By Ruth Siddall, on 24 January 2021
A Colour A Day: Week 44. 18th-24th January
Jo Volley writes…
This week’s colours were manufactured at Joshibi University of Art & Design, Japan and donated to the Slade some 20 years ago, where they are now housed as part of the Slade Material Research Project Pigment Collection.
At that time the Joshibi department were conducting a study on materials used in traditional Japanese painting adding to their understanding and knowledge outside of Japan. Along with 14 pigment sachets of colours and glues, there are 5 very beautiful sample boards of 45 pigments including an explanation sheet to their origins and production.
Here are my favourite seven pigments.
Each pigment is bound in animal skin glue on Winsor & Newton watercolour paper.
Top row from left to right:
Stones from Fuji River
Sand (heat-treated) from the Sahara
Stones heat-treated) from Fuji River
Middle row: Japanese glass beer bottles
Bottom row from left to right:
Soil from Joshibi
Sand from Mount Fuji