A SENSE OF COLOR • 01

A SENSE OF COLOR • 01

Malachite green

Every now and then, I will share a mood board on our journal based on colors, materials, textures and more. As a visual person and an avid “Pinterester,” I take great pleasure in sharing what inspires and moves me. While collaborating with the Tate Modern and Pinterest on the ‘Quiet Abstraction’ board that pays homage to Agnes Martin’s legacy, I felt the desire to extend that experience in a more personal way.

Here is the first of my mood boards that highlights a rich, deep color I cherish: Malachite green.

Malachite is a mineral basic copper carbonate hydroxide mineral. Formula: Cu2CO3(OH)2

The stone’s name derives (via Latin: molochītis, Middle French: melochite,and Middle English melochites) from Greek Μολοχίτης λίθος molochitis lithos, “mallow-green stone”, from μολόχη molōchē, variant of μαλάχη malāchē, “mallow”.

The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.

Malachite is perhaps the oldest known green pigment. It is sensitive to acids and to heat. Used as a mineral pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800, from Egyptian tomb paintings, in european paintings.

Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted to obtain copper for over 3,000 years. Since then, malachite has been used as both an ornamental stone and as a gemstone.

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