DIY Colour Recipe Book
by Studio Laura Daza
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About the Book
It shows key tools, secrets and my experience recreating these colours. The revival of historical recipes for making colour such as Cennino Cennini's 'Il libro dell'Arte' and ancient Egyptian manuscripts, were part of the process and inspiration.
This recipe book is a useful handbook for people to make and experiment with colour. For instance, recreating green from malachite, considered to be the first green ever used by humanity or white from ostrich eggshells, which was commonly used by Egyptians and even mummies for making an extinct colour 'Mummy Brown'.
This book will take you through a fascinating journey into the past to help us understand and appreciate colour in a different way today.
Photography: KKgas, Katya de Grunwald
Laura is a passionate designer, maker and colour hunter. Creator of her design studio and fashion label in 2004. As an alchemist she transforms raw materials into colours, like magic. She studied MA Material Futures (previously called Textile Futures) at the renown Central Saint Martins College of Design in London; taught for more than 3 years as an adjunct professor of Design. Worked in NYC with fashion designers, Narciso Rodriguez and Donna Karan; and British based label PREEN. She had the chance to participate in the 'Purpureau Vestes Symposium' in Barcelona, Spain, with her 'Colour Provenance' project. Her work has been featured in Icon, Philippa Wagner, Arts Thread, Material Lab, Color Objects, Unique Style Platform, BKFW, Carrusel, Mix Magazine.