Studio Laura Daza

May 11, 2015 @ LauraDazaStudio


Different colours, shades and tints have the power to evoke mood and emotion, but it seems that the origins and journeys of these pigments are often forgotten. Today, colour is a commodity industrially produced for mass consumption. However, there was a time when the story of origin was integral to colour identity, the narrative of provenance possessing a power and a sense of magic.

Colour Provenance is a visual investigation and interpretation into the ancient origins of colour pigment. Through developing a thorough understanding and knowledge of how colour was once sourced, crafted and utilized in the past, I hope to both celebrate the ancient rituals and alchemic techniques and encourage us to once again appreciate colour provenance.

It’s a true celebration of ancient rituals combined with pure alchemy, executed with genuine consideration for the materials and the importance they used to carry before our reliance on mass production.

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Colour Provenance – DIY Colour Recipe Book


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Winsor & Newton

October 11, 2014 @ WinsorNewton

Spotlight on Colour: Rose Madder


Rose Madder is a distinctive rose coloured pigment made from the roots of the common madder plant, Rubia tinctorum. It is a transparent pigment with granulating properties in Water Colour. A natural organic lake pigment, it was first used as a dye for fabrics. Evidence of its use can be found in ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian cloths as far back as 1500 BC. Cloth dyed with madder root pigment was even found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Considered the most stable natural pigment, it was very sought after and was brought to Europe by the crusaders. By the 13th century, it was being cultivated across Europe, notably in the Netherlands as their sandy soil provided a favourable environment for the plant.

Read more about Rose Madder and other pigments, inks etc at Winsor & Newton