They say there’s a shade of blue out there for everyone!
Ever wondered why the colour blue has fascinated artists, designers and ordinary people since time immemorial? Epitomized in works of art and architecture, like Picasso’s Blue Period paintings, the ‘Blue Mosque’ in Istanbul or Ajrakh block printing, the colour blue can be meditative yet vibrant, melancholy yet joyful. Turquoise, Teal, Periwinkle, Cobalt, Navy, Azure, Cerulean, Persian are just some of the myriad shades of this eternal colour.
If you have noticed, it is our house colour at Unfactory and we love every aspect of this colour too. And now, we bring you some of our favorite out-of-the-blue thoughts.
The Blue Mosque – Istanbul
The Sultan Ahmed mosque or the ‘Blue mosque’ as it is commonly referred to, is an epitome of Ottoman architecture.
It has an unusual number of minarets, six in all. It’s name comes from the Kutahya tiles that cover the interior of the edifice in tones of blue, turquoise and green. It is a central feature of the city of Istanbul, Turkey.
From the Renaissance period to contemporary times, artists are fascinated by the colour blue. Paintings from the European medieval or Renaissance period used the striking ultramarine blue in their paintings. The pigment was derived from the exorbitantly expensive semi-precious stone lapis lazuli found only in Argentina.
Kandinsky believed in the emotional significance of colours and that blue was the most spiritual colour. He believed that the deeper the blue, the more it awakened the human desire for the eternal.
In the contemporary arena, Katharina Fritsch, created a giant Cockerel in fibre glass in bright ultramarine blue. The sculpture was chosen to be installed at the Trafalgar square, London, to provide a counter balance to the otherwise grey dominated architecture of the square and to bring in a sense of the surreal and something unusual.
Ode to Indigo
The quintessential blue dye Indigo, is derived from the genus of plants Indigofera which originally grew in India, Africa, Peru, Persia and Egypt.
This plant was also valued for its medicinal properties by early civilisations like the Harappans, Egyptians and Mayans. The Egyptians used this dye for the clothes that were used in mummification. The ancient Romans used it as ink. In Spain it was used to colour ceramics. The Japanese used it for their trademark blue and white textiles. The Indians and Chinese used it to dye cotton, wool and silk.
While this is one colour that will never be out of fashion and is truly eternal, let’s take a quick look at how Unfactory’s artist collaborators are using this colour in an all exciting manner.