5 Colours in 5 Days with Kate Banazi – Yellow

by Jenny Butler
Monday 10th January 2011

Welcome to the first Guest Blog for 2011! We’re kicking off this year with a seriously colourful guest blogger- Kate Banazi [remember her interview on Friday?] Each day Kate will be blogging on a different colour AND is offering a free downloadable desktop wallpaper! Aren’t we lucky yellow ducks?! – Jenny x

This is today’s FREE DOWNLOADABLE DESKTOP WALLPAPER, custom printed by Kate especially for us! Visit HERE to download! There will be a different desktop wallpaper everyday this week. Check out the video below on how it all came together.

Yellow from Kate Banazi on Vimeo.

I am truly honoured that Lucy and Jenny have asked me to do this for a week, I’ll try not to bore you but be warned, I like the super mundane stuff. If you don’t like the interiors of car parks and lego, this could be a challenge for you.

So, I’m doing 5 colours in 5 days… fantastic! How do I limit myself to five colours though, especially as one of the more common client comments I get, is ‘That’s marvellous Kate! But can you tone it down a bit, you’re scaring the children? ‘

I don’t know about you, but colour is very emotive for me, it brings back memories and smells of different eras (the 1970’s really did smell of plastic, I promise you) but to be honest, I relate most colours to food. Possibly that’s why I love brown, that’s usually the colour most deep fried stuff ends up.

These are the things I’ll show you…. things around me…. things I like, some of my husband Alistair’s photos and something printed every day, especially for you. Every print will be available as downloadable wallpaper for your computer in different sizes, plus, leave a comment and at the end of the week, one reader will win your favourite original colour-themed screenprint to hang on your wall at home!

Today’s colour.. mmmmm… Yellow.

I love yellow.

Portuguese custard tarts, canaries, labradors and daffodils.
It’s also the colour I go in winter with a nice greenish tinge.
In honour of yellow, we’re having ceviche for dinner… thanks to Marcela for teaching me.

My great Grandfather was the sign writer at London Zoo, here he is attempting to pull his fist out of a leopards mouth. (If you want to see my family and many other animals look at my Mum’s flickr stream. I especially like the one of my grandmother playing with a Komodo dragon. As you do.)

Alistair’s perfect capture.

I love my Bobby Weber shoes.

Sydney (pic by Alistair).

Everyone should play with lego and rubber ducks for at least an hour a week. It should be the law. Look! That Lego man is wrangling a duck who’s wearing a tie and sunglasses! Can life get any sweeter? Check this out too…

Slides from my dad and uncle’s trip around Europe when they were teenagers.

Eley Kishimotos flash top on sale… bargain!

The War Memorial, Hyde Park , Sydney, beautiful, moving and the central sculpture is poignant. Whenever I’m in town I stop in for a moment. (pic by Alistair)

My Grandfather, Uncle and Step Father flew aeroplanes…. I just eat eggs out of them and feel vaguely nauseous every time I get on one.

The old Mark Foy building, Sydney.

Rodeo screenprint

On our way home from…

Screen cleaning

On my print table

A gift from Kat Macleod

Screenprinting after a trip to Bronte beach. I got dunked and lost my bikini bottoms. It wasn’t pretty.

The night my heart turned summersaults (I love you A.G!).

See you tomorrow

by Jenny Butler
Monday 10th January 2011


  • CapreeK 6 years ago

    What a treat to see the process behind your work, Kate! Can’t wait to see what color tomorrow brings. x

  • DonnaZ 6 years ago

    Kate have always been a fan of colour blocking and yellow has always caught my eye. I am hoping that you feature aqua this week as I am completely obsessed on so many levels!!
    Well done!

  • Nellie 6 years ago

    What a lovely bright and sparky way to start a monday! i look foward to the rest of the week!

  • Kate B. 6 years ago

    Thanks Capree!
    Donna, the blue post will be a heavy load I think…. there’ll definitely be a bit of Aqua in there for you.
    Thankyou Nellie, hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

  • kimbalee 6 years ago

    Yellow makes me happy. Sunshiney bright on a grey Melb morn……love love xx

  • CK 6 years ago

    After spending the last week up in colourful Sydney, I have been suffering from drab, grey Melbourne-itis this morning… until your sunny yellow post brightened up the start of my week!
    Thanks Kate!

  • Kat White 6 years ago

    I love yellow too! Looking forward to checking out your next post :)

  • lyndel 6 years ago

    The yellow is great, I have been tiring of my current wallpaper. Although being the fickle person I am, I guess I will be changing my desktop daily this week!

  • Luz 6 years ago

    I loooove Yellow Too!Cockatoos !!!

  • ShaynnaB 6 years ago

    Stunning pics!!!!!!!!!!

  • lauren 6 years ago

    i love the pictures from the london zoo, so great!
    excellent post :)

  • luka 6 years ago

    colours – making my morning. yellow like an egg.
    grazie, luka/

  • Saffron Craig 6 years ago

    Yum Love yellow. Well done restraining yourself to a tonal print. Thanks for stopping to taking pics of your process in creating this work I really enjoyed that. Such a vibrant piece and makes me appreciate the loveliness of yellow even more. Thanks.

  • Carmen 6 years ago

    Thanks for brightening up my first day back at work!

