Daily Archives: May 25, 2011

color therapy

I’m enjoying a sort of visual and cultural sustenance through my travels. It happens that the colors I see in the landscapes and cities I visit quite literally infuse my visual perception – they have a permeating effect on my visual system. I’ve noticed that I choose certain textiles based on specific colors and textures I’ve seen in my surroundings – in sunsets, skies, seas, flowers, rocks, spices, architectural motifs, and on and on..

brilliant orange sunset paired with egg yolk yellow sarong towel

The softer hues can be relaxing, romantic, and evocative in dozens of subtle ways.

hand painted tiles paired with floating scarf

The effects of the more spectacular colors can actually be mood elevating, stimulating. For example, the bright crazy green of the sea color in a cove in Capri makes me instantly elated and gratified.

scarf blowing in wind paired with emerald green water

Often I’ve felt a “brain-washing” effect from such incredibly strong sea colors – an erasing of all thought and clutter – what I experience as color therapy.  I’m thinking this effect may carry over into the textiles in some ways..

fountain with birds perched paired with blu+white tie dye sarong