Don't forget to visit the other Colour Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts, just click on the links below ... Sandra at Cherry Heart       Gillian at Tales from a Happy House CJ at Above the River       Jennifer at Thistlebear      What is The Colour Collaborative?All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.
Perhaps the most important thing that has been omitted from the book is fiction ... I ask, what was life really like? What hard evidence do we have for what we might want to know about women's lives? No evidence means no real knowledge.- as anyone who has ever attempted to watch an episode of Who Do You Think You Are with me will tell you, I become quite aggressively animated by the amount of pure speculation therein. But is there really nothing in the archaeological record concerning those too young to bear children, or too old? Nothing in the linguistic studies on which Elizabeth Wayland Barber draws of girls learning the 'how' of textile production** or grandmothers with long experience of it? What I'm left with, a preface and an introduction and two chapters in, is an uneasy sense that voluptuous 'grass skirted' Venus figures - evidence of the 'string revolution', the twisting together of fibres into 'strings' that, perforce, preceded sewing and weaving - and descriptions of similar garments in mythic tales of fertility recorded by Homer, maybe tell us more about men than they do about women? Your thoughts? (Do please chime in, whether or not you're reading along.) * Given that I have the advantage of having read this book previously my approach is perhaps more critical than first time around, but I'm resisting the urge to look ahead and I find that I remember far less than I'd thought I did. ** Interestingly the words 'err' and 'error' have prehistoric origins and are cognate with 'out of the right path', something I'm sure could have been said of many a beginning weaver's weft! Image source: US National Archive 142-H-154, c. 1933.
"The names of colours function like a thread attached to a frightfully slender needle, capable of stitching together our most delicate emotions."Kenya Hara