Colour of the day no. 9 – Bastard Saffron

solid block of colour bastard saffron

Colour of the day 9 - Bastard saffron

Bastard Saffron

A dye and lake pigment based on Safflower (Carthamis tinctorius) as opposed to true ‘saffron’ (Crocus sativus). The colour ranges from red through to yellow. In use since ancient times as a dyestuff, pigment and cosmetic, it was at one time in great demand for dyeing government red tape.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Bastard saffron reminds you of or makes you think about. We’re also running a weekly competition where people can re-name a colour. If you had to re-name this colour, what would you call it? There will be a weekly prize of a pot of paint containing the colour and labelled with your new name and a £10 Amazon voucher.

Colour of the day

Throughout the Brighton Festival a colour of the day will be displayed in Fabrica and on this blog. To help decide which colour to choose we asked Anne Wight who is a grapheme synaesthete. This is a form of synaesthesia in which an individual’s perception of numbers and letters is associated with an experience of colour.

Like all forms of synaesthesia, grapheme-colour synaesthesia is involuntary, consistent, and memorable and is one of the most common forms of synaesthesia. Generally, while it is extremely unlikely that any two synaesthetes will report the same colours for all letters and numbers, studies of large numbers of synaesthetes find that there are some commonalities across letters.

We have chosen colours/pigments/paints for each day loosely based the colours she sees for the dates of May’s Festival.


One response to “Colour of the day no. 9 – Bastard Saffron

  1. Richard Welch

    It’s very difficult to improve on that name as it’s exactly what you say when you get a saffron stain on your new very white shirt.

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