Color Historypast & present

Color of The Day: Ochre

by Maxwell Tielman

All this month we are celebrating color inspiration in every way we can. In addition to these morning color history facts, we decided it to be fun to have an entire themed day devoted to color, too! So every post today will be dedicated to color: product roundups organized by color, interviews with paint specialists, great color history books and a color- related contest launching at the end of the day. I hope you’ll enjoy this huge dose of color inspiration and find something that inspires you to try a new (or just a little more) color in your home. xo, grace

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  • I love this color series!! Isn’t it fascinating, the history of colors? I’ve gone through entire library books simply about origin of colors/dyes and am really enjoying these posts.

  • Really love this. Wonderful idea.
    “It was red and yellow and green and brown
    And scarlet and black and ochre and peach”
    Joesph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

  • Love this series. Some more info on ochre, which remember from years ago when I was working with some anthropologists and the “Red Ochre Murder” of a Harvard grad student had the field in a speculative frenzy: Ochre is an iron oxide. The yellow hue has hydrogen, the red hue can be produced by heating the yellow, burning off the hydrogen.

    • Hi Tim! I’d love to speak with you. I’m researching the “Red Ochre Murder” of the Harvard grad student. (Jane Britton, 1969)

  • Love the color series as well, any chance the posts will become posters? I would bow down to yellow everyday with a poster!