Issue 10

February – July 2016


February 2016: MoCo Shooting Colors series

MoCo travels to Central America! Starting from Mexico (Jan 2016) all the way to Panama (April 2016) with a bus!


“Shooting Colors in Guatemala”. See the pictures here
“Shooting Colors in El Salvador”. See the pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Honduras”. See the pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Nicaragua”. See the pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Costa Rica”. See the pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Panama”. See the pictures here

February 3, 2016 ~ Rainbow Bagel





February 4, 2016 ~ SOTT

Rose colored sky in Northern Canada amazes Iqaluit residents. Residents of Iqaluit, Nunavut woke up on Tuesday morning seeing red — literally.

PPG Voice of Color ~ 2016 Color of the Year: Paradise Found !





See more pics of the color here

February 6, 2016 ~ Inhabitat


Russian artist Julia Borovaya has created Solaris, a tank of neon green slime that reacts to the thoughts of the participant in an interactive art exhibit.

February 8, 2016 ~ Skillshare

DIY Watercolors recipe:

In a large (pourable) bowl, combine:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup

Pour mixture into ice cube trays, adding and combining drops of food coloring as desired. A few drops go a long way!

Let dry for 2 days.

February 12, 2016 ~ MoCo attends dye workshop in Antigua, Guatemala at #casaflorixcaco . We used Carrots and Anatto.



February 13, 2016 ~ Textile Magazine (Indian Textile Magazine)

February 20, 2016 ~ Manila Bulletin 12705322_10154153565277985_1264305765655482039_n.jpg

Streams of colored water, fired by cannons from these fire trucks, form a pyramid over the Quezon Memorial Shrine, with the light and water droplets spawning a rainbow yesterday at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The spectacular water, color, and light display was staged on the occasion of the Bureau of Fire Protection’s turnover of 155 new fire trucks to various local government units. (Camille Ante)

March 16, 2016 ~ The Atlantic


Blue blood Harvest. Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create biomedical technology.

March 30, 2016 ~ Babatree
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DesignTaxi ~ Blackout Tattoo


“Blackout Tattoo” is a new tattoo trend that covers the body in total black ink. Artist Chester Lee of Singapore-based Oracle Tattoo shop, who has been specializing in this method of inking for almost five years.

April 2, 2016 ~ Design Taxi

Nanyang Primary School and Kindergarten, Singapore, has added a joyful multi-colored extension to its existing complex. 1-Colorful-Architecture-Singapore-Design.jpeg

April 4, 2016 ~ ABC News


Two of the most magnificent Polynesian artefacts collected by Captain James Cook during his Pacific voyages have been returned to Hawaii, more than 200 years after they left the island. The cape and helmet are made of feathers from around 20,000 birds — just a few feathers were taken from each bird so they could be released back into the wild.

April 8, 2016 ~ Colossal

When Given Colored Construction Paper, Wasps Build Rainbow Colored Nests. By biology student Mattia Menchetti.


April 12, 2016 ~ Global Voices

Colorful Rickshaw Paintings Protest Violence Against Women in Bangladesh.


April 15, 2016 ~ Color Marketing Group

Beautiful use of color in this sculptural piece by NOIZ Architects. “Tone of Gravity” uses 120 different colors of paper.


Soo Sunny “Unwoven Light”



April 16, 2016 ~ Smithsonian Magazine

Why Colors You See in an Art Museum Can’t Be Replicated Today

A look into the history of the pigments used in spectacular art.

Vogue India

Toned, long, supermodel legs in 10 minutes? Here’s how you can get them.


April 22, 2016 ~ Colossal

A Creative Barista Devises Method for Pouring Rainbow Foam Lattes.


May 19, 2016 ~ Cinema Palettes

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May 28, 2016 ~ MyModenMet

Dazzling Fossilized Opal Beams Rainbow Sparkles That Glow in the Dark. That opal actually glows in the dark—the darker the light, the more color comes out of it.


June 2, 2016 ~ WWD

The Color Disconnect: Why Runway Hues Are Not in Consumers’ Closets

Color on the runway and in fashion magazine serves to create excitement.


MyModenMet ~ Chameleon Pens

Chameleon Pens allow artists to create over 100 color tones and a wide variety of shading effects with a set of just 20 markers.

June 7, 2017 ~ Telegraph

A Syrian woman dressed in a bright red leopard print hijab has captured the hearts of many after promising to always wear red after her town was liberated from Islamic State rule. During Isil rule, the women in the town of Abu Qalqal in southern Manbij were forced to wear black or face imprisonment.



June 9, 2016 ~ Core77

Pantone 448C “Opaque Couche” is the Ugliest Color Available


June 9, 2016 ~ Dangerous Minds

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, Mattel will be showcasing an exclusive “Vina” Barbie Doll at the San Diego Comic-Con. The sexy character, made famous by actress Susan Oliver, appeared in the Star Trek pilot episode, “The Cage,” in 1965. Apparently the episode was not broadcast on television until 1988.


