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  Envelope Test Responses: February 16 - 28, 1999
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This session's image is a swath of material from a book on retro fabric patterns. There were all kinds of wonderful correlations this time. There were so many responses this time that I can't comments on all the interesting tidbits, but I do want to mention some hightlights