“Tigersushi and Excuse My French are pleased to present the new video for DyE’s new single, Fantasy. Directed by animation wunderkind Jérémie Périn, the video tells the story of a group of highschool kids ready for teenage mischief. They break into the local swimming pool intending a session of innocent nightswimming, in an awkward climate of romance and apprehension. What happens next is for you to discover here.“
Directed by Jérémie Périn Written by Laurent Sarfati & Jérémie Périn Artistic Direction by Mikael Robert
Behind one of the oldest surviving illuminated manuscripts of the New Testament lies a mixture of urine and weeds, according to analysis carried out during a lengthy restoration project of the sacred text.
For centuries scholars wondered how the precious purple parchments of the 1,500-year-old Byzantine book known as the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis were obtained.
It was generally assumed that Tyrian purple, extracted from Murex (sea snails) was used to dye the parchment sheets.
On the contrary, analysis have shown the mysterious purple resulted from the use of orcein, a natural dye extracted from the lichen Roccella Tinctoria and processed with fermented urine, which at that time was the only source of ammonia. Read more.
The world may have been quite a dull place without the chance discovery of synthetic dyes by William Henry Perkin. Learn more about Perkin, and our current exhibition, Color in a New Light, in the Smithsonian Insider blog.
This image from the 1861 edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine hints at the impact his dyes had on fashion, where new color options were quickly put to use.