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Published: 10 Jul 2013

Lina Patsiou’s Chromatography Series


Lina Patsiou’s graduate projects at London’s Royal College of Art showcase a new approach to applying colour. Her Chromatography Series uses a system she has developed that translates each letter of the alphabet into a specific colour.

A sentence or word typed into the system informs the sequence of colours sprayed onto the object in her painting machine. Creating a personalised approach to colouring product, only the writer would know what the patternation symbolises. As Patsiou explains: “Form and finish follow meaning and content.” A video of the process can be seen below.

Another part to the series seen at the show includes the same method coded for 3D printing software, which builds the sentence or word into complex 3D structures coloured in accordance to her coding system.  The resulting shapes are printed in coloured plaster. 

More innovative approaches to colour can be seen in our Engineered Colour rationale in our latest Colour Spectrum, for Spring/Summer 2015.

Lina Patsiou

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