Artist book

February 2016

135x185 mm

Crayons and markers on cotton paper, cardboard

Iro, the Japanese word for colour, also signifies lover and the feeling or mood of a thing. Colours can refelct our delicate feelings, and Japan has a rich tradition of using colours as a language of attraction.

The colour diary was made during a two-week study tour in Japan in November 2015. Biking around in Tokyo and Kyoto, I painted colour combinations found in architecture and objects on-site, which I found especially appealing or intriguing. Out from my sketches, I have selected 28 colour combinations and made them into this artist book as a tool of inspiration.

The number of three colours refer to the musical chord, a harmonic set of three or more notes that is heard simultaneously.