Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Penguin Books, 2005
In Tokyo, there is an artist’s dream come true: thousands of pigments with names like “Autumn Mystery” and “Luxury Twinkle” line the neat, airy bamboo shelves of a store called Pigment.
Pigment is dry concentrated color dust used to give fabric, ink, plastics, and, of course, paint their hue. By adding a binding agent like oil or glue to the powder, the pigment becomes adhesive. It’s an older style of paint-making as opposed to purchasing paint pre-mixed, but many artists prefer it for its simplicity and versatility. The store also sells other traditional Japanese painting supplies like brushes, papers, frames, natural animal glue, and ink stones.
Pigment the store is just as beautiful as its contents. It was designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, whose work connects ancient principles of Japanese art and ideology to the modern day. Much like pigment, it’s simple, natural, and basic but elegant too. The store is made almost entirely of bamboo with gently waving lines, lots of open space, and light. The store does ship art supplies ordered online, but Pigment’s physical store and displays are something to behold.
‘we all have the same palette of emotional paints
it’s how we pigment them on the canvas of life that dictates our artistry.’
-ged thompson (liverpool poet)
credits: atlas obscura, pigment, tokyo
All you need is this black-and-white floral wallpaper and some washable markers.
“you have to color outside the lines once in a while
if you want to make your life a masterpiece.”
image credit: etsy.com
as the snowfall arrives
there is a soft quiet
a world of white outside
the cottage is filled with color
the center of the snow globe
i’m clearly drawn to whimsical animal art
that is the wing of a peacock kite you see in the upper left corner.
“laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.”