Monthly Archives: February 2021

Ultimately illuminating…Grey and lemon

Did you know that each year Pantone Inc chooses a colour for the year. Or in the case of 2021…two! In 1963, Pantone revolutionised the printing industry by developing a tool that could reproduce colours consistently and accurately. The tool organises colours into numbered chips (both hard copies and online) and every year the company makes predictions about trends and provides the fashion industry and paint people with ideas about what will be IN!

In response to the challenge of 2020, the good folks at Pantone decided we needed two colours for 202. Leatrice Eiseman, a colour guru and the ED of the Pantone Colour Institute said: The union of an enduring Ultimate Grey with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude. Practical and rock solid, but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted. This is essential to the human spirit.

As regular readers know, I am slowly using yellows more in my colour palettes but they have been under represented. So I LOVED taking up the silver grey and lemon challenge I set myself in response to the colours of the year!!!  I had stacks of fun making simple but calming pieces and can you imagine my delight when, this morning as I dropped in a blurb about this collection, a Trove customer was purchasing some Colour of the Year earrings!!!! She knew all about the Pantone choices and was thrilled to know that this small collection was inspired by this. I hope she feels encouraged and uplifted. I know I did.



I confess…

No. Don’t be scared. I am not going to burden you with horrible dark secrets. This is the name of the poem I am learning by heart this month. Older readers, and by that I mean those darlings who have been with me here for ever, might have come across references to this poem in previous pages! I hesitated about choosing it because I thought I should choose an Australian poem next but this has been one of my super loved and yet unlearnt poems for a long while. I have been this women in the supermarket…watching a serenely mindful being transcend the  ordinariness of the situation and wonder how she does it. Maybe this was the beginning of my silver journey! So, with no further ado and thanks to the wonderful Alison Luterman here it is…

I Confess

I stalked her
in the grocery store: her crown
of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip,
her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,
the way she placed yogurt and avocados in her
beaming peace like the North Star.
I wanted to ask, “What aisle did you find
your serenity in, do you know
how to be married for fifty years or how to live
excuse me for interrupting, but you seem to
some knowledge that makes the earth turn and
burn on its axis—”
But we don’t request such things from strangers
nowadays. So I said, “I love your hair.”

When asked about her biggest struggle, Alison once said Being in the goodness of the present moment, rather than in all my stories about it. So good eh?

The images for this post have nothing to do with this poem but are the result of being in the goodness of the present moments of my Materiality course.

Too much of a stretch?