A History of Color

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Something a bit different for today. I came across this article recently and it struck a chord with me that harked back to my color theory days in school. While it makes sense once you talk about it, most people won’t consider where the color for their project comes from. Sure objectively we all know it’s made from dyes that are made in factories and added to the base, but what about that color. Where did it come from? What’s the original source?

Back even just 100 years ago, pigments were created from nature and some of the most vibrant colors were also the most rare. A rock of lapis lazuli was worth it’s weight in gold for the brilliant shade of blue it provided. If you fancy a quick lesson in history, check out this article from CO.DESIGN and if you’re really into history then maybe visit the place they talk about; The Harvard Pigment Library.

It is a store for the world’s colors. Some of which have gone extinct or are incredibly rare/illegal to obtain; like Mummy Brown that was made from the wrappings of embalmed mummies.

It’s a pretty cool read that will make you pause and really think about where that color in your bracelet or your favorite clothing dye came from. Maybe even inspire a natural color set for your next project. AT the very least you’ve learned a fun fact to throw out at parties. 😉