Colour of the day no. 15 – Turacine red

solid block of colour turacine red

Colour of the day 15 - Turacine red

Turacine red

Identified in 1869 as a remarkable new animal-derived pigment. It comes from the Touraco; an African fruit eating bird. It is extracted from only the fifteen of the pinion feathers on the wings of the bird. The entire plumage of one bird yields not more than three grains of pigment.

We’d love to know via the comments below what Turacine red 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. 15 – Turacine red

  1. I quite like this one but I’m waiting for a colour that doesn’t depend on something dying before I get really effusive.

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