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To celebrate Jessi's Birthday it was suggested that everyone should dress in their favorite color from head-to-toe. Not being able to decide what her favorite color was–something many of us here at COLOURlovers can easily relate to–Jessi decided to change outfits every hour covering the entire spectrum with a monochromatic outfit for each hue. As a present, and to commemorate this colorful occasion, Josh Stewart created the website Jessi's Rainbow Birthday.
"I’m Jessi, and I LOVE color. This website represents April 16, 2010, my 31st birthday. When the lovely Jessica Hische brilliantly suggested the theme of everyone dressing head-to-toe in a single color a mere day before my birthday, I was surprised to find that I already had the complete makings for several different colors in my closet. (Most of my friends and family will tell you they are not at all surprised.) I couldn’t decide which color was my favorite, so I decided to opt for 11 outfit changes. I’m so grateful to my friend and colleague Josh Stewart for turning the day into a website. It’s SO me."
"I started my birthday with a bang of color! On our walk to work, Creighton and I noted how our regular clothes, which normally wouldn’t get a second look, were all of the sudden arresting viewers simply because of the unconventional combination. (Creighton was wearing all red.) Want to stop traffic? Dress head-to-toe one color. This feather hat and vintage Neiman-Marcus silk shirt came from the Brooklyn Flea. The scarf is from a New Year’s trip to New Orleans with the Amy, Scott and Lucy. The purchase of an accessory is a spectacular way to remember a journey. The magenta cords are from Brooklyn Industries, and if you ever find magenta Ropers (boots) in your size while thrift shopping, BUY THEM."
Our sunny days will soon be filled with familiar melodies roaming our neighborhoods and the sight of sweaty crowds anxiously awaiting their colorful treats from the ice cream truck (van)... but while we wait for that day to arrive here's a little color love for one of our favorite summer pastimes, with photos taken all over the world and a collection of palettes from the library.
To celebrate and welcome the change in color that spring brings, here are some inspiring photos and recent colors from the library. If you have a new spring palette you've been wanting to show off post it in the comments. And drop by these groups anytime to share and discuss the latest spring colors and trends.
Whether you think of Easter as a time to dye eggs, bust out your pastel dresses or go hunting for candy, it can prove to be a really creative holiday. If all those lovely colors get you in a crafty mood, you can certainly find many ideas to create your own Easter project, or ask friends and family to help you and make something in the spirit of the the season together.
Naturally we all think of dying eggs at Easter, but you don't have to be stuck using the same old Paas kit that your mom brought home every year. Why not try handpainting your eggs, or even better, dying them naturally? This handy guide will actually take you through the process of making your own dyes using beets, tumeric, cabbage and more. Also, don't miss the method of dying with onion skins -- it yields a truly beautiful result!
The black circular world of vinyl records took on a new spin with the introduction of the first picture discs in the 1940's and the widespread use of colored vinyl in the 1970's, setting off a trend of crafted vinyl; a trend that has reemerged in today's small batch record releases popular with DJs and collectors.
While focus is usually on album cover art, working color & design into the actual record itself adds another layer of craftsmanship, and creates another outlet for special/limited edition records to catch the eye of collectors & enthusiasts.
Here is a selection of some of the colorful endeavors in crafted vinyl records.
Vogue Picture Records: approximately seventy-four titles were produced by Sav-Way Industries of Detroit, Michigan from May 1946 through August 1947. They are highly prized by collectors for their colorful designs.
The @ (a.k.a at-sign, at-symbol, commercial at, snail, arrobase, monkey tail, little mouse, asperand, alphastratocusa along with many other names) is very familiar to us in the digital age, but like so many other things that are perfectly adapted and @ home in the digital age its historical uses, and the development of the symbol itself, is often never known, taken for granted, and forgotten.
While There are many different theories of how @ developed, it is fairly obvious its first widely accepted use was for representing commercial pricing rates ("at the rate of" 12 @ $1 = $12). It wasn't until 1971 when Raymond Tomlinson, an American programmer, used it as the natural division within the first e-mail message ever sent, that @ took on its modern meaning, and subsequently, a symbol for "The Internet", computerization, or modernization as a whole. Now it has gone as far as being admitted into the Museum of Modern Art's Design & Architecture collection.
