Colouring my day : Underwater Love

Yes, Underwater’s not a real colour, but it is evocative of a certain section of the spectrum. And this track is so seductively good, I couldn’t go past it.

 

Smoke City : Underwater Love

 

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sandra darling - aquaplume (detail)

sandra darling – aquaplume (detail)

{Sandra Darling via here}

 

 

sivan royz - laser cut silk neckpiece (detail)

sivan royz – laser cut silk neckpiece (detail)

{Sivan Royz via sivanroyz.com}

 

 

marielle debethune - patinated copper pendant

marielle debethune – patinated copper pendant

 {Marielle Debethune via marielledebethune.com}

 

 

seulgi kwon - silicone, silk - necklace

seulgi kwon – ceramic – necklace

{SeulGi Kwon via kwonseulgi.com}

 

terhi tolvanen - brooch

terhi tolvanen – brooch

{Terhi Tolvanen via terhitolvanen.com}

 

claudio gazzaroli - underwater {via pinterest}

claudio gazzaroli – underwater

 {Claudio Gazzaroli via pinterest}

 

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Colouring my day : Golden Brown

 

Continuing on with my short interlude,  I’ve got some more beautiful craft, surface design and photography, themed around songs with colour in the title. 

 I hope you enjoy my selections.

 Julie x

 

 

Golden Brown : The Stranglers

The Stranglers are also from my misspent youth, when I loved their bouncy and irreverent Peaches. Despite their punk attitudes, when it all boils down many of their tunes could be reclassified ‘pop’.

Golden Brown is perhaps their most popular song, with its lyrics purportedly referring to hashish, heroin, or Marmite.

 

 

 

 

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9000 - twiggy

9000 – twiggy

{via hey9000.com}

 

 

cheryl malone - ceramic vessel

cheryl malone – ceramic vessel

 {via capetowncreatives.co.za}

 

 

paula mendoza - citrine big tower ring

paula mendoza – citrine big tower ring

 {via bottica.com}

 

 

tiago ribeiro - sahara

tiago ribeiro – sahara

{via flickr}

 

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Colouring my day : All Neon Like

 

As you might know, I’m taking a kind of mini-break from the blog – but not disappearing completely. For the next little while, instead of full interviews with artists, I will be sharing a bunch of beautiful craft, surface design and photography, themed around songs with colour in the title. 

 I hope you enjoy my selections.

 Julie x

 

 

All Neon Like : Björk

OK so I’m not really a Neon gal, but the ever-fabulous Björk is, and she does it well. I love Björk’s impish inventiveness, and what she does with sound is a constant surprise and always impressive.

 

 

 

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allneonlike - dorota kos - brooches - dorotakos blogspot com

dorota kos – brooches

{Dorota Kos via dorotakos.blogspot.com}

 

 

Neon_Pinstripes1_A_X

k_shaynejacobson – neon pinstripes

 {k_shaynejacobson – via spoonflower}

 

 

allneonlike - unknown - aurora borealis  yukon canada - via pinterest

{unknown photographer} – aurora borealis, yukon, canada

{unknown, via pinterest}

 

 

simon cottrell - brooch - phosphorescent powder coat over monel

simon cottrell – brooch – phosphorescent powder coat over monel

 {Simon Cottrell – via here}

 

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Colouring my day : Purple Haze

 

As you might know, I’m taking a kind of mini-break from the blog – but not disappearing completely. For the next little while, instead of full interviews with artists, I will be sharing a bunch of beautiful craft, surface design and photography, themed around songs with colour in the title. 

 I hope you enjoy my selections.

 Julie x

 

Purple Haze : Jimi Hendrix

 

There’s no question – Jimi Hendrix is a legend. Despite his brief career (dying in 1970 at 27 from barbituate overdose), he is still considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

In fashion and surface design, the late 60s was a time of luminous and psychedelic colour and pattern. Glorious paisleys and flower power abounded (with a big nod to the influence of ethnic cultures… and hallucinogenic drugs? perhaps; Purple Haze is supposed to be about LSD, but who would know?).

This clip is of Hendrix when he headlined at Woodstock in 1969, so the picture and sound quality is a bit chunky, but you get the idea.

