There are many things in life we tend to take for granted.  For those of us with full sight capacity, including the ability to see colour, it is hard to imagine what life must be like without access to the full spectrum.

This video gives some insight to this, however.  I love the reactions of the people who are able to see colour for the first time, with the use of special glasses:

Being colorblind is not life threatening.  But I would think that the beauty of life must be significantly enhanced by being able to see colours, especially if someone has not previously had this experience.

The artist Monet famously painted very differently before and after cataract operations on both eyes.  This article gives a clear comparison of his work over time.  How amazing it must have been for him to see everything so differently with new vision.

Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment.
― Claude Monet

I am very grateful to be able to see all colours in all their glory.  Here’s a fairly trivial, but relevant reason why…

I was sorry to miss this summer’s Missoni exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum.  But I have the next best thing – the catalogue:


It fizzes and sings with vibrant images like these:

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And I was intrigued to see this entry…


….which looks very much like the Soumak shawl I am currently knitting.

As well as this shawl, I am wallowing in colour with my Japanese Flower Shawl, which is gradually expanding:

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As I add more flowers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to decide which combination of colours to use – I am striving to avoid any repeats.  But this process is part of the joy of seeing this project unfold.

Having watched the video above, along with various other similar clips on YouTube, I will be sure to enjoy these two projects and my Missoni book even more now. 🙂


* title quote ~ Johannes Itten, quoted in Missoni Art Colour