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Super Color Silk Worms

Super Color Silk Worms

By feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye, scientists are able to harvest brightly coloured silk.

The environmentalists like it cause it cuts back on the water use and harsh chemicals needed for the dyeing process. Scientists like it for the potential to create silk with antibacterial, anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties that could be used in wound dressing or even as biomedical frameworks for repairing damaged tissues. We like for both those reasons. Plus, we especially like it because of how colorful they are.

Here's some silkworm color love inspired by science and these 'intrinsically colored and luminescent silk worms'.

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By feeding them mixtures containing dyes, researchers have helped silkworms spin fluorescent, coloured silk.

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By feeding silkworms a mulberry mixture containing fluorescent dye, Natalia's team was able to harvest brightly coloured silk that is structurally unaffected, but which also has luminescent, or glowing, properties. The dye molecules are ingrained within the silk filaments to create permanent colour.

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Image credits: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering

Sources: Australian GeographicIntrinsically Colored and Luminescent Silk [Via inhabitat]

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Artist Interview: Laura Berger

Artist Interview: Laura Berger

I discovered Laura Berger's work very much by accident. I was visiting some close friends in Seattle and I wandered into a home store that carried her prints. The print I purchased was called Be Nice to Yourself (still available on her Etsy shop). Something about the design and the little creatures she created really captivated me, and I never forgot it. In fact, I held on to her business card, which was neatly tucked into the back of the bag the print was sealed in, and when I looked her up online I discovered a whole world of work she'd created, from paintings on wood to precious little dishes. In short, I wanted to buy everything -- and that's when I knew I had an artist on my hands that the world needed to know about.

Lucky for us here at COLOURlovers, Laura had time to speak to us for an exclusive interview in which she speaks about her creation process, inspirations, dreams of one day seeing her creatures as collectible figures and more. If you're as capitivated as we were, you can keep up with Laura on her Flickr page, through her blog (listed above) or on her Etsy page.

COLOURlovers: Do you remember the first time you created art? When was it?

Laura: I distinctly remember bringing home a giant fish that I made when I was in kindergarten.  It was made out of two pieces of fish-shaped brown kraft paper that we painted fish faces onto, stapled together, and stuffed with something or other to make it three-dimensional.  I showed it to my mom and then I watched Mister Roger's Neighborhood & ate a sandwich.


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Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial

Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial

To celebrate Earth Day today we have, Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayground.com and Terracycle.net, here to teach us how to re-purpose an old t-shirt to make these adorable flower pins. Tiffany just launched her first book, ReMake It! (by Sterling Publishing). It's super adorable and is a pretty fun book to have on hand whether you have kids or you just love to re-purpose. We'll be doing a giveaway for 3 of these books at the tail end of the tutorial with a BONUS PRIZE, so stay tuned!

T-Shirt Scrap Flower Pin


  • T-shirt
  • ruler
  • washable marker or pencil
  • fabric scissors
  • twist tie
  • button with two holes
  • pin back or safety pin

Use one T-shirt to make a single color flower, or mix it up and use strips from a few different shirts for a flower with different colors.


1. Measure and cut ¾-inch wide strips from the bottom of a T-shirt. From those strips, cut eight 8-inch long pieces.

2. Pull on the ends of each strip and stretch them until their edges curl. Snip three holes into each strip—one in the middle and two more, each ½ inch from the ends. Be careful not to cut across the whole strip, just to make small holes.

3. Slip the ends of the twist tie through a button, and pull it through so it is snug across the front of the button. Twist the ends of the twist tie together tightly until they are completely twisted at the back of the button.

4. Thread the end of the twist tie through the hole at the center of one of the T-shirt strips. Then, thread the twist tie through the holes on the ends of the T-shirt strip. Repeat this for all the rest of the strips

5. Holding the T-shirt strips and button together, untwist the twist tie ends. Insert them through the holes in pin back or wrap them around the safety pin (whichever pin you decide to use). Adjust the twist tie until the flower and pin are held firmly in place on the pin back. Remake a whole bouquet of flower pins and grow a garden on your shirt!

More About The Author

Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design atTerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. She also keeps up her own green biz,RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and can sometimes be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.


Tiffany was so kind to send us three (3) books to give to you! We are going to do another random pick from the user comments on this one. So if you'd like a cool copy of ReMake It! You must do the following:

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite art/craft style is be that a link out to your most favorite craft blogger(s) or just list your top 1-5+ most favorite things to work with be that modge podge, sewing, quilting, re-purposing, scrapbooking (traditional or digital), card making, painting, etc. The sky is the limit in the craft world!


Bonus Prize is a $25 Gift Card at COLOURlovers partner, Spoonflower.com.

I will be posting this article on the COLOURlovers Facebook wall. All you have to do is:

  1. 1) LIKE the COLOURlovers Facebook Page
  2. 2) SHARE the article on your facebook wall
  3. 3) Leave a comment on the article I posted on our fb wall which should include your COLOURlovers USERNAME.

We will be conducting a random drawing from the facebook post commentary. As long as you followed the steps, you will be included.

If you have already LIKED our facebook page, then that step is done. You won't be able to see the SHARE or COMMENT on the COLOURlovers facebook wall until you have LIKED our page.

I've posted THIS (the above image shows what it will look like) blog article to our facebook wall. Re-Post it to your wall by clicking the link on it, SHARE (see red arrows in the image). And then make a COMMENT letting me know you shared it, and let me know your username on COLOURlovers. The facebook contest is ONLY for the $25 at Spoonflower.com. If you want the book you must ALSO comment on the blog post here.

