Issue 12

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


Speaking Tree

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 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 


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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.


Blond Beauty, 1990s, 26x36cm, Chinese ink & acrylic on rice paper

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).



Pope Francis chats with Belgium’s Queen Mathilde and King Philippe during a meeting at the Vatican in 2015. As wives of “Most Catholic” monarchs, a hereditary designation awarded by a pope, both Mathilde and her mother-in-law Queen Paola have le privilège du blanc.
May 26, 2017 ~ Winsor and Newton
Masterclass: Learning Tools for Artists


June 2, 2017 ~ Art Tutor
Cheatsheets for Watercolorists pdf

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.11G10001_01_880x660-683x630.jpg

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

Hair Marbling

See the video here:


July 1, 2017 via Color Strategies LLC and DesignWeek

Hella Jongerius


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’


July 16, 2017 via Demotivateur


July 18, 2017 via TheGuardian

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.

Indian Yellow: The ingredients of Indian yellow were a mystery until its secret was revealed in the 19th century. Prepared from the urine of cows fed only mango leaves and made exclusively in the Indian village of Mirzapur, the yellow pigment was refined by heating the liquid and pressing it into round balls.
Peach Black: This finely ground grey-black pigment is obtained by charring the stones of peaches. Used from the Middle Ages onwards, it is one of a family of blacks derived from vegetable origins, such as almond shell black, cherry pit black, coconut shell black and cork black. Due to the expense of collecting and processing the pigment, they have generally fallen out of production.
July 21, 2017 via Vice

White vs Polychromy

Marble helped scholars whitewash ancient history
July 21, 2017 via ArtTutor

How to Substitute Colours That You Don’t Have

July 22, 2017 via HuffPostLife


… And some older bits and pieces discovered now

February 23, 2016 via SoraNews

Wearing a White Mask will Make you Less Attractive

Experiments’ results found similar effects for men and women.


Junichiro Kawahara, associate professor at Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Letters, and Chukyo University psychology professor Yuki Miyazaki have released the preliminary results from their joint research project. In the study, the pair began by photographing 66 men and 66 women, all between the ages of 20 and 39. Each person was photographed twice, once wearing a white surgical mask, and once without. The pictures were then shown to two different groups of survey respondents (with 29 men and women looking at the women’s photos and 26 men and women looking at the men’s) who rated how attractive they thought the people in the photos were, on a scale from one to one hundred.

October 4, 2015 via SoraNews

Breaking research from Japan: Wearing a pink face mask makes you more attractive.

Here’s how the researchers at Hokkaido University went about testing this phenomenon: Researchers had 33 male and female participants rate the attractiveness of woman photographed without masks, wearing white masks, and wearing pink masks. Several of the women in the photographs were the same person, just with a different facial accessory, so the researchers could see how much of a difference wearing a mask would make.

and finally….

Children’s Drawing Archive via CDA

The website is also designed to raise awareness of the importance of children’s drawings past, present and future. It is a platform to think about the value of drawing to children and those interested in communicating with children around their drawings.


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