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Jul 11

2014

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Art Inspired Fashion

Valentino’s summer collection for 2014 is colourful and dizzying. The geometric prints are  great for mixing and matching and appropriates Frank Stella Paintings.

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Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker. He is known for his minimalism and post painterly abstraction. His simple but colourful works reflected that of the colourfield movement, where colour is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself.
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The movement started in the 1940’s where artworks were composed large flat planes of paint usually depicted as targets, stripes and geometric prints. Artists like Barnett Newman, Morris Louis and Frank Stella moved away from the busy action style of painting like Jackson Pollack and created a calmer, colour focused style of art.
Stella often used the path of a brushstroke to determine his composition and utilized common materials like protractors and house paint to produce works that now value over $500,000.

Jul 07

2014

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream

It’s officially summer and that means it’s the season for mass ice cream consumption! Whether you prefer ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet, the variety of flavors, toppings and most of all, colours, are endless.
The market has expanded far beyond the Baskin Robbins chain’s slogan of 31 flavors, originally meant to entice customers with the chance to try a different flavor every day of any month. Companies like Ben and Jerry’s create new products with nods to pop culture movies like, “Berry Potter”, “Whirled War Z”, and “Hazed and Confused”. Architecture inspired, Los Angeles ice creamery Cool Haus boasts pun-y names like “Eric Owen Moss-capone”, “Mies Vanilla Rohe”, and “Thom Mayne-go”.
If you ever find yourself in in Santa Barbara, CA on State St. be sure to stop by McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, my favorite. The family owned business creates delightful treats using local, organic and sustainable ingredients–which takes the guilt out of eating a 3 scoop sundae!
The ever growing multitude of flavors have allowed for the expansion of colours respectively. Pink coloured ice cream used to only be associated with strawberry, but now there are a variety of hues to distinguish flavors like bubble gum, cotton candy, peppermint, rose and many more! The juxtaposition of colours in Neopolitan ice cream and assorted scoops in Banana Royale sundaes can spark great color combinations and design choices, here are a couple of my sweet treat influences:

Jul 01

2014

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Fourth of July

Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, July 4th has become a federal holiday celebrated every year to commemorate the United States of America’s independence from the United Kingdom. People commonly celebrate with barbecues, parades, fireworks but most importantly proud displays of the American flag.

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The colours Red, White and Blue have become synonymous with the United States of America. But have you ever wondered how many other countries hoist the same colours on their national flags? Off the top of my head, I was only able to name a few countries, The US, Great Britain (of course!), New Zealand, and France. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered there are 35 countries that prominently feature red, white and blue on their respective flags.

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Thanks to Betsy Ross and our bold flag design, we proudly display the colours of our country through stars and stripes. But, it is interesting to see how the design has been altered over the years as the country has expanded. Arguably the most recognizable flag, it’s easy to track the lineage of how it’s been appropriated in pop culture, art, fashion, etc…

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(Painting by Jasper Johns. Flags,1958)

 

Jun 11

2014

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Father’s Day

Stop giving Dad the age-old neck tie and embrace the technologies of 2014. Try gifting a wireless set of headphones so dad can enjoy watching sports and listening to music without being asked to turn the volume down. Noise cancelling functions allow for a little peace and quiet in the most chaotic and boisterous of households.  Wireless, portable speakers also make a great gift and add to any family barbecue or day at the beach.

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Beats by Dre offer a wide selection of colours and quality sound. My favorite is the cobalt blue.

Apr 28

2014

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Colourful Expressions

Language is full of colourful expressions. I like to think that is because colour is so descriptive — so endlessly evocative. We often, without even thinking about it, use colour to describe a mood, a feeling, or a particular state of mind. Likely that’s because colours can instantly bring a strong, almost visceral visual to our mind’s eye. Think of Holly Golightly, the renowned character in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, who goes beyond just having “the blues” to what she dubs “the mean reds.”

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Apr 22

2014

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Shades of Slumber

With the 24/7 world we live in these days, many people have trouble slowing down and switching gears to get in the right state of mind for a decent night’s sleep. But of course, in this fast-paced world that has us all running around at full speed, a good night’s sleep has never been more important.

Thankfully, there are ways to help us sleep easier that don’t involve reaching for that colourful little bottle of pills. Using colour and light to create a restful environment in your bedroom can help you to transition more easily into sleep mode.  Read more →

Apr 08

2014

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Colourful Culture

In last week’s post, I wrote about synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that I and many other artists and designers experience. One of those artists is a man whose work I greatly admire — David Hockney, whose work is currently on show at LACMA. It got me thinking about art, which is so inextricably linked to colour in its many facets. So, in this week’s posting, I’d like to take a look at some of the more colourful cultural exhibitions and art shows taking place in and around Los Angeles. Read more →

Mar 24

2014

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Stained Glass is Having a Modern Moment

The words “stained glass” are certainly evocative, instantly bringing colourful images to the mind’s eye. But this unique and ancient medium has come a long way in recent years, and there is far more to stained glass than church windows or Tiffany lamps. Sure, many churches or houses of worship do incorporate stained glass, such as Gaudi’s famous church, the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, or the incredible Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran (pictured above).  Read more →

Mar 17

2014

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RE-ENTERING THE ZEN ZONE

In our last post, we entered the Zen Zone and talked about how elements of Zen Buddhism can be applied in the design realm. We also touched on the significance that colours can have on the spirit, the psyche and one’s general state of being.  Read more →

Mar 03

2014

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Her Name Is NOLA…

… she is a show girl! New Orleans, Louisiana — known affectionately to locals and friends as NOLA — certainly is a city that knows how to put on a show. And one of the most vivid displays happens this week, with tomorrow’s Mardi Gras celebration.

To describe the New Orleans Mardi Gras as “colourful” is something of an understatement. The three colours most associated with the annual Mardi Gras celebration are purple, gold and green. It is interesting to me that many people don’t realize the meanings behind these bold shades, seen everywhere from the shiny, brightly coloured beads to the large flags waving from balconies along Bourbon Street during the annual festivities. These are strong, regal and symbolic colours that lend the event in New Orleans an aura of regality (albeit amidst all that hedonism and frivolity).  Read more →