Collaboration. Webster defines it as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” I myself would modify that definition slightly to read “the action of working with someone to bring the best of two different worlds together to produce or create something magical.” That’s what I feel like I’ve been achieving recently through my work with Sloop Jones, imaginative painter and pioneering artist. We’ve joined up for what has been a seriously colorful collaboration at his studio at the End of the Road on the East End on St. John, U.S Virgin Islands.
It’s no secret that I adore rainbows, and will jump at any chance I’m given to incorporate every shade of the rainbow into a project. I know how powerful light therapy can be, especially when using multiple colors. If you think about how color can affect our feelings, moods, and emotions, you’ll recognize why rainbow light is known to be both healing and balancing.
A little background on light therapy… Colors are certain wavelengths of electro-magnetic energy seen through our eyes. The color we see is the part of the visible spectrum that is reflected back by a certain object. Research has proven that color plays a major role in setting up a particular mood or state of mind. Color, without a doubt, can affect one's feelings, moods, and emotions.
For instance, red brings warmth, energy and stimulation and is therefore good for fighting fatigue and colds.
Blue is cooling, electric, astringent. It brings tranquility and soothes stress.
Purple light can be used for promoting transformation, creativity, meditation and spirituality; yellow for vitality and joy.
The benefits of rainbows when painted on lights and clothing are endless.
There’s no downside to surrounding yourself with color. When I had the opportunity to bring my rainbows to a Sloop Jones project, there was no question – I was invigorated and full of ideas!
Our home décor creations will be posted very soon on theSloop Jones website, according to a recent blog post Sloop’s team wrote about our collaborative efforts: “The Sloop Jones workspace has always been bursting with all the colors of the rainbow and now its influence is ever more present as a new line of hand-painted, rainbow-inspired home decor is in the works. Photos and online sales soon come!” Be sure to keep checking back for more information on how to order your one-of-a-kind Mood Lights/Sloop Jones piece. And if you feel inclined, give them a little Facebook love, I encourage it
And thank you, Sloop, for giving me the chance to share my love of rainbows with you and your followers. I always enjoy working with someone who appreciates color just as much as I do.
-Felicia Renaud <3