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Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]

Maasai Beading: Color & Symbolism [ infographic ]


The Maasai are one of the most well known Indigenous people of Africa. Their colorful attire and unique customs highlight their vibrant culture located in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania.

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Have you ever wondered as to the symbolism and social meanings behind their vibrantly beadwork?

"The beaded jewelry made by the Maasai women is a tradition from the Maasai tribe, located in Southern Kenya. The Maasai have been creating beaded jewelry for a very long time. It all started long before the first European contact had occurred. At the time, the tribe used natural resources to create their jewelry. Clay, wood, bone, copper and brass are just few of the materials that were used. When trade with Europeans started in the late 19th century, glass beads were suddenly available, and it is with those that the Maasai decided to continue their tradition of beaded jewels....The colors of the jewels are not only chosen because of the beautiful ensembles they make, but also for their symbolic values. Each color has a meaning that is often related to cattle. Cattle are the main food source of the Maasai and they sustain a deep connection with them. " - Discovered.us

I am really impressed that the Maasai Culture still exits in our world today. With their unwavering culturally-rich history, American culture pales in comparison with our ever-changing fashion trends and cultural whims. They definitely have a deeply rooted culture one can't help but be impressed by.

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The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye

The History of Tie-Dye & The Art of Digital Tie-Dye


Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!

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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.

"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia

Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.

If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.

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So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.

"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...? 

Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form? 

"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...

I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.

In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!

Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)

Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :) 

Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!

Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!

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Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell

Inspiring Work of Artist, Kate Powell


Kate Powell is an enigma in not only the student art world, but in art itself. Her alluring artwork is highly captivating using a mix of black and white in pencil with a touch of color and collage work.

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Kate's acheivements while daunting, are still quite motivating. You can read about her academic background achievements here in an article by Student Art Guide. According to this article-interview, Kate embraced considerable inspiration from contemporary, up-coming artists such as Marco Mazzoni, Meghan Howland and Gabriel Moreno.

Enjoy this magnificent collection of Kate's beautiful illustrative artwork. Her idea's incorporate beautiful human expression mixed with nature.

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Follow Kate Powell's work: Facebook | Tumblr | Instagram | DeviantArt

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Creative Design Resources by Morgana Lamson

Creative Design Resources by Morgana Lamson


Morgana Lamson is a creative designer and illustrator who is well loved by the Creative Market and COLOURlover families. She has an amazing eye for design and does a wonderful job creating truly unique pieces. Along with her husband Gerren, they run Satchel & Sage, a super fun print and textile company. I thought I would feature some of my favorite items from Satchel & Sage for your enjoyment today, and then provide you with links to some of Morgana's amazing design resources so you can start creating amazing prints too!

Satchel & Sage - From their Etsy store

The Woodland Creatures featured below have to be one of my favorites from Satchel & Sage, I hope you enjoy them as well! which animal is your favorite?

Looking to get creative? Check out Morgana's amazing design resources on Creative Market:

If you're in San Francisco July 27-28th, 2013 (Saturday and Sunday) be sure to check out Satchel & Sage at the Renegade Craft Fair! You can meet Morgana and Gerren, and pick up some of their great designs!

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Creative Ideas from One Artsy Mama

Creative Ideas from One Artsy Mama


If you're looking to learn a variety of new craft projects, One Artsy Mama is a site you definitely have to check out. One Artsy mama is the brain child of Amy Latta. On her site, she shares a variety of creative projects including home decor, kid's crafts, sewing, jewelry, and more. She recently published her first e-book Crochet 101, and it's absolutely fantastic and a must-read resource for anyone looking to get into Crochet.

Amy has tons of awesome DIY and craft projects that I'm absolutely in love with.  I've selected some of my favorite projects and posts from Amy's blog that I think you'll fall in love with.

First of all, if you're interested in learning how to crochet, Amy is an expert. Be sure to check out Crochet 101 and get started today. Amy provides you with all the resources and tools you need to get started.

Create Crazy and Colorful Coasters with Amy: I love this project that Amy came up with. It's so cool, creative, and easy to make.

You Are My Sunshine Framed Art: I absolutely love this project. It's perfect to put around your house or use as a gift for a loved one.

Ever wanted to throw a Lego Party? Amy shows you how to through the perfect lego party complete with Party Favors, a Lego cake, and tons of Lego fun.

Tissue Paper Cherry Blossoms: I love this idea for decorating my apartment. It's absolutely gorgeous! I really want to set aside a time to get this done!

Shabby Chic Jewelry Organizer: Make a jewelry organizer with Amy. I absolutely love this gorgeous jewelry organizer.

I hope you've enjoyed these awesome craft tutorials from Amy Latta on One Artsy Mama. Be sure to connect with Amy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

If you looking to get a little crafty yourself, check out Creative Market for some awesome digital downloads.

