A great posting on clothes, waste of material and poverty in the world
If I'd walk around with documents, I'd like to use a document container like this.
Hoping to find...
... a gouache in a brilliant magenta or purple. Whenever you visit an art material shop, you find the paints from a German company who rule the scene. Dull colours! Dulldull. In a jam jar I kept some brilliant purple, I don't remember who produced it, but it proves it can be done. I sent a sample to a South German company who trade English gouaches, asking them to pick the right colour from their scale.
The most popular German gouache is produced along with a line of printing colours for industrial printing. They don't stick to Pantone, they have their own system.
German designers obviously don't need bright tones. I yearn for them. English gouache is not for sale all over Northern Germany! I just couldn't believe it, I searched in virtual and physical shops for months. The sad truth: You cannot obtain brighter colours by blending them. They are like chemical elements. You have them, or you don't. You can't produce them. My hope is that the young generation of designers will demand brighter shades.
Another sad truth: You can't buy crewel wool in Germany. I bought brightly dyed sock wool, cut it up and untwisted the thread to obtain crewel wool. I bought all kinds of old stocks from a fine embroidery wool which they stopped producing 10-15 years ago. Now I got a whole drawer full of these beautifully strong dyed wool skeins. I love and use them. I hope to be using them until I have to give up embroidering, hopefully in the distant future. It is ridiculous, I act like those people who experienced two wars. "Keep it! You never know what you may need it for!"
It is fun to go shopping. But shopping doesn't make sense if the drawers are full! Very helpful and a guarantee to have this kind of fun in the future: I keep forgetting what I bought in the past. I open my drawer, and to my great pleasure and surprise find many nice things. I call this occupation "self-archaeology".