SECRETS OF MAGICAL COLOR AND ITS HEALING POWER

SECRETS OF MAGICAL COLOR AND ITS HEALING POWER

Knowing how to combine colors gives you a sense of satisfaction. And, if you know how to combine color, you will look good. It’s safe to wear the same colors, but what if you want to mix colors? What kind of image do you want to project? Generalities say that extroverted personalities prefer the warmer, more vibrant colors, while introverted persons are drawn to cooler and subtler colors.

Itten Color Wheel

Red, orange and yellow represent the warm side of a color wheel. Warmth, or heat is translated into aggression, action, and extroversion. Greens, blues and turquoise represent the cool side of a color wheel. Coolness is translated into quiet, somber, and introversion.

Based on our life’s journey, our color choices can change. According to the book by Dr. Max Lüscher, “The Lüscher Color Test” personality can be revealed through color. Lüscher claims the colors in his test have specific meanings. The principle is that accurate psychological information can be had about a person through his/her choices and rejections of colors. Take the Lüscher Color Test and find out more about you.

But first . . . humanity has believed in the healing power of color since the beginning of recorded time and probably before. The reason is simple; sunlight sustains all life, and there is death without it. There are ancient traditions, symbolism, mythology and superstitions related to color.

Worship of the sun and of light has forever intrigued us.

This mask is 24 pounds of solid gold, inlaid lapis lazuli, carnelian, quartz, turquoise, obsidian, and colored glass.

We have found dating back to 1500 BC, there are Egyptian references to colored minerals like malachite and red and yellow clay. Found in the tombs was red jasper, red faience and red glass.There is reference to a poultice of raw meat for a black eye, to a red cake for constipation, to vermillion writing fluid mixed with goat’s fat and honey to salve a wound.

Navajos used white, red, yellow, blue, black paints in their curing practices. There were elaborate ceremonies associated with color for birth, death, marriage, the slaying of men and animals, the summoning of sun or rain.

Today, people fear black cats, yellow in a theater, a bride wearing blue, red-letter days, blue gloom, green with envy, purple with rage, yellow heathen. Physicians wore scarlet cloaks. The Scarlet Letter. Red flannel was used for scarlet fever and sore throat. Other superstitions, amber for earache or eye troubles. Amber beads for fever, rheumatism, toothache, headache.

Amethyst semi-precious stone

Amethyst for gout. Carnelian semi-precious stone restrained hemorrhage.

Calcedony agate

Chalcedony agate for gallstones. Emerald for eye diseases, garnet for skin eruptions. Jade for dropsy and childbirth.

Take the test.

How did you do on the test? What is your personality? What is your favorite color? How about more on color next week, you game?

 

LEARN FROM THE GREATS: DESIGNERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

LEARN FROM THE GREATS: DESIGNERS WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE

It is hard to know the best design magazine with so many from which to choose. One of my favorites is Contract.

Harry Bertoia Diamond chair 1952. Steel rod and Naugahyde seat pad. Mfg. Knoll International, USA MOMA

In the current issue, the article by Jan Lakin about the Cranbrook Art Academy and Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, inspired me to write about the special schooling for designers, among whom are Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, among many, who were student collaborators with figurehead designer and architect, Eliel Saarinen. Professionals that helped to define art and design for decades.

The Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark, was founded in the early 20th century by newspaper mogul George Gough Booth.

Eliel Saarinen, fresh from Germany and involvement with the Bauhaus,  had firm ideas of what an art school must be. He was commissioned to design and then teach at the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in 1925. According to the article, the Academy is renowned for the masterful campus planning and architecture by Eliel, complete with studios, classrooms, workshops, a library, and art museum-that would foster craft, the intense study of the arts, and a spirit of discovery. The school was intended as an American Equivalent to the early 20th century now defunct Bauhaus in Germany. The Bauhaus (scroll to “Grand Stand” blog) was the icon of art schools followed by Cranbrook.

Saarinen became president of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1932. He  influenced subsequent furniture design. Saarinen also designed the museum at Cranbrook, now being renovated.

Cranbrook Art Museum - Wikipedia

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened at its current site in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen’s final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that included both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

To see the article, click Contract and scroll to see on the left of the page, “Cranbrook Art Museum.”

Next week, we’ll take a look at Eero Saarinen. A powerful influence and world renowned designer and architect, the son of Eliel Saarinen.

Do you believe there is such a thing as “good design?” Do you believe in special schooling to become a designer? If you wanted to be a designer, art, graphic, interior, what considerations would you give to your training? If you hire a designer, do you ask about credentials?

