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The work of Daniera ter Haar & Christoph Brach, who have become better known by the name of one of their projects, Raw Color, is highly prismatic, covering the spectrum between art, design, photography and color research by mixing the powerful colors of vegetables, innovative color harvesting processes, with unique applications for print and textiles. Each project is created with an astute design sense and captured with stunningly composed photography.
The Eindhoven, Netherlands based team uses color as the 'connection between their different practices' posing questions like, 'what is the nature of a color and what is the connection to its physical state?' This post focuses on their research on vegetable pigments. Two other posts to follow will focus on their design and photography.
“Color is a really nice connection between those disciplines. We use it almost as a material, and it’s transformative the way it can make something seem hard or light or heavy.”
COLOURlovers: You've mentioned in your bio that you loved cartoons and manga as a kid. Can you name any early influences?
Camilla: Oh for sure! Cartoons shaped my life! Disney movies, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Masters of the Universe (He-Man & She-Ra of course!), just to name a few.
COLOURlovers: When did you first start to draw?
Camilla: The first memory I have of drawing was when I was 5. I was drawing before then, like all kids, but there's a particular moment that was like me realizing my calling. I drew this snow leopard and I was just so proud of myself! I loved it, and that is when I knew I wanted to draw for the rest of my life.
What an amazing opportunity for you! One of our great partners, Spoonflower.com is joining forces with Michael Miller Fabrics to find their next license designer for the Michael Miller Fabrics' line. This is an opportunity of a lifetime! Check the full details on projectselvage.com. CONTEST ENDS MARCH 24th
There will be 10 finalists not to mention an ultimate WINNER. Finalists get some great goodies!
While you might be sitting there thinking, well I don't have design software at my fingertips, actually, you do...and for free to boot. If you don't already know about it, COLOURlovers.com has it's very own Seamless Pattern maker on hand, on site. Just go to Create > Pattern > Design a Pattern (see below image).
While you are probably going to find it a tough competition if you've never used this type of design tool before, this is an opportunity for COLOURlovers who already create some pretty fantastic work with this tool to utilize their talents and maybe win big. Do make sure you read the rules to enter throughly.
March is Women's History Month, and to show our appreciation to all the women who color in our world, we're sharing amazing work and colors from women all month. Today for your color inspiration is the cut acrylic work of Sandra Fettingis, whose recent exhibition filled with neon colors, 'this time things will be different', at Plastic Chapel in Denver, closes March 5th, 2011.
My work draws from influences as far ranging as photographic portraiture, art deco design, modern and contemporary architecture and colorist ideas.
If you ask my husband, he'd tell you I'm the last person to ask about organizing my craft space, but I promise, I do have SOME nooks of organization amongst all my madness! One of the most recent additions to the actual organized areas of my craft-mess are my Etsy.com sewing patterns. I started a recent habit of buying some simple sewing projects from Etsy.com sellers and some of them tend to verge on e-book status of 12-20+ pages each, and that may or may not include the pattern pieces too. So after having about five different pattern stacks sitting on my desk, I decided I needed to clean it up a bit.... as I was clicking the button to buy another pattern.
You can do a number of no-brainer ideas to easily manage this stack. But I wanted to share what is working for me so far using what I had on hand in my office.
In 2010, using twine for crafty stuff was a big trend, and it 's still going strong. I don't imagine the use of this classic craft material going anywhere anytime soon. It brings nature in to the home with a rustic farmy feel - something like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie.
This twine inspiration is from my mom. One of my Christmas gifts from her this year was a family name sign with the lettering done in twine. I am so in love with it! Although an extremely cheap project (or gift for that matter) it is very time consuming. I guess that statement might be of opinion depending on the word and letters you have to deal with. My mom did two family names, "FORD" and "BERMEA" - lucky for her she got out of doing my sister's married family name, "SUTHERLAND". That might have pushed her over the brink of sanity, especially after already having made two others.
Bright sun, rich florals and saturated grasses can easily dull and washout any blush tone, but place these soft, delicate colors against a stark white and grey winter backdrop and you have something brilliant and beautiful. Winter is the perfect season for blush.
This curated set from Etsy member sweptfromthesea includes a wonderful selection of blush colored items from Etsy. We repost it here for color inspiration and to showcase the great color work you can find in the greater color & design community.
DOT: A tiny round mark made by or as if by a pointed instrument; a spot. - thefreedictionary.com
This is such a simple method that I always think everyone already knows how to do it, but I think that's just me, who comes from a crafty background. Growing up we were constantly exposed to art, painting and crafts of many variety so things like this come by second nature without a thought. But then the thought did come to me that some of you may not realize how fast and easy a project can be when you're adding painted dots - which you might be dreading. Dread no more!
And lucky me, it was mine! It all started 2 years ago when I turned 28 and talked my mom into making me a 28 layer rainbow cake for my Birthday. My mom has always been up for a birthday cake making challenge and how could she deny her most colorful son of such a gift on his birthday?
Well, she had the help of my then girlfriend, recently wife, and they made me an awesome cake that I tweeted a photo of. The rainbow cake got a wild reception on the web and my mom was quite pleased with her hard work... So for my wedding this past December I talked her in to more than outdoing herself and making a whopping 60 layer rainbow cake... It was awesome... Here are some more photos and some of the story behind the cake.
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Our friends at MarthaStewart.com loved my 28-Layer Birthday Cake so much they asked my mom to share her full cake recipe and instructions on their site:
COLOURlovers Cake Recipe
Set all your ingredients out the night before so that they are all at about 70 degrees.
• 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon lemon extract, optional
• 1 tablespoon lemon zest (from one lemon), optional
• 3 cups cake flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• Food coloring (I used one package of the four basic colors, including red, blue, yellow, and green, and one package of the 'neon' colors, including purple, pink, turquoise, and lime)
How do you move a 6 foot long cake? With a moving van! My mom had been baking the cake in a rental house and we had to drive it the few miles down the road to where our reception was being held... luckily the car rental agency was fully booked up at the airport and our cousins had to rent a Uhaul because that was the only vehicle they could find in a 60 mile radius...
My Mom enlisted the help of (my aunt) her sister this time to make the wedding cake. They spent 2 days baking all 60 layers with 18 Different Food Colors. 7 Layers baked at a time.
My mom used a butter cream frosting to stick all 60 layers together as my sister & nephew provided moral support.
As Kaili and I cut all the way down the center of the cake it fell open presenting the surprise inside.
A pair of seahorses rode their way in on the cake. Seahorse Fun Facts: They mate for life & the male seahorse gives birth. (Sorry Kaili, can't help with that one.)
Chris aka PureForm, supervises the cake cutting. He knows I shouldn't be trusted with sharp knives or writing code.
Kaili and I met 20+ years ago in 2nd grade, but it wasn't until our 10 year high school reunion that we found the love we have for each other. Thanks for letting me share my happiness and my awesome cake with you all... Hoping your lives are as blessed and colorful as mine.
Are the kiddos are at home and in need of entertainment? - making ornaments is a fun way to spend time together. Get involved as a family, turn on some holiday tunes and have some creative time. If your tree is getting too full of ornaments, I'm sure Grandma & Grandpa and Aunties & Uncles would love some for their tree's too!
I first came across this ornament design by Noodle-Head.com "Half Eaten Ornaments". I love this take on making Gingerbread Man ornaments with a laughable approach. These will definitely be on my list for next years projects. One of the simple details here is using a red button with white yarn/string to make them look like peppermint candies. Genius! Original pattern by Elsie Marley here.