Monday, June 27, 2011

Colorways

I saw the advertisements recently for the new online magazine (emag) Colorways.  I was immediately skeptical as I really love my paper books and magazines.  But after seeing several advertisements and investigating the videos about it, I decided to see what it was all about.  I have to say that I am really impressed.  I suppose this is the wave of the future--online magazines.  The interface is really engaging and I loved having videos to go with the articles.  The little pop-outs and extra informational boxes that come up when you click on certain prompts are slick and seductive!  After playing with it for awhile I realized that not only are there videos, but there are slide shows so you can see many more photographs than you would in a paper magazine.  I found the whole thing engaging, easy to navigate, and a lot of fun.  Way to go Interweave!  (By the way, I don't work for them and am extremely disappointed in the death of Fiber Arts magazine.)

The content of the emag (Colorways: Artisan hues in fiber and fabric), by the way, is natural dyeing and its use all over the world.  I loved the pictures of harvesting cochineal and learning about dye techniques such as kakishibu (with video!) was great.

Here is the link, check it out!
http://www.interweavestore.com/Spinning/Magazines/Colorways-Summer-2011-eMag-for-PC.html


And here is a photo I shot heading north out of Santa Fe Saturday afternoon of the Pacheco fire near SF ski basin.  Since then a much more dangerous fire has caused the evacuation of Los Alamos, NM.

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