Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pantone Color of the Year: Turquoise


Hathor, aka the Mistress of Turquoise


Pantone's Color of the Year 2010 is Turquoise. It's a pretty color, one I associate with oxidized copper and mythical goddesses of love and beauty. I find it especially beautiful in glass, like the UN building in the sun, and my beloved glass bottle of the original Comptoir Sud Pacifique Tiare, but aside from a swimsuit I bought for location (when I wore a matching turquoise Statue of Liberty headpiece...yeah), I have no need for this color in my wardrobe. Sure, I think of Tiffany boxes and retro perfume packaging, but it's also the color of '80s sports jackets (with "complementary" colors thrown in for super high stimulation) and giant phallic '50s automobiles. Ditto decor: I generally don't do '50s (think Space Age "diner interior"), and the '80s are avoided if the vibe I get is shoulder-padded Scaasi. Also, why doesn't Pantone just come out and say that the color palette is Mediterranean? Listen to these names: Turquoise, Tomato Purée, Fusion Coral, Violet, Tuscany, Aurora, Amparo Blue, Pink Champagne, Dried Herb, Eucalyptus. These could easily be notes for a perfume. Combine turquoise with the old gold (greenish gold hue) trend in accessories, and you've got a mix of Mediterranean and Futuristic (on the other hand, it seems an extreme juxtaposition of Old World vs. Civilized, maybe taking on a Brave New World theme). Of course, turquoise is also associated with many cultures around the world, like ancient Egyptian and Aztec art. You don't suppose magic, riches and divinity are on anyone's minds these days, do you? Let's not forget the futurism of our time can be seen in how the Vatican is looking for aliens. If escape is the motif, turquoise must be our soma.


Francesco de Mura (18th century), Aurora e Titone


Related links:

Retro-futurism - Wikipedia

The Gods of Ancient Egypt - www.touregypt.net

Hathor was associated with turquoise, malachite and the metals gold and copper. [alchemy of consciousness] Hathor, www.crystalinks.com

A comprehensive restoration and documentation scheme is underway at a major temple and mine complex in Sinai, as Nevine El-Aref reports: Sinai's turquoise goddess - Al-Ahram