Colibri Watercolor Set

Colibri Watercolor Set

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3.5" x 2.5" x 1"
Watercolors & Plastic
ROMANIA

It was the first morning in Bucharest and it was raining and cold and grey. Pretty much everything one would expect. It was hard waking up but we had an early appointment and Vlad was coming with the cab soon. We got our first daytime view of the city while leaving town to the outskirts and into an industrial zone. Combinatul Fondului Plastic (CFP) was founded during the Communist era as the commercial branch of the Artists Union to produce paints for funding and to supply artists with materials. The current factory was constructed between 1968-1972 and is a work of art itself. We met the director in his office (padded door, lots of brown) and later, at the appropriate time, we were given a tour of the factory (lots of spontaneous art on the walls). Once 600 workers, it is now reduced to a handful. The watercolors were produced in one room, interestingly enough, by hand. I had pictured a factory of tubes running from central paint vats and machines pumping out one color after the next in quick succession, into trays on a conveyer belt. That was my vision of the future but the present was quite different. Bowls of paints, the ends of paintbrushes, paint scooped and deposited time and time again, trays walked over to small drying racks. It was Herculean. And the colors - so Romanian, particularly that tan/brown. Halfway through the trip we decided brown is the color of Romania - it should be the national color, it is everywhere. Colibri means "hummingbird." Since our visit the then vacant factory has been revived and artists have moved in. 

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