Posted by S.N on April 19, 2018 at 8:25 PM

January 18, 2018


Because I have experienced unfortunate situations with black, and it is just from my personal point of view, which does not voice others who wear the same clothes that I wear –abaya. I am thinking that I should steer the direction of my project. Create a fictionalized civilization that is based on my experiences. By that, I could create things that looks ancient in style but representing my story through art.


January 26, 2018

To create the civilization, I need to find more instances where colours are used in my actual society, to form a cohesive civilization and art projects. I need to minimize my colour choices, in-order to form a solid idea.

I should research more about colour in un common circumstances? And if I did? Will it help bring forth my thoughts?

Question: how can I present work that would exemplify, illustrate and embody my practice?


How to create objects that would speak a story of the present time, but very much looks like from an ancient period?

Idea: Museum like final exhibition!




January 28, 2018

The traditional black abaya that women wear in most Arab countries and especially in the Arabian Gulf state, has changed tremendously to follow the latest fashion. But is the change from plain black to embellished fabrics to variety of colour is really about fashion? The traditional black plain abaya started to associate with less qualities such as less income, extremism, terrorism and old-fashioned. Is it really because the colour black has been used for a long time that it is considered old, or is it because black has been associated with controversies? Whatever is the reason, how can we detach black from such negativity?

Just a thought:

The traditional Islamic abaya carries its meaning and reason with it- which is to conceal. Black is to conceal? Is it the reason that it is made in black?




February 16, 2018 

I am having problem building the world of the ancient civilization. Starting a fiction world with lots of writing began to frustrate me, the style and the genre of the book that I have to write is becoming an impossible task. I know my writing skills very well, and writing academic papers are much easier than attempting to write a fiction.

I need to keep in mind while trying to create this world I should not forget how to present my art. Or maybe because I am so hyped about the exhibition that I know what I wish to present, that I am doing all of this backwards. I don’t have a world but I do have an end result of an art project coming to mind. And I don’t have a solid content to bring forth my concerns, the actual study!

An idea:

Why not write a book with a mix of both academic research and fiction?

I could add the short stories after the end of each chapter as reading choice, and an extra

reading to help my practice bring forth its ideas.


February 22, 2018

Colours have evolved from not being used to conveniently convey an information, a tool; to its own master.

The society and colours relationship. Quality and quantity

Colours have lost their meaning due to societies’ influence. As the time changes what determines the cost of colour. Initially the harder it is to acquire a certain colour the expensive it is. Nowadays thanks to chemistry, colour ranges are widely accessible to the public. So what determines it quality, the execution? What if the execution is unified, and exactly the same everywhere what determines quality at this point? What factors in with the colour? How did colour change to be the deciding factor again when colours are no longer hard to acquire? The colour became its own master when society started to shape each colour and label it with social construction.

The Alchemy of Paint | Spike Bucklow

- On p.173 we come to gold, and from that point the narrative becomes totally compelling. Bucklow argues cogently that the value we still attach to gold is based not on rarity or even beauty, but on the property, appreciated in the centuries of faiths, or indestructibility. It cannot be destroyed by fire or by liquids. It has been endlessly recycled. It is the nearest thing on this earth to immortality. P.13 

- yet, the reason that these colour associations exist is simple – they are created by a very small number of people in an attempt to persuade a very large number of people to buy one particular product rather than another that is more-or-less equivalent. If- by luck or by judgment- they are successful, then the colour association endures until the product is re-branded or falls from favour. P20

- However, colour can only be used in an arbitrary fashion when existing colour association are absent or weak. Are there relatively few green cars, for example, because green is still an ‘unlucky’ colour? And is green unlucky because a 19th century green was made from arsenic, poisoning thousands, allegedly including Napoleon? Such questions remain open and colour associations keep changing; green, for example, now also signifies ‘ecological’. The associations that exist for particular colours are too fluid and often too personal to have a recognized place in the rigid and impersonal modern world, where they are instead dismissed as subjective or unreliable if not outright frivolous. Unless it helps shift a product or has a tangible purpose, controlling traffic for example, colour is treated as if it really doesn’t matter. (read till the end of the page22). P.20-21


Feb27. 2018

Experiment: photography

Same amount of fabric on a person. But worn differently. One loosely, one tied and some styled differently. Does it change the perceptions of people? Does it affect the social construction? Does the fabric change the perception, or is it the colour on the fabric?

