Saturday, August 31, 2019

BURNT SIENNA: Colour of the month #10

The earth colour pigments known as Raw and Burnt Sienna are traditional colours, which consist mostly of iron oxides, hematite and goethite. One pigment is yellowish-brown and the other is reddish-brown, which differentiate in the thermal processing of the raw material.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Colour Alchimia at Bota Fogo in Milan

Super excited and inspired after my latest workshop in Milan. I met really interesting people and creatives; it was a multicultural group mainly Italians, a New Yorker and a Lebanese. Most of them colour designers for the automotive and fashion industry, art directors and industrial designers. 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

ULTRAMARINE BLUE : Colour of the month #9

Throughout history, blue colour was unobtainable or rare. Humans took many years to discover, understand and work with this colour.  It wasn’t easily found in nature making it quite difficult to extract. One of the most expensive blue colours in history, even more than gold is Ultramarine Blue due to its extensive production process and its origin.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Terra Verte: Colour of the Month #8

Historically, terra verte, green earth or argilla verde was the pigment for flesh undertones. It was used as the first layer, which neutralised the effect of pink and reds of flesh colours used by artists during Medieval and Renaissance times. 


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

M U M M Y BROWN: Colour of the month #7

Photo: Studio Laura Daza

While studying Egyptian history and historical pigments I found an incredible and scary story behind one of these pigments.  Mummy brown, Egyptian mummy or caput mortuum, which means dead head in latin, was a pigment favoured by Pre-Raphaelite painters.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Colour Alchimia at FIUHouse Barcelona

Photo: @ard_hez Moodboard by Héctor Noguera

Colour craft was considered one of the most valuable crafts in Ancient times because colour was the most expensive commodity there existed. Today this craft is largely neglected been replaced by digital technology and synthetic alternatives. 


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

M a l a c h i t e green : Colour of the Month #6

Green has been used since Antiquity, in the form of green earths and minerals such as malachite. Malachite is perhaps the oldest known green pigment, discovered by Egyptians about 3000 BC. Malachite is a copper carbonate natural occurring mineral, which is also found along with a blue colour mineral called azurite.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

N A T U R A M O R T A / A still life at Abadir

'Colour is important in our daily lives, yet it is often taken for granted or little understood. 
Few are taught about colour, but many seem to possess an innate sense of it and are aware 
when colours are used in a harmonious way'  - The Anatomy of Colour Book by Patrick Baty


Tuesday, August 7, 2018


It was an honour been able to teach what I love at the renowned Elisava in Barcelona from the 25 – 28th June. Elisava is the first University in Spain teaching Design since 1960, having a long trajectory in Design and Engineer. It is considered to be one of the best Design Schools worldwide. Keep reading below.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Colour Alchimia in Bogota, Colombia

This is what happened during our Colour Alchimia workshop held in Bogota, Colombia in the creative space called Locus, located in Quinta Camacho, an eclectic area in the city.
I had an amazing group of Architects and an Industrial Engineer with a passion for illustration. Have a look!