Floral Echo

A study on block-printing and natural colour mixing derived from the CMYK principle used in printing industry.

Floral Echo contributed to the Textiel Factorij project that retraces the textile trade between India and the Netherlands and it’s influence on the Dutch textile colour, design, motives and patterns in the 17th and 18th century.

By analysing the botanical renderings on the textiles the question appeared if the plants used to dye and paint the textiles — like madder or indigo — are also displayed on the lively arrangements. Partly because of the influence of the Dutch VOC ordering chintz in India, the floral rendering of the textiles changed into fantasy flowers what makes it now impossible to make a ‘flowerguide’ from the textiles.

Inspired by a sampling book and the seam of the Royal Blanket printed by the Kralingse Katoen Maatschappij a system is printed where in natural colours — echos of plants — create a CMYK colour spectrum. It becomes an index of the colours possible to print layer by layer on textile. Something like a testprint for the graphic industry.

Commissioned by Textielfactorij
In collaboration with Els Beusen

In collaboration with Els Beusen