About

Hello and welcome to the Chromatophobic blog.  You can read about my colour-dreading brand on The Story page.

I'm Yana, and I am a maniacal maker with an Industrial Design degree and a teaching background.  This blog documents the Chromatophobic journey, as well as my compulsive creative efforts and tutorials, and serves as an outlet for the occasional verbal diarrhea.  Design topics that make my abundant back hair stand on end with excitement are digital fabrication, environmental responsibility and intellectual property.  I enjoy doodling, making stuff, documenting of the making of stuff and gleefully hugging unsuspecting trees. I also love climbing stuff and get very enthusiastic about playgrounds, much to the alarm of the children who get in my way.

Much of the content on the blog is representative of where I am in life, so currently many of the projects are baby related.  In the process I impudently exploit my carpet monkey's photogenic qualities as I chase her around the house with a heavy camera and shiny reflectors.  For the purposes of this blog, I will call my child Zaika, which is Russian for "bunny" and reflects Zaika's bilingual upbringing.  We are currently accepting bets on whether her first words will be in English or Russian.

My other half, Ken, is also an industrial designer, and we frequently co-create.  So far Zaika is our most refined creation, despite poop and drool not being associated with "refined" in everyday discourse.  Ken has an impeccable attention to detail, and his perfectionism drives me quietly insane.  Insane with delight, of course.  Ken's major hobby is working on classic cars and bikes, which leaves me a garage widow.  The overfilled garage is like a curio gallery for Zaika, and we wonder whether one of her first words will be "egalitarianism" or "carburettor". 
Feeding orcas at the beach

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