Thursday, November 01, 2007

My Stash ...

Alison left a comment on my last blog post, about curling ribbon, asking, "Can I come over and admire your stash?", which made me think, "Ooh! I need to do a spectrum photograph of all the colors!" Which is what I did in the middle of editing an 89-page document for work because for the love of God, there's only so much you can stare at a laptop screen before you run the risk of your eyes falling out of your head. (So that's why I didn't post yesterday, because I was working on The Report That Ate Cleveland all day and most of the night, and when I wasn't working on it, I was a) handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and then b) sleeping.)

Looking at this picture now, I'd arrange the colors a bit differently, but I did this in about 2 minutes, and it's really for my own edification. It was a good chance to do a color inventory so I can fill in missing colors and so I can wonder why I have two nearly full spools of hot pink. (Note that duplicate spools are not included in this shot. Also note the mysterious lack of black. I must think black ribbon is too macabre, too The Nightmare Before Christmas, which I love. Don't get me wrong. Tim Burton is a genius. But black ribbon on a package just seems strange.)

Yep, curling ribbon is the kind of thing that thrills me. Which seems weird, until you remember that Mies van der Rohe said, "God is in the details." Details, people. It's all about the details.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it was Le Corbusier who said "God is in the details."

Mies van der Rohe said, "Less is more."

4:31 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Well, perhaps it's misattributed to him, but if you Google "Mies van der Rohe + God is in the details," you'll get 50,700 hits.

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Alison said...


Thanks. :-)

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(1) 'God is in the details.'
It seems generally accepted that this was something said by the German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) although almost certainly it was not invented by him. His obituary in The New York Times (1969) attributed it to him but the saying also appears to have been a favourite of the German art historian Aby Warburg (though E.M. Gombrich, his biographer, is not certain that it originated with him). In the form Le bon Dieu est dans le détail, it has also been attributed to Gustave Flaubert (1821-80). Subsequently, there has arisen the saying 'The devil is in the detail' which has been described as a maxim of the German pop musician, Blixa Bargeld. He probably did not invent it himself as it is mentioned in Lutz Röhrich's Lexikon der sprichwörtlichen Redensarten (1994) - as 'Der Teufel steckt im Detail'.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Mercurie said...

You disappoint me, Beth. You have to have black ribbon... (of course, keep in mind I am a guy and a former Goth whose girlfriend dresses only in black...)

8:24 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Yeah, when I go on my next ribbon-buying spree, I'll pick up a spool of black.

My entire wardrobe used to be black. I can relate.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous JoLynn Braley said...

Hi Beth!

I can relate to your love of curling ribbon....I love love love paper and pens. I also have a thing for wrapping paper and ribbon, but not as much as I do for paper.

I think that what you're drawn to says a lot about you....the curling ribbon shows how creative you are, at least that's what I see. :)

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Oh - I'm now coveting your ribbon collection!

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This summer, Hallmark made a beautiful paper that was black and white polka dot on one side and hot pink on the other. That paper was beautiful with black and white curling ribbon.

11:34 PM  

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