The Secret Lives of Colour

The Secret Lives of Colour➽ [Download] ✤ The Secret Lives of Colour By Kassia St. Clair ➲ – The history of colors and the vivid stories behind them in a multi colored volume The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy five fascinating shades dyes and hues From blonde to gi The history of colors and Lives of Kindle Ø the vivid stories behind them in a multi colored volume The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy five fascinating shades dyes and hues From blonde to ginger the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux acid yellow to kelly green and from scarlet women to imperial purple these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout historyIn this book Kassia St Clair has turned her The Secret ePUB ✓ lifelong obsession with colors and where they come from whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink into a study of human civilization Across fashion and politics art and war the secret lives of color tell the vivid story of our culture. Image from Videokarmaorg Consider life in black and white Many creatures have dichromatic vision two kinds of cone receptors which allows limited color perception Monochromatics see only the gray scale from black to white Skates rays The cinematic and TV worlds were both certainly BW for a long time before color imposed itself on screens large and small And while BW still holds a respected place in the visual arts particularly in photography film and drawing it is color that holds the broadest appeal which should not be surprising Color has played a major role in the development of homo sapiens giving us tools for making the best survival decisions If you are interested in how many colors we can see or the number of colors that exist you’re gonna need a bigger palette A computer displays under 17 million colors of which we can see maybe 10 million but a conservative estimate of how many colors there actually are puts it at 18 decillion Yeah you want to know That’s an 18 with 33 zeroes after it The top number is probably infinity but it feels nice to have an actual number however extreme however arbitrary to define the edges of what there is of anything in the universe Thankfully Kassia St Clair trimmed a few off the top bottom and middle settling in at seventy five Any of us could name many but the odds are we would not be able to expound on each the way Ms St Clair can What I have tried to do is provide something between a potted history which would be relevant to a compendium of plant colors and a character sketch for the 75 shades maybe Dante could help that have intrigued me the most The project began with research on something else entirely checking out 18th Century fashion intel at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum where she came across some mysterious adjective noun combinations for the colors of things in fashion which sparked research becoming a column on color in British Elle Decoration magazineKassia St Clair From Psychology Today – photo credit – Colin ThomasHowever minimal seventy five may sound when compared to the theoretical number of available colors St Clair has managed to put together a very broad spectrum including basic colors Roy G Biv never heard of like white black and brownAfter an introductory section on the science and history of color and seeing the book is divided into ten parts white yellow orange pink red purple blue green brown and black with short offerings on between five and ten different colors within each This makes ideal bedtime reading as the pieces on any color are never than two or three pages a natural length given that the project originated with a column on color so you can read as much or as little as you like without any concern about missing something or delaying your shut eye with stress over what might happen to a beloved characterThe content of the individual chapters varies Many report on the materials from which coloring agents are made animal vegetable mineral and weird concoctions Some focus instead on social significance and in one case military impact It is the range of perspectives that offers the greatest joy here It is one thing and not a bad one to learn where this or that color actually comes from in nature tossing in some historical or character references and that could have been pretty much the sum total of the book But no paint by numbers writing here St Clair’s wide range of approaches keeps us from settling into a single sort of appreciation like a hamster on a color wheel A descriptive title might have been Interesting Facts about a Wide Range of Colors Nonetheless The Secret Lives of Color which is a wonderful world offers a cornucopia of fascinating bits of information which makes this a very high fructose collection of brain candy The white cases of Apple computers are actually a shade of gray Silver was used for flatware in the belief that it could detect poisons The derivation of orange; which came first the color or the fruit? A long forgotten name for New York City A bit of science on how fluorescents work Some words that we think of as colors began as something else A reason why the blue light from televisions affects us in certain ways And on and on and on delightfully There are words in here that were uite unfamiliar in this context Isabelline is a color? Really? Orpiment? Minium must be a small color Madder an angry one? Woad? slow down Woad is a color? Well if you say so Best of all is Mummy Suffice it to say that this was the most disturbing chapter of the book one that kept coming back into my thoughts unbidden Ironically the pigment was a shade of brown that did not preserve itself all that well So oddities surprises and lots of “Gee I never knew that”Loooooove her Image from Billboard So next time you think you’re in the pink you may then wonder which pink? Is it Baker Miller pink Mountbatten pink puce fuchsia shocking fluorescent or maybe amaranth? Or if you are feeling blue which shade? Ultramarine? Cobalt? Indigo Prussian Egyptian woad electric or maybe cerulean? And when you are in a black mood well you get the idea For the truly bleak there is Vantablack a carbon nanotube technology created in Britain in 2014 traps 99965 percent of the spectrum making it the blackest thing in the world In person it is so dark it fools the