Monday, March 29, 2010

Run, Don't Walk 

Hurry off to your local library or favorite book purchasing resource to get a copy of World Textiles, A Concise History by Mary Schoeser.ISBN 0-500-20369-5

This volume is by an author with sound academic credentials AND a very readable writing style. It contains what amount to a series of essays on textile history. Each of the 10 essays can well stand alone for a comfortable study of the subject covered. It is profusely illustrated with many examples I've not seen in other publications and following up on Ms. Schoeser's bibliography could take hours of pleasant study. The illustrations are listed as to source for those wanting to have a look at the originals or to explore a museum heretofore unknown to the reader.

Ms. Schoeser has written further on textile subjects, so now I think I'll have to make a library trip to find additional titles.

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Ah! The author of The Watts book of embroidery : English church embroidery, 1833-1953 A lovely book, one I bought (at Watts) on one of those Ally Pally trips.

I may just have to indulge in this one, too.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oh for those Carefree Early Days 

I've been hibernating a good deal lately and watching some Old Old Old television. There were times during the 60's and 70's when I had no TV so I'm catching up on old series. Been going through several years worth of Quincy and Kojak.

Of course immediately one notices our current progress in technology. Those poor cops/scientists who had to stop and use public telephones to communicate with their office, the lack of DNA studies to use in investigation, etc.

But the costuming, colors and concepts of decor are pretty astounding. Of course lots of burnt Sienna shag carpet, avocado green, ORANGE to the max and roccoco brocades.

If one wanted to design a set for corporate offices, expensive restaurants or rich, manly dens then dark wood paneling was required. Rich homes needed the Louis 14-16 flourishes with heaps of Mdm Pompadour blue, white and gold prevailing. Pelmets and pinch headed drapes were IN to the max and beneath a fall of hair or a beehive one found the beginnings of the "little black dress", lounge pajamas, fussy under garments and sleep wear.

We won't mention the constant smoking and drinking in the storylines of productions. A real look at social history. I look at it also as an education to improve my playing of Trivial Pursuit. I've always been very weak in the TV department of that game.

Onward to doing more research.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Times They Are Changing 

Seen in a catalog as a description for a shoe color: Hot Wasabi

Not too many years ago we wouldn't have immediately known that the color was green and the hue was "spicey"

Now most of us are familiar

So true for some of us, but as my other half keeps telling me -- 6 colors -- men only see 6 colors :)
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