February – July 2017
MoCo Shooting Colors series
“Shooting Colors in S.Korea.” Pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Mongolia.” Pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Xinjiang, the land of Uyghur.” Pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Kyrgystan.” Pictures here
“Shooting Colors in Iceland.” Pictures here
February 8, 2017 ~ Yayoi Kusama
Upcoming exhibition at MOMAT
February 20, 2017 ~ MoCo goes to S.Korea.
Temples, palaces and shrines, traditional hanbok, socks, furniture and celadon jars, street pics, O.Elliasson’s exhibition [Rainbow Assembly etc] in LEUM museum, the exhibition Colors in Korean Life & Culture.
February 22, 2017 ~ Color Blind Awareness
Hindus have it that Tulsi plant [basil] changes color to predict future. Tulsi can foretell when an unfortunate incident is going to take place. If you see your Tulsi plant shrivelling up, then it could be a sign of trouble.
February 27, 2017 ~ Color Therapy Month
March 12, 2017 ~ Design Taxi
Pantone colors for Spring 2017
March 15, 2017 ~ MoCo goes to Mongolia
Greetings from Ulaan Baatar, the “Red Hero”!
Ulaan = Red, in Mongolian.
A video with the basic color terms in Mongolian
March 19, 2017 ~ My Modern Met
Traditional wedding outfits from around the world
March 24, 2017 ~ Nehera
- Note: modrotlač = blueprint in Slovakian, and is a dye technique using a chemical resist and indigo. You can see and read more here
March 25, 2017 ~ Mentalfloss
”To Give someone a green gown” was an expression for sexual intercouse in 1351’s.
March 26, 2017 ~ Apartment Therapy
Pantone Predictions for 2018 Home 7 Interiors
Vedure—Nature inspired hues, like celery, robin’s egg blue, and berry purple. “This palette is so symbolic of health,” said Eiseman.
Playful—Definitely not a palette to take too seriously, this one brings the fun—especially with colors like Minion Yellow and Lime Popsicle.
Descretion—Pretty much the opposite of Playful, this is mostly subtle, desaturated hues like Elderberry and Hawthorne Rose. “Pink has developed more power than ever before,” said Eiseman.
TECH-nique—A nod to technology, with bright turquoise, pink, and purple hues, and balanced with Brilliant White and Frosted Almond.
Far-Fetched—This palette “reaches out and embraces many different cultures,” said Eiseman. Lots of warm, earthy hues like Rooibos Tea and Cornsilk Yellow.
Resourceful—Mostly made up of complementary colors blue and orange, “it combines warm and cool tones that you just can’t avoid looking at it.”
Intricacy—Full of those new neutral metallics, with a pop of Holly Berry Red and yellow Sulfur for drama.
Intensity—This one conveys “a certain strength, power, depth and sophistication,” said Eiseman, despite being an eclectic collection of colors. Black and gold balance the varying hues.
For his fascinating project Digital Ethereal, designer Luis Hernan set out to capture one of these invisible signals, WiFi, using a creative combination of long exposure photography and an Android app. He ‘translated’ that info into light and color using an Android app called Kirlian Device mobile that visualizes WiFi signal strength using a series of colors.
March 29, 2017 ~ Cosmopolitan
Hidden Rainbow Roots: The Latest Hair Color Trend
March 30, 2017 ~ RedDotForPinkDot
March 31, 2017
Hapjeong street, shoppin mall, Seoul
[photos by Cecilia Garcia]
The World’s Blackest Black is Getting Blacker
BLACK 2.0 IS READY!! Thank you!!! So much. Thanks to thousands of lovely artists around the world who have been playing with the beta version of black, and your generous ideas and feedback WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO RELEASE BLACK 2.0 – a final, full version of our super black. If you would like to play with some it’s out now at cultureHustle.com The big thing was the blackness – everyone liked the flatness, the way you you could paint it on almost anything, and the fact it reflected very little light, but it needed to be BLACKER. It’s now MUCH blacker! We’ve been able to buy ingredients in bulk so now it’s about a third more affordable! I’ve taken he guesswork out of mixing it – it’s now just one ready to use bottle of acrylic paint. You can thin it with water into an ink or a dye. It still smells of black cherry and it’s still not for Kapoor. I hope everyone is happy with the version. I totally love it – and I feel so lucky to be able to use this in my work now. I’m blown away by the way the community has come together and by the fact we all now have an even better Vantastic black. It’s been amazing to meet so many of you through this project too. I’m very very lucky. What’s going to make this the best black in the world is the work that gets made with it. For me that’s the whole point, people having resources to make awesome stuff. I can’t wait to see what you do! Love and massive thanks… Stuart xxx ps #sharetheblack
April 4, 2017 ~ MoCo goes to Xinjiang, China
April 16, 2017 ~ My Modern Met
Brian Dowling spent three years photographing more than 130 redheads across 20 countries.
