Colour of the day no. 11 – Sepia

solid block of colour sepia

Colour of the day no 11 - Sepia

Sepia Sepia is the dark brown or black secretion from the ink bag of the common cuttlefish. Used since classical times, it became popular in 18th Century Europe for ink drawings and watercolours. The secretion from one cuttlefish is able to turn a thousand litres of water opaque in a few seconds.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Sepia 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. 11 – Sepia

  1. The colour of most of my late grandfather’s shoes. And of currently very unpopular antique furniture (“brown furniture”). I like it. Makes me think of Samuel Palmer’s ink drawings. New name: Granddads’s Old Shoes.

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