my outside ‘studio’…

my outside 'studio'... during the summer months... the work you can see are a few sheets of watercolour paper that were destined to become part of one of my journals...

Colour… 001

all natural colours from plants & berries...

Francis Bacon  said of colour   'All colours will agree in the dark...'

I feel the same about natural dyes...when you use natural dyes, instead of synthetic dyes, they all agree... it doesn't matter what colour combinations you put together they all agree if you have used natural dyes...

a simple sketch…

a simple sketch... I've been playing with a new toy... a drawing pad... so sketches appear as if my magic on my computer screen...

a great little tool if you haven't tried one yet... I can certainly recommend it...

Words on a Wednesday…

Following on from my mutterings about 'musing' here...I thought I might muse some more... this time using the word...

'colophon'

as used in the publishing world...

  • a brief description of publication or production notes...
  • or a printers mark...

while reading about  'colophon' I came across the following

"In early printed books the colophon, when present, was a brief description of the printing and publication of the book, giving some or all of the following data: the date of publication, the place of publication/printing (sometimes including the address as well as the city name), the name(s) of the printer(s), and the name(s) of the publisher(s), if different.

Sometimes additional information, such as the name of a proof-reader or editor, or other more-or-less relevant details, might be added. The normal position for a colophon was after the explicit, at the end of the text (and often right at the end of the book, after any index or register). After around 1500 these data were often transferred to the title page, which sometimes existed in parallel with a colophon."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colophon

What register with me was the date... 'after 1500...'  so early printed books meant pre 1500... this just seemed to put a completely different take on things... here we are in 2011 thinking we need computers and all sorts of other equipment to write a book... when in fact all we actually need are the words in our heads & hearts...  the simplest means to 'write' those words down...a burnt stick (charcoal)  and piece of bark or a cave wall perhaps...

it gives you a different perspective on 'National Novel Writing Month'... where people are trying to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November...  check out the website here...  www.nanowrim.org

and 'National Blogger Month'... where people are trying to blog everyday during the month of November...

check out the blog here...http://www.blogher.com/blogher-topics/blogging-social-media/nablopomo

Some websites have 'colophons'... a good example of this can be found here...   www.webstandards.org/about/colophon/

Another website using the word 'colophon' ...  'Colophon is a gathering place for independent magazines, and the people who make, read and love them'... www.welovecolophon.com

'colophon'   a great word... maybe you might think about adding a 'colophon' to your website... I am...

musing…

On Monday Marion Chapsal left a comment on my post about 'The Girl Effect'... in her comment she used the word 'musing...'

Musing... what a lovely sounding word... but what does it actually mean...

musing... 

  • as an adjective... 'absorbed in thought...   meditative...'
  • as a noun... 'contemplation... reflection...'

muse...

  • to think or meditate in silence
  • to meditate on (a subject)
  • to comment thoughtfully.... to ruminate upon...

synonyms...

  • cogitate
  • ruminate
  • think
  • dream
  • ponder
  • contemplate
  • deliberate

 so... musing... to contemplate... to comment thoughtfully.... exactly what Marion did...

The Girl Effect…

I dropped in on Marianne Elliott's blog & found she was talking about 'The Girl Effect'... this in turn lead me to the 'The Girl Effect' website... and to Tara Sophia Mohr's 2011 Girl Effect blogging campaign... I read Marianne's post & Tara's too... I watched vidoes on the Girl Effect wbesite...  I clicked onto a few of the other bloggers listed on Tara's campaign page & read those too... one of these post had me remembering one embarrassing day at school... 'Davos, Sanitary Pads and The Girl effect'  for me it was just one embarrassing day at school but imaging if it happened every month... so go and watch the video of Alison Gopnik talking about the Girl Effect... business week talks about 'The Economic Potential of the Girl Effect' with a comment by a Kenyian women Anne Osio...  ' Yeah, it's quite true that girlchild dropouts affect every country's GDP. I am a Kenyan and a woman who went to school without the very basic need of a girl, i.e. sanitary towels. I dropped out while in form five because of lack of sanitary pads. I could have made it to university. Please NGOS, come up with programmes that will help meet the basic need of girls in developing countries. It's a crucial call. Please do not stop: many bright girls are suffering in silence. Right now at the age of 40, I am trying to fulfil my lifetime dream of achieving a university degree, something I could have done at the age of 20.' While I'm unsure how I could effect the world as a whole I did feel I could as least help one girl to continue with her education... here's a link to a company that is helping girls stay in school to get an education...

Natural dye workshop…

Natural dyes collected in a 18 acre woodland  in collaboration with Chris & Rose of 'Taste the Wild'...

birds…

Abigail Brown produces these wonderful birds in fabric...