I have always been intrigued by the use of colour within design, and am drawn to bold colours everywhere. So when I was invited on a private tour of Hella Jongerius' Breathing Colour exhibition, courtesy of Kvadrat with Spin Office, I was delighted! It being held at The Design Museum in London, was an added bonus as one of my favourite buildings to visit.
Visiting any exhibition you're interested is great, but having the pleasure of a tour guide to explain each piece in depth is incredible. Learning about the artist's thoughts behind each process to push to the next piece was so insightful and encouraging; the whole evening gave me so many new ideas.
Designer Hella Jongerius created a series of experiences and pieces to inspire us to look at colour more deeply, predominately using light at different times of day, and how colours behave next to others. The series mostly consisted of paper sculptures and textile pieces, to demonstrate this, under ever changing lighting systems.
One of the best things I took away from the tour, was her use of complimentary and contrasting colours, using two or a few alongside each other to literally make the colours pop! ~ I will definitely be taking these ideas into future pieces, observing more carefully the characteristics of hues and shades. ~ She also never used black to produce her shadows, which I admired; always using multiple variations around the colour wheel to build new hues.
Jongerius continued to use different coloured lights at different intensities in order to show how objects, products and clothing were constantly changing. For instance, you may buy a yellow jacket in a bright white lighted shop, travel home in the evening for it to look a more greeny hue! This fascinated me.
As a multi media artist as well, it was amazing to see just how much you can produce from a few ideas, constantly pushing each along.
Check out ...
Hella Jongerius, @hellajongerius
The Design Museum, @designmuseum