eyes and brain rendering people unable to perceive depth and texture NY times TV reviewers?For any who enjoy learning new things this book is the definition of a fun read offering fascinating information in bite sized tasty nuggets of multi colored brain candy for your synaptical munching pleasure It’s to dye for SorryReview posted – August 31 2018Publication date – October 24 2017EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author’s personal Twitter Instagram Pinterest and FB pagesItems of Interest List of Animals That See in Black White How many colors are there in the world? Interview Psychology Today 11717 It’s a Colorful Life by Gary Drevitch Public Domain Review Primary Sources A Natural History of the Artist's Palette by Philip Ball If you want to learn even about the traditional sources for color this article will fit the bill nicely The Paris Review 81920 Periwinkle the Color of Poison Modernism and Dusk by Katy KelleherMusic The Wigmaker Seuence from the original stage production of Sweeney Todd on diverse shades of Johanna’s blonde hair The Rollingstones She’s a Rainbow Somewhere Over the Rainbow you know who and wherefrom Colors of the Wind the original sung by Judy Kuhn from Pocahontas True Colors Cyndi original vid Colors One Republic Colours Donovan However de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum in my experience colours like the weather can make an convenient topic to spark or rekindle conversation having saved me a few times in socially awkward situations as wherever we are colour is everywhereYears ago I read Victoria Finlay ‘s Color A Natural History of the Palette which notwithstanding I learnt a lot from it on the origin of colours entailed having to wade through numerous pages of rambling self absorbed travelogue and left me hungry for substantial information on the world of colours So when I glanced through The Secret Lives of Colour in the local library and read in the introduction that Kassia St Clair attempts ‘to provide something between a potted history and a character sketch for the 75 shades that have intrigued her most’ I found myself mouth watering at some of the delightful names of the colours serving as the titles of the short chapters that structure her book despite the somewhat silly title More than a history of colours this is a compendium of stories anecdotes and trivia on the 75 hues tints tones and shades that St Clair selected ranging from lead white to pitch black culled from excursions into history religion economics sociology the use of Baker Miller pink to assuage aggressiveness of prisoners history of art religion politics Mountbatten pink Dutch orange biology chemistry literature Celadon With the same ease St Clair addresses frivolous subjects like fashion and hair colours shocking pink blonde interior design and poisonous wallpaper beige Scheele’s green as well as she touches on the meaning of colours in various cultures and centuries their permanence and provenance or discovery She delivers clarifications on the etymology of the names of colours and jots in interesting colour related linguistic musings The book grew out of the monthly columns on colour she wrote for Elle Decoration and judging from the footnotes her bite size entries rely heavily on two sources Bright Earth Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball and Victoria Finlay’s Color A Natural History of the Palette and on Michel Pastoureau's renowned books on colour There is also an extensive bibliography and list for further reading and a descriptive list of other interesting shades on which no entry was written and which also speak to the imagination like Eau de Nil pompadour beryl and couelicot ‘Bright red with a hint of orange French for Papaver Rhoeas the wild poppy’ Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato The Virgin in Prayer 1640 1650 – a tribute to ultramarine uite some anecdotes I thought well chosen fascinating amusing or surprising like the one on mummy or Egyptian brown – and the moment Edward Burne Jones found out where that fine colour came from ’The Pre Raphaelite painter Edward Burne Jones hadn’t twigged the connection between ‘mummy brown’ and real mummies until one Sunday lunch in 1881 when a friend related having just seen one ground up at a colourman’s warehouse Burne Jones was so horrified he rushed to his studio to find his tube of mummy brown and ‘insisted on our giving it a decent burial there and then’ Or this one on heliotrope which from one of the few colours Victorian women were allowed to wear during half mourning got a distinguished literary afterlife when the observance of mourning dress dictates waned ’Badly behaved characters are often described as wearing the colour The deliciously immoral anti heroine of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband Mrs Cheveley makes her entrance in heliotrope and diamonds before swashbuckling her way through the remainder of the play and commandeering all the best lines Allusions to heliotrope also crop up in the works of JK Rowling DH Lawrence PG Wodehouse James Joyce and Joseph Conrad The word is pleasure to say filling the mouth like a rich buttery sauce Added to which the colour itself is intriguing antiuated unusual and just a little bit brassy’The book doesn’t contain illustrations – which means the reader has to turn to the internet when paintings are discussed but the outer margin of each page is marked by a strip of the colour at stake in the chapter so the reader instantly gets an impression of less common hues like isabelline Napels yellow verdigris fallow gamboge or Payne’s greyJan Van Eyck Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife 1434 – a dress in the costly verdigrisVividly written accessible brimful of informative and fun facts ‘ When two scientists discovered that the universe taken as a whole is a shade of beige they immediately sought a sexier name Suggestions included ‘big bang buff’ and ‘skyvory’ but in the end they settled on ‘cosmic latte' The secret lives of colour makes an enthralling be it somewhat dense read however fragmented and in spurs repetitive on the details and cost of extracting and processing pigments for dyeing fabrics and for painting It is not a book I could gobble up at once and which I found enjoyable to dip into in between other books or to read a few