Mathmos Illuminates Colorlove

Mathmos Illuminates Colorlove


From as early as the 1960s, colour and lights have been brought together in unconventional ways to the home. The defining product of the time was the lava lamp, and they find their ways into homes even today with all sorts of bases and tops to accommodate the tastes of the homes in which they appear. The driving force behind lava lamps, Mathmos, has become a radiant source for colour.

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Quiet Reminders

Today, light and colour come together in all new and exciting ways. It seems like everything with a circuit board has LEDs in it somewhere. An array of colours can tell you if something is charged completely, if it's on or simply has power, and so on. These subtle signals can tell us a number of things. With so much of our daily lives revolving around tiny coloured lights, it makes me all the more glad that Mathmos has taken ambient light to a new level.

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Interview with Franco DeFrancesca

Interview with Franco DeFrancesca


Franco DeFrancesca

Franco DeFrancesca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age: 39
School or Professional Training: Ontario College of Art & Design and the University of Guelph

www.francodefrancesca.ca

I was lucky enough to be in Toronto and catch Franco's work on display in a gallery a few months back. His work was wonderfully colorful and drew us into the gallery. I thought the medium was equally interesting and I'm excited he took the time to share with us how he creates these beautiful works and where he finds inspiration.

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CL: What is your background?

Franco:
Born and raised here in Toronto to Southern Italian (Calabrese) immigrant parents, I graduated from the Ontario College of Art (which is now called the Ontario College of Art and Design). After graduating from school and traveling I began a career as a freelance graphic designer, which I had worked at until 2001. With changes in the labor market, affected by the notorious "tech bubble" and a personal desire to shift career possibilities I began working in the renovation industry as a carpenter and general tradesman. After working in the reno industry for a couple of years I returned to school to resume art studies and have been a working artist since 2004.

Reticence by Franco DeFrancesca

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Wallpaper-by-Numbers for Easy, Fun Color

Wallpaper-by-Numbers for Easy, Fun Color


Particularly ideal for kids who just can't stop colouring the wall, or for a new creative outlet designer Jenny Wilkinson stumbled upon an idea in 2003 to create her own wallpaper that you can customise with colour. Though not really filled in with numbers, the paper is uncoloured, and takes seemingly any colouring medium.

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Patterns for Adults and Children

The repeating patterns of the wallpaper Wilikson designs remind me of 1950s wallpaper, and even some from Victorian Era (to an extent). And this is a good thing. From pineapples to hammerhead sharks, the designs are, at once, classy and playful. Wilkinson has particularly thought to create a range for children with fun shapes, rainbows, and magic-inspired creatures. The wallpaper serves as more of a banner than a wall cover, and can be placed at any height.

Where You Can Get Some of Your Own

Any of the patterns available can be viewed on Wilkinson's site, and pricing can be done over the phone (she's in the UK) or by e-mail.

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Colors Out of the Closet

Colors Out of the Closet


Having recently done laundry, I couldn't help but notice the different colours I was pulling out of the dryer. What looking at those colours got me thinking about was something I've heard in conversation a few times: Comfort Colors.

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Socks & Shirts   Here is my palette: (Foregoing the risk of being too embarrassing, I have conveniently left out my colourful fish boxers, although they seem to be the most colourful things I own.)
socks and shirts
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Following Nintendo through the Ages (and Colors)

Following Nintendo through the Ages (and Colors)


Every time I hear "the adults" of my family talk about video games, which is usually after one of my cousins and I mention something, they seem to always loop back to, "Wow, remember pong? We used to play that for hours." And while controllers have seemingly become just more complicated and the games just the same, what's been interesting to watch is the evolution of graphics over gameplay, specifically with Nintendo, the longest running console manufacturer.

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Colored in May 2007 Movie Posters

Colored in May 2007 Movie Posters


With the start of the (usually) exciting summer movie season, records have already been broken. Again. With films like Spiderman 3 and Shrek the Third competing, ticket sales have seen all sorts of exciting new heights.

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What we're going to look at today are the colours used in five posters of movies that are playing now.

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Light to Keep the Colors Alive

Light to Keep the Colors Alive


Houseplants have always been a struggle for me. Plants need light. I like the dark. Plants need water. I'm forgetful.

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But here's a look at the basic needs of a plant, and a little touch of science.

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Candlelit Color Moods with Glassybaby

Candlelit Color Moods with Glassybaby


I came across Glassybaby while reading a book today at a local coffee shop... I wrote the name down on my hand and came home to look them up. What I found was a company taking the old art of glass making and giving it a very colorful twist. 53 color twists to be exact. As a lover of color I'm going to order a palette of these glasses for my office... Now the hard part of choosing a palette!

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Glassybay Colorful Glasses

From the www.glassbaby.com website:
"Glassbaby come in 53 different colors that you can mix to create a stunning, flickering picture for a quiet vigil or a bustling party. Shining out of a window, a Glassbaby creates an aura of love and good that fills the heart of anyone on the sidewalk or street.

There is almost no limit to the moods and feelings that a Glassbaby or group of Glassbaby can produce in someone, be it the calm and tranquil mint green or the inspiring dark orange.

As glasses, Glassbaby are beautiful and useful: they act as cups and goblets, and the transparent colors are ideal for this job. Glassbaby are dishwasher safe and are practically indestructible when you drop them.

Glassbaby are useful in many ways. But their real use is lifting bad moods and loneliness. Their warm and colored light flickers like we do in everyday life. Glassbaby serve as a metaphor to symbolize hope and are humble in spirit but not beauty. Whatever your mood, a Glassbaby can keep your home inviting and full of spirit."

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More Than 300 Very Confused People


One of the fun features of COLOURlovers is that we allow our members to name the colors and palettes they upload. This ends up doing some interesting things on the search engines as we get indexed for the totally random things that people choose as names.

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Looking back in our recent stats, here are a few examples of people who ended up at COLOURlovers when probably looking for something totally different...

2 Searching for "how to put on a tutu"

 

4 Searching for "erin go brahless"

 

2 Searching for "kickinthenuts"

 

49 Searching for "Granny Sex"

 

25 Searching for "toasted mango"

 

9 Searching for "Dirty Underwear"

 

3 Searching for "No Panties"

 

5 Searching for "how to make c4"

 

9 Searching for "Naked Woman"

 

2 Searching for "its hard to kiss the lips that chew"

 

193 People Searching for "Lovers"

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Colored Beautifully, Colored Simply

Colored Beautifully, Colored Simply


Everyone that I know who can draw has, at some point, drawn a still life. Whether a lesson or an inspiration, even foods have snuck into their pencils just waiting to come out.

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In fact, almost all still life pieces of art that I've seen are fruit. A strange common theme, but I guess one that'll last long enough to provide room for shading, shaping, and colour contrast. Most commonly among the fruit comes oranges, one of the hardest shapes to draw, being round and spherical.

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