Goethe’s mystic colour theory

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published Theory of Colours in 1810.  He disagreed with Isaac Newton’s famous 1672 optical spectrum analysis, and was more interested in how colour is perceived. Enlightenment artists and scientists were very engaged with quantifying colour. In 1708, French painter Claude Boutet based the above wheels on Newton’s findings. In 1775, Austrian…… Continue reading Goethe’s mystic colour theory

why aren’t there all-natural winter coats?

Searching for one yields catch words like ethical, sustainable, eco, responsible, non-toxic, vegan, fair trade, organic. Yet the details under the slogans include nylon, “cozy polyester faux fur” and much recycled PET plastic. For every headline about the global rag trade trying to green up, another chronicles its minuscule advances. Allergies to chemicals used throughout…… Continue reading why aren’t there all-natural winter coats?

cornely machine

The Cornely A5 chainstitch embroidery machine hasn’t had much use in the past six years. After learning how to work with natural dyes, I’ve finally accumulated a pretty good range of thread colours. The machine itself is made in France. The rest was put together in New York City. It might be from sometime in…… Continue reading cornely machine

Parwati Budha Rawat

Parwati Budha Rawat, 21, with marigold and makhamali garlands that are a big part of the annual Tihar festival in Nepal. Flower prices and domestic supply are closely watched in advance of the festival. On certain Tihar days, the garlands are draped on dogs, cows and other icons to honour them. The fifth day is…… Continue reading Parwati Budha Rawat