Ask me anything   The Colour Project has evolved into ColourIkamva! See the evolution at colourikamva.co.za and facebook.com/colourikamva

We are off into exciting lands and into the beautiful world of colour! Our goal is to find inspiring spaces, investigate the importance of these environments to the people and communities that use them... When we return from the world outside, we will begin phase two; collaborating with students at IkamvaYouth in painting an entire high school in rural South Africa. Here are the people, places, stories and colours from our trip so far. Words by Megan King, photography by Megan King & Ricky Lee Gordon

Kigali’s first large-scale mural comes to life, with a cause

Getting the artwork up onto the 16-meter building possessed all the makings of a good comedy. At our first encounter with the wall, we were introduced to the shoddy looking and swerving scaffolding that besides the safety implication, would take you as far as the skirt of our intore warrior.  After scouring much of city, the team eventually came across the lesser-spotted cherry picker that would extend its long neck and bucket to the top of the wall. For added fun, the driver came with his foot in cast. 

The comedy was certainly a feel-good though. Working with and getting to meet the Vuka artists was pure delight. At first appearing difficult to read, the locals are some of the kindest and most charming people we’ve ever had the opportunity to take residence with. The mural that colours the Rwandan bio-medical center is an expression of their collective talent. The top of the mural reads ‘My Lovely Rwanda, Together we will stand up and fight against the stigma of Aids.’ Warmest thanks to Charles and Judy for all their hard work and pulling this thing off. I hope this is only the beginning of more positive public art in Kigali. 

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#Rwanda  #kigali  #kurema  #ivuka  #freddysam  #colourikamva  #hiv/aids  #rbc 

A few nights ago, Kigali’s Panama Bar was transformed into a palooza of dance, performance, live painting, and art making- all accompanied by the perfect taco. The celebration was part exhibition and part fundraiser for the Kurema, Kurema, Kwiga project, an invitation for people to share stories of living positively through self and collective expression. 

The exhibition showcased work made by the Ivuka artists during a series of workshops that explored the creation of a new discourse for Aids stigma. Positive and empowering messages packed into innovative and up-cycled creations, entire figures came to life using plastic bottles. A silent auction, stencil-making and graffiti boards were also on display.

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#Rwanda  #kigali  #kurema  #hiv/aids 

Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga- to Create, to See, to Learn

We were invited by the wonderful people from the Kurema project to be a part of the first large-scale mural in Kigali, to be painted in honour of World Aids Day coming up on the 1st of December. Specifically, the project will aim to address the issues around the stigma of those living with or affected by HIV at a personal and community level. The first part of our mission is to work with the local artists of Ivuka to co-create a design that will help represent this message. The message needs to be clear and culturally relevant.  In the workshop, the artists taught us about traditional intore warriors and dancers of Rwanda and other symbols of strength and community. 

Rwanda is a very complex yet deeply beautiful country. The country is still healing from its devastating history that destroyed an entire people. Many people, especially woman and children, were infected with the virus during the months of terror. Many more are still living with it today. Kurema aims to give these people a voice, to explore platforms of expression through art and stories of ‘living positively.’ Above all, Kurema aims to educate people by creating an open discussion around discrimination and stigma. The country is still healing, but I am humbled at how far they have come to reconcile. My experience here so far has been gentle, original and moving. 

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#rwanda  #kigali  #ivuka  #hiv/aids  #kurema 

We’ve arrived in the land of a thousand hills! The Ivuka Arts studio in Kigali will be our new home for the next week. We will be working with 16 local artists that are currently in residency at the studio as part of Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga public arts project. 

The atmosphere is is so beautiful, open studio spaces look over lush green hills, and there is constant life with the Rwandan Dance Troop singing and drumming.The walls are draped with magnificent art and sculptures made from waste materials. The studio has played an important role in developing a platform for local art, and for many artists, an opportunity to create a positive life for themselves.

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#kigali  #Rwanda  #ivuka  #hiv/aids  #kurema 
Did ever your heart feel lost… that unnamable conflict of where to begin living? Then to discover something inside of you, and receive the gift of seeing beyond yourself in the magnificent soul of a tiny little other… IkamvaYouth SA
Photo by Dane Dodds

Did ever your heart feel lost… that unnamable conflict of where to begin living? Then to discover something inside of you, and receive the gift of seeing beyond yourself in the magnificent soul of a tiny little other… IkamvaYouth SA

Photo by Dane Dodds

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The Colour Project has evolved into ColourIkamva, as we begin colouring the future with IkamvaYouth! We have been selected as an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. Yes to social empowerment through intelligent and sustainable design!

The Colour Project has evolved into ColourIkamva, as we begin colouring the future with IkamvaYouth! We have been selected as an official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. Yes to social empowerment through intelligent and sustainable design!

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Swoon on building sustainable dome housing after the devastation in Haiti. Swoon on building an artisan micro-factory. Swoon on space and colour and helping to build and rebuild communities. 

Lady Swoon on everything please!

Links to her greatness here:

http://konbitshelter.org

http://braddocktiles-org.myshopify.com

— 9 months ago with 2 notes
© Megan King
The Impact of Colour on Learning
'Color elicits a total response from human beings because the energy produced by the light that carries color effects our body functions and influences our mind and emotion.
In 1976, Rikard Kuller demonstrated how color and visual patterning affects not only the cortex but also the entire central nervous system. Color has been shown to alter the level of alpha brain wave activity, which is used in the medical field to measure human alertness.
In addition, it has been found that when color is transmitted through the human eye, the brain releases the hormone, hypothalamus, which affects our moods, mental clarity and energy level.’
Read the rest of this inspiring research by Kathie Engelbrecht, Assoc. IIDA here:
http://sdpl.coe.uga.edu/HTML/W305.pdf

© Megan King

The Impact of Colour on Learning

'Color elicits a total response from human beings because the energy produced by the light that carries color effects our body functions and influences our mind and emotion.

