Thursday, April 09, 2009

Colour in Unexpected Places

Sometimes first impressions can be misleading. The approach to the fishing village of Kukup, in Johor, Malaysia isn't exactly full of colour. In fact parts of it are almost monchromatic...

Until one gets into the heart of the village on stilts & discovers just how much human nature has a desire to bring colour into every day life.

Then there are the exquisite Batik fabrics they create there.


Laurie Green-Whitney - Mermaid Glass said...

Great pictures! I actually love the first photo of the village. I think the subtlety of those colors is quite beautiful and I got a little wave of inspiration from it. Hope you don't mind, but I think I'm making a Kukup bead in a little while when I head out to the torch.

Deb said...

Laurie - of course I don't mind at all!
That particular photo is one of my two most favourite from that long ago trip. There is something so timeless & restful about it.

I often thought of getting it enlraged & framed - but never did, & I always thought that it would have made a far nicer painting anyway.

Your beads always give me that same feeling of timelessness & of course the way you love the sea & the water (the same as the people that lived in this village obviously did)....well it just goes without saying that you need to make a bead inspired by this. I cant wait to see it!

angelinabeadalina said...

I agree that the "monochromatic" village scene has some wonderful, subtle shades of peaceful colors. I have to say, to my surprise, my fav of the three scenes is the ScoobyDoo Mystery Machine color building-- the colors are spectacular, and their use in the repeating patterns is blow-me-away gorgeous!

rosebud101 said...

This is a great post. I remember one Oprah show when she was visiting Africa and she commented about one hut she visited. A young girl was raising her younger sister and brother. It was a very poor situation, yet, the young girl had found some fabric and hung it on her "wall" to add some color and beauty to her home. Oprah said that this was one experience she would never forget.