Azure blue reminds me of the island of Santorini with endless summer sun and fabulous depths of rich blue, gem-like shades, reflected in the sea and surroundings.
A popular destination for the bride and groom, Santorini has etched a place in the hearts and minds of many newly-weds, and for many reasons.
The iconic imagery of white-washed walls against a sunlit sky with brilliant blue domes, archways and winding stairs is the type of landscape that beckons romance, peace and soulful serenity.
What is it about the many facets of blue that so inspires?
It seems there is a collective universal language associated to the hues of blue through time.
Described in scripture as part of the finest adornments for priests and kings an indigo blue, known as tekhelet was produced from shellfish to dye clothing. Worn by royalty and associated to loyalty, authority and faithfulness, the replication of the colour blue has an interesting history.
According to Scientist Marc Walton, Blue was the first man-made pigment. Derived from ground gemstone lapis lazuli it was used in eye make-up in ancient Egypt and is seen in many world renown paintings and artefacts.
Author Ravi Mangla describes, how the ultramarine pigment “was more precious than gold” causing Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo to sought innovative ways of application to create their great works.
Walton explains, it’s rarity and cost was the driving force for innovation in replicating the brilliant blue with synthetics. This is possibly why we should consider the foundation and meanings of the multiple shades of blue and the way it is woven into our lives through nature, art, fashion and architecture.
According to Mangla, the ultimate blue or ultramarine translates to, “beyond the sea”. A description in itself that suggests the discovery of new hope in unchartered places.
Today many enriched blue pigments including ultramarine, cobalt, and cerulean are produced with various methods using plants, minerals and synthetics.
Photographer Carla Coulson, captures an ethereal vision of the timeless hue in this custom-designed, silk organza gown by Tanya Anic.
The classic fitted bodice with soft, flowing layers reflects the many meanings of blue beyond light and depth for the ultimate, lasting impression.