In search of blue

Meet the blue crew, scientists trying to give food, flowers, and more a color rarely found in nature

The quest for blue pigments—whose complex chemistry makes them rare in nature and difficult to synthesize—dates back millennia. Most were discovered by accident or are merely synthetic versions of blues already found in nature. In 2009, a chemist stumbled on the first new inorganic blue pigment in 200 years. Today, other researchers are continuing that quest by methodically using physics, chemistry, and genetics to create new blues to dazzle us with.

A small piece of ringwoodite produced in David Dobson’s lab. Dobson hopes to produce a new blue pigment that has a similar structure but is more stable. DAVID DOBSON

Take your colour design to the next level

Get inspired by trend forecasters, material specialists, colour experts and light designers to discover how colour, light and material can successfully affect your design.

Together with designers from all over the world you will work with colour interactively, and through different projects discover how you can stretch the limits of your colour design.

The International Colour Workshop is held during 5 days in picturesque Mariefred just outside Stockholm, Sweden. 

DATE: June 24th-28th, 2019
PLACE: Gripsholms Värdshus, Mariefred, Sweden

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Playing with Colour in Trosa

Maggie Maggio

A colour explorer day with colour consultant Maggie Maggio from Portland, Oregon. Don´t miss this opportunity to learn more – and have great fun at the same time. Maggie will bring  a kit of fun colour learning tools. For the beginner. Maggie Maggio is an architect, artist and art educator. She teaches colour all over the world.

Place: Trosa, Sweden
Date: May 31 2019
Time: 10 am to 16.00 pm
Price: SEK 350, Coffee and a light lunch included
Register: nicoline@kolormondo.com _

Research into #thedress

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Black and blue or white and gold?

Four years ago someone someone posted an overexposed photograph of a black and blue striped dress on Tumblr. It quickly became apparent that about half of us perceive the dress, not as black and blue, but white and gold.
Even before any studies had been published, psychologists and vision experts were quick to explain that the #thedress illusion is related to a process called “colour constancy” whereby your brain takes environmental lighting effects (which are ambiguous in #thedress photo), and your own past experiences, into account when interpreting the precise wavelengths it believes are being reflected off a surface. 

See Christian Jarretts paper for more information

See also
What is the correct answer about the dress’ colors? Investigating the relation between optimism, previous experience, and answerability. 
Bodil KarlssonCarl Martin Allwood 

This study suggests that a color judgment can be a decision process that includes both individual perceptual experiences and beliefs about colors. Even if these two phenomena are related they sometimes differ. We found that individual differences in optimism and previous experience were related to answerability judgments about the “correct answer” to the colors of The Dress.

The Jobs Sisters – ceramics and textiles

23 februari – 2 juni 2019
Thielska galleriet


Gocken Jobs, Rabarber, 1968

The two sisters Lisbet and Gocken Jobs created ceramics and textiles that made Swedish homes blossom during the post-war period. Wild flower bouquets covers ceramic dishes and tiles while lingon- and blueberries are arranged into decorative patterns applied onto hand printed textiles. Folk culture with midsummer celebrations, people cheering and musicians playing are also found among the Jobs sisters’ motives.


Lisbet Jobs, faience plate with decor of buttercup flower, 1951. Photo: Dalarnas museum

BACK TO PARADISE – MASTERPIECES OF EXPRESSIONISM

20 February – 9 June 2019
Millesgården

Max Pechstein, Liggande flicka, 1910, ©Pechstein Hamburg/Tökendorf

A comprehensive exhibition comprising 134 works, including paintings and prints by, among
others, Emil Nolde, Otto Mueller and Max Pechstein

The impact of social upheavels led the artists to a search for new lifestyles. The faster the changes have been, the stronger was the yearning for a new paradise, which the artists often found in harmony with nature and in the study of foreign cultures. 

»Colors became charges of dynamite, they were expected to discharge light«, wrote André Derain about the Fauvists’ scandalous appearance at the Paris Salon d’Automne in 1905. With the foundation of the Dresden artist group Brücke (The Bridge) in early summer of 1905, Germany also  set the course for change. Subsequently this new and emotive painting style was aimed at not only provoking the bourgeois taste, but as a means to shake up the established concepts of beauty.

The circle around the Neuen Künstlervereinigung München (New Artist’s Association of Munich) and the editorial department of the Munich almanac Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) set forth on a quest for a new introspection. Painting far outgrew the representational and new theoretical principles for the reconsideration of »primitive« art were established. 

Linus Fridén won Prisad färg

Linus Fridén from Konstfack Interior Design took the victory in Prisad Färg with his proposal BLÅ [blo:] that takes the viewer on a journey in the blue world.

The competition contribution conveys solid knowledge, creates strong experience and participation. It ranges from a pedagogical account to a poetic presentation, says the jury.

Prisad Färg is a competition in color designe for students and recently graduates in design, architecture, visual communication and art. The awards ceremony was held in connection with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Greenhouse on February 5, 2019.

Linnea Andersson finishing her contribution

2:nd prize Linnea Andersson HDK, Göteborg with her proposal I DO

Jury’s justification: The blue color inspires unexpected opportunities. It breaks new roads. The leaves are not green they are intensely blue and create patterns that overflow and do not settle on a given surface. The color gives energy. The result is unrestrained, boundless and demandlessly positive.

3rd prize Michelle Lundin, Linnea Englund, Maria Elander, Matilda Olsson, Lisa Johansson, Architecture, Chalmers with their proposal
Sky, Sea, Rain

Jury Justification: We are fooled into thinking that we see everything the same. This contribution shows what diversity our experiences and associations represent. 100 people in Gothenburg with similar background experienced heaven, sea and rain in a blue scale in infinitely many ways. This survey shows that we see the same things but experience it differently. This shows the wide color palette we see.