True Colors presents the work and vision of twenty-six natural dye artists from around the world, opening a window into their culture, their lives, and the power of color. The artist’s stories are organized by color and begin with white, traveling through the spectrum to blues, purples, reds, pinks, golds, arriving at varying hues of green. The colors are as extraordinary as the artists themselves.
True Colors is about artists who create color from natural materials, and about the historical importance and environmental sustainability of this practice. Deep conversations with twenty-eight artisans from every part of the globe reveal their wisdom, traditions, and know-how —and suggest that we ignore what they know at our peril. Traditional approaches to making color offer sustainable options to a fashion system badly in need of them and memorable cultural narratives to a world hungry for beauty and spirituality.
Keith Recker is the perfect person to collect and share these stories. His years of global travel, working with artisan groups and individuals as well as connecting them to influential designers in the fashion and interiors industries, puts this book right on trend, though the stories are timeless. A complete spectrum of glorious color sweeps through the pages by way of carefully curated photography. True Colors provides an immersive visual experience and an inspiring travelogue of personal stories and practical information from more than two dozen artists who are leaving their mark on the world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keith Recker is President and co-founder of HAND/EYE Fund, which publishes handeyemagazine.com, a multidisciplinary journal of global handmade creativity. He is also a board member and Creative Director of the International Folk Art Market, the world’s largest fair of its kind, visited every July in Santa Fe, New Mexico by more than 20,000 buyers. He was the Executive Director of Aid to Artisans (2000-02), where he supervised operations of the $4.5 million international nonprofit agency, which grew to $8 million. He also served on the Aid to Artisans Board of Directors for many years. His previous book, PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, has been translated into eleven languages.Through his specialized consulting practice, Chromosapien, he currently provides trend and color intelligence to the Pantone Color Institute and other forward-looking clients.