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Why write a blog?

Society of Dyers and Colourists

For a number of reasons. We are constantly looking for new and relevant ways in which to engage with SDC members and users, and a blog seemed an excellent way of ensuring this engagement could be a two way process. We wanted to create a space to discuss the issues, ideas, challenges and opportunities relating to colour.

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Pigment and Inkjet Printing of Textiles and Colour – What is Colour?

Dr K S Murthy (Pidilite Industries Ltd) reports on this SDC EC event which took place at Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, India

“The Highest Law of Love is Service” is the slogan that defines Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science that was established in 1955. SDC EC in conjunction with the College featured Dr S Y Kamat, Vice President (Industrial Products and Solutions), Kothari Info Tech Ltd, in a lecture on “Advances in Pigment Printing and Inkjet Printing of Textiles” and Mr Yogesh Gaikwad of SDC on “What is Colour” on 28th January 2014 at the College Auditorium, which was attended by a full house of students all specialising in Textiles and Fashion Technology. Despite environmental issues and other problems, pigment printing continues to enjoy the lion’s share of about 50% of the total printing segment because it is fashion oriented, versatile on all substrates, easy and with the lowest water footprint.

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Governance – Dull with a silver lining?

Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Society of Biology is our guest blogger, taking a look at some of the challenges of governance.

Governance is dull. Lots of bureaucracy and an administration overhead. Enough said? The strange thing is that it can become quite interesting if you’re not careful. That’s the situation I found myself in after just a few months in my new job as the CEO of the Society of Biology back in late 2009. It was a new organisation with completely new governance.

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The Wonderful World of Colour

Sue Williams reports on this SDC London region event which took place in March 2014.

Richard Straughan, President of the SDC and a member of the London Region gave the Ismar Glasman Memorial lecture, entitled The Wonderful World of Colour.

Richard talked about how colour is very important, it constantly surrounds us and we use it in virtually every area of our lives, it is used to convey moods and individuality. Underground maps would be impossible to use without it. We use it for brand and product recognition. Colour allows us to know that a fruit is ripe.

Colour is used in symbolism such as hot colours like reds and oranges to evoke anger and strength whereas blues and greens can evoke calm moods and feelings of tranquility. Our association with colour has to be modified when you change cultures, in the West we relate black to a colour of mourning but in China it is white.

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