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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Above is a little colorful DYI detail I saw in the subway recently.  American, French, or British?  All of the above?  I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of where U.S.A. flag colors come from.  I’ve heard French even though it would seem that it was British.  But there in lies the historical trivia.  The French got the colors from the British, their founding fathers in an ironic twist took their colors from the French as a way to separate themselves from the British they were gaining their independence from.

My resources or from an online PDF book report, of a book I clearly need to read, but haven’t yet,  that is clearly written and one of my favorite books to date, Blue The History of a Color, by Michel Pastoureau.

If you are reading this and have more information, please feel free to comment!


CHROMAesthesiae by softlab, has this colorful display on exhibit at Devotion Gallery in Williamsburg, but only until April 5, 2010!  How did this not pass my radar earlier!  Softlab is a design firm, that is a collaboration of many different disciplines of designers, architects and digital artists looking at ambitious ways to transform space and the way we view and experience it.

I’m really interested in how they achieved the intense saturated color in such perfect gradients, that were later laser cut.  That is some serious engineering, and then to simply put together with binder clips makes install and de-install clean and easy with little waste.  Nice job!  It’s interesting that they chose to gradient from red to other colors, blue, green, and purple.  This is a nice point of view- even if expected spectrum colors, I wonder if each gradient creates different sounds?

The sun is trying so hard to peek out today.  If it doesn’t, here is a lovely, ironic rainbow-if the white parts are light, may they hold all the colors in the spectrum?  What is reality outside our heads and what is reality inside our heads?  Both may or may not be true.

Happy Sunday to all.

Marc Johns work on view through April 14, 2010 at Giant Robot New York.

I had planned to start today early and head to the studio for a day of slip casting.  I debated only blogging about my dear friend, Alexander Gorlizki’s art show at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, who hosted a lovely kid friendly opening with brunch this morning.  Luckily I went to the show, pushing off school work in lieu of seeing work that inspires me, and a friend I haven’t seen in over five years.

The subway ride to the show allowed me to read an interesting article in the Times, I might not have otherwise noticed, appropriately for a color maven, titled, Who’s White.  An excellent read for anyone, but for me I was ecstatic to read about a woman writing about the prejudices of color.  I can’t wait to get the book, and have the time to read it– but one can listen about it on NPR.

The gallery is nestled on the 7th floor of a stunning building on Fifth Avenue just below 57th Street.  Although cold outside, Fifth Avenue was packed with tourists and I snaked my way though trying to catch fleeting glimpses into the designer shops of Takashimaya, Louis Vuitton, and Escada– who is once again enjoying a fashion resurgence with the back lash of the 80’s fashions. I tried not to notice lines that formed out of Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister.

Once in the gallery, I delighted in the paintings and the space, and knew I had made the right decision.  Paintings in a collection: The First Time I Heard you Blink, is a perfect title for Alexander’s work which is abound with sensitive subtleties that he is known for.  The two room gallery is filled with paintings similar to the first one above.  They are all displayed with a large border of a soft eggplant color which I found soothing and calming.

In the back of the second room was a large wall dedicated to Alexander’s process and inspiration.  He is the brown-haired man in the second photo, standing behind a  gray-haired man talking to him.  The rest of the photos posted in this blog are of the wall-color studies were everywhere!  They are all completely delightful and very collectible.  This work is on view until May 1, 2010.  I highly recommend seeing it in person.

I saw this in the trash yesterday, and now after looking it up on-line– I think I should have garbage picked.  I wonder if it is yet another social experiment like the one I have posted about previously.

Interesting to note the primaries (and green secondary) that dominate this urban setting.  I’m hoping some day city color palettes will expand beyond these colors.

Logging in this morning I found out that today is Ada Lovelace Day. So in honor of blogging about a woman in technology, I am writing about my technology heroine Vivian Rosenthal, a graduate of Columbia architecture.  Upon graduation, she co-founded Tronic Studio with classmate Jesse Seppi.

I met her a year or so ago at a She Says event in New York.  Shortly there after she was nominated for the 2010 Andy awards, here is a great video on her intrepid approach to her work.  Vivian and Jesse have built Tronic into the destination for companies or individuals looking for visionary development whether it be multi-media, experiential design or branding.  It is difficult to put into words all that they accomplish, it is best to simply experience it.  Here is a link to one of my favorite’s. I love the chrome reflection, and the lighting effects.  I’m not going to ruin the surprise for you, please watch, and explore their site.  It is outstanding what Vivian and Jesse achieve.

Karim Rashid has done it again- making colorful bubbly shapes that are for the greater good.  Color choices CMYK inspired?

I see these as great alternatives to Sigg bottles.  One, they are produced here in the U.S., and two, they are light as easy to transport.  Carrying around a Sigg can be really heavy and taxing on your back.  They also offer a filtration system- excellent!

Alright, then, I’ve just purchased one, in, you guessed it, blue.  I should have it in about 10 days- come back and I’ll post images of it in use!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am in the mood for Spring cleaning!  This time of year is refreshing and offers up new opportunities.  This year, Cole Haan, is offering 20% off any purchase in exchange for a slightly worn pair of shoes to be donated to Soles 4 Soules.  There is no better incentive for new a colorful pair of shoes.  I have at least one, slightly used pair that could find more appreciating feet than mine.

Think of all the color combination options that are available with open toed shoes.  Remember, the Essie line now as a matte top coat, so with all the shiny patent leather out there, it’s easy to play up on color and texture!

Crayola knows blue is a top favorite for many Westerners.  Microsoft built on this information (knowingly or not) with their $80 million dollar blue for their search engine, Bing. This blue was tested to be more “engaging” and displayed “confidence” more than other colors.

Wins by a land slide, compared to Benjamin Moore’s million dollar red paint color.  I painted a table that color a few years ago and loved it.  Win some lose some.

Super cool blue link found on Today and Tomorrow blog, by Nicolas Sassoon.

Thanks for the $80 million link Christian!

St. Patrick’s Day growing up was a day of great celebration.  We would wake to little green presents hanging from the ceiling left by leprechauns.  These leprechauns would pull other shenanigans too, once I remember my dad’s cap having been placed in the freezer and the water was green (even in the toilet!)  Of course we wore only green, and pretty much everything we consumed milk, cupcakes, cabbage, and Irish soda bread.

After school, being an Irish dancer, I would change into my dance school uniform and head to the big party in the city and perform with my school for many drunken Irish!  Those were the days!

It has been a long time since I have celebrated St. Patrick’s day in this way.  Today did feel very much like a holiday though, it is Spring Break after all, and the sun was out.  I put on my best green and was even treated to Irish Soda bread!  Yummy!

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.