We've written about vegetable dyes in the past, but never before have we seen them presented in such an inspirational and powerful way, until now. Over the last couple of years Dutch design collaborative, Raw Color, has been experimenting with natural vegetable pigments — their exhibits of the pigments in their liquid state, applied to paper and dyed into textiles is nothing short of beautiful.
1-3 Raw Color 1: "Vegetables are dismantled and purified to their visual essence 'RAW COLOR'. The harvested color is captured by a new process preserving their intensity on color cards. Categorized by shades and families a new map is created which shows their beautiful diversity. This projects reinterprets the vegetable and puts it into new context."
4 Raw Color 2: "Trying to apply some of our strongest pigment we made some juice cartridges. These inkjets prints are done with (C) Red Cabbage, (M) Beetroot en (Y) Pumpkin. Caused by the irregular juice flow, the ink jet created unique stripe pattern in every print. The examples shown are the very first try outs."
5 Raw Color 3: "A series of photography created as a reaction of the earlier research done on the color cards. This is a further examination on the visual structure of the vegetables. It also illustrate the mixing ratio of the color card research."
6 Liquid Palette: "What is the nature of a colour and what is the connection to its physical state. Based on the ongoing research of deriving pigments from vegetables, the aim was to showcase the liquid condition of the colour before it is fixated to the medium of paper or textile. Compared to its solid condition, transparencies and volumes play suddenly an important role. Presented in a cabinet the 130 preserved containers expose pure and mixed shades of different vegetables and different mixing ratios."
7 Raw Textiles: "For the exhibition we developed 'Raw Textiles', a series of hand dyed silk scarves, that derived from the vegetable pigments. Based on the ongoing research this was actually the first time that we examined the application of the dyes on textile. We deepened ourselves in the old techniques of dyeing textile with natural pigments and their possibilities. After dyeing the silk for several days it resulted in 18 unique shades that were created by pure and mixed vegetable dyes."
8 100% SAP: "100%SAP is a project about the power of natural color. Vegetables are transformed to a natural ink to feed a new printing process. This process enables the viewer to watch the posters print slightly grow. A 3-D ingredient returns as 2-D icon."
(Images: Raw Color)