Pigments… from ancient recipes to ‘modern’ colours

Sabine, the tireless enthusiast and helper at Byron Bay’s “Still at the Centre” Art Store, has written an engaging post about her visit to PIGMENT in Tokyo. If you are a colour-freak and Japanophile like yours truly, methinks you’ll love this…

in bed with mona lisa

I first discovered the PIGMENT store in Tokyo on the web… it arrived one morning in my daily Flavorpill (thank you guys by the way you do an awesome job of weaving an international artistic community), and after clicking on the link, instantly, just like that, I was in love!


In a second I knew I needed to get to Japan some day and… many many moons later an opportunity came while my son was studying there. He was raving about Japan but little did he know that taking mamma on tour would lead him into dark little alleys where ink makers still produced the pigment for their sumi sticks, up long country roads to small factories where charming old ladies were making brushes in the same way they have been made for centuries or to the oldest paper store at the other end of Tokyo… which is BIG!  (Actually…

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4 thoughts on “Pigments… from ancient recipes to ‘modern’ colours

  1. This is wonderful ML… and inspiring. A visit to Japan is definitely on my wish list and to find people that work with indigo as a print medium on textiles. I’m going great guns with the shawls… they look and feel wonderful. Big hugs and loves as always Mx

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post dear Melinda. I think you’d find this Katazome / Katagame board on Pinterest a real treat – plenty of links to follow that might be helpful with your research.

    1. Dear Amrita – how good to hear from you! I was transported back to Japan by Sabine’s post – yes, the brushes – exquisite craftsmanship, and it’s the same across the board for all the tools used by artisans. They are works of art in themselves. Next time we’re together I will drag out my slides from the Japan chapter! 🙂

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