color associations

I'm back in my dyepots again. My hands look like I've been up to something grim; I've been dyeing some red this week, which is always one of the worst for stained skin. This is the best I can seem to get them, after some scrubbing. I still look like I belong in one of my zombie movies, I think.


I've been thinking a good deal about my relationship with color, about the impact of color, about how some colors evoke very specific emotions or remind me of people- especially about the tie between colors and people, actually. Kate's clear bright greens and brilliant pinks, Gryphon's rusts, the mossy green of my daughter, the perfection of the phrase "Pamela Red."

It was the "Pamela Red" bit that sent me into dyeing reds this week. Chi used the phrase last week and it kicked me into high gear reflecting on how we use color in our lives; Pamela Red is a very specific shade of deep, gorgeous red that is emblematic of one of her family members in a very clear and immediate way. You see this color, you think of Pamela, and vice versa.

The deeper bits in this dyepot are Pamela Red, or the closest I could get.

Pamela red

There are colors like this throughout our lives- a certain shade of indigo that reminds me of why I love looking at the stars, a sweet grassy green that perfectly echoes one of my secret places as a teenager, the glowing maple brown of old wood floors, the inky blue- black that was always stained into an artist friend's fingers, the orangey- pink of the sunset clouds my sister claimed were hers as a little girl.

The evocative nature of these colors is how I wound up in this work; I love the idea of taking these moments and turning them into something I can touch.


As an aside- and another thing I can blame on Chi, the poor sweet girl- with all this thought on the visual, I purchased a new lens for my Rebel, and I couldn't be more excited about it. It is so very, very lovely. I'm telling myself that it will be excellent for some of our product shots, to cushion the expense, but really this was all about desire. It will take lovely pictures of yarn, I'm sure, but that's not why I bought it. I'm already dreaming of the pictures I'll take on our drive out to Sock Summit this August.

  One thought on “color associations

  1. Megan
    May 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    So which one of us claimed the sky?

  2. May 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Your “Pamela Red” is PERFECT! 😀 just like porn, you know it when you see it.
    enjoy your new lens!

  3. May 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    When you were very little- 6? 8?- you claimed the pink and orange clouds at sunset. They were “Megan’s clouds”, back then. I think of that every time I see them!

  4. May 31, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, hooray! And oh, I can’t wait until that lens arrives. HOTTNESS.

  5. Megan
    May 31, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Mom and I were actually talking about that today. How weird is that. There were pink clouds and she was telling Dameon how I used to love them. 🙂

  6. mel
    June 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I love your writing on this – it’s beautiful. And that RED!

  7. June 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you so much, Mel!

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