Category Archives: Art & Design

Art and design that intrigue.

Design Inspiration leads to Colorful Exhibition of Labels

The craziness all started one day when I took a color palette from and started designing geometric patterns only using the palette’s colors. This lead to some intricate designs and then to an idea to use these designs in label templates for an exhibition. We asked the folks on the ColourLovers forum if any one would be interested in creating designs as well. Several folks contributed and an exhibition with the collaboration from several folks began!

From the Colourlovers Blog: The folks over at had an idea to create an easy way for people to create their own cd and address labels using palettes geometric patterns and color palettes, and asked the members here at COLOURlovers to contribute designs for an exhibition. Here’s the exhibit at Worldlabel: Personalized labels exhibit

Colour Lovers Unite

Wood Nymph at ColourLovers

The pattern shown at left is “wood nymph” by misat.

If you love color, but if you have trouble understand what works well together, then you have a friend in ColourLovers. This site offers all sorts of articles, tools, and guidelines for the color-illiterate. But, individuals who have color snapped can also benefit from this site. Some of the color and design portfolios at this site are out of this world.

Post It Notes

One of my favorite articles is on how people use Post-it notes to create works of art. This routine piece of paper – most often used to keep track of important ‘to-do’ items – has been used to paper walls in designs that are whimsical like the one shown here, or in patterns that create human faces and other recognizable objects.

While some might view this use of paper as an ecological waste, it’s better than using lead-based paints! And it’s a much, much better way to express creativity than through any LED-lit fur coat!

A Lion Worth More Than Many Countries

Mesopotamian LionA couple of weeks ago we posted about a Fabergé egg that had been recently discovered and sold at auction for $18 million dollars. That was an amazing price.

This even tinier piece of art – albeit much older – also was expected to bring in $18 million dollars, but – surprise! It brought $57 million to the auction block.

This lion is 3 1/4-inch limestone masterpiece that originated from ancient Mesopotamia – the land of Gilgamesh and the place of original writings – and that could fit in the palm of your hand. It was found at a site near Baghdad and had been on loan from Alastair and Edith Martin to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for nearly 60 years. It is thought to be about 5,000 years old.

Based on this inflated price, the “Standing female figure with clasped hands,” Early Dynastic IIIA, ca. 2600–2500 B.C. and standing 9″ high would be worth more than 200 million dollars. That is more than the Gross National Income of most countries, such as Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Dominica and many more

I am perplexed and certainly one should take a step back and ponder the value of art at the expense of humanity and starving people.