Posts tagged: Color Specialist

The Farolita Walk

By , January 4, 2012 8:26 am

THE COLOR CORNER

The Farolito Walk, joined by tourists, Santa Feans with dogs, children and anyone with a warm holiday feeling, is an excellent reason to come to Santa Fe for the holidays.  This walk on Christmas Eve 2011 on Canyon Road got started in the late 1970s. Small bonfires called luminarias and votive candles in paper bags, called farolitos light the walkways, changing the colors from day to night. The holiday colors of red and green on cobalt blue doors were reflected in the just fallen snow. The farnlitos highlight the aesthetically simple holiday decorations and the windows of art galleries and houses on Canyon Road.

 

Color Recycling In Art and Life…

By , November 30, 2011 8:00 am

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As I now believe that I am moving to Santa Fe on Dec. 14, after a whole life and career in NYC, I think of one of my favorite exhibits taking place at the privately run, not-for profit Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe.

What do you do when your traditional raw materials are no longer available and you are a skilled and talented craftsperson with years of experience and surrounded by continuing traditions? You reinvent your materials by recycling “junk” and possessions surrounding you.

This is what the jewelry designers at Santa Domingo Pueblo (Kewa) created between 1920’s to the 1950’s in New Mexico. They reinvented their craft and made it more “contemporary”. The Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM explores their jewelry in their current exhibit curated by J. Roderick Moore called – Thunderbird Jewelry of Santa Domingo Pueblo.

The scarcity of materials was caused by turquoise mines taken over by American companies, the turquoise was replaced by mosaics of inlaid and appliquéd inexpensive plastics (multicolored), bones of animals (off-white), LP’s (browns), celluloid (monotone) combs and battery casings (black). The pieces were sold as cheap trinkets for tourists visiting the Southwest. Today, they are collector’s items and worth hundreds of dollars.

STEPHEN JONES: MILLINER COLORIST

By , November 9, 2011 8:32 am

THE COLOR CORNEROn view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery at 18 West 86th Street, in collaboration with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is an exhibition called Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones. It is a celebration of color, shapes, engineering and humor. On display are hats worn by movie stars, society woman and royalty that include turbans, berets, helmets, top hats, and  work by contemporary milliners. Jones was responsible for the revival of British millinery in the 1980’s using daring colors and unique fabrics, feathers and leathers in collaboration with famous fashion designers and hats for the cinema. Jones combined exciting colors and unusual palettes that complimented the famous person he “hatted”.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture and  SXC 260:Color Painting Studio.

HOW TO MIX BROWNS FOR SPRING 2012

By , October 26, 2011 10:36 am

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If you have brown already in your wardrobe, you are in great shape for Spring 2012 or even this fall. Brown is back.

We see it in watches; hats, hair color, fashion and soon it will be a color to recon with in home fashion and cars.

I love browns. You can mix brown with two complimentary colors or with all three primary colors. You can create many tones, tints, shades, casts and values of browns. From warm browns to cool browns. Light beige browns to dark chocolate browns.

Learn how to mix browns and all colors from the 3 primaries with white or black in SXC260 Color Painting Studio. Beginning Thurs. November 10. You will be able to mix browns and all the colors you ever wanted to mix.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture and  SXC 260:Color Painting Studio.


Feathers of All Colors & All Varieties

By , October 19, 2011 11:49 am

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Marchesa and Ralph Lauren use subtlety soft colored feathers for Spring 2012 (along with many other international designers). Feathers from the Pre-Columbian period in Peru and Mexico were certainly not subtle, but brilliant and dazzling. Take a look at these textile panels that go back to 700 AD to the 16th Century. The figure or “Pechera” was used as a ceremonial crest in bright orange, blue, green and white with black feathers. Checkerboard patterns were very popular at this time. These “modern” designs include this dazzling green, red, blue and white quetzal feathers feathered in Montezuma’s headdress with long iridescent green tail feathers radiate from a headband. This headdress was given to Hernan Cortes in 1519. Cortes then gave it to Hapsburg Emperor Charles V. It is a fabulous example of feather work in fashion. The miniature men’s tunic on the upper right hand side was from the Wari or Inca period from Coastal Peru.

The piece on the lower left is by Kesh-Ko- Sa – a Native American feather artist from Prairie Band Potawatomi.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture and  SXC 260:Color Painting Studio.

