the appetite, and therefore often used in restaurants. But what do you do when you're asked to design the International Technical Chef College Utsunomiya, Japan? Emmanuelle Moureaux created a concept to create spaces for learning that...
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Bruce Munro lights up the Longwood Gardens
Bruce Munro's first solo show in the USA is big. 23 acres big to be exact. The Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania asked him to set op this installation that can be seen throughout the summer until September 29th. It consists of...
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Tension is bright
Simplicity is key for Fabrice le Nezet, an artist/designer/director based in London. In his 'Measure' project he aimed to express weight and tension in the simplest way possible, with pure materials such as concrete blocks and metal structures carrying the weight....
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It is not about the colors
Many of Studio Roosegaarde's projects use colors, but they don't have to mean anything. Social design is the main point for Studio Roosegaarde. Colors are the foreplay of the installation. The point is actually interactive technology, where their installations react to...
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Video Art: Pipilotta Rist in St Galler Art Museum
The video art of Pipilotta Rist is being exhibited at the St Galler Art Museum in Switserland. Using colorful and wild installations, she's been doing video art for a long time, and St Gallen is exhibiting an overview of her work....
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Genetic chromatic adjustments: Rayfish shoes
It's a bit wierd, but it's also a sign of the times: the new Thai shoe company Rayfish shoes uses rayfish leather, but only after they have genetically altered them to grow colorful patterns on skins. To do this they created...
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Marianne van Heeswijk: I just like colors!
You won't find much black or white in Marianne van Heeswijk's work. She loves colors. She works with second hand materials she scavenges from garage sales, markets and elsewhere and Marianne only selects the more colorful artefacts. She considers her own...
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Softlab's striking works
Standing out is a form of taking responsibility for Softlabs work and ideas. While not rejecting traditions or common ways of putting things together, Softlab aims to build upon the past to create new things that suit the changing environment for their...
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Esther Tielemans Monochromatic Blocks
Over the years, Esther Tielemans has changed her style somewhat. Colors have always been important, but in the work shown above and below she uses monochromatic layers for the first time. This was in 2007 at the Van Abbe Museum. Her work...
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Political Comics: Arabic Smile in Haarlem
Gallery Nieuwe Vide is opening the Arabic Smile exhibit this evening at 17.00 in Haarlem, the Netherlands. You're welcome to drop by Minckelersweg 6, Haarlem. Comparing cultural expressions about the Arab world, from Arab countries themselves and the western world. All...
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Lightening Collages by Cassandra C. Jones
Currently being shown in the Eli Ridgway Gallery in San Francisco, Cassandra C. Jones has been making collages for several years, and recent work made with lightening is striking indeed. If you hadn't noticed yet, you'll see she used the lightening...
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100 Chairs: limited project by Marni
A special collection of chairs, made by Colombian prisoners. This Marni project aimed to aid the resettlement of prisoners into normal life outside the prison. Using a common piece of furniture in Colombia, Marni created new weaving patters of the PVC...
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GRID Photofestival opening may 16th
The 5th bi-anual Grid Photofestival is opening may 16th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Over 100 photographers will be showcasing their work throughout the Netherlands, bound together by the theme Urban Reality Check - Reflections on Changing Behavior and Space. You can...
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City palettes of Amsterdam and London
Amanda Perino and John learned to love Amsterdam, and created a project to show the colors of their city. By taking photo's of what they see in their strolls through the city, and selecting pixels with the right color out of the...
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Virgin Atlantic flying lounge by VW+BS
Virgin Atlantic is known for doing things different, and the new lounge in the A330 airliner is a good example of that. An exciting and engaging social space inside the cabin was created by VW+BS, becoming a destination in itself for...
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Brightness by Wael Seaiby
'Yes my choice of tone of color is completely deliberate. I like bright colors but I am not a fan of flashy colors. A lot of people mistake bright for flashy, but as cheesy as it sounds, there really is a...
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Colors of UNESCO nature sites
Irma Boom has made a series of color palettes of 80 UNESCO nature sites around the world, and compiled the palettes into a beautiful publication called 'Color-Based on Nature', in coorperation with Thomas Eyck. It emulates a color sample book in...
