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XI CONFERENZA DEL COLORE MILAN 2015

10 - 11 September 2015
Milan, Italy
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Light & Colour in Paris
Friday 19 June 2015
Musée de Minérologie
Mines-ParisTech, blvd Saint Michel
Paris.

Mineral display
Patrick Callet Eloise Gaillou
Museum tour Museum tour 2
Four hands at the piano The Musée de Minérologie has a breath-taking display of minerals including many precious stones as well as the mundane like sandstone.
Prof Patrick Callet welcomed the audience (SECOIND ROW - LEFT) to the darker dramatic areas whilst colleague Eloise Gaillou led the tour of the brighter regions.
After the impressive tours, the audience was somewhat awestruck but the rest of the programme was interesting and relevant if not quite so spectacular.
Patrick CalletIn the early evening Mirette Hanna (red flower) and Ilona Gault (white flower) gave a brilliant concert of piano music for two and for four hands.

Finally at 21.00 hrs everyone assembled outside the west front of Notre Dame to hear Prof Callet
(LEFT) explain his theories on how the setting sun made caustics from the gold leaf that originally lined the statue niches of the kings. These produced aureoles around the heads of the statutes on the Cathedrale as described in his monograph Spectral Simulation for Cultural Heritage (available for download on this site). The timed series (BELOW) of pictures taken every five minutes from 21.15 hrs shows the shadows creeping across the West Face and the expected reddening of the light, but just as the statue niches were to be illuminated as described by Prof Callet, low cloud on the western horizon blocked out the sun - see last two pictures - and a true sun set picture was not obtained.
Notre Dame series

More photos are available in the Photo Albums under the Miscellaneous tab.
Photos : John Mellerio


Sonia Delaunay Lecture
Wednesday 03 June 2015
Tate Modern
London

Colour Group members were treated to a fantastic and informative lecture in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern. Frank Vasset, from Tate Modern, delivered a fluid, eloquent talk about the Russian born Parisian artist, fashion designer, textile artist and wife of Orpheus artist Robert Delaunay. The show was colourful and full of joy representing the first ever British retrospective of this talented cross-disciplinary artist. Demonstrating a vibrancy of spirit, Sonia Delaunay's visual vocabulary of fine art literally seeped into her practice of the decorative arts in a celebration of both colour and joie de vivre.

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picture slideAfter the lecture, the exhibition, and then a chance in the Tate cafe to discuss what had been seen and heard. wall pictures
group boxPhotos:Susi Bellamy


Workshop with David Hornung
Wednesday 20 May 2015
William Road Gallery, 6-7 William Road
London NW1 3ER

Professor David Hornung (Adelphi University New York) treated us all to an afternoon of Colour Pedagogy at William Road Gallery. This was arranged as part of our 75th anniversary special events. After a fascinating talk about his background at the Rhode Island School of Design and other faculties, he talked about how his book on colour (Colour, A Workshop for Artists and Designers) evolved over the years. He even showed us the early editions. We then were given a tour of his students work to explain his system of teaching. After a colourful tea David gave us a demonstration of colour mixing with his preferred paints and then we worked with his ready made swatches to create our own artworks taking into consideration saturation, hue and value. The whole event ended with a book signing. William Road Gallery proved a fantastic venue for this event and we are very grateful to Raquel Sampson for all of her help.
lecture Book signing Below are three examples of work produced at the workshop using coloiurs from the Hornung swatches.
PHOTOS: KAREN HALLER
busy bees
work examples

The AGM, Honorary Members,
75th Review
(Patrick Forsyth),
Old and New Chairman's Lectures

(Valerie Bonnardel and Carinna Parraman)
Wednesday 06 May 2015
City University, London
AGM Starts
The candid snap above at the AGM looks as though Treasurer Vien Cheung has been caught out fiddling the cash by Chairman Valérie Bonnardel (LEFT) and secretary Elza Tantcheva (RIGHT) but it's nothing of the sort - Vien was explaining a difficult point about balance sheets.
John Hutchins Ralph Brocklebank The citation for Ralph Brocklebank's Honorary Membership, as a 62 kb PDF file, may be seen with this link.
After the formal AGM business, John Hutchings (ABOVE LEFT) made a citation for Honorary Membership of the Colour Group for Ralph Brocklebank (ABOVE RIGHT) who was amused by some of John's stories. The picture below shows him more relaxed with his membership certificate and chairman Bonnardel
Ralph and certificate
Mellerio and certificate

Then followed another Honorary Membership for John Mellerio, (LEFT) shown with the chairman and his certificate.
After this the retiring chairman, Valérie Bonnardel (BELOW LEFT) passed the chairman's jewel to the incoming chairman, Carinna Parraman (BELOW RIGHT) with a congratulatory hug.
Then a pyrotechnic 75th Anniversary Cake was ignited before being eaten.
After the tea, the Review, by Patrick Forsyth, and the chairmen's lectures were given but as they were done in the dark there are no photographs.

