The Progress in Colour Studies Conference 2016 was held at the University College London and I had the exciting honour to have been selected to present a poster. My first ever poster !

I wanted to include a blog post about some of the presentations. Images below are from Janet Best – Big data technology connecting supply chains driving transparency enabled sustainability

Fransika Schenk – Harnessing Nature’s ingenuity: The art of ‘smart’ colour

John H Xin – An empirical study on fabric image retrieval using colour and pattern features

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Janet was speaking about the colour management system she works for natific, whose colour communication system, through data, aids colour assurance. She highlighted in her slides current issues between the way colour is communicated in the textile industry from design to dye house to mill to retailer and how that could knock colour coordination in a particular range out and cause costly mistakes and waste of unsold stock.

Fransika, an artist, demonstrated the technique she used to create luminescence, mimicking nature’s irridecense in her paintings. They were amazing and I would love the opportunity to see them in real life.

John presented an image database that allowed a company to search their products by inputing an image of the pattern type that was required. The database would analyse the image and then seek out from an online archive the type of cloth needed.

I also very much enjoyed Carole Biggham’s key note on Is it all guesswork? Translating colour terms across the centuries, where she discussed research into colour vocabulary. It was fascinating to hear how there hadn’t been a word for blue for a very long time in the English language, blue and green in many cultures are seen as the same hue but different tones. There was also no words for orange and pink, as the occurrences of these colours in nature were just seen as part of the tonal range of red.

The whole conference really made me re-think how I understood colour. And I survived the poster presentation. Although sadly I didn’t win any prizes. I am have begun to make a start on a follow up version of my presentation of the variables involved in the digital textile printing process which maps out the variables and gives more detail on what they do and how they affect colour and might be controlled and by whom.