Following recent racial equality events around the world, Jackson's Art Supplies received a lot of correspondence regarding the bias towards caucasian skin and flesh tones, among colour ranges supplied by colour manufacturers. Jackson's Art Supplies decided to investigate further. Many had already undertaken changes.
Statements from Art Materials Companies
Here is a selection of responses from art materials manufacturers that Jackson's received when they asked them if they had plans in place to update their colour ranges (please note that for many English is not their first language). For the full list of statements visit https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/07/16/redefining-skin-and-flesh-colours/
‘We are addressing this issue. Portrait Pink was implemented one or two years ago to replace Flesh Pink, but this is clearly not enough.
We will be changing this shade to Peach. This is a growing concern that we should have been addressed already in the past and that we will address now’.
Jackson’s is committed to equality, and so we felt it essential that we look at our product lines to ensure they were in line with our company values. We have renamed our Flesh Tint oil colour Pale Terracotta and are working to add more shades to Jackson’s Handmade Soft Pastel Portrait set so that it caters for all skin colours.
Winsor and Newton
‘Following the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, as a company, we have reflected on how we can make a positive change in our industry. While Flesh Tint is a historical colour name, this is not a part of our history that we will be carrying forward.
We have made the decision to change the name to Pale Rose Blush across the different Winsor & Newton ranges and are working to ensure our products have the same colour with the new name to be available late August.
In addition to the Flesh Tint colour range, we are also continuing to review all product and colour names to ensure we remain inclusive at all times.
As a company, we are committed to be a positive force for change, and we are continuing to identify actions we can take to eradicate injustice, racism and inequality from our business and industry as a whole’.
For the full list of statements visit https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2020/07/16/redefining-skin-and-flesh-colours/
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