Chairmen hug 75th cake


NEWS

RAINBOW VISIONSColourful eye

One of our Committee members recommends two rainbow sights (sites) via the links below. One shows a rainbow demo which we hope somebody will repeat for the next Colour Group meeting, the other an inspiration for anybody wanting a new garden shed.
Colour Bar
Colours in the Dusk
17-08-15


Okrha logoOKHRA CENTRE - LATEST COURSES, etc:

Ôkhra is a nonprofit cooperative that has 250 members and hundreds of subscribers who are passionate about color and cooperation. They come from all over the world to the centre at Roussillon, 40 miles north of Marseilles, and discover a unique conservatory where artisans and artists, researchers, teachers and professionals, plus some real amateurs, mingle to apply their skills in arts and crafts to specific themes. This year the centre offers a course entitled: Basic Color Science on Wednesday 7 to Friday, 9 October 2015 which could prepare you for a school in the Spring of 2016 Light, color and social issues. Check out the web pages in French or web pages in English.
01-08-15


Museum of Coloiurs logoMUSEUM OF COLOURS - LATEST NEWSLETTER

The latest Newsletter from the Museum (number 4) is out now - download from their web site.
31-07-15


CHECK OUT OUR COLOURFUL (or colorful) WORLD:

coloured world globe Fox News (bless 'm) are sharing with us pictures of the ten most colorful places on the globe. Go look. Do you agree? Thought not. A small prize (very small) might be awarded to anybody who can nominate a better ten places with pictures.
25-07-15


KIWI COLOURS:rack of coloured T shirts

D own in New Zealand, Colour ma tic is helping shoppers by providing a computerised system that analyses the colours you are wearing. The device assigns you a score and then suggests alternative colours for your clothes. Colour-mutts like me might find this helpful but the question is, who made the rules that the computer uses?.
20-07-15


rainbow stairsRAINBOW STAIRCASE AT THE RA:

RA are the first letters of the word RAINBOW and they also stand for Royal Academy. The Colour Group was delighted to see this year's Summer Exhibition down at Burlington House has a rainbow staircase installed by Jim Lambie. And knowing the Group's fascination with rainbows you won't be surprised to hear we urge you to visit the exhibition before it ends on 18 August.
20-07-15


ADDITIVE COLOUR MIXING or FUN WITH FLOURESCENTS:White light exhibit

O ver the years there have been many demonstrations of additive colour mixing using coloured light primaries but what must be the largest is on show at the National Media Museum in Bradford in their current exhibition Light Fantastic - see a video from the BBC.


TRANSFORM YOUR HOME? THEN NOTE:

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A free video interview series is starting on July 6th and continues with one exclusive interview daily from July 6th right up to July 26th.There will 21 extraordinary speakers who will share easy tips and tricks to help you create a home that fires up your passion and creativity to help you live a more juicy life in line with your dreams. Three of these will be Colour Group members. Tune and get coloured-up.


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AFFORDABLE ART FAIR - FREE WORKSHOP

T wo Colour Group members, Janet Best and Shirine Osseiran, ran a free Lets Talk Colour workshop at the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead on 11 June in association with Kolormondo from Sweden.
The workshop was packed with young and old who had come to find out about colour. The 'shop was held in the Education Space which, fortuitously, had a wall covering that could not have been more appropriate.
12-06-15


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NEW COURSE FOR COLO(U)R TYROS

P oynter News Univesrity in the USA has introduced a free one-hour, online course Color in News Design. Upon completing you will be able, the University claims, to make informed decisions about color, identify the moods or emotional overtones created by different colors, combine two or more colors to create effective contrasts and use color combinations to create a sense of foreground and background. After my last attempt to decorate my bedroom met with my wife's complete horror at my colour choice, I think I should take this course. Has anybody tried it yet?
06=06-15


