‘Colour Notebooks’ is a series of artworks investigating colour.
Colour in human experience, creativity and science informs the materials, making and reading of the works. Vols 1, 2 & 3 consist of experimental book forms that are bound with the structural formulas of chemicals that contribute to the colouring and forming of our world. The pages are circular and elliptical and draw upon dynamic scientific diagrams, from the sketches of Galileo to models of particle physics.
GALLIC ACID and IRON GALL INK
Natural linen thread and recycled paper
Gallic acid, extracted from oak galls, is an important ingredient in iron gall ink. This black/brown ink has been used by scribes since antiquity, from Roman manuscripts to the Magna Carta and the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Whilst it is a durable ink it’s corrosive nature can eventually degrade the surface it is written upon.
Natural linen thread and drafting film
A medical stain for DNA, with fluorescent properties. It can be used for research and diagnostic purposes.
SILVER NITRATE/ELECTORAL STAIN
Red linen thread and pergamenata paper
Silver Nitrate is the active constituent of the indelible election ink/electoral stain used to stop repeat voting and signify participation in the electoral process in countries across the world.