Experience the synergy of art, colour and nature at the 2024 DesignTO Festival with ‘Beyond Wada in Bloom’.
This window installation pays homage to the groundbreaking work of Sanzo Wada (1883-1967), whose ‘A Dictionary of Color Combinations’ offers a unique glimpse into traditional Japanese colour perceptions, laying the groundwork for modern colour theory. Combining this rich history with the psychology of colour, the artist Shayla Bond embarks on a journey to faithfully recreate Wada’s palettes by hand through meticulous colour mixing.
In ‘Beyond Wada in Bloom’, Wada’s colour combinations are taken to new heights—quite literally. The installation transforms the Promise Supply windows into a mesmerizing experience, embracing the vibrancy of Promise Supply’s organic offerings. Foliage and flora is mirrored with a corresponding colour swatches from Wada’s book, manifesting as large-scale cutouts that delicately dangle and suspend from the ceiling in a cascade of colour. As festival-goers stroll by, the suspended hues dance and transform, echoing the mood-elevating power of both colour and nature amidst urban winters.
‘Beyond Wada in Bloom’ is a continuation on a colour study series by Canadian artist Shayla Bond.
Join us at Promise Supply for the 2024 DesignTO Festival and witness the magic of colour and nature converging.
The artist would like to recognize Promise Supply for the generous usage of their venue for this project.