In 1976, Rikard Kuller demonstrated how color and visual patterning affects not only the cortex but also the entire central nervous system. Color has been shown to alter the level of alpha brain wave activity, which is used in the medical field to measure human alertness.

In addition, it has been found that when color is transmitted through the human eye, the brain releases the hormone, hypothalamus, which affects our moods, mental clarity and energy level.’

Read the rest of this inspiring research by Kathie Engelbrecht, Assoc. IIDA here:

http://sdpl.coe.uga.edu/HTML/W305.pdf

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Changing Landscapes II

Our cross-country adventure took us through 3 states. Nevada was a desert scene of coloured space, it held the marks of where Native Americans used to dwell and the remnants of another, perhaps more prosperous way of life, faintly scattered like a dream. I loved the alien paraphernalia and warnings all along the extra-terrestrial highway. The journey continued past Bryce Canyon in Utah and finally ended with a camp-out in California’s Yosemite National Park. 

According to Native American legend, the enormous glaciers of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall that stand directly opposite, are the incarnates of a husband and wife that could not stop fighting and degrading each other. This displeased the gods and spirits, who decided to freeze them into stone so that they would face each other and forever only be able to look at the other. The gods and their humour!

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Changing landscapes I

After the succession of so much organised public art, we took to the road for 5 days to see the natural masterpieces of the land. Starting from the red and sweating disneyland of Phoenix Arizona, we took the road leading north, weaving past the impressive rocks of Sedona and up to the quiet north rim of the Grand Canyon. The immensity of the canyon is hypotising. Standing in centuries old grandeur and wonder, as if heaven had extended its immortal limbs to the earth. 

We watched the landscape transform from rocky red desert to black and blue peaks and finally the green and silver glaciers of Yosemite National Park in California. The vastness and solitude of the open road inspires a kind of introspection that is missing from the everyday stream of the city. Nature is in constant motion as we drive under the purple bruised blankets in the sky and watch for hours as the clouds dance between drama and playfulness.  When driving such vast open spaces, what is seen as inside and outside become much more intertwined than the usual distinction allows.  

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The Sound of A Waving Flag

So subtle are the poetic creations of Know Hope, though the power of his black and white figures and their stitched red hearts is unmistakable, as are the truths he contains in one beautiful sentence. 

Know hope tells us that he tries to document the human condition, the collective struggles, and searches for the common denominator in different contexts. On our environment he says ‘we are inseparable. A lot of times I think that people don’t realise how much of a significant part they are in composing the reality.’  Also his favourite colour is blue- with all its shades and layers like the Blues.

 When speaking about the importance of creativity as human necessity, he believes that ‘it is one of the last free and immediate things we can do. It’s very organic… very intuitive.’

Pictured above is the wall he did as part of Living Walls in Atlanta, and the others were done on the streets of Cape Town and JHB during a visit to South Africa earlier this year. See more of his moving creations at this is limbo, and a great video about his recent experiences in London, The Abstract and the Very Real.

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Living Walls, the city speaks

Atlanta, another wild experience of the vast American cross-section, home to Martin Luther King Jr and gangsta rap. Amid being thrown into a 3-day rap conference and getting injured because of limbs that fall asleep, 20 artists from around the world gathered to create in the public space for Living Walls.

About the project, ’Along with changing the urban landscape, the Living Walls conference set out to highlight a number of problems facing the city. Living Walls did not just showcase art, but also built a platform for much needed dialogue in the city.’

Art shown above by Freddy Sam, Jaz, Elian, 2501, Axel Void (photos not my own), 3TTTman and JR.

 

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This mural by Freddy Sam was painted as part of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. 

Here is an excerpt from their website

'Mural painting provided a support structure for these young men and women to refine their artistic skills, empowering them to take an active role in beautifying their own neighborhoods. The murals they created instantly added color, beauty, and life to an old, industrial city struggling with decades of economic distress and population loss. The results of the program were nothing less than magical. From the beginning, Golden witnessed how mural-making changed lives and how the murals themselves began to mend the aesthetic fabric of the city.'

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When I Grow Up I want to become a Marine Biologist

I never cease to be in awe of the magnificent creatures on this planet, and those that live in the oceans are the most extraordinary of all. Despite zoo-like implications, a trip to the Atlanta aquarium was a vision of serenity. The glory and elegance of the whale sharks tail as it glides through the water, the perfection and grace of movement. And when the jellyfish swims, it reminds me of all the layers of a woman’s skirt dancing at midnight.

Our oceans are an eternal wonder. So lets everybody be conscious about how we each individually affect natural eco-systems. For starters, avoid buying fish and eating at restaurants that serve farmed fish or endangered species. Just ask. 

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An Invitation to Create 

We sat down for an intimate conversation with our friend, purveyor of the stars, RASTA FAR I and all round creator, Remed.

On how he wishes his work to affect people: ‘As when I listen to music I love, I feel like singing or dancing. After seeing an amazing piece of art, right after feeling it, I feel like doing it also. And that’s what I hope I can spread through my work… An invitation to create. He tells us that the general environment society and ‘civilization’ has created opposes this, ‘it’s an invitation not to create.’ 

I’ll never forget when Remed came to South Africa and in a few hours, transformed a lady’s cold, decaying house into a smile in the slums of Woodstock. See his magic here

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