I was talking to Carol Dean Sharpe of SandFibers the other day about beads, my Xanadu necklace and Botswana agate. She and I are both lovers of this humble material with its wide range of striations and subtle colors.
At one point she made the simple observation that the pieces in this necklace are pink Botswana agate. I knew this on some level of course, I saw it, bought it and have worked with it. Yet, when she said that I suddenly saw the material in a totally different light and immediately decided to pair it with pink opal at some point.
It happened again tonight! I was discussing a custom order with Janice at Naftali. I asked her to make me a June Bug green bead. I plan to add June Bug wing covers to the final piece so I wanted it to be close.
She asked me what June Bug green was-- an obvious question for someone unfamiliar with the little creatures. I found a picture and her response was that it was emerald green.
Of course it is! I felt a little silly. Emerald green is a common easily recognizable color, so why didn't I just say that in the first place-- or at least the second place when I found out that she was unfamiliar with June Bugs?
I'm not sure. It has to do with the way I think of, or don't think of, color. It has to do with me not aligning things in my mind. I have a tendancy, I think, to view a color as a stand alone thing until I'm shown that it actually links up with other things-- that the same color is shared by something else.
This sounds odd and I'm not sure what I'm getting at. It just happened twice this week that someone has made me think of a certain color in a totally different light than I'd perceived it before. It's fascinating. Little ah-ha moments. (Or are the duh moments?)
And now I'm wondering what it all means, of course, and if there's a way to use it to my advantage.