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GOOD DEMO OF DIFFERENT LIGHT SOURCES CHANGING OBJECT COLOUR

T his video shows how light sources really influence perceived colour - same girl, same hair, different lamp. A convincing demonstration, as if you needed one.
29-05-15


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MORE ON RED:
EXPERT COMMENT ON FEARING RED

Colour Group member Galina Paramei from Liverpool Hope University comments on people's fear of red - see this using this link.
15-05-15


bar chart of red v blue

PEOPLE FEAR RED

Prof Robert Barton (Anthropology, Durham University) got a mention on the BBC Today programme today (13 May 2015). The implication, from his and Prof Hill's research, was that people fear the colour red, and hence the Labour Party should consider changing their colour!!!
Diana Wiedemann, lead researcher at Durham, said: "The implications of our research are that people may wish to think carefully about wearing red in social situations and perhaps important meetings, such as job interviews. Being perceived as aggressive or dominant may be an advantage in some circumstances but a disadvantage in others where teamwork or trustworthiness is important."
The work is reported in a current issue of Biology Letters.
13-05-15


Don Pavey

VETERAN MEMBER DIES

DON PAVEY, ARCA, artist, historian, author and lecturer, cofounder of the National Art Education Archive, cofounder of the Royal College of Art Colour Reference Library, founder of the Junior Arts and Science Centres, co-director of Hayward, Mitchell & Pavey Design Associates, and devisor of Art Arena Games and the ProMICAD System for Empowerment died 10 May 2015 aged 92. He was a Coiour Group member for over 60 years and the 1997 Newton Medal awardee. A full obit will appear in due course in the CG(GB) Newsleter.
10-05-15


ARTIST ELEVATES PAINT SWATCHES TO LEVEL OF FINE ART

Denver-based artist Shawn Huckins found unlikely inspiration in mundane color swatches. He first stumbled upon their beauty while working on an experimental painting. See the whole exxplanation here.
01-05-15


ICD clockINTERNATIONAL DAY OF
COLOUR CLOCK

For those of you who like clocks based on colour circles, as we do - see ours, top right - you might like the two versions of clocks that celebrate the IDC from the Color Association of Taiwan. Of course, none of these are, strictly speaking, clocks but are only time pieces. A clock should have a mechanism to strike the hours, etc. whilst a time piece merely shows the time. Perhaps we should work on this.
20-04-15


red/blue clockCOLOUR OF DAYLIGHT SETS INTERNAL CLOCK

It has been suspected for years that the colour of daylight, e.g. the reddening at dusk, might set your internal clock to "sleepy-time" but firm evidence has been wanting. Now a study on mice suggests that this might be so. For humans it could mean that reddish light makes you sleepy and blue light makes you feel awake.
18-04-15


SAINSBURY'S CHANGE SWEET WRAPPERS FOR COLOUR BLIND ALLERGY SUFFERERS Treats

David Dunbar of the Colour Blind Awareness organisation has persuaded Sainsbury's to change the wrappers of their Chocolate Treats. He has a son with a nut allergy and was worried that colour blind people with allergies might pick a potentially dangerous sweet. Sainsbury's said it would put allergy warnings on the wrappers themselves.
12-04-15


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MEMBER MAKES DULUX SHORTLIST

Member Nicoline Kinch tells us that her company, Kolormondo, has been short listed under the category Colour Innovation in Technology & Design for the Dulux Let's Colour Award of 2015. Fingers crossed for Nicoline.
11-04-15


SECOND TURNER MEDALIST DIES

Albert Irvion Albert Irvin OBE was the CG(GB)'s second Turner Medalist. The medal was awarded in 2000 and it is reported he died 26 March aged 92. Irvin was an abstract artist who won recognition relatively late, not getting his first solo show until he was nearing 40. One of many obituaries may be seen in the Times or The Guardian. (06-04-15)


DULUX COLOUR OF THE YEAR AT ELTHAMEltham

Ever been to Eltham Palace? It's a wonderful example of Art Deco and style created in 1936 by the famous jet-set couple Stephen and Virginia Courtauld. Colour Group member Janet Best, who is a colourist, reports that several rooms at Eltham have been refurbished to revive the stylish glamour of the original and she noted the dominant colour was of Copper Orange, the Dulux Colour of 2015. So Eltham has style beyond the trend.
03-04-15


DATE 27 August 2015