such a find - I had to share it
Whilst researching an article on 'Colour Theory in the Garden' early in 2006, I immersed myself in books and colour charts for weeks, so much so that it obviously 'coloured' my entire life that winter. The article was published, I moved on, as one does - I always have a body of work on the go - until last week when I unearthed some words I obviously felt moved to write at the time, scribbled on a piece of paper. Such a jumble, a stream of consciousness, written without a single alteration. Typing it up and reading it again four years later, I recalled how at the time my head seemed to explode with colour for weeks on end. Does it make sense? No! But it was a part of me, then, in an intense period of study when I learned that the human eye can recognise 70 million different colours. (Skip the next bit if you want to.)
The finding of that four-year-old poem coincided with the purchase this last Thursday of some silk sari ribbon (pictured above) from Crafty Notions at the 'Sewing for Pleasure' show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham - an annual pilgramage for me where I stock up with all manner of enticing materials and supplies. I did not know what these beautiful ribbons of silk were called and neither did I know they could be purchased in the UK, so spotting them on a stall was an incredible piece of luck. I had squirreled away such few pieces as I had acquired, wrappings around gifts from my dear creative friend Kristin Steiner, now living in North Carolina. I snip tiny pieces of her gifted ribbons and incorporate them into fabric keepsakes. Now I have my own stash of colour magic.
Such irridescence, kingfisher wings, exotic butterflies, birds of paradise and peacock tails: all manner of loveliness waiting to adorn my journals or be trapped in stitch on fabric pages. The finding of my poem and a source of the ribbon happened within a day of each other; they seemed to complement each other, hence this post. Normally I would post about things creative on my other blog, but bright, shining colour at this time of year gives such a lift to the spirit, brings joy to minds dulled from weeks of endless pastel cold, that I wanted to share it with all my blog followers.
To whom of course I owe such a debt for sustaining me through a difficult winter. I must have my laptop fixed or rather set up in such a way that I can email out of an evening,and say 'thankyou' individually. Meanwhile, thankyou again. I may be absent from blogging for a few weeks; I have a rigourous schedule and time is running out for all the necessary preparation. Which does not mean I will not be thinking of you all. I will, and will catch up on my return.
P.S. This has turned into a blog of links! Links are useful - if you want to check them out, but somehow interrupt the flow of what the post about. In future I think I will put a link list at the end of a posting - what do you think?