Chromarama questions one of the most basic aspects of design:
colour. Chromarama investigates colour perception and experience by people with Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD), more commonly known as colour blindness, translated into jacquard woven tapestries.
For most of us, colour is an obvious part of our visual perception. Yet 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women have some form of colour blindness. This equates to 1 person in every class and 300 million people worldwide. Within the design field and design education there is little knowledge and attention for people with a reduced ability to distinguish colours from each other. Guidelines have been drawn up for functional design, such as the design of maps, signage and software, but there is still much to improve. Impaired colour vision is almost never taken into account in the aesthetic or decorative use of colour.
The Chromarama design research visualises how people with reduced colour vision see and experience colour, by designing textiles from a colourblind perspective. Colour blindness differs from person to person and there are different types of colour blindness. Red / Green weakness or blindness is most common. Blue-blindness, is much rarer.
At Dutch Design Week you will be taken through the colour research process, plus you get a preview of the development of the woven textiles at TextileLab Tilburg, in the run-up to the full reveal of the wall hangings in early 2021.