A History of Color

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Something a bit different for today. I came across this article recently and it struck a chord with me that harked back to my color theory days in school. While it makes sense once you talk about it, most people won’t consider where the color for their project comes from. Sure objectively we all know it’s made from dyes that are made in factories and added to the base, but what about that color. Where did it come from? What’s the original source?

Back even just 100 years ago, pigments were created from nature and some of the most vibrant colors were also the most rare. A rock of lapis lazuli was worth it’s weight in gold for the brilliant shade of blue it provided. If you fancy a quick lesson in history, check out this article from CO.DESIGN and if you’re really into history then maybe visit the place they talk about; The Harvard Pigment Library.

It is a store for the world’s colors. Some of which have gone extinct or are incredibly rare/illegal to obtain; like Mummy Brown that was made from the wrappings of embalmed mummies.

It’s a pretty cool read that will make you pause and really think about where that color in your bracelet or your favorite clothing dye came from. Maybe even inspire a natural color set for your next project. AT the very least you’ve learned a fun fact to throw out at parties. 😉


Sharing is Caring: Worbla Warriors

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Cosplay can be a lonely pursuit, with countless hours spent chained to a heatgun or a sewing machine on your own trying to create your own perfection. But more and more, I’m seeing efforts at creating a community that extends beyond conventions to help it become more of a true community.

I’ve talked about Anathiell before, and her efforts in building an Irish cosplay community, but she’s gone and stepped up her game. Meet the Worbla Warriors.

Every couple of months, Anathiell and talented artisans get together to pass along their skills and knowledge with Worbla, painting, LEDs and more over a weekend. Its an opportunity to learn new skills, up your current skills, and create a project for yourself to further your own knowledge. They are fun, informative, and open to any and all takers.

There are so many craft-specific tutorials and workshops out there, its great to see a cosplay specific one coming together. If you have any interest in learning thermoplastics, worbla, painting, LEDs, or anything else, get in contact with the Worbla Warriors and suggest something. Chances are, you’ll find what you’re looking for showing up in the next few months.

If there isn’t one in your area? Consider organising one yourself. Maybe you can teach a few sewing classes and get someone else to teach some Worbla ones. Perhaps you can teach how to put LEDs together, and someone else can help with the programming.

We’re all in this crafty thing together, and its more fun with others to paddle with.

~ eliste

Furthering your knowledge

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Education is important. Not just the history/math/science they teach you in school, but knowledge in general. Knowledge is something that can only help you improve yourself and your crafting skills as well. The cost for this knowledge can be expensive though, so today I’m doing something a bit different and just giving you a collection of places online that most will let you take class/learn for free. Wish they could be all, but some is better then none. While it’s not a perfect solution if you’re running low on time, it at least won’t burden or put pressure on your income. 🙂

edX — Take online courses from the world’s best universities.

Coursera — Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.

Coursmos — Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device.

Highbrow — Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox.

Skillshare — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity.

Curious — Grow your skills with online video lessons.

lynda.com — Learn technology, creative and business skills.

CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.

Udemy — Learn real world skills online.