 

 

 

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jennaca davies - paper bracelet

jennaca davies – paper bracelet

{via jennaca.com}

kociara - underwater

kociara – underwater

{Kociara – via Spoonflower}

maud traon - ring - silver, glass

maud traon – ring – silver, glass

{via maudtraon.net}

Roberto Porto - milky way over tajinaste

Roberto Porto – milky way over tajinaste

{via 500px}

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Colouring my day : Fade to Grey

Hi,

I’m taking a kind of mini-break from the blog – but not disappearing completely. For the next two weeks, instead of full interviews with artists, I will be sharing a bunch of beautiful craft, surface design and photography, themed around music (thanks Annaig for the suggestion!) ~ songs with colour in the title. It may or may not tell you a little about my musical tastes…

 I hope you enjoy my selections.

 Julie x

 

 

Fade to Grey : Visage

I was a teenager when this came out. I loved its ethereal synths and ambient pop sounds,  and that spoken French always sounded so exotic and sophisticated. The music still appeals, and the clip’s got some nice moments, but it would have benefited from Steve Strange keeping his ego a little more in check.

 

 

 

 

katherine wardropper - neck collar{via  katherinewardropper.com

katherine wardropper – neck collar – textile

{via katherinewardropper.com}

 

 

mayumi matsuyama - rings - bracelets

mayumi matsuyama – rings – bracelets – 925 silver

{via http://mayumimatsuyama.com}

 

 

ceanirminger - Flight of Pigeons (dark)

ceanirminger – Flight of Pigeons (dark)

{via spoonflower}

 

 

robert laska - boys

robert laska – boys

{via http://robertlaska.com}

 

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Photography : Heather Goldy ~ the abandoned {urban exploration}

 

There’s something seductively intriguing about abandoned asylums, abandoned sanitoriums, abandoned hotels; these cavernous halls, empty beds, service desks, things from the everyday workings of collectives of people.

What is it? Perhaps it’s the mystery – who were these people? why were they there? and why did they leave? What are all these things they left behind? Perhaps it’s the odd sense of peace that’s left after the chaos of people has gone. (And what wonderful spaces and textures…)

Heather Goldy is entranced by these places more than most. What started out as a hobby as a medical history buff many years ago has turned into something of an obsession for her. “When I got into photography I heard about ‘urban exploration’- the art of photographing abandoned places. Always having a love for the unusual, I stepped foot into my first abandoned asylum. It was love at first sight. I loved the emptiness – I loved feeling as if I time travelled and went back 50 years. The old furniture and medical equipment scattered about in the empty paint peeling hallways just captured me in such a way…”

 

hlgphotos - urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

hlgphotos – urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

 

“Now years later, and having travelled all over the United States, I have been into and photographed dozens upon dozens of abandoned asylums and old hospitals. It has become a life of mine – travelling to every state possible to see their forsaken places, their frozen asylums. Accessing abandoned hospitals isn’t easy; it’s life-threatening, like falling through old floors, being exposed to dangerous medical wastes, lead paints, and asbestos. There is also a high risk of being ticketed or even ending up in jail. But for me, the reward is worth the risk, and I love my passion and providing the world with photographs of places the normal eye doesn’t ever see.”

 

hlgphotos - urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

hlgphotos – urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

 

“When I look back at my photographs, I see the beauty in decay. I see the beauty that’s still in these forsaken places. The way the multi-colored layers of paint chips peel create a beautiful, almost dream-like look. I hope the people who stumble across my photographs can see the beauty and peacefulness in these such empty and now forsaken places. And it overflows me with such joy when a person wants to own one of these photographs and have it in their own lives. Now these forsaken places are shared and their memories live on in my photographs.”

 

hlgphotos - urban exploration (abandoned sanitorium)

hlgphotos – urban exploration (abandoned sanitorium)

 

It was only after her father passed away that Heather became interested in photography, and now she misses him dearly and says that every photograph she has taken is dedicated in his honour. “I wish every day he could see my passion for photography. He always encouraged me to be myself and not like the typical crowd, and my photography isn’t typical. Thank you for being the best father anyone could have asked for.”

 

hlgphotos - urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

hlgphotos – urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

 

You can find more of Heather’s images for sale in her Etsy shop HLGPhotos. I would also urge you to check out her extensive portfolio of abandoned buildings on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/hlgphotography/sets/ – it’s an eye-opener.

 

hlgphotos - urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)

hlgphotos – urban exploration (abandoned state hospital)