Colour of the day no. 10 – Tyrian purple

solid block of colour Tyrian purple

Colour of the day 10 - Tyrian purple

Tyrian PurpleMade from the mucous secretion of predatory sea snails found in the eastern Mediterranean, the dye can be collected by “milking” the snails or by collecting and crushing the snails completely. Twelve thousand snails yield no more than 1.4 g of pure dye, enough to colour only the trim of a single garment.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Tyrian purple 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.

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2 responses to “Colour of the day no. 10 – Tyrian purple

  1. It’s hard not to make another football reference with this one – “West Ham claret”

  2. Richard Welch

    Sounds like something a Roman emperor would wear – the emperor Tyrian, perhaps.

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