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Color Decoded

Color Decoded

This colorful podcast sits at the intersection of art, history, science, and technology. Hosted by Erin Anne, a librarian and hobbyist in the arts and sciences, this podcast features the history of pigments, dyes, and colorants; the science of color; digital color tools; and art accessibility as they relate to pieces that have been shown in the Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville's Art Gallery and activities. All art images are used with permission.
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Art in the Library: Rock Rainbow
The art inspiration for this episode is Crocodile Rock by Laura Stisser. This abstract acrylic-on-canvas work contains mysterious, indistinct, crocodillian figures flowing through the piece. Erin took inspiration from the work to  go on a treasure hunt for precious rocks and minerals that were used to create some of the first long-lasting blue and green pigments.  Take a trip from France, to Australia, to the Sinai Peninsula in search of information about rock-based pigments. Join us for this relaxing fourth episode.
February 25, 2020
Cool Color Tool: Colorkuler Instagram Palette Generator
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! This week Erin gushes about one of her favorite YouTube artists, a veritable color wizard. Erin uses Colorkuler to generate a palette for the Library and talks about how she feels about it: spoiler, not great. Check out this latest episode and if you want more, tweet @cldandj on Twitter and tell us so!
February 18, 2020
Favorite or Over It: Royal Blue
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Erin is back with Eboni Jones from the Memorial Art Gallery and Library in Rochester to talk about her favorite colors.  The  pair talk about the similarities between libraries and museums and Eboni's recommendations for the best times to visit the MAG.
February 11, 2020
Hue News: The New Blackest Black
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Vantablack is no longer the "blackest black" substance on Earth. Erin reviews the two substances that unseated Vantablack for this auspicious title and discusses some uses for the blackest substance on Earth. 
February 4, 2020
Field Trip: The MAG
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! This week Erin goes west to Rochester, NY to visit the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester. She meets with Eboni Jones, the Curator of Interpretive Resources about how interactives help to make their exhibits and collections accessible.
January 28, 2020
Tint Lingo: Colorizing Space Images
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Today we will learn about how scientists color pictures of stuff from space. The Hubble Space Telescope has taken breathtaking images of distant regions of space for much of the 30 years it has been in operation. One of the reasons these images can be so moving is that scientists generate beautiful colors alongside the data they collect when making observations. We will explore the kinds of images astronomers, physicists, and cosmologists can create with the information they collect!
January 21, 2020
Stick Together: Reusing Wayward Sticker Squares
Welcome  to this minisode of Color Decoded! In this episode, Erin discusses Stick Together, collaborative art projects that resemble large-scale pixel art creations. Sometimes there are stickers left over after a project is complete and Erin discusses how she intends to use up these stickers on an original project, explaining her process for creating pixel arts. 
January 14, 2020
Vid Rec: The white lie we've been told about Roman statues
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Just a day before our long-format, 11th episode was released, Vox released a video on a topic briefly covered in the episode. Join Erin for this dive into chromatic history as she explains Vox explaining that Augustus of Prima Porta statue, you know the one, that one from Episode 11. Watch the video here!
January 7, 2020
Hue News: Colors of the Year - 2020
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Pantone and other color-centric companies release Color of the Year picks and 2020 is no exception. Erin will reveal the 2020 Color of the Year from Pantone, paint companies, and the Color Marketing Group, an international association of color design professionals. Will they all spot the same trend or choose many different hues?
December 31, 2019
Art in the Library: Redcoat Triad
The art inspiration for this episode is Crow in the Snow by Mary Vertigan. This screen print renders snow in three different pinks which are reminiscent of the colors used in British military uniforms of the per-modern eras. Erin explains the red coat colors and after the break, explores the ChromeLens extension for colorblind accessibility.  Join us for this relaxing  fourth full episode.
December 24, 2019
Cool Color Tool: AEB Guidelines and 3D Art Models
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! What are Art Education for the Blind's guidelines for describing art? Erin will explain the Guidelines that she uses in the Color Decoded episodes that feature specific art works to describe the works for an audience of listeners. The Guidelines advocate touching artworks and art analogs to learn about them and Erin suggests some places you might be able to find 3D models of art.   
December 17, 2019
Favorite or Over It: Bright Neon Orange
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! This week, Erin asks Tom Yoshikami from the Tang Teaching Museum if he has a favorite color.  The pair talk about a cool discussion that the Tang hosted about pigment creation. They finish with a run-down of events the Tang will be presenting for their 20th anniversary in 2020.
December 10, 2019
Vid Rec: Using Household Plants to Dye your Clothes
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Erin has another video recommendation for you, she explains a recent YouTube video from The King of Random which tests some methods for dyeing fabrics using plants that supposedly can be done easily in your kitchen to great effect. 
December 3, 2019
Field Trip: The Tang
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! This week Erin returns to her roots as a Skidmore alum and visits the Tang Teaching Museum to talk with Tom Yoshikami, the Assistant Director for Engagement about how the staff at the Museum makes their exhibits and collections accessible. 
November 26, 2019
Cool Color Tool: Hex Code and GIMP
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! Erin explains hex color codes this week. Using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, she sheds some light on hex values and their uses. Roses are ff0000 violets are 0000ff, after such a terrible joke I pray you haven't all left!
November 19, 2019
Favorite or Over It: White or Waffle Brown
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! This week, Erin introduces a brand new segment called 'Favorite or Over It.' Some people have strong opinions about what the best color is and some people don't care. Are you team blue,  another hue, or will all, or no colors do?
November 12, 2019
Vid Rec: In Search of Forgotten Colours
Welcome to this minisode of Color Decoded! To thank everyone for their interest, questions, and downloads, Erin explains the video that started it all. At, you can watch the short documentary that inspired Erin to start a podcast about colors!
November 5, 2019
Art in the Library: Scattered Sunlight
The art inspiration for this episode is Heron Drinking at Sunset by Herm Card. This photo-graphic features the silhouette of a heron against a fiery sky reflected on the water. Erin took inspiration from the work to talk about the physics of how they sky gets its colors.  After the break, Erin discusses a Cool Color Tool, the Palette Cam app that can be used to get the codes for colors in pictures which she uses in her digital art projects. Join us for this relaxing third episode.
October 29, 2019
Art in the Library: Bold Glory
The art inspiration for this episode is Born on the 4th of July by Laura Stisser. This abstract acrylic work features red, white, and blue hues which led to a discussion of dyes used in early American Flags and then a discussion of the chemistry of fireworks after the break.  These colors don't run, but they sure make a big bang. Join us for this relaxing second episode.
October 29, 2019
Art in the Library: Violet Blooms
The art inspiration for this episode is From the Infinite Tulips Series: Sea Terminal by Candy Lucas. There is a prominent purple tulip in the center of this collage work which leads to a discussion of purple flowers, purple dyes, and the struggle for fidelity.  After the break, Erin interviews Kara about the CLD&J Art Gallery and they chat about flowers used in teas and dyes. Join us for this relaxing first episode. 
October 29, 2019