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Chromarama

textile colour research

Chromarama

a textile study on colour blindness

For most of us, colour is an obvious part of our visual perception. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some form of colour blindness. This equates to 1 person in every class and 300 million people worldwide.

Colour blindness differs from person to person and there are different types of colour blindness. The Chromarama design research visualises how people with reduced colour vision see and experience colour, by designing textiles from a colourblind perspective.

Within the design field and design education there is little knowledge and attention for people with a reduced ability to distinguish colours from each other. Guidelines have been drawn up for functional design, such as the design of maps, signage and software, but there is still much to improve.

Impaired colour vision is almost never taken into account in the aesthetic or decorative use of colour. With Chromarama, Kukka contributes to a (design) world, in which there is room for valuable experiences of people with a visual impairment or disability.

The Chromarama colour study is an artistic search for an optimal colour selection. Through various interviews with colourblinds, it became clear that they experience all kinds of inconveniences in daily life when it comes to seeing, naming and choosing or combining colours.

Most colourblind people can see colour, but have trouble distinguishing a number of colours. They often accept two colours as a match, while people with normal colour vision see them as very different colours. Choosing the right colour combinations can avoid a lot of confusion.

problem colours

First of all, a selection was made of colours and colour combinations that colour blind people have difficulty with. The focus here is mainly on red / green blindness, as this form is the most common.

artist palettes

By analysing works of art by well-known colour masters, it was examined whether they have a natural feeling for choosing colours and contrasts that are well perceived by colour blind people. In general, the artworks did not lose their essence, but some colours turned into shades of gray and were indistinguishable from each other as well as some shapes. This simulation shows how the colours change when perceived by a person with red / green blindness and blue blindness.

weaves

Research has also been done into different weaves where several colours of yarns are combined to form a dominant visible colour. These digital sketches of satin weave in different colour threads show the colour difference between a black and white warp and the dominant colour that becomes visible.

yarn windings

Through yarn windings, the colours and shades have been selected that can be clearly distinguished for the different forms of colour blindness.

the Chromarama tapestries
Chromarama I tapestry

Chromarama I

Tapestry “Chromarama I” is designed for a mild red/green colour vision defect. The design remains visible, some colours change.

jacquard woven at TextielMuseum | TextielLab
weft: organic cotton, merino wool, metallic yarn
warp: fire retardant yarn
175 x 185 cm

edition 2 of 7 (+ 1 AP)

€ 3.488 incl. 9% VAT
including certificate of authenticity

delivery time: 4 – 6 weeks

different sizes or finishes on request

Chromarama III tapestry

Chromarama III

Tapestry “Chromarama III” is designed for red/green colour blindness. Only colours are used that are visible for this form of colour blindness, so that we all see the same colours and design.

jacquard woven at TextielMuseum | TextielLab
weft: organic cotton, merino wool, mercerised cotton, metallic yarn
warp: fire retardant yarn
175 x 185 cm

edition 1 of 7 (+ 1 AP)

€ 3.488 incl. 9% VAT
including certificate of authenticity

delivery time: 4 – 6 weeks

different sizes or finishes on request

Chromarama V tapestry
Chromarama V

Tapestry “Chromarama V” is designed for both red/green and blue colour blindness, with patterns that look different to people with colour vision deficiency than to people with normal colour vision. The simulation with Red-Green-Blue (RGB) light clearly shows how the patterns change, when one of the RGB channels is turned off.

jacquard woven at TextielMuseum | TextielLab
weft: organic cotton, merino wool, mercerised cotton, acrylic, shrink yarn
warp: fire retardant yarn
150 x 170 cm

edition 1 of 7 (+ 1 AP)

€ 3.488 incl. 9% VAT
including certificate of authenticity

delivery time: 4 – 6 weeks

different sizes or finishes on request

Chromarama II tapestry
Chromarama II

Tapestry “Chromarama II” is designed for both red/green and blue colour blindness. The design remains visible, some colours change.

jacquard woven at TextielMuseum | TextielLab
weft: organic cotton, merino wool, acrylic, shrink yarn, metallic yarn
warp: fire retardant yarn
150 x 170 cm

edition 1 of 7 (+ 1 AP)

€ 3.488 incl. 9% VAT
including certificate of authenticity

delivery time: 4 – 6 weeks

different sizes or finishes on request

Chromarama IV tapestry

Chromarama IV

Tapestry “Chromarama IV” is designed for blue colour blindness. Only colours are used that are visible for this form of colour blindness, so that we all see the same colours and design.

jacquard woven at TextielMuseum | TextielLab
weft: mercerised cotton, merino wool
warp: fire retardant yarn
175 x 185 cm

edition 1 of 7 (+ 1 AP)

€ 3.488 incl. 9% VAT
including certificate of authenticity

delivery time: 4 – 6 weeks

different sizes or finishes on request

Project

Development at TextielLab
Product developer: Judith Peskens
Process portrait photography: Iris Tempelaar

Launch exhibition at De Wasserij
Lighting: Quintus Belichting
Exhibition installation and plinth: Maurice Meewisse
Photography: Roza Schous

Product photography:
Studio Van Soest

Award

Dezeen Award 2021 (Homeware category) – Shortlist, Winner 3rd place in public vote

Press and publicity

Dezeen
Elle Decoration
WOTH
Cover Magazine
Cool Hunting
Textile Curator

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