Understanding the mechanics of colour. In my head I can’t help but visualize colours in physical form, and that us as societies we are harnessing colours to have sharp edges. We are handing it power, until it stops feeding from us and controls us completely.

Colours and design are weaved so finely that it is hard to find the fine line that determines which and which provokes judgment, or embarks mental status.


March 2, 2018

Short Sad Update:

I have been writing the “short story”. And after reading it a few days later, I just want the ground to swallow me. I am not aborting the fiction attempt.


March 12, 2018

Giving colors form:

Generally, when we think of colors in their most original form, we think of them as a liquid matter found in tubes or cans, or solid matter like pans. Basically we think of them a physical substance contained in a container.


March 14, 2018

Understanding the qualities of colour within a social context.

Students whom have taken classes in art or colour theory might have come across some studies indicating some non-colours such as black and white. (research). But to a consumer it can go both ways, colours can be defined as hues other than black, white, and gray. And it can be defined as every shade, hue and pigment is considered a colour.

The definition varies. To some colours are bright and playful, hence, black and white and gray are not colours. And to others black, white and gray are their favorite colour, practical or just simply a colour as any other colour available in modern palette. But what intrigues me is how colour is defined far from scientific and laboratory studies. How such term formed around colours, scary, mysterious, uplifting became the secondary quality of colours.

Do colours have a dimension? Physical dimension and social dimension? Or do they have qualities?

How do I embody colour? How do I define it?

March 15, 2018


What is a colour? How did we come up with such a term? And how do we perceive it?

Summarizing the world of colours into three main questions helps in a way to understand the idea of colour

To a child a colour could be physical objects crayons, a colorful wooden building blocks or shades of the rainbow on papers and toys. To medieval artist colour is the shade they extract from earth and the process that it takes to perfect a shade for paintings. To modern artist. It’s the brand of colour that comes readily in tubes, pans or whatever matter that helps create art in which ever form. To a fashion designer, colour is the texture and tones of the fabric. To a non-artist person, it could be many things, it could be the materials that are used for painting and colouring such as markers, tubes of paint, shades of nail polishes or even a pantone brochure for walls. On and on I could go and try to define the idea of colours from different perspectives. But I could never get it right, for I could be faced with an artist saying that colours are texture and substance of the paint, or by a person that disagrees that certain colours are not really colours such as black and white. To every person, colours have their own definition, to every individual the idea of colours is formed individually; it is their own understanding of the term colour. But we all share the idea of colour.

There is no such thing as colour. Colour is an idea that we humans use to label what we see such as (wavelengths). Colour could have various definition. (Victoria Finlay quote).

So what is colour?

To study colour is to look through the core of its substance, history and origin. But my simple desire of colours is purely visual, representational and only within the borders of a social construction. Far from alchemy and physic theories and studies, I seek to understand colour in a more intangible way, the idea of colour and its forms from the perspective of seeing eyes. This is the direction I would like to explore towards researching about colours.

My research about colour is walking on a shaky ground. I try to solidify it with supporting books and articles but I couldn’t find one that speaks my faraway thoughts. As hard as it is to find support that voices my new found concerns about colours I will thrive to present valid arguments, assumptions and theories. And maybe there are books and articles that discusses my questions but the naming and defining the issue of colour might be different, or maybe the word colour is not part of their titles, like how colour can mean many things to different individuals because colour is an idea.

Just because I haven’t found the perfect book that speaks my thoughts it doesn’t mean that many other books haven’t been enlightening me about colours. In order to understand the dimensions of colour and whether it consists of certain dynamics (change) that can influence society, we need to retrace back to its origin and history. We need to understand what colour was to people and what story it carries. We need to go back to earliest building block of colour within society.

I believe that colours within a social construction are like bricks of a historical monumental castle. We see it exist in our modern time, renovate it when necessary, add to it and use it however means the time and space it serves us. Each and every brick is different it goes through many changes, the substance, the making and change by nature. The first blocks were made with more work than the later bricks, with the cultural evolution, life has changed and materials or machinery are designed to assist builders. Colours are the same, the extraction of it and its origin has its own story. (refine this section)


March 20, 2018



Colors are not solely colors unless they are given the right to see them for what they truly are.

Certain color means some kind of religion and the other means you’re liberal, some colors means you’re otherling and some means you are mundane.

To use colors in life you consider the type, quantity and impact of it. Colors alone are harmless, but on people they are very effective. They have more meanings than a room with colored wall. 