April 18, 2016 ~ MoCo goes to Kyrgyzstan
See pictures here
April 23, 2017 ~ VivaColors
Tidy watercoloring on the go
April 27, 2017 ~ Design Taxi
Tea brand Twinings Infusions conducted research that shows that levels of optimism has dipped in the UK and around the world due to recent depressing global events. In an attempt to bring back optimism in everyday life, it has teamed up with the PANTONE Color Institute to develop a color that would literally make people feel better when they look at it, “Natural Optimism.”
Alisan Fine Arts, Hong Kong, will play host to a solo exhibition by Walasse Ting (born 1928), titled ‘Symphony of Colours’, scheduled to be held from May 10, 2017 to June 30, 2017.
April 28, 2017 ~ Dezeen
Colour of the moment “millennial pink” dominates at Milan design week
The name millennial pink was coined to describe a muted shade of the colour – somewhere between beige and blush.
April 29, 2017 ~ Healthline
Wood’s Lamp Examination
A Wood’s lamp examination is a procedure that uses transillumination (light) to detect bacterial or fungal skin infections. It also can detect skin pigment disorders such as vitiligo and other skin irregularities. This procedure can also be used to determine if you have a corneal abrasion (scratch) on the surface of your eye. This test is also known as the black light test or the ultraviolet light test. A Wood’s lamp is a small handheld device that uses black light to illuminate areas of your skin. The light is held over an area of skin in a darkened room. The presence of certain bacteria or fungi, or changes in the pigmentation of your skin will cause the affected area of your skin to change color under the light.
May 1, 2017 ~ Rocket News
The project stems from a collaborative effort between one of Tokyo’s biggest landmarks and the celebrated video game series, which turns 30 this year.This will be a rare chance to see one of Tokyo’s most famous sightseeing spots transform from its usual shade of red into a lovely crystal blue.
May 10, 2017 ~ MoCo goes to Iceland
Where we discovered, among others, artist Birgir Andresson, one of Iceland’s best-known contemporary artists. Her work uses conceptual strategies to explore aspects of Icelandic culture and national identity. Creating a fictional Pantone color set supposedly inspired by the natural environment and surroundings of Iceland, Andrésson often displayed them as large-scale wall paintings featuring a block of color with its number and title, resembling an amplified version of a color swatch, the paintings playfully commenting on popular representations of Iceland.
May 13, 2017 ~ Art, Craft & Architecture
African Canvas: “My objective in this work is to document an extraordinary art form – vernacular art and architecture in West Africa – that is not transportable and therefore not seen in museums around the world. It is an attempt to capture the unseen Africa, a glimpse into the homes and into the spirit of very proud and dignified peoples. In much the same way as I photographed the art of Ndebele women, I have drawn on my personal affinity for the art itself, for methods, design and form, rather than the socio-anthropological or political realities of a people or continent in dilemma. These images portray a unique tradition of Africa, a celebration of an indigenous rural culture in which the women are the artists and the home her canvas.” Margaret Courtney-Clarke, 1990
May 14, 2017 ~ HouseandHome
The World’s Biggest Color Swatch
Canadian Tire launched their new Premier paint line and it was a pretty big deal — about 35,000-square feet to be exact. That was size of the world’s biggest paint swatch, which the company created in a parking lot north of Toronto. The swatch includes 185 of the 1,000+ new colors in the Premier line, which is made in Canada (some of the paint names reference Canadian locales). To get the full impact required a helicopter ride.
“Tracking Color in Cinema & Art: Philosophy and Aesthetics,” by Edward Branigan.
May 20, 2017 ~ Hindustan Times
Cannes 2017: Aishwarya Rai breaks rules in style, wears red on red carpet
May 25, 2017 ~ Huff Post
Here’s Why Melania Trump Wore Black To Meet The Pope: Only a handful of famous women get to wear white to the Vatican, the ones who have the Privilège du Blanc (The Priviledge of White).
June 13, 2017 ~ GOOD
Study comparing Japan’s modern color terminology to words used in the United States.
June 14, 2017 ~ TheNewsWheel
Taro Ochiai created a version that tweaks the current traffic light in a way that only colorblind drivers notice. The main feature of his design is that the red light includes a diagonal cross in the middle that emits a red-purple hue.
