Victoria Finlay’s “Color: A Natural History of the Palette” is an amazing book and it not only changed the way I look at color visually, but how I value it both in a literal and spiritual sense. It’s truly difficult to imagine that in our modern world filled with technology, where we can create almost anything with a computer, that we cannot always make or reproduce some colors. That’s where this book begins- with the realization of that moment by a curious little girl.
When she was only 8 years old, Ms. Finlay was on a trip with her father visiting an old cathedral. While he is telling her about the stained glass windows being made 800 years ago, he also says, “and today we don’t know how to make that blue.” That shocking moment stayed with her until years later, still curious, she decided to explore places like Australia, Chile, Mexico and Afghanistan to find out where color really comes from. What she learns and shares is beyond fascinating and like I said- you will never look at color the same way again.