A chair is just a chair. But it’s a weapon once it has been swung against you. So are colours.

Colors are no longer a set of hues that we choose mindlessly, but are solidly morphing into ideas, concepts and interpretations.


-How did colors change from being just a harmless color or just a colors into concepts and opinions.

Colorful video.

Going back to the video (Korean boy band). The use of colors is evident. The blast of colors using light and fashion to demonstrate an idea or back an idea resulted curiosity.

The first question I asked myself is: why the use of so much color? Isn’t distracting? Will my reaction be the same as others? And what would they think of this colorful visual?

Some felt it was too much? Some felt it bringing back a certain style? Some felt it was interesting.

The whole combination of singers, stage, visuals and sound evoked thoughts. At least your mind formed an opinion. Which is our default reaction.


In any way, the boy band’s team probably had a definite agenda, it’s definitely a no brainer that they wanted the group to stand out, and are very much aware that they will be critiqued and subjected to social media.

The agenda might include setting a new trend and giving them more spotlight of interest? so colors are utilized in a way to set trend, and the main influencers were the celebrities. –whom are the visuals.

-practicality is monochromatic looks.


Other examples where celebrities are utilizing their fame to monopolize colors by defining themselves with qualities such as certain colors.

Kim Kardashian black Hair

Nowadays, celebrity, influencers and social media are salesman of colors.


Colors back then, were the salesman masters of themselves. Because they were new. (introduction of pastels and metallic colors) exciting because they are new. What happens when we already created everything in colors, what makes colors, the hues interesting? 

New colors draw interests

The life time of discovering a new color is short. The lifetime of a color on a famous figure is much longer.

Big bird. Smurf. Elmo. Batman. Pink Panther. Winnie the pooh. When describing most people will immediately define them by colors. 

How can colors survive without souls.

Major players on shaping the use of colors is influencers.

How to promote colors as colors!

March 24, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Reality | JIM BAGGOT

I got the idea of colours having dimensions while reading Jim Baggot’s book where he questioned reality. Colours could be a world of its own when you begin to question its concept. To a simple person or a passerby, colours are pigments and dyes, chemical and physical matters that are used in our lives. But aren’t colours more than that? I’ve began to question colours at moments of oddness. And in that moment, it became much clearer that colours are no longer dyes and pigments. I believe that colours have several dimensions to it. Like reality, it has social dimension, and a physical dimension. What is the point of dissecting the definition of colours if it’s just a definition? Ro answer that colours are not merely labels that defines shades and tints of whatever must be described. Colours are tools, physical it might be in matters of physical and chemical products, and metaphorical in matters of social context.

The common sense of using colour is to put it in action of relating things together. But colours has been used where it simply had no intention of being related to something or anything. like the telecom company called Orange. In modern days, the simple way of defining colours would be in the sense of choosing the right shade, as simple as that. But history does show us how colours are used differently, for example race. People have been using colours to describe things in a social context, perhaps there is no written language or definite dictionary of colours that defines certain inscriptions.

‘You might be mildly troubles. Perhaps there is a sense in which you feel bound by unwritten laws, constrained by invisible conventions that are quite real to you but which, like liquid mercury, you can’t quite put your finger on.’ P.2

‘just because we can’t see them, they aren’t real. No, these tiny bits of matter are there, all right. Unobservable objects really exist and do have real effects.’ P.3

And just because colours in a social construction isn’t physical, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. 

‘reality is independent of us, our ability to conceive it and form theories about it. Reality is filled with regularities derived from natural cause-and-effect relationships.’

What is the relationship between brain chemistry and mental states? Science| psychology | philosophy research.

‘exposure to a lifetime’s experience of physical and emotional conditions is necessary birth to shape the patterns of neuronal connections in the brain and to define self.’ P.7

Is colour connected with self?

Foresight? And colour? Relationship?

When we lose the sense of seeing colour at its richness does that impair the mind from social construction? Or is it the same?

Do we wear colour? Or does colour wear us?

What determines the persons exterior? Is it the colour of the fabric or the fabric itself? 


‘we take whatever physical object we can find or make and assign it a social function…… as a result of being assigned a social function, these physical objects gain a certain status in society.’

*Where is the word colour derived from? Research the etymology of colours in different countries.

When you think of colour what comes to your mind? What do you visually see when some wants you to visualize a colour within seconds. 


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