Since she started high school last August, one of the things that has been hard for my daughter has been the school uniform. It is pretty much unrelieved black polyester (the tie is navy blue and dark green, and she does have a white blouse). At first she found it quite depressing not only to be encased in black polyester, but to be completely surrounded by hundreds of other black-clad children.
So I recently made her a colour wrap that she can put on when she comes home from school and frees herself from black:
I believe that colour is extremely important in our lives. I’ve never quite managed to read all of Goethe’s philosophical work on colour (summed up briefly here), but I’m fascinated by accounts of colour being used in amazing ways, for example, colour lights being used to heal. It is said that some blind people can “feel” colours because each colour is a different vibration. The painter Winifred Nicholson was fascinated by colour. She wrote “Who can see the colour at either end of the rainbow beyond ultra-violet and infra-red?” She was interested in a colour that Goethe had posited the existence of: one that lay outside the visible spectrum, a colour “beyond ultra-violet and infra-red”. It will be very interesting to see if such a colour is ever discovered!
Of Nicholson’s later work, Alice Strang writes:
In 1975 Winifred met Professor Glen Schaefer, a Canadian physicist and biologist, who enouraged her to purchase two prisms. She could look through them and see the same division of light into colour as appears in a rainbow, confirming her personal colour theory, which she summed up as ‘how form is related to colour – colour is not just a coat over objects – it lies on the rim of objects between one form and the neighbouring form or space.’ (Winifred Nicholson in Scotland, p. 25)
I’m hoping that my Colour Wrap for the Dafter is not just “a coat over an object,” but something that will bring her peace, comfort and healing.