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MVRDV exhibit in Hamburg
MVRDV is 20 years old now, and the German magazine Architekur & Wohnen is acknowledging MVRDV's contribution to contemparary architecture with the A&W Architect of the Year Award 2012, and a special exhibit. The exhibit will last for a month, until june...
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Alexander Zabara: Lomography golden rules applied
Alexander Zabara, represented by Perspectiva Art in The Hague, is interested in man's relation to his natural and urban surroundings. While experimenting with photographic techniques, Alexander Zabara started using Lomography camera's as well as the ten golden rules of Lomography for...
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Andrey Belkov: chills or neutral and calm?
He travels a lot, and takes photo's to save the beautiful places in his memories. Russian photographer Andrey Belkov likes desolate places and wants to remember them in their pure form. In an interview conducted by Perspectiva Art for Color Objects, Andrey...
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Raw Color encoded textiles
  Raw Color from Eindhoven, The Netherlands, is working on a project to print encoded messages on textiles using bleach. The project is still in a development phase, but they have managed to present it at the Salon in Milan. They use a...
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Boatyard corrosion by Simon Shaw
Simon Shaw from Faversham, Kent in the UK is always on the look out for photogenic scenes and details, and found several in the local boatyard. Faversham has a strong heritage in boatbuilding and repair. Lack of protection from the natural elements have...
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RGB by Carnovsky
The Milan based duo Carnovsky (Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla), winner of the Wallpaper Design Award 2012 for their RGB Wallpaper, have extended the RGB series with a fine silk scarf with RGB images of animals. The new, light, material was challenging for...
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Ray King: techno chromatic
Ray King's work is quite technical, in that it uses the reflection and diffraction of light through prisms and special glass panes so the colors actually change throughout the day and also when you walk past it. They're dynamic works that...
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ATOMIC3: Eclats de Verre in Montreal
In Montreal, Canada, ATOMIC3 participated in Montreal En Lumiere, to cheer people up during the winter blues.        Using interactive light-based installations, the Place Emilie-Gamelin was transformed into field of 60 colorful panes that together make the square come alive when light shines through...
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The Colors of Hamburg Harbour
Jeannine Platz has made a series of paintings, Hafen Memory, showing the different looks of Hamburg Harbour.     Some of the works were made in collaboration with photographer Georges Pauly, such as Rigoletto shown above. In some paintings she's added caligraphy, another specialization...
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Marcus Björkman, green selection
Out of Marcus Björkman's wide range of photo's, we made a green selection. Marcus himself takes photo's by what he sees, and generally doesn't work with a preconcieved idea in mind. His entire portfolio is very broad, and suprising. Above is...
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Graffiti Rockers Boa Mistura
Boa Mistura from Madrid, and local inhabitants from the Sao Paulo favela Vila Brasilanda, transformed the characteristic small winding streets by painting the walls and the ground. Adding words that can only be read from specific vantage points. Firmeza = Firmness   Beleza =...
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Turkish Modern Art in Maastricht
The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, The Netherlands, has a new exhibition 'Different Impressions, Changing Traditions' on Turkish modern art, part of the celebration of 400 years of Turkish-Dutch relations this year. The exhibit shows a selection ranging from contemporary paintings, to...
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Batchelor Exhibition in The Hague
Starting may 26th, there will be an exhibition of David Batchelor's work in the Gemeente Museum Den Haag. David uses common artefacts to create a color experience for modern city life. Since 1993, color has played and important role in his...
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The New Google Office London
Would you like to work in this white office? No? Have a closer look... Penson interior designers (www.pensongroup.com) have been assigned by Google for the interior design of several of their offices. The Buckingham Palace Road office, where Google engineer's are located,...
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Anne van den Heuvel Textiles
Dutch designer Anne van den Heuvel works with several materials to make her pieces in offices and homes. In her work there is always the element of influencing a space with a multitude of colors. Anne applies several older, as well...
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Chocolates seductive brown
How does chocolate get it's color? Richard van der Burgh from Van Der Burgh Chocolaad explains. The chocolate bar you buy at stores has travelled quite a way to acchieve the irresitable quality we adore. The beans grow in a protective pod that...
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Colors in the sea
Colors change under water, meaning some suprises of the underwater world are only visible when you bring your own light. As you get deeper, there's less light from the sun that can be reflected and colors will get more and more...
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