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COLORI – The Vibrancy of Philanthropy

 

colori logoYour compassion, drive, and creativity can make a difference in your community and the world. When you use your unique skill set and the tools that are at your disposal, there are no limits on how you can give back to your community.

One woman who gives back in a creative way is Lori Samuels. As the founder of the Colori Design shop in San Marino, Samuels uses her love for color to advance an important group of young people.

A Colorful Sojourn

Her philanthropic journey began when visiting her son in Italy. There, Lori Samuels was inspired by the quality of leather goods and desk accessories. She figured there was a market for such quality items in Los Angeles. Her instinct was correct.

After the overwhelming success of a trunk show for friends, she decided to go bigger and set up a shop on Mission Street, a neighborhood known for its old world furniture shops and fine French restaurants. The products in her shop are diverse (bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, keychains, leather shoes, and much more) but they all hold one thing in common: rich color.

“I love color, and I love giving back,” Samuels said. And it shows. All of the shop’s items are rich and vibrant. The desk accessories and leather goods come in colors that are meant to brighten your mood and put a positive spin on life.

And it is in that colorful positivity that Samuels gives back to her community. A substantial portion of Colori’s sales goes to helping children with special needs.

Helping The Help Group

The Help Group was founded in 1975, and is devoted to helping children with learning disabilities and developmental issues. It offers specialized classes for grades K-12, as well as therapy services for children and families. They believe in each person’s potential and encourage productivity.

Lori Samuels believes in their potential, too. A percentage of every sale at Colori goes to helping with the Help Group, providing a steady stream of aid to this worthy cause. This has allowed The Help Group to continue its campaign of public awareness, training, and education. To date, they have 900 staff members and seven campuses located in Los Angeles.

Who could imagine that, in using colorful handbags, jewelry, and leather products, Lori Samuels would be able to offer bright, enriching futures for countless children, as well as shoppers.

Whether it’s enriching a person’s life with a colorful handbag, or brightening up the life of a struggling child, Lori Samuels is on the right track. Using her passion and her abilities, she is giving back to her community, making her life and the lives of those around her a little brighter.

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Art Making from Unconventional Objects

Contemporary artists are constantly stretching the boundaries of art by using unconventional materials to craft their artwork. Way back when, “true art” consisted of things like realistic oil paintings and finely carved marble statues. These days, even things you find in your kitchen, office or trash bin can be turned into respectable art.

Perhaps it started in 1917 with Marcel Duchamp’s submission of a urinal that he signed “R. Mutt” to an art show in which purportedly “all submissions” would be accepted. In the end, the urinal was not placed on display, but Duchamp’s impish act revolutionized the art world.

Thanks to YouTube and various social-networking websites, unorthodox works of art are now reaching a wide, and very appreciative, audience. Artists who create portraits of Elvis out of Cheetos or detailed architectural renderings on an Etch-a-Sketch are now celebrated as innovative and amusing contributors to our contemporary pop culture.

Next time you sift through your junk drawer or finish a bag of chips, think about how those everyday things could be turned into a work of art!

Are you a person that makes are from unconventional object? If so, have you ever considered painting them for yourself? Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, you can be one today – see more details here).

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Benefits of Making Your Own Paints

Did you know that you can easily and affordably make your own paints right at home? The supplies needed to make oil paints, acrylics, watercolors or pastels are fairly inexpensive and they can be easily purchased online or at a local shop. You don’t need a giant studio or an excessive amount of supplies to make your own paints – all you need are a few basic ingredients pertinent to each medium, and a tabletop that you can use as your work area.

You might wonder, “Why should I bother making my own paints?”

There are a number of reasons why it is beneficial for artists to make their own paints. For starters, when you break down a specific medium to its individual components, it helps you to understand the nature of the medium. Taking part in the process of creating an oil paint or a pastel stick provides invaluable insight into the qualities of that particular medium. Plus, the magic of watching loose powdered pigment transform into a usable paint can become part of the overall creative experience.

One of the best things about making your own paints is that you can control the hue, value and intensity of each color. If you need a specific shade of green that is difficult to mix using commercial paints, you can create your own. If you need a range of blues to create skyscapes and seascapes, you can create the exact colors that you need and save them for future use.

It’s easy to forget that there was once a time when all artists either had to make their own paints or purchase these supplies from a local artisan. The vast majority of artists today buy their paints and art materials off the shelf. Most artists don’t even think twice about how these materials are made or what is actually in them. This has changed our relationships to our art materials. By making your own paints, you can reinvigorate your connection to the materials that you use to create art.

In future articles, we’ll take a closer look at the process involved for making oil paints, pastels, watercolors and acrylics.

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