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Thanks for posting your process video, always inspiring seeing to see artist at work! love the paint pots too, beautiful colour combination

  • Cate 6 years ago

    Thank you for such a beautiful post…

  • Pete 6 years ago

    I really like the yellow in spiral binding on the recent Design Files calender and also in this poster which I have hanging in the house. Yellow is such a bright and cheerful colour.


    Love the wallpaper. Do you have in a larger size to fit an imac 27″?

  • Marcela Restrepo 6 years ago

    Great to see the process behind your prints.
    I have always loved your yellow! I bet your ceviche is a hit too!

  • Sandi V. 6 years ago

    Thanks a bunch for this ray of sunshine! Keenly anticipating tomorrow’s color.

  • alex sunday 6 years ago

    ah, my favourite colour…. i can’t help but take photos of yellow things.

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Oooo… I’m going to be honest, yellow has generally been my least favourite colour on the spectrum, and all this yellow is a bit much for me on a monday morning! I’m looking forward to red and green and blue and purple :)

  • Kate Morgan 6 years ago

    Yellow means Happy! Great post thanks x

  • katiecrackernuts 6 years ago

    I love yellow. When I was little it was my mother’s favourite colour and I can remember thinking, why yellow, why not the more definite colours I was drawn to. In time my love of red has moved through Orange and now I think, I too, have settled on yellow.
    You lost your bikini bottoms? Are you kidding me? What did you do?

  • Kath Logan 6 years ago

    Wowee I am loving this. Yellow is not a big fave of mine (i look ill in proximity to anything yellow). But the rodeo screenprint has converted me and I may have to buy one – can imagine it in my nest. Looking forward to blue, which is my favourite.

  • Buttons 6 years ago

    ok, wow. This is not even a comment just to get in the competition (although tha tis a bonus). I don’t usuall read the guest blog becasue I already have about a bajillion blogs I am trying to keep up with. But how could I go past a colour every day for five days? i am on holidays from my textile design course and have been mising it and forgetting things and being generally un-designy. But no more! Kate, you have re-inspired me for this week and I can’t wait for the rest of the colours! that was sweet and lovely and made me warm and fuzzy like a little yellow chicken!! xx

  • Kate 6 years ago

    Thankyou all for your taking the time to leave a comment. Sorry Clare for making you feel queasy… hopefully the rest of the week will make up for it in a little way!
    Katiecrackernuts, my bottoms were lost but luckily still around my ankles. It did take me a minute to realise that though.

  • Arriane 6 years ago

    Nothing like bright sunshiny yellow to start off an otherwise slow Monday! Great collection, and I’m totally in love with the video! :)

  • Paula Norman 6 years ago

    Kate – just gorgeous – you and your work are an inspiration. I love the use of the colour yellos – under used and and not well rated by many – but truly uplifting. I loved reading about you and your work – thanks Lucy!

  • leah 6 years ago

    Thanks for a brilliant post Kate. Your work is beautiful, inspiring. Excited for tomorrows post. I too, like the ‘super mundane stuff’.
    Thanks xxx

  • Kate B. 6 years ago

    Pete, there’s a larger wallpaper up there for you 2560 x 1440, let me know if you need it bigger.
    Thankyou Arriane, Paula and Leah.
    It can only go down hill from here.

  • Madeleine Stamer 6 years ago

    Monochromatic magic! You are the master. p.s you have the most interesting family in the WHOLE world xo

  • meg 6 years ago

    Kate, love your kalidoscope of perspectives,influences,experiences and emotions of the many shades of yellow – funny,inspiring and uplifting on a dreary grey day in Melbourne! Your blog was great and reminded me of when I was younger,my bedroom was painted entirely in the shade of free range egg yolk yellow! I also developed a craving for scrambled eggs for dinner tonight!

  • Jane 6 years ago

    Wow, you had me clapping like a dork Kate! Thanks for sharing your screen printing process. Keep spotting beauty in the natural and the man made world of colour. It brought back memories or driving past victorian canola fields drenched in uber yellow! Truly inspirational! THANKYOU, Jane.

  • Jess 6 years ago

    I very much a colour of the week or month sort of gal & yellow is certainly doing it for me at the moment! Love the print and the vid, wasn’t expecting all the extra shots, what a great surprise and a fab catalogue of pics you have! Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the week brings…

  • Lucy 6 years ago

    I love yellow! I arrange my bookshelf in colour order and I seem to have more yellow books than any other colour! Thanks so much for sharing, Lx

  • Jen Colwill 6 years ago

    I’m feeling blue today, as it’s back to work tomorrow, but thank’s for making the sunshine yellow last until bedtime.

  • Meka 6 years ago

    Signwriter at the ZOO! What a terrific job.

  • Anna 6 years ago

    Such a gorgeous post — am loving each of these images — can’t wait for the next color!

  • Jane 6 years ago

    cup of tea, laptop and a new colour each day – holiday heaven. Lovely work, thanks.

  • Kate B. 6 years ago

    Glad you all like the yellow!

  • That kat mcleod figure is so gorgeous – you lucky thing… loving the yellows!

  • Liza 6 years ago

    Yellow has, is and always will be my favourite colour.
    Love the images and love your commentary!

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