Scroll down to see what people think the color of @ is.
"No one knows for sure when it first appeared. One suggestion is that it dates to the sixth or seventh century when it was adopted as an abbreviation of “ad,” the Latin word for “at” or “toward.” (The scribes of the day are said to have saved time by merging two letters and curling the stroke of the “d” around the “a.”) Another theory is that it was introduced in 16th-century Venice as shorthand for the “amphora,” a measuring device used by local tradesmen." - Why @ Is Held in Such High Design Esteem
Medieval monks abbreviated the Latin word ad (at, toward, by, about) next to a numeral.
It was originally an abbreviation of the Greek preposition ανά (transliterated ana), meaning at the rate of or per.
We've already brought you a primer on the simplistic, brightly colored vinyl toys known as 'Designer Vinyl' in the collectible toy world, and if you aren't much of the make-it-yourself type, you can easily sate your hunger for bursts of color by placing these bits of toy art around your home. However, if you are the crafty type (and if you're hanging around in our craft channel, I suspect that you just might be), you may find it inspiring that these toys also come in fully customizable (or DIY -- do it yourself) forms.
[Via Ian Murchinson]
The basic white Munny form can be purchased from Kidrobot.com for as little as $4.95 for smaller sizes. However, a larger size is available (you can get these guys up to 18"!). Once you get your hands on that simple little form, the only thing holding you back is the limits of your imagination.
The emergence of these DIY toys has basically fired up an entire subculture of artists who have gotten their creative groove on by painting and modifying them into something altogether different, and often incredible.
You can easily search the web and find all kinds of tutorials on how to make your own Designer Vinyl customs. Toy artists will also often show the creation process on their blogs. Even celeb Rosie O' Donnell has gotten into the custom world. You can start simply with something like markers or use products such as Sculpey to completely alter the shape of the figure itself.
A very early example of a raygun is the Heat-Ray featured in H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898). Science fiction during the 1920s described death rays. Early science fiction often described or depicted raygun beams making bright light and loud noise like lightning or large electric arcs. Nikola Tesla's attempts at developing directed-energy weapons encouraged the imagination of many writers. According to the stories, when activated, a raygun emits a ray, typically visible, usually lethal if it hits a human target, often destructive if it hits mechanical objects, with properties and other effects unspecified or varying.
The first toy space guns were produced in the 1930s and 1940s. Part of the Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon craze that swept the United States, they were an important byproduct of the popularization of space that occurred in the early decades of the twentieth century. During the 1920s and 1930s American Scientist Robert H. Goddard, began the first early tests of liquid-fueled rockets. Disproving the theory that rockets could not move forward in space because there was no air to push against, Goddard discovered the basic principles of rocket science. Yet, ironically, it was not Goddard, the father of space travel, who first caught the public's attention and popularized space exploration. It was a far more fanciful and romantic character, Buck Rogers. - Keep reading at Toy Rayguns
The Rayguns: Dr. Grordborts Infallible Aether Oscillators, are a line of immensely dangerous yet simple to operate wave oscillation weapons.
Meticulously built to the exacting standards and plans of Dr. Grordbort, these weapons, bespangled in fine detail and with various (most likely quite dangerous) moving parts are the perfect addition to a gentleman's study or a deterring centerpiece for a lady's powder room or chiffonier.
It's been a while since the link in our store for t-shirts died... and after trying a out several different on-demand printers we finally decided that to get the best quality prints we were going to have to make the shirts ourselves. So now you can rep the color love offline too.
Sponsored Members: Check your love notes for a special thank you 20% off coupon.
Holding t-shirt inventory isn't cheap so for now we're only stocking the black shirts. If in the future there is enough demand for white shirts we'll order some of those too...
If you honor us by buying one of our shirts, send us a photo of you wearing it and we'll add it to our online gallery... We may even offer some prizes to the most colorful and creative submissions.
Thank you all for continuing to support our efforts to grow the most supportive and creative community.