Color Meets Culinary Functionality

Color Meets Culinary Functionality


Since colour came home in the 1950s with the vibrance developed during the industry boom and chemical advances following the second World War, kitchens and colour have seemingly been at war with each other. The psychedelic art of the 1960s met the mustard and moss colours of the 1970s, and they both hated each other. But now, in a time less frightened and simultaneously less eager, colour is safely being brought home, and to wherever possible.

Blown Glass artist Annie Michaud is bringing colour to the kitchen. With her latest collection of blown glass products, it appears that, finally, the kitchen can spring forth from being a strictly utilitarian place. From mortars to decantors and vases to paper weights, Michaud's bold colours make their way from the counter onto the tabletop.

orange mortar by michaud   

Michaud's company, Gogo glass based in Montreal, Quebec, seems to be defined by dare, fun, and the joy of creation. Innovation and experience rule the creations of gogo glass. Michaud herself seems akin to the spontaneity and passion of the fire with which she works. The splash of colour she brings to the usually dull or plain mortal and pestle is a warm welcome in red, orange, green, and blue. Also amongst her creations are lemon squeezers, salt bowls, decantors, and more.

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Colors of Religion:  Judaism

Colors of Religion: Judaism


Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people, based on principles and ethics embodied in the Tanakh (The Torah, or Hebrew Bible) and the Talmud. According to Jewish tradition, the history of Judaism begins circa 2000 BCE with the Covenant between God and Abraham, the patriarch and progenitor of the Jewish people. Judaism is among the oldest religious traditions still in practice today. Jewish history and doctrines have influenced other religions such as Christianity, Islam, and Samaritanism. Throughout the Torah, there are many references made to colour, which is used to symbolize these important principles and ethics.

silhouetted star of david

Because blue is the colour of sea and sky, it has come to represent the Divine, height and depth, and even equilibrium. But it is also revered as the colour of God's Glory. The Torah instructs Israelites to put fringes, or tzitzit, on the corners of their garments and weave within those fringes blue threads as another separation, the first notable separation being diet, from non-Jewish people, which discouraged conforming to the acts of heathens and sin. If tempted, they would see the fringe and be reminded of God. Because of this it is also used in Jewish Prayer Shawls. The Flag of Israel has two blue stripes and a blue Star of David against a white background. In modern Hebrew 'blue-white' is used a synonym for 'Israeli' as an adjective, especially for local produce opposed to imported goods.

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Colors of Religion: Islam

Colors of Religion: Islam


Islam is a monotheistic religion originating with the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th-century Arab religious and political figure. The word "Islam" means submission, or the total surrender of oneself to God, Allah. An adherent of Islam is known as a Muslim, meaning "one who submits (to God)". There are between 1 and 1.78 billion Muslims, making Islam the second-largest religion in the world.

al Fatima Mosque

Sacred Color of Islam: Green

Revered is the colour green, which has been associated with Islam as a symbol of the religion itself. Green is the sacred colour of Islam, and is used for the bindings of the Qur'an (the Muslim Holy Book) and in the silken covers of the Sufi saints. It has been suggested that green is revered because it was worn by Muhammad, but it also symbolizes life and nature. When finally reaching paradise in the afterlife, the Qur'an states, "ornaments shall be given to them therein of bracelets of gold, and they shall wear green robes of fine silk and thick silk brocade interwoven with gold, (18:31)" and they will be "Reclining on green cushions and beautiful carpets (55:76)." In Islamic culture green and gold are the colors of paradise.
mohammed ali mosque in cairo, egypt
Mosque Above Painted Ceiling

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Color vs. Colour - The Great Spelling Battle

Color vs. Colour - The Great Spelling Battle


It's been asked innumerable times: What's the deal with using "colour" in some places of this site and "color" in others? To us, it is the same idea and the same love we're sharing... just with different ways of spelling it. But for those who want more of an explanation, here is some history of the word and why we use both spellings.

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The History of Word

The origin of the word 'colour' is in Middle English (developed into Modern English in 16th Century), which actually borrows from Anglo-Norman French in this case. 'Colour' has many definitions and uses (About nine, and then a tonne of little bullets). Somewhere between colonisation, revolution, and the Industrial Revolution, the English language had no central regulation. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755) is the source of most of the current British spellings, but American English became somewhat simplified in spelling during the times between this book's publication and Noah Webster and his An American Dictionary of the English Language of 1828. Webster was a large part in changing the spelling of the language because of his philosophies and strong nationalism. What would've been seen then as the "correct" spellings have been listed as variants, and still are today.

So, the unstressed -our (favour, flavour, colour, savour) became -or (favor, flavor, color, savor), the few -re endings in British spelling (centre, metre, litre, manoeuvre) became -er (center, meter, liter, maneuver), and -ce (defence, offence, pretence) became -se (defense, offense, pretense). Because of wide usage in both countries and acceptance onto the pedastal of dictionaries, both spellings are accepted today, though it seems that "when in Rome" follows. And Canada got caught in the middle of it all, using mostly British spellings with some American leaking in.

