Collection: The Malian Monochrome Collection

This collection was inspired by the monochromatic color scale and ancient Malian architecture (the preferred architectural style for many mosques and Middle Eastern palaces)!  This collection is designed using salvaged, metal, crystal, pewter, onyx, and bone beads and from silver-plated brass, aluminum, metal alloy, and plated metals. 

The pieces intentionally restrict the colors to black, white, and shades of grey and varies the color to transform “drab” colors into vibrant ones.  This collection also provides a visual rebuttal to color psychology’s definition of black and white: Black represents evil, darkness, night, despair, certainty, sophistication, and authority; White represents clarity, purity, good, simple, and clean, cold, and impersonal; yet, when both colors are paired together, it’s a symbol of the struggles between day and night, good and evil, and right and wrong.

In the monochromatic scale, the color black becomes white when you decrease its opacity.   Black and white colors are complements and not symbols of war.  Both colors work together to add clarity and balance to how we see the world.

This collection is a visual reminder that, like White, Black is beautiful (and pure, fun, confident, and elegant).  Both colors are natural, timeless, and sophisticated.

Photo created by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels.

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