Imabari City in Ehime Prefecture is famous for its high quality towel production. The land is blessed with good quality water, which has lead to an accumulation of excellent dyeing techniques. For the “IMABARI Color Show” introducing the dyeing technology in Imabari City, Emmanuelle revealed an installation “1000 COLORS RECIPE”, using her own 1000 (one thousand) colors palette specially created for this installation, the most number of colors she has ever used in her works. The installation visually conveys Imabari’s dyeing technology and a new world of colors that no one has ever seen.
▼该装置展示了Imabari的染色技术和一个没有人见过的全新的色彩世界，the project conveys Imabari’s dyeing technology and a new world of colors that no one has ever seen
The concept of this installation is “1000 COLORS RECIPE”. It is a visualization of the delicate and accurate “recipes” required for dyeing. The elements that make up the recipe are the percentage of three principles of color “C (blue) / M (red) / Y (yellow)”, temperature “° C”, time “minute / second”, and values composed of numerical figures “0” to “9”. By precisely managing all of these elements, colors delicately different to each others are created. These 17 types of symbols that make up the recipe were dyed in 1000 different colors, and they were cut out in the shape of symbols, connected with thread, and then suspended at the center of the atrium of the Spiral Garden (SPIRAL, Tokyo). 1000 colors are condensed to form a circle at the center, one color for one thread, and the un-dyed white symbols wrap the outer circumference emphasize the existence of 1000 colors.
▼1000种颜色浓缩在中央，而未染色的白色标志包裹着外圆周，突显出这1000种色彩；1000 colors are condensed to form a circle at the center，and the un-dyed white symbols wrap the outer circumference emphasize the existence of 1000 colors
▼装置底部特意留出一人高的空间并摆放上坐垫，让人们可以近距离的沉浸在色彩之中；one-person-height space is left at the bottom of the installation along with cushions in order to create an immersive experience for people
The total number of symbols used is about 17000. Symbols are arranged in three dimensional grid, while they may be seen floating aligned or chaotic depending on the viewing position. When sitting under the symbol, you will see various recipes as you drown in colors.
▼装置底部的视野，view from bottom of the installation
▼符号在三维网格中排列，可以看到明显的分界；symbols are arranged in three dimensional grid which can be clearly observed at specific angles
▼水平看时符号的排列似乎杂乱无章，there is no order when viewed horizontally
▼符号细节，details of the symbols
“1000 COLORS RECIPE” was created by the fusion of Emmanuelle’s colors with high quality skills of Imabari’s dyeing technicians. The technique of “dyeing” and the creation of “1000 colors”, multiplied by the delicacy of both have became a grand installation.
▼17000个符号打造了一个及其梦幻的视觉体验，17000 symbols create a visual fantacy
Design : emmanuelle moureaux
Photograph : Daisuke Shima
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