And Evgeny Arinin‘s traffic light is “an LED display that uses its shape, big arrows, and punchy icons to loudly articulate the rules of the road.”
A lovely shabad (Guru Nanak’s poetry) from the Sikh Adi Granth we read today:
”If my body were a vat and the crimson of the Nam
Were poured in it,
And if the dyer were my Master,
Such a brilliant colour you would have never seen.”
June 19, 2017 via Culture Trip
The Indonesian Rainbow Village in Kampung Pelangi in South Semarang
June 20, 2017 via Food Navigator
Gluten-free products using our brownish-colouring apple extract
If manufacturers want gluten-free products to look like their conventional wholegrain counterpart, their options are limited.
With Herbarom – our naturally gluten-free brown colouring apple extract, manufacturers can produce high-quality gluten-free products that are almost identical to the traditional wheat-based originals.
Herbarom is a gluten-free apple extract derived from apples that are gently dried after juice extraction.
The colour spectrum of the liquid apple extract ranges from golden yellow to medium-brown to a deeper brown, depending on the type and dose.
The apple polyphenols present in Herbarom can be used to colour the crust and crumb of gluten-free bread.
June 21, 2017 via Spoon&Tamago,
Okashi No Kobito by Nobuyo Toyono (Osaka, Japan)
Natural hand-made iced cookies “to make you smile”. The eye-catching colors she uses in the icing are made from natural pigments: beets (red), spirulina algae (blue), beni imo potatoes (purple), gardenia (yellow & green), and cocoa (brown).
Here is her Instagram.
June 23, 2017 via Racked
Christian Louboutin wants to stop competitors from making shoes with red bottoms – here’s why they’re more than just decor.
June 25, 2017 via MalaysianDigest
Just Happened In Sabah And M’sians Could Not Believe Their Eyes
On Thursday (June 22), at the tip of Borneo, Pulau Kelambu, Kudat, the pretty lights in a mix of orange, red, yellow, white and green were seen protruding the Sabah sky from sunset to sunrise.
June 25, 2017 via Beauty Insider
See the video here:
July 1, 2017 via Color Strategies LLC and DesignWeek
The new exhibition looks at the Dutch designer’s research into the endless possibilities of colour, and aims to open visitors’ eyes to the world around them.
Colours have long been assigned specific shades based on prescriptive charts and numerical values from the likes of Pantone and NCS (Natural Colour System). These charts are extensive and a valuable tool for those working in the design industry, from interiors to graphics; but does this strict, rigid system really represent the millions of shades that can be created when light hits an object?
For the last decade, Dutch, Berlin-based industrial designer Hella Jongerius has conducted research that challenges the clinical way different colours are made and sold in the paint and manufacturing industries, and in turn challenge how they are perceived by designers.
July 9, 2017 via Smithsonian
Barns Are Painted Red Because of the Physics of Dying Stars
Yonatan Zunger is a Google employee who decided to explain this phenomenon on Google+ recently. The simple answer to why barns are painted red is because red paint is cheap. The cheapest paint there is, in fact. But the reason it’s so cheap? Well, that’s the interesting part.
Red ochre—Fe2O3—is a simple compound of iron and oxygen that absorbs yellow, green and blue light and appears red. It’s what makes red paint red. It’s really cheap because it’s really plentiful. And it’s really plentiful because of nuclear fusion in dying stars.
July 10, 2017 via KIDORAKU JAPAN
Japanese Traditional Color
465 traditional colors are known and used widely.
And, it is said that there are more than 1300 old colors including nameless colors.
July 10, 2017 via TimesofIndia
‘Colour blind pupils should be allowed to study med’
From crushed bugs to cow urine: the history of colours
“Chromotopia” WAS at Tacit Contemporary Art in Melbourne until 18 June. Curated by paint-maker David Coles tracks the history of over 200 pigments – some deadly, some revolting, and some so rare and expensive they are no longer in circulation. The exhibition also features the strange world of modern colours – those that can only be seen when touched, for instance, or are invisible in sunlight.
Dragonsblood: ‘The Dragon lying awaite as the Elephant passeth by, windeth his taile about the hinder legs of the Elephant, and when he falleth down on the serpent his body breaketh him: so that his owne blood with the blood of the Elephant runneth out of him mingled together, which is that substance Dragons blood.’ As fantastical as this medieval tale is, in reality the colour is a blood-red resin produced by the rattan palm tree.