Jewelry is Getting More Colorful!

By , October 12, 2011 10:10 am

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Precious and semi-precious colored stones galore in jewelry, the more colorful the better!
Strange and exotic mixtures in multi-colors using fuchsia stones mixed with turquoise and coral.
Asymmetrical jewelry in precious stones that are ombre and mixed and matched.
Different colored metals mixed together with stones.
Great pieces coming from Erickson Beamon, Chrishabana, Lulu Frost, Amanda Pearl Dannijo Jewels, Kara Ross, etc.
Great contemporary uses of materials. Crochet, macramé, rope, knotting along with diamonds gold and silver.


Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

SPRING 2012 READY-TO-WEAR COLORS FROM NY, LONDON, MILAN and PARIS:NON-SEASONAL

By , October 5, 2011 8:13 am

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Looking at the new collections’ colors and fabrications, shapes and proportions for Spring 2012 makes you think that maybe, it is not really just spring. Maybe it is autumn or fall? Colors seem to be less seasonal and more developed through the guidance of color trending, retailing, globalization and designers’ personal sensibilities toward fashion.

So, these gorgeous autumnal greens, oranges, bricks, russets, teals and indigo in varying hues, shades, tints, values and casts come from Hermes, Akris, Stella McCartney, Haider Ackermann, Missoni, Balanciaga  and many more designers. Fabrications that were never used for spring, are now being explored, along with new technologies. It is not just a season of cottons, linens and silks with some polyesters. It is a season of rejoicing in all fabrications – knits, wovens, jacquards, embroideries, sequins, embellishments and hand work of all types and not seasonal. Different face finishing creates different color concepts and creates analogous color combinations. Let’s rejoice in all seasonal color!

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

Colors in Serapes, Rio Grande Weavings, Contemporary Kachinas and more!

By , September 28, 2011 9:30 am

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I am over the moon when I see colors that sing to me. This happens very frequently when I see color combinations that turn me on. Some are part of the landscape like this wonderful blue pick-up truck that is out at Ice’s Farm & Teahouse in Alcaide, NM. What a treat! Just take a look at these fantastic serape and Rio Grande weavings and Gregory Lomayesva’s Hopi Kachina dolls.

Rio Grande weaving started after 1540 when Churro sheep came to NM with Coronado’s expedition. Serapes are long shawls that are brightly colored with fringes and are worn in Mexico by men.

Gregory Lomayesva is an American artist with Hopi Indian roots who uses his imagination and amazing sense of color to recreate traditional shapes of Kachina dolls. The Hopi believe that the spirits (Kachinas) come down to the villages to dance and sing and give gifts to children, bring rain and are known to be deities.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

Best Sky Blue Clouds

By , September 14, 2011 11:01 am

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In Taos and Santa Fe, NM, one can spot the best blue skies everyday. One can see where Georgia O’Keeffe painted her piece called “Sky Above the Clouds 1V, in 1965, now at the Art Institute of Chicago. When I see these clouds, they remind me of indigo dyed fabrics and puffs of cotton candy and popcorn. Cirrus, Altocumulus, Cumulus and Stratocumulus are some of the beautiful formations that you can see each day. You can read about these formations and others at http://vortex.plymouth.edu/clouds.html/. Many NY designers have used these indigo and sky blue colors in their Spring 2012 collections.

 

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

BEST OF SHOW AND COLOR, COLOR, COLOR

By , September 7, 2011 12:30 pm

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The Native American Clothing Contest took place on the Plaza in Santa Fe on Aug 21 on the last day of SWAIA’s famous 90 year old Indian Art Market. One of the judges was Tom Ford (who lives in Santa Fe) and it was a very high profile event. Ford said in the New Mexican Newspaper that “color, composition and creativity are all essential to good design…..but the energy and effort put into each piece of clothing….creates the winning style”.  Some of the outstanding pieces of clothing had deep meanings to the many tribal designers who created them. Against the cityscape of Santa Fe’s Plaza, the light and color made the event irresistible. These photos taken by me, include many of the winners along with street wear on ordinary people. It is a must-see for 2012.

Barbara Arlen teaches SXC 100: Color Theory and Culture, SXC 110: Color Discovery Interactive Workshop, SXC 260:Color Painting Studio, and SXF 840: Career Opportunities for Working with Color.

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