 

 

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Colorful Scrapbook Pages

Colorful Scrapbook Pages


I've always wanted to come up with unique ways of saving my memories, and scrapbooks have started to become my creative outlet. I can spend hours a day just choosing different patterns and clip art to combine to really make my memories come to life in the pages of a scrapbook.

I searched the web to find some of the most colorful and creative scrapbook pages, and I hope they inspire you to create awesome projects.

If you're looking to create some colorful scrapbook pages and paper printables use these awesome papers and graphics from Creative Market:

 

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Paint Chip Pals - Saving the World from Blah

Paint Chip Pals - Saving the World from Blah


Paint Chip Pals is a recently launched Kickstarter project and brainchild of Andrea and Cliff Currie, the creative minds behind HandMakeMyDay.com. Think adorable, paint-chip inspired, plush characters designed to add a bit of colorful personality to the everyday world of blah.

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Andrea and Cliff are trying to raise enough money so they can bring one of these inquisitive characters to life, and backers get the chance to choose which one it will be. Check out their project video to learn a little bit more about the people and ideas behind Paint Chip Pals.

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Colorful Round-Up + Links From Around The Web

Colorful Round-Up + Links From Around The Web


It has been quite a fun week over here at COLOURlovers. Between our iPad contest with Zazzle, book review on the new Smashing Magazine book, Redesign The Web and so much more!

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FAVORITE BLOG POSTS:

Some of our favorite blog posts from this week are crafty projects you can do with magazine pages and some fabulously colorful digital art by Andy Gilmore! Also, Zazzle is hosting a COLOURlovers iPad Design contest! If you haven't entered, now is the chance, the winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

CMYLK by DESIGN MILK

Design Milk (one of our fave blogs over here at COLOURlovers) has created a brand new column called "CMYLK". Each week, they round up some images – products, interiors, and art – and their associated COLOURlovers color palettes to inspire and delight. This week, features some fabulous paintings by Kristy Gammill. Check out the blog post for more palettes!

Do you "like" us on Facebook? Well you should be because we post awesome photos like those below all week long!

A few weeks back we held a Betabrand sock design contest! The 3 winning designs are now listed for pre-order on the Betabrand website! Pre-order your pack now!

LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB

LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB:

  • The entire process of creating and building this colorful little room is posted on Design Milk Megan Geckler for Bobble.
  • House Beattiful shows us 6 Cheery Yellow Bathrooms. This is great inspiration for those of you looking to spruce up your bathroom for the summer.
  • If you haven't had the chance to get yourself a few Pantone Coffee Mugs, now might be a good time to go grab them.

Have any colorful posts you have seen yourself? Share them in the comments below! See you next week with some more colorful round-ups!

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Crafting With Magazines

Crafting With Magazines


A bit ago we posted about crafting with paint chips. Today I wanted to post about another product you probably have laying around your house that you could turn into totally awesome art.

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Have you ever tried to find a use for magazines and catalogs that you finished looking through? Throwing them away feels like such a waste sometimes, doesn't it? Well today we are posting about various art projects you can do with those old magazines to repurpose them and bring those pages to life, for the second time. These projects are also a great way to give your kids something to do, using only products you already have in your home.

The magazine sunburst is probably my favorite piece of magazine art yet. All you have to do to create such an art piece is a roll up magazine pages and paste them together. Check out how she did it. Next to this fun DIY is a cool magazine clock that you can get off Etsy.

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I know the holidays aren't upon us for quite a while, but here are some fun things you can create for the season. Creating bows from magazine pages is super easy and a fun touch that you can't find anywhere else.

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Magazine jewlery! Want to find something unique to wear? This is definitely a good route to take, and you can even make it yourself which is even more impressive.

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Here are a few fun ways to add a little bit of magazine crafting into your home.

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 Now this is one incredibly awesome vase! Even without flowers, this is such a statement piece for you home.

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This is a fun craft project for you and your kids! And they make for great storage after the fact.

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What are your favorite pieces? I would love to see the color palettes and patterns you all can create with such fun inspiration. And if you have the chance to craft with magazine paper, I would love to see pics of what you are coming out with.

Were you looking to create a digital magazine? Check out Creative Market for some original ideas.

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Easter Favorites for a Colorful and Festive Holiday

Easter Favorites for a Colorful and Festive Holiday


So many fun things can be done to make Easter a little more festive. From crafty decorations to different ways to dye eggs, these ideas will get you excited for the Easter festivities.

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Craft up this yarn garland using balloons, glue and yarn. Check out the DIY tutorial.

These bags and tags are perfect for finding and gathering Easter eggs.


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Have you heard of cake pops? I'm sure by now the answer is yes. The fabulous Bakerella has thought of how to turn everything under the sun into a fabulous cake pop, and these easter eggs are no exception.


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Looking for fun ways to spruce up those eggs? I guess traditional egg dye isin't the only way to make eggs look awesome. My personal favorite are the neon dipped eggs. Oh how I love neon at the moment.

 

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Happy Easter from all of us here at COLOURlovers! We hope you enjoy your weekend!

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