I am popping in to share with you an awesome magazine (available as print subscription), Hand/Eye. I'm constantly peppered by press releases in my inbox, mostly snooze-worthy notices about bathroom sinks or concrete products. I know some of you get very excited about the above, but I've got a fairly one-track mind; it's gotta have -something- to do with color. Here was one that really caught my attention!
Founder and editor Keith Recker explains his inspiration for this issue, "[I have] conviction that color is a profound cultural phenomenon – a sort of illustrated layering of both poetry and prose about the needs and aspirations of us complex human beings. HAND/EYE’s 06/Global Color issue is look at the shifting landscape of color around the world today...All of the stories in 06/Global Color give us insight into the symbolic import of color across diverse cultures. And in some cases, we get a glimpse of how our view of specific colors is changing right before our eyes."
Topics covered in 06/Global Color include: the dark side of sunny yellow; red as protection, purity, dignity and honor; and indigo the color of love. Each carefully researched article touches upon a different color, delving into it's significance, be it cultural, historical, or otherwise.
"for all of yellow’s belligerence, it collapses when faced with a drop of black to tone it. The radiance flickers out and leaves a hesitant husk in its wake. Yellow’s dirty little secret is that it’s a pussy of a color." So naughty. So true.
I chuckled at this quote, too:
"No offense to ecru, ivory, chalk, alabaster, or the fairest of them all, Snow White, but the nuances in differing shades of everyone’s favorite non-color are completely lost on us. The only white thing in our apartment is the milk in the fridge. "(source)
Each issue of Hand/Eye is different. The next will be PERU and focusing on the textiles, craft, history, and colors deep within this beautiful country. You can purchase a subscription to Hand/Eye magazine, or you can also sign up to receive four weekly ezine articles at no cost.
A Must read!