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    DescriptionAn American artist discovers how to make organic colors from plants in a small shop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She learns to make inks by hand, from indigo, herbs and bark. This process becomes a metaphor for understanding nature, art and life. Beginning to paint with natural color, along with other artists from India and Bangladesh, allows powerful natural forces and patterns to emerge in her paintings. These paintings become the basis for her work in the Indigo Show. In the workshop where color is made, the ingredients take on an almost mythic presence, where process and timing emerge as key ingredients in ancient craft. Living color, color made from sustainable sources, opens her to an awareness of plants and herbs, and their backgrounds. This mysterious process helps her to reach back into the past, to other countries, history and her own life. This richly textured and engaging memoir of color will appeal to artists, naturalists and Asia enthusiasts. Artists will learn to use plants in new and traditional ways. In chapters such as Summer Meadow - Bay - Curry - Basil - Apple Trees - Mint, the artist shares her memories of color, traced through gardens, the use of herbs, and travel. The history of colors unravels the shadowy story of Indigo in Bengal, and the pre-Civil war American South. She shows readers the slow, careful process of making color from natural materials, musing on nature, art and the way to a balanced life. The book offers reflections on using herbs to sustain health, color in art, enlightening encounters with plants, and the lessons left us by pre-industrial attitudes. In Colors: Passages through Art, Asia and Nature Sutro has created a unique and fascinating study of nature's processes, the origins of color and the birth of paint.


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    Title
    Colors
    Subtitle
    Passages Through Art, Asia and Nature
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Sutro, Preface by Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 134
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781456373337
    ISBN 10: 1456373331
    Classifications

    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.0
    DC22: 709
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    BIC subject category V2: AGZ
    DC21: 709
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 701
    BISAC V2.8: ART007000
    LC subject heading: , ,
    LC classification: ND237.S9345 A35 2010
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/ARTAS
    BISAC region code: 2.3.1.0.0.0.0
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Createspace
    Imprint name
    Createspace
    Publication date
    29 December 2010
    Author Information
    When Sarah Sutro traveled to Bangladesh, she thought she was going to see a bit of Asia. What she got was a glimpse into history, an encounter with ancient art methods and materials she had only read about, and experience at a small color industry tucked into a little known part of Dhaka. She learned to make color from plants and other natural materials in new and traditional ways. Besides COLORS, her work is published in the Thailand anthology Bangkok Blondes; she is the co-editor with Jid Umavijani of Buddhist Chanting; and she collaborated on the photographic essay Through our Eyes, published by the National Museum of Thailand. She was a finalist for the Robert Frost Award in 2005. She is well known for her paintings, drawings and artist books, which are shown and collected internationally. Her work can be found in the libraries of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Sackler Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami); and in the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, the Johnson Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library and Boston Athenaeum. She has taught at over 10 colleges and universities, including Emerson College, the Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, Cornell University, Ithaca College and currently at Vermont College. She has been an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain Center, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Millay Colony and the American Academy in Rome. While her roots are in New England (USA), she has lived much of the last decade in South and Southeast Asia. With a permanent base in Western MA, she currently resides in Oakland, CA with her partner, who works in international humanitarian relief.