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MEETINGS FOR 2014-2015
International Day of Colour in Clapham

plus chroma and hue art exhibition

Saturday 21 March 2015
Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW
From 10.00 to 17.00 hrs
Free entry, open to all

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March 21st is the Equinox - aequus (equal) + nox (night). Around this date day and night are equally long, symbolically juxtaposing the complementary nature of light and dark, illumination and shadow that are expressed in all cultures.

We have the support of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) who are providing some exciting demonstrations and expertise for your enjoyment. You can meet Colour Group Members who are practicing Artists and Designers, Makers, Colour Consultants, Fashion Experts, Psychologists. Game Designers and Academics.

There are interactive games, a Colour Puzzle, a Colour Name Game, demonstrations of Thermal Imaging, Microwaves, Pigments and Materials for the artist, Jewellery, Vision Testing and a new colour-based Phone App for you to see and try!

Also, Colour Group members will be mounting a Pop-Up Art Exhibition - chroma and hue - see poster above right .
For your own copy of the poster click here.
Colour Group members may submit two works before the day and bring along unframed works on the day.

Lectures and Demonstrations in the Studio Theatre 



Valerie Bonnardel (CG) & Marie McCarthy (Omnibus)


What is Light? What is Colour? - The Electro Magnetic Spectrum

Talk and demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Coffee Break


Colour as Data - Thermal Imaging

Demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Invisible Colour -Microwave Energy

Demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Colours made simple

Talk by Nicoline Kinch of Kolormondo


Colours to dye for …

Talk by the textile artist Marie –Claude Cousin


Lunch Break



Valerie Bonnardel (CG) & Marie McCarthy (Omnibus)


What is Light? What is Colour? - The Electro Magnetic Spectrum

Talk and demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Colour in Jewellery

 Talk by the jeweller Lynne Bartlett.


Colour in Fashion

Talk by Janet Best from natific AG




 Colours made simple

Talk by Nicoline Kinch of Kolormondo


Colournamer - Synthetic Observer for Colour Communication

Talk and demonstration by Dimitris Mylonas of the Colour Group


Tea Break


Colour as Data - Thermal Imaging

Demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Invisible Colour -Microwave Energy

Demonstration by Andrew Hanson from the National Physical Laboratory


Plenary Session

Discussion and Q and A



Exhibition in the Greene Room 

All Day


Exhibition of works by members of the Colour Group (GB). Various media


Marie-Claude Cousin
Colours to dye for…the canvas
Works of Art traditionally depicted in oil paintings shown in museums and galleries all over the world, have mostly been painted on canvases, with layers upon layers of colours creating astonishing images. When looking closely at the coloured woven fabric of the canvas, it can be equally challenging to actually dye the yarn used in the warp and weft to generate a colorful substrate with interesting textured visual effects. While it is often described as a craft rather than an art, the dyeing of weaving yarns - a water colour chemistry magic - can also be visualized as a trail of colours left by the stroke of a brush.colournamer app

Dimitris Mylonas
Colournamer – a synthetic observer for colour communication
Colour specification is not only the domain of colour technologists but also an important process used by large audiences, who increasingly need to communicate about colour in the multilingual Internet environment. We have been running an online colour naming experiment at http://colournaming.com, where we gather colour names and their corresponding colour coordinates in fourteen languages. The online application Colournamer is a synthetic observer trained by the participants' responses to facilitate colour communication within and between different cultures.

Andrew Hanson NPL spectrum
Light is a wave
Well, it's wave-like most of the time, and waves can be sorted by wavelength, and thus we have the extensive electromagnetic spectrum, of which we can see about an octave (waves have frequency too). Andrew will chat about the electromagnetic spectrum – the parts we can see, and others we can't – their properties and applications. During the latter part of this discourse, light may be used to explode eggs.

Nicoline Kinch Kolormondo
Colour can be tricky, we all have experienced confusion when we are expected to make colour decisions. In her talk, Nicoline will address this problem and present a solution, a tool for increased understanding of colour. Her invention Kolormondo is a patented Swedish design-innovation, showing colour in 3D, in a globe.
colour globe Kolormondo is unique in that it presents colour in 3D, so that you can see, touch and turn hue, value and saturation. Other systems presents colour flat, in 2D colour charts and are therefore less logical and less intuitive – just like a map of the world is difficult to understand unless you know that the world is round.
Kolormondo is being used as an introduction to colour theory in schools and universities all over the world. It has received several prizes, such as London Design Award 2014, and it is nominated to the Dulux Let´s Colour Award 2015.

Lynn Bartlett Jeweller
From ancient times rare and beautiful coloured materials have been prized and worn as adornment or indications of status.
As technologies developed metals were increasingly used but their colours were limited to yellow, red and white. Whether the yellow was high purity gold or bronze, or the white was silver, platinum or a base metal alloy, the visual impact was essentially the same. Other materials were needed to expand the palette to colours such as blue, purple and green.
This rapid overview presents the materials and methods that were used from the earliest known examples to recent decades to add colour to jewellery.

Janet Best Natific
Janet BestFashion Colour Trends – The Mystery, Magic & Science
Fashion colour specialist Janet Best from Natific AG - the global partner of leading international fashion brands - shares insight into the secrets of how colour trends happen? Who chooses the colours, what influences the colour selection and how do colours appear at the same time all over the world. The global multibillion dollar colour industry that touches every ones lives, is it magic or science you decide.

Make a colour trend palette for 2016
Janet Best and Nicoline Kinch invite you to make a colour trend forecast. Colour swatches will be provided, choose colours to create you're your own trends palette for 2016. An opportunity to win one of many colourful prizes: An artist drawing set, real gemstone and precious metal pieces of jewellery, 3D globes of colour, cuddly toys to name a few.

Pop Up Art Show
Artworks for the exhibition should be delivered to Susi Bellamy between 5 and 6pm on Friday 20 March to Omnibus, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0QW (0207 498 4699). The artwork will be displayed on the day and can be for sale. All artworks must arrived strung up (no mirror plates please), with 2 card or heavy paper labels attached on the back with blue tack giving details of the work in Arial, typeface size 14 in black. Here is an example:
Title: Colourful Landscape
Artist: Susi Bellamy
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 45 x 45 cm
Price: £250 or NFS (not for sale)

As space is limited, members are restricted to TWO 2-dimensional framed artwork each, no larger than 80 x 80 cm in either direction. Work is expected to arrive in good condition with clean glass and non-chipped frames please. Only colourful works will be accepted!
Artworks will then need to be collected and wrapped by the owners at 5pm on Saturday 21st March and no later than 6pm. Please bring extra bubble wrap when collecting. The Colour Group of Great Britain cannot be held responsible for late collection of their artworks or insurance whilst at the venue - that is the responsibility of the artist. Those of you wishing to put work in should send an email of intention with an image to susibellamy@gmail.com

DATE 16 Mar 2015