June 10, 2016 ~ The Guardian

A seagull turned bright orange after it fell into a vat of chicken tikka masala.


June 12, 2016 ~ Mashable

The queen’s ‘green screen’ outfit.

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June 13, 2016 ~ Kilomet109 (Vietnam)

Dyes from Yam Root/ Củ Nâu


June 14, 2016 ~ Eonline

Kate Middleton Recycles Stunning Red Catherine Walker Coat for Garter Service.

June 15, 2016 ~ Physio-Pedia

Psychosocial flags. Clinical Flags, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Black.

June 16, 2016 ~ Imgur

For a recent exhibition in Vienna, photographer Inge Prader used models to bring the work of painter Gustav Klimt to life.



Eastern emerald Elysia or Elysia Chlorotica, a sea slug that seems to have the genes like the algae it eats, so that it can produce energy from sunlight just like plants.


June 17, 2016 ~ Colour Day Festival

In Athens, Greece.


Blue Wine is Coming to Europe



Abashiri Blue Beer. Local flowers and seaweed endow it with its striking colour. Contains water from melted icebergs in the Sea of Okhotsk. Chinese Yam provides a superior head that resembles floating ice. Contrary to it’s appearance, it doesn’t taste like a raspberry slushie. index.gif


June 18, 2016Design Boom

Christo’s floating piers in lake Iseo, Italy. 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric wrap a floating dock that connects various points on Italy’s lake Iseo.


June 19, 2016 ~ Hellenic Costume Society

Sibori workshop, at Selana farm, Korinthia, Greece.

June 21, 2016 ~ Treehugger

The strawberry full moon makes this summer solstice a super rare thing.

June 22, 2016 ~ This is not Yellow (Youtube)

June 28, 2016 ~ Smithsonian Magazine

Dale Chihuly sets out to “overwhelm with light and color” in ‘Persian Ceiling’


Ted Meyer, artist, curator and patient advocate, helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises.
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July 4, 2016 ~ Mentalfloss

Watch Spray Paint Cans Get Hit With a Sledgehammer in Slow Motion.


July 4, 2016

In his book ‘Objects of Desire’ Adrian Forty observes the values hidden in the redesign of the ‘Lucky Strike’ cigarette packet by the famous designer Raymond Lowey. Forty argues that the designer chose a white background in the redesign of the package to symbolise cleanliness and freshness, which were values in American culture at the time (1930–40). Forty writes: ‘Drawing upon the existing association between cleanliness and Americanness gave the Lucky Strike packet an American image, which ensured it had a national market (Forty, 1986).’ Nowadays the idea that cigarettes might be associated with the value of cleanliness might be a bit more difficult to understand, but in the 1950s it worked very well.

July 6, 2016 ~ Dangerous Minds
Dye for Yarn … names

Urine-Based Dye Found in Ancient New Testament

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UNESCO’s Codex Purpureus Rossanensis

Behind one of the oldest surviving illuminated manuscripts of the New Testament lies a mixture of urine and weeds, according to analysis carried out during a lengthy restoration project of the sacred text. For centuries scholars wondered how the precious purple parchments of the 1,500-year-old Byzantine book known as the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis were obtained. It was generally assumed that Tyrian purple, extracted from Murex (sea snails) was used to dye the parchment sheets. On the contrary, analysis have shown the mysterious purple resulted from the use of orcein, a natural dye extracted from the lichen Roccella Tinctoria and processed with fermented urine, which at that time was the only source of ammonia.

Since X-ray fluorescence ruled out the presence of bromine, which is characteristic of Tyrian purple, Marina Bicchieri turned to experimental data. She prepared natural dyes using recipes described in the Stockholm papyrus, a manuscript written in Greek around 300 A.D. which contains 154 recipes for the manufacture of dyes and colors. “Fibre optics reflectance spectra (FORS) showed a perfect match between the purple parchment of the codex and a dye obtained with orcein and an addition of sodium carbonate.”

July 7, 2016 ~ Japan Community
On July 7th in Japan there is a festival called ‘Tanabata’ or Star Festival. People decorate the streets with coloured streamers…
July 8, 2016 ~ The Editor at Large
PPG Paints named its 2017 Color of the Year: Violet Verbena, which the brand calls “a grayed-off, moody purple with a chameleon-like presence.”
French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice just completed her latest work: Lunar Cycles, a large-scale installation comprising 15,000 colorful origami birds. Created in collaboration with Mathgoth Gallery, the celestial-inspired artwork spans an area of over 2,000 square meters and is the biggest urban mural ever created in the French capital.
July 9, 2016 ~ Mentalfloss
Peacock feathers under the microscope
Stockholm Papyurs ~ Clericus
July 12, 2016 ~ Flashback

30 1970s Men’s Fashion Adverts That Cannot Be Unseen


July 18, 2016 ~ MAC Panama

‘Symbiosis of color’ – Chinese Contemporary Art


July 25, 2015


July 27, 2016 ~ Fastcodesign

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?