pages in to close the day with a moment of beauty ½ We take colour for granted these days; where ever you look you have garish clothing and brightly painted items competing for attention But it was never like that go back several hundred years ago and lost people wore grey or brown cloth that had been dyed with the ochres and earth colours Those that had some colour in their lives were the rich; they could afford the purples and reds that adorned their clothes and the rare blues and yellows that graced their artworksIn this fascinating book St Clair has uncovered the history behind 75 different colour shades and hues and tell their individual story We find out where in the world these colours originated from who made them popular just how expensive a vivid blue like ultramarine was and the chemistry behind turning ground rock into artist’s paint and dyes for cloth Modern colours are fairly robust but it is a reminder just how lethal some colours were The historical account of colour is enlightening too as we find out which have come into fashion why some prefer blondes which colour was behind a notorious seduction and which have remained popular and those that currently don’t fit the bill Not only is it a nicely written and fascinating book but it is a beautifully produced book too; each colour group is split into sections and the margins on each page are coloured to match the shade being written about As you read though each page changes subtly in colour and tone Just rippling through the pages you transcend from white to yellow to the reds blues greens and end up at the black it is a nice effect The dots on the front are embossed making touching the cover a tactile experience It was worth reading and would make a good companion volume to Bright Earth The Invention of Colour by Philip Ball and Colour A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay if you already have those I really enjoyed this book It's a series of short and fascinating stories of about 100 different colors I loved the random trivia and interesting facts I think anyone even with an interest in color would love this book A great gift idea I'm someone who revels in the uiet stories and histories behind seemingly mundane objects or even words This book was so fascinating and practically drenched in sensory poetry and historical tales Loved this This is not a book about color theory but a compilation of snippets about 75 colors Each color has a very short account that ranges from explaining the original chemicalmineral composition of the color to explaining the status the color signified throughout civilization For instance the color blue’s transformation from being the most undesirable color to the most popular Or that chochineal reuired 70000 dried bugs for a pound of color Interesting tidbits and the short sub chapters are perfect to slip in when you have a few minutes of down time Not overly compelling Ever wonder why Ferrari chose the color red? What about why Van Gogh's sunflowers are slowly wilting as the years pass? Are you curious why some colors are considered royal? If you answer yes to any of these uestions you should give this book a go An interesting glimpse into the history and changing meaning of color over time The exact dialog about each color varied with some focusing heavily on the historical recipe and how that was interesting and others narrowing in on the social constraints focusing on the meaning of the color to people of that time Beetles are still being harvested today to produce the cochineal used by the cosmetics and food industries It is found in everything from MM’s to sausages red velvet cupcakes to Cherry Coke to soothe the sueamish it is usually hidden under the far innocuous label E120 ” Overall a good read with lots of fun period specifics Due to the nature of the content and not being an artist and therefore interested in the science angle certain portions were a little dry but the work as a whole was worth the short bouts of disinterest also described orange as “red brought nearer to humanity by yellow” This would be an excellent companion to Toms River A Story of Science and Salvation where we look at the aftermath of the color revolution here in the US Aspirin The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug would also be a great consecutive read for those interested in how the demand for synthetic dyes launched the profession of chemistry and resulted in the pharmaceutical industry I would also recommend reading on a tablet capable of color as there are examples of the colors throughout the book which I felt added to the experience This book appearance wise is very pretty but not much on the inside I came expecting a book about the meaning and effect of colours but instead a boring account of some shades of each colour My problem was that it was boring and monotonous even though I am interested in the topic the writing wasn't captivating either Also some important shades weren't talked about such as turuoise or lilac or lemon yellow or coral or many others One other issue I had is that the book didn't talk about the meaning of colours??? I mean for the colour green she only talked about the negatives of it although green is a positive colour she needed to state both the positives and negatives of each colourThe good things were that it was well researched and the book talked about cultures relating to each colour What a fascinating book If you’ve ever wanted to know about colors and what they have meant throughout history you’ll find this to be an interesting read like I did It answers several uestions that I didn’t even know I had such as why are doctors’ coats white? Why was blue formerly associated with girls and pink associated with boys? Why was blue a historically undervalued color in Western countries even though today it’s one of the most popular “favorite colors” in the world? Why do many Islamic countries have green in their flags? And much It can get a bit heavy on history at times but since each color entry is fairly short it’s not overwhelming I learned a lot from reading it and recommend it to art and history enthusiasts

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  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Secret Lives of Colour
  • Kassia St. Clair
  • English
  • 14 January 2016
  • 9781473630819