 

 

 

 

 

TRABEATED, STONES AND THRONES

TRABEATED, STONES AND THRONES

Temple Precincts on the banks of the Nile

You are looking at Upper Egypt on the banks of the Nile River, with its ruins of the Temple Amon, built by King Tut after he took the throne, ca.1332BC-1323BC in the conventional chronology. The ruins, excavated in the 20th century, are huge, though nothing remains of the houses, palaces, and gardens surrounding the Temple. Since people always want more space, It was added onto over the centuries, expanding the temple area.

The exteriors of these areas gave important information to future generations about structure and design. What works and what doesn’t.

Stonehenge inside facing

At first, buildings were supported by vertical and horizontal elements. What you might know as post and beam, could be wood, could be stone, as in Stone Henge shown here. Technically this type of construction is known as Trabeated construction.

Trabeated construction: column and beam

In the image with the columns,  aesthetic elements in carvings of various designs have been cut/incised into the columns. We were and are still seeking the aesthetics.

Tutankhamun, King for only ten years, died at nineteen after a short reign.

King Tut's throne. Carving on back he & his sister-wife

He reigned long enough to change the direction of idol worship in his country. In my blog last week (http://gailingis.com/wordpress/?p=1862),  Samson died a pauper’s death, unlike Tutankhamun whose regal properties were buried with him.This young man, affectionately called King Tut, made an aesthetic difference in his kingdom. He not only had temple architecture designed and built, but he influenced the design of furnishings, to this

day. We still create chairs that mimic Tut’s throne. All were discovered in 1922 in his well-stocked tomb.

This iron and brass chair, with a leather seat and back, is a 19th century design taken from King Tut’s throne. This is still being made today, and with many variations. It was popular in the French Directoire period under Napoleon.

Do you have a throne? Would you like to have a throne, or would a simple chair suffice? Have you ever wanted to visit the pyramids?

SAMSON & DELILIAH

SAMSON & DELILIAH

When Samson fell for Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. It didn’t take long for the rich and powerful Philistine rulers to learn of the affair and pay a visit to Delilah. Samson was judge over Israel at the time and had been taking out great vengeance on the Philistines. Hoping to capture him, the Philistine leaders offered Delilah a sum of money to collaborate with them in a scheme to uncover the secret of Samson’s great strength.

Samson and Delilah by Rubens

Sitting in her grand chaise, depicted here in Rubens painting of Samson and Delilah, with Samson at her feet, Delilah held his head in her hands. She stroked his dark hair, soft like a feathered dove, curls down to his shoulders.

“Samson, you ripped the lion apart with your bare hands.”

“Delilah, my love, is it better the lion rip me apart?”

“My sire, it is good. From where do you get your strength?” She asked in a soft whisper.

Thrice she asked Samson where his strength came from, and thrice he answered falsely.

Once more she asked, “From where do you get your strength?”

His vow to God was never to reveal the source of his strength. He gazed in her eyes and asked, “Why must you know this?”

“You have told me your strength is from your God. This God of yours, how has He done this for you?”

“Delilah, only for you will I divulge what God has given me.”

“Samson, I will love you with my life.”

“My hair must never be cut. My strength will leave me if a razor were to be used on my head.”

When Samson slept on her lap, Delilah summoned her servant to cut Samson’s hair.

Samson's locks shorn

With his locks shorn, Samson’s vow to God was broken.

Rather than killing him, the Philistines humiliated him. They bound him and gouged out his eyes. In the ultimate humiliation,

Samson in the Treadmill

Samson was put to work in prison pounding grain, the task of a woman. In time, his hair began to grow, but the careless Philistines paid no attention.

During a pagan sacrificial ritual, the philistines had gathered in Gaza to celebrate. As was their custom, they paraded their prized enemy prisoner into the temple to entertain the jeering crowds. Samson braced himself between the two central support pillars of the temple and pushed with all his might.

Samson destroys the Temple

Down came the temple, killing Samson, Delilah and 3,000 Philistines. Samson destroyed more of his enemies in this one sacrificial act, than he had previously killed in all the battles of his life.

Today’s blog began with the idea of sharing the Egyptian culture in art and architecture. I was going to describe the furnishings and architecture between the time of Samson and Delilah and King Tutankhamen. Rather, I got caught up in storytelling.

What do you think? Do you have a deep secret? How trusting are you? How deep is your love?

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