Maggie Maggio

Smashing Color for the 21st Century

Author: Maggie Maggio (page 1 of 15)

KOLORMONDO PRO Kickstarter Ends Today

Time is running out to get your first edition of the new KOLORMONDO PRO by Christmas. You can have one wrapped up and under the tree  by backing the Kolormondo Kickstarter Project before 8:00 EST on Monday morning. The original KOLORMONDO collection by Nicoline Kinch won the Silver Prize in the 2014 London Design Awards. It is […]

Travel Album of a Color Explorer

The last four months were filled with travels to France, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and England. At some point I might write about all the adventures but in the meantime – a few photos . . . Can you guess where I am?    Click the title above to see photos.

The Colors of Cape Disappointment

Over the last few years I’ve explored the color of light in all sorts of ways using computers, gels, prisms and LED’s. I’ve learned how to describe the same color in many different languages – Lab, RGB, Hex, CMYK, etc. But none of that prepared me for the joy I felt this weekend seeing the colors of […]

Last Chance for First Edition

If you missed the Kickstarter, here’s your chance to get the first edition of the BreakThrough Color Cards designed by Tracy Holmes. LAST DEAL Hurry! After today the remaining sets from the Kickstarter Edition will go up for sale to the public. Get the Basics Deck if you like color games, the Cube Cards if […]

Color Explorers in the Classroom + VIBE of Portland

Two years ago, Leslie Tucker, the lead teacher for the arts non-profit VIBE of Portland took one of my color classes. Afterwards she came up to me and told me she would like to switch from teaching kids the classic Red, Yellow and Blue primaries to teaching color in the classroom using Cyan, Magenta and Yellow […]

Portland Winter Light Festival

Last night was the opening of the first ever Portland Winter Light Festival. Inspired by light festivals all over the world, for the next four days it’s Portland’s turn to shine! The festival is centered around OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It didn’t occur to me to dress for the occasion but why […]

BTC! BreakThroughColor Well on the Way

My good friend and fellow color geek, Tracy Holmes, launched her Kickstarter for BreakThroughColor this past weekend and the campaign has already raised over four times it’s starting goal. Congrats Tracy! BTC is an exciting new hands-on system for exploring color. Tracy’s Color Cards + Color Cubes are beautifully designed and super fun to use. […]

Take the Unique Hues Survey

I am conducting a Unique Hues Survey inspired by one of my favorite quotes from The Interaction of Color by Josef Albers. “If one says “Red” (the name of the color) and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure […]

The Dress: Color Ambiguity Makes the News

After writing a Special Edition of the Color Explorer News, I spent the better part of this week following The Dress. Who would have guessed that the color of a dress could become such an internet sensation!  Randall Munroe of xkcd fame drew the explanation above. If you’ve not already seen it a million times, […]

New Master Class to Debut in Bali

Smashing Color Master Class Exploring Optical Blending September 23 -24, 2015 Bali, Indonesia I’m thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a new color class for the first time as a pre-tour option to Barbara Alexander’s Bali Fiber Tour (September 27th – October 10th.) The two-day polymer workshop will be hosted by Warren and […]

Color Scheming on the Computer

There’s no replacement for hands-on experimenting in the studio but sometimes it’s fun to go down some rabbit holes and discover the strange and wonderful ways people play with color. I spent many hours on the internet searching for well designed, free color sites that are easy to use. There are dozens out there. I’ll […]

A Year of Color and Light

If you really want to learn about color – you must learn about light! The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. I plan on celebrating all year long by learning as much as I can about light and sharing what I learn. In honor of the 100th Anniversary of […]

Newsletter Feature of the Month: Optical Illusions

I copied and pasted this segment from the November newsletter I sent out yesterday.  Lots of fun links!  You can sign up for the newsletter on the right. Here’s a link to the November newsletter: Newsletter #2.

Color Scales for Artists – November 21st at OSA

With the help of generous support from Muse Art and Design, our local independently owned art supply store, I’ve spent the last year exploring color in traditional media – acrylic, oil, watercolor and gouache paint,  ink, colored pencil and pastel. As a result, I am now offering a workshop on making color scales in all […]

Treasure in North Carolina

I just got back to Portland after teaching three workshops in North Carolina and now have a Munsell Color Tree in the teaching studio at VIA Artistica! The east coast of NC is famous as the haunt of Blackbeard the pirate. The history is fascinating. Many believe his buried treasure is still out there somewhere along […]

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