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Display Name: aesea
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Calling dibs.

How Did You Decide Who Gets Which Bedroom?
6/10/14 09:19 PM

It's Etaples, France in 1915. Just some British soldiers washing up, watched/assisted by some locals.

Reinventing the Wheel Bucket
1/9/14 06:22 PM

Etaples, France. 1915. A bit further north than Switzerland, but a good guess with the sabots.

Reinventing the Wheel Bucket
1/9/14 06:16 PM

Star Princess and Slangevar, I've seen the black and white photo in a few books before. I believe it's just a few WWI British soldiers washing up in a village in either France or Belgium with some locals behind them.

Reinventing the Wheel Bucket
1/9/14 02:40 PM

I grew up partly in Europe, surrounded by Europeans even in the US, and in a family who has inappropriate/uncomfortable comments and jokes down to an art. Especially about the body. But I'll be darned if we don't most of us live in flannel and long undies nine months out of the year.

If you live in northern Vermont and like keeping all your bits non-frostbitten it's common sense indoors and out.

Are You From a Naked Family?
1/9/14 02:29 PM

Huh. This is well timed. I spent the past few days in a framing/hanging frenzy. (Three things totally counts as a frenzy, right? It'll be more when the lock on my storage unit unfreezes and I can get at the goodies in there.) The big item to hang though is still on the floor leaning against the wall, dwarfing the chair it's next to, giving everyone the side eye, and generally daunting me. But yesterday I finally found out who it is a portrait of. I'm counting that as prepping it for hanging.

Mission accomplished.

Making Your Home Your Own: Prep Artwork for Framing & Display January Cure: Assignment # 6
1/9/14 02:18 PM

When this article first popped up six months ago I swear I can remember more comments disagreeing with the thesis... I can has dissent? As someone who put in the hours studying eighteenth (and some seventeenth and nineteenth) century textiles and interiors I can with a pretty fair amount of certainty vouch for the fact that color was really not shied away from. In fact, we'd probably call most of their supposedly civilized choices downright garish. (Hot orange cabinet interiors? Acid green mantels? Electric blue waistcoats? Bright yellow gloves? Those calico 'rags' mentioned? Until the act was repealed in 1774 they were one of the most smuggled items in England. Everyone, rich and poor, wanted a piece of the brightly colored, colonially produced action. Gowns made out of it became status symbols.) But colors fade. Dresses that were purple turn brown. Paints that were bright turn dull and shift color entirely as chemicals change over time. It's easier to think of the past as dull and faded, like the relics left to us. We have ingrained images of the Puritans wearing stern black, Regency ladies swanning about in white gowns, and sepia toned Victorians, but with some research people might shocked by how unrepentantly vibrant life was. Even those classically pure statues and buildings of the Greeks and Romans (presumably the antiquity that Mr. Batchelor addresses in his book) were originally painted in bold, bold, I mean blindly bright colors.

The past. It isn't all black and white.

(This history pseudo-rant brought to you by academic paper overtime.)

Color, Chromophobia, and Colonialism: Some Historical Thoughts
9/28/13 11:11 PM