December 20, 2014
Book allows blind people to admire Picasso paintings
A book that reproduces Picasso’s painting with a special fabric that releases different aromas when touched seeks to make the Spanish painter’s work available to the visually impared.
Spanish business consultant Remedios Rabadán recreated Picasso’s “La vida”, “El Guernica”, “Autorretrato” in a book entitled “Picasso’s essence” using a “micro-encapsulation” technology that allows to add active ingredients to fabrics.
She linked different scents to each painting -like lavender, vanilla, tangerine, rose and even black chocolate-, which are released when touched, making possible for blind people to “see” the paintings.
Rabadán used her own inspiration to link the aromas in the paintings, no more than two scents per painting. “Colours affect moods and feelings. Red is about great emotional energy, while dark blue has a soothing effect,” she explained to Spanish ABC newspaper.
The inventor said the book has been tested by a group of visually impared who were delighted by it. “They said no one had ever allowed them to admire painting like this,” Rabadán added.