"The Voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but by having new eyes" Marcel Proust.
This last quarter of 2016 has seen me concentrating my creative efforts on making Autum leaf jewellery in ceramics. Consequently, I have been foraging in my garden for interesting shaped leaves and appreciating the beautiful colours which unfold before our eyes at this time of year.
These amazing colours and the changes that occur during Autumn conjured a question in my mind...how do the leaves really change colour and why? I remembered a small amount about chlorophyll from studying A level biology but decided to do a more thorough investigation into how these colour changes occur.
Leaf colour comes from three different pigments produced by leaf cells. Thse are chlorophyll for green pigment, crotenoid for yellow, brown and orange pigmnets and anthocyanin for the red pigments. Green and yellow pigments are in the leaves all the time during the growing season, but the green chlorophyll masks everythings else. As the days shorten and lights decreases, trees produce less and less chlorophyll until it eventually breaks down and allows the golden charotenoids to show through.
Not all trees contain anthocyanin, and it's production is particularly affected by good growing condtions. The red pigment I promote in my ceramic leaf jewellery inspried by acer leaves actually enables trees to recover the nutrients in the leaves before they fall. A warm sunny Autumn with cool but not freezing nights means more nutrients in the leaves, and so more athocyanin will be present and visable!
Understanding how certain pigments are always present yet masked by others made me pose the question "what other things in life to do not see because they are masked by others things or indeed masked by our own preconceptions of the world we see"?
I've often wondered how I can be sure that when I see the colour green for example, another person is seeing just the same colour? How can we be sure? We all grow up conditioned to say that grass is green and trees are green, but what is to say that another person is actually seeing them as blue, but has just learnt to call that particular colour or light frequency green instead?
If we were able to live our lives through another persons eyes we could see a very different picture...in fact I'm sure we would. This leads me on to another interesting reflection...does this expalin why certain people are attracted to certain colour combinations in art work and others are not? Is it in fact because they are seeing colours differently to another (the colours may be labelled the same names, but are viewed completely differently)? Consequently they feel certain colour palettes compliment each other better than the ones another person might be seeing through their eyes?
How can any of us really be sure that we are seeing the same in life? Isn't that an intriguing thought? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all train our eyes to REALLY see what is in front of us all the time..and by that I don't just mean physical colour, but beyond, into the truth in people's energetic auric fields....maybe it's time we tried. What a wonderful rainbow filled world we would see...and imagine what it would be like to be able to see all the other light frequencies that our brains are not yet tuned to detect...colours that we can't even begin to imagine!
I'd love to hear about your own refelections and thoughts on the subject so do comment!
...and Happy Christmas in all it's red and green glory...or is it?!
My working ethos is 'Play & Revelation' where I continually explore new ways of working, sometimes even destroying works to transform into new!
From February 2019 Sonya will be selling her collections at 'Leaf Creative' in Huntley, owned by Peter Dowle. This beautiful garden centre specialises in unusual shrubs, acer trees and hand selected plants. The perfect place to showcase her leaf inspired ceramics!
Sonya is pleased to announce that having been a provisional member with the Cotswold Craftsmen during 2018, she has now been accepted as a permanent member and invited to be publicity officer on the committee. Sonya will be exhibiting her work at a number of County Shows in 2019 - watch her events page for more upcoming details.
Sonya is now offering 1 day 'Pottery Workshops' with a national craft course provider. Start 2019 learning something new! In 1 day attentive tuition with Sonya you will learn throwing, coiling and hand-building techniques.
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