American & British Flags

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Landmark Colors:  Peru (Inspiration & Support)

Landmark Colors: Peru (Inspiration & Support)


Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The estimated population in July 2007 was 28,674,757. Although the culture is primarily Amerindian and Spanish, traditionally, it has been influenced in its cooking, clothing, music, dance, and art by a number of African, Asian, and European ethnic groups. Because of this blending, Peru is a country so vibrant in colour.

Please see the bottom of this post for how you can help in the Earthquake Relief Efforts in Pisco, Peru.

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masked man at cuzco peruvian festival

masked man   Spanish conquest introduced the guitar and the harp, was responsible for the development the charango. African contributions to Peruvian music include its rhythms and the cajón. Peruvian folk dances include the marinera, tondero and huayno. Festivals, dances, and performances are marked by almost-flamboyant splashes of colour.
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Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors

Post-it Art : Productivity in Many Wonderful Colors


In the corporate world, climbing ladders and shaking hands run simultaneous. Between lunches, dinners, and meetings, something had to surface among the numbing UV lights of the office to keep everything in line. The Post-it Note, a small square with re-adhearable adhesive on the back, was one such answer. The three-inch bright yellow square was employed as a reminder, a note, or for organization... But some don't see it as only a productivity tool... they see it as a medium for colorful art.

Even on 3M's corporate site the Post-it Notes are sold with the slogan "So express yourself in color." Some creative people took that idea to heart and below are several examples of how people have used the sticky notes to create works of art.

colorful post-it art
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"TO DO" is a project by the New York based public art collaborative, Illegal Art. Feel free to write your own "to do" list on a Post-it®. Please do not remove any Post-its®. We will be documenting the project as the week continues and installing new Post-its® as the space fills.

colorful post-it art
img  by Nicolas Rudelle

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Colors of Religion:  Hinduism

Colors of Religion: Hinduism


Hinduism is an extremely diverse religion. Although some tenets of the faith are accepted by most Hindus, scholars have found it difficult to identify any doctrines with universal acceptance among all denominations. Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsāra (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various yogas (paths or practices). It even ranges in the perceived concept of God, from monotheism to polytheism, to even panentheism, pantheism, monism and even atheism. One common theme, however, is colour. Between ceremonies and chakras, the spectrum holds nothing back.

henna mehndi bride's hands   

During a Hindu wedding, there's plenty of red about. Red is seen as a symbol of happiness, and found on the bride's dress, the groom's robe and scarf, and in the sindoor, the holy red powder, that the groom places on the forehead of his bride, welcoming her into his life as his partner. During the ceremony, the groom gives a mangalsutra, a black beaded necklace, to the bride as a symbol of love, integrity and devotion towards her. The bride's hands are decorated with a red-brown henna, which has predated written text in its use, symbolising joy and happiness. Favourite pets and horses, brides, sometimes grooms, and children have all been decorated with henna's decorative art, Mehndi, comes out usually following holidays or special events. In the region where the henna plant grows, it follows that wherever there's joy, there's henna.

Followers of Hinduism often practice yoga. Meditation and tranquility are prevailing themes, and aligning the chakras, of which each is represented by a colour.

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Violet - Crown

purple flowering tree   Related organ: Brain
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally. Personal identification with the infinite, oneness with God, peace, wisdom.
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Forbidden Color Combinations?

Forbidden Color Combinations?


Color theorists and designers in fashion or computer graphics have coined phrases based around what colors shouldn't go together. A recent forum post, Red and Green Should Not Be Seen? discusses two of the sayings ("Red and Green Should Not Be Seen" and "Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between"), and some lovers have even responded in protest, showing how there is no 'wrong' in love. Here are some palettes and applications of the forbidden colors that really work.

Red and Green Seen

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Landmark Colors:  The Great Barrier Reef

Landmark Colors: The Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers (1,616 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers (132,974 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia, and can be seen from space.

large orange seafan   

From jellyfish to whales and a wide variety of fish, the reef supports such a diversity of life, including many rare, endangered species. The reef has skeleton deposits dating back half-a-million years, but among these deposits lives a world of colour. Coral alone can be from red to blue, and even white. Despite its stone appearance, coral is actually alive and growing. Corals have been growing in the region for as long as 25 million years, but have not always formed coral reef structures. Four-hundred species of corals, both hard corals and soft, are found on the reef.

Colorful Sea Life of the Great Barrier Reef

More than 1500 species of fish live on the reef, including the Clownfish (below), Red Bass, Red-Throat Emperor, and several species of Snapper and Coral Trout.

clownfish pair in anemone
Clownfish Hiding  Me the Anemone

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Colors of Religion:  Christianity

Colors of Religion: Christianity


Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. They are named 'Christians' for their belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, which is the first part of the Bible, and they see the New Testament, the second part, as the record of the Gospel that was revealed by Jesus. Throughout the Christian Scriptures color is used in descriptions, and looking at the recurring themes supplies a better understanding and insight to the principles of the religion.

black silhouetted tree   

Black has a powerful association with the negative aspects of human experience. Death, plagues, famine, disease, mourning, and sorrow all fall under black in description, whether it be the encroaching pestilent clouds or the ruin left behind. This is met with one exception pertaining to good health, which uses black to describe hair colour. Primarily, however, it is the colour of sin and judgment.

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