I think I’ve obliquely mentioned that 2018 has been a tough year. Things are definitely getting better and I also feel more positive about things. So that’s nice.
There were days-weeks-more weeks with little sewing. I’m getting back to it and am delighted to be doing so. When I wasn’t sewing however I was starting to read books on colour and colour theory.
This book, The Secret Lives of Color, by Kassia St. Clair delighted me in February/March. So much so that, when I had to return it to the library before I finished reading it, my husband ordered me a copy as an anniversary gift. It has meticulously researched history and context for the shades of each colour. Fascinating read, I would read bits aloud to my kids and they were drawn in as well.
Next I read this book, The Brilliant History of Color in Art, by Victoria Finlay. More of a coffee table book and with obviously more focus on art history than the previous book. Also a great read about how colour has been used through history.
And then! I came across the super Instagram account of Eleanor Houghton who bills herself as a “Brontë Dress Historian, Bibliophile and Milliner”. With my theatre costuming and art history background this sort of thing is of interest to me and I was pretty excited when she started an Eh to Zed of “dyes and dyeing practices of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.” Here is the link to the intro of the A-Z which started on April 15.
My favourite colour, called Napthalene, from coal tar.
So there we are, a few bright spots from my spring, and a bit of education as well.