COLOUR CLASS: AMBER
Call it amber, goldenrod, saffron or mustard, yellow-orange has never been more popular. With hashtags such as #mustard, #mustardyellow and #mymustardmakes, it has achieved instafame, filling device screens around the world with its glow.
A deeply cosy hue, orange-yellow gives a universal message to slow down, whether it’s on autumnal trees or traffic lights. It’s a directive I take very seriously each year as the weather chills, one that sends me rummaging through the cupboard in search of my favourite ‘slow down’, amber cardigan.
Amber can also keep us safe. Traditionally used for the iconic American school bus, taxis and signage (and Uma Thurman’s tracksuit in Kill Bill), it is the hue most visible to our peripheral vision. This is why it’s so successful in colour schemes where small accent pops are used, its vibrancy ensuring a starring role. And this is how I am using it in this month’s project, punctuating its triadic buddies, magenta and blue-green with zingy pops, an exclamation mark in every row!
COLOUR FACTS: AMBER
Like carrots, saffron threads contain carotenoids which give textiles (when dyed with it) and foods such a vibrant colour.
Uma Thurman’s yellow tracksuit in Kill Bill was in homage to Bruce Lee who wore the colour in his last film, Game of Death, as it would show up footprints in fight scenes.
Chrome yellow is a toxic lead-based pigment that was used by Van Gogh in his Sunflowers painting. It tends to darken and brown over time, so curators at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam are expecting the flowers to slowly change to an olive green.
The Catherine Palace in Russia has an entire chamber made of amber (fossilised tree resin).