Chromarama investigates the role of design in colour blindness
Kukka’s textile project Chromarama investigates how people with colour vision deficiency see and experience colour. For most people, colour is an obvious part of our visual perception. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women are colour blind. What role can design (education) play? How do we ensure that visual information is not lost? How can we take visual limitations into account in both functional and aesthetic design?
The research has been translated into five woven tapestries, developed in TextielLab Tilburg, the TextielMuseum’s professional workshop. Inspired by Josef Albers and the famous Ishihara colour blindness test, these graphic colour studies play with shape, contrast, texture, subtle shine, design and tactility. On the one hand, they are specially designed for the different forms of colour blindness. On the other hand, the design tries to convey what it is like to be colour blind, because this is difficult for most of us to imagine.
“By designing from a colour blind perspective, I had to impose limitations on my colour palette. What I find so special about the rugs is that they are much more colourful than you might expect. Even if you don’t know the story behind it, they are surprising designs ”.
Chromarama is made possible by Dutch Creative Industries Fund, Stokroos Foundation, TextielMuseum and De Wasserij.
Online from De Wasserij, Rotterdam
Thursday 4 till Sunday 7 February, 2021
4 and 5 February, 2021
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Photos: Studio Soest and Iris Tempelaar