You may play and qualify for BOTH prizes (ReMake It! book AND the $25 at Spoonflower.com). The contest will run from today, April 22nd, 2011, until Thursday, April 28th with winners announced Friday, April 29th, 2011. You must be a COLOURlovers user to qualify for either prize. So register if you need to!

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RAW COLOR - Design

RAW COLOR - Design

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 design work. In a pervious posts we covered their research on vegetable pigments, and in an upcoming post we will cover their use of photography.

This is Basic

Planes, shadows, hues and reflections are subject of this research. For this study we have chosen for paper because this material has all appropriate qualities we were looking for. Paper is both flexible and stiff , it has colour, structure, it reflects and absorbs the light. Besides that it is one of the most natural materials for us to work with. By means of folding and cutting two-dimensional sheets are transformed in three-dimensional shapes, that form abstract images and shaded illusions.

The series of posters is part of the installation 'This is Basic'. The big pop-up shapes are triangles, circles and squares, by unfolding the poster the shapes open up and become three-dimensional. This transformation highlights the effect of shadow and reflection on the surfaces and shades.

The series is limited to 8 basic colours, both used for the shapes and the background, that makes 192 possible combinations. For those who are interested, they are for sale!

The booklets were sketches and starting point of our research at the same time. They are based on paper planes, their relation and interaction with each other. The contrasts of cut paper planes form new compositions every time you turn a page.


StrijpX is a design platform established in Eindhoven, showcasing emerging talent in product, fashion and graphic design. The core of this visual identity is the special developed dessin, composed of geometric shapes relating to the letter X. Every layer makes efficient use of the C,M,Y based offset printing process. During the printing the colours are turned on and off to reach a maximum diversity of transparencies, overlaps and colour combinations. The four basic combinations were created in one print run, C/M, C/Y, M/Y, C/M/Y. All on papers from 90, 120 and 250 grams. The offset printed sheets are finalised by a black information layer, adding the specific information of every exhibition. The black is added by the usage of silkscreening, hereby the C,M,Y,K is completed.


For the food design studio 'Keukenconfessies' we searched for a mixture of moods, prints, colours and printing techniques. We were asked to design a ‘logo’ that could change, for this we came up with different, independent shapes coming from food and cooking, some more abstract then others. With these shapes you could mix endless combinations. For the business cards we added a stamp layer, to make the identity a bit more rough and playfull. The identity is based on a simple and strong shape language. For the typography is chosen a black and bold lettertype, it gives a robust feeling next to the colourful shapes. For all the printed matter we used uncoated paper. The stationary paper is only printed on the back site, here the overview from all illustrations are visible, in this case they can use the paper for different occasions.

Other Design Work

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RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink

RAW COLOR - RBP Printing with Vegetable Ink

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.”

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COLOURlovers Artist Interview: Camilla d'Errico

COLOURlovers Artist Interview: Camilla d'Errico

There have been many artists over time whose work can be confused with that of another artist with a similar style, but Camilla d'Errico is not one of them. Growing up on a steady diet of cartoons, manga and anime, Camilla has become a remarkable full time artist with a distinctive style of her own, creating everything from original paintings to t-shirts, comics and more.
COLOURlovers had a chance to catch up with Camilla recently, and we learned about a lot of exciting new projects coming this year. She's just about to launch her own graphic novel based on the Helmet Girls series, and she's also got a comic series based on her character Tampopo coming very soon. Read on to learn more about the woman behind the beguiling and feminine creations!

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.


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Contest: Be the next Michael Miller Fabrics' License Designer

Contest: Be the next Michael Miller Fabrics' License Designer

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!

  • * $100 Spoonflower Credit
  • * 10-yards of Michael Miller Fabric (chosen by finalist)

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.

We would love to see any design you submit, so please by all means post it in the comments. Good Luck!

If you don't plan on submitting anything, please feel free to post your own Michael Miller inspirations related to the contest.



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Women On The Wavelength: Sandra Fettingis - Inspiration

Women On The Wavelength: Sandra Fettingis - Inspiration

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.

'this time is will be different' at Plastic Chapel

My work draws from influences as far ranging as photographic portraiture, art deco design, modern and contemporary architecture and colorist ideas.

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 Blue Holes of the Bahamas

Blue Holes of the Bahamas

Blue Holes are named for the dramatic contrast between the lighter shades of the surrounding shallow water and the dark, deep blue holes where these natural formation plunge into the abyss. The deepest, Dean's Blue Hole, located in bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, reaches 202 meters (663ft). Many others are located in the same region (the Bahamas) as well as Belize, Guam, Australia and the Red Sea. The deep blue color is caused by the high transparency of water and bright white carbonate sand. Blue light is the most enduring part of the spectrum; where other parts of the spectrum—red, yellow, and finally green—are absorbed during their path through water, blue light manages to reach the white sand and return back upon reflection.

Images from neatoramam & Un Monde Ailleurs

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And It's not just incredible color palettes with unique contrasts and quintessential deep sea greens and blues that sceintist are discovering:

Swimming holes they are not. The inland caves on five islands sport freshwater caps covering heavier saltwater layers, sometimes filled with clouds of poisonous hydrogen sulfide released by salt-eating microbes, acting to preserve whatever falls within. Others contain whirlpools powered by the tides. - USA Today

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Here's a Way on Wednesday: Organizing Etsy Patterns Usefully

Here's a Way on Wednesday: Organizing Etsy Patterns Usefully

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.


  1. - 3 Ring Binder (thickness depending on what you want)
  2. - Clear Page Protectors
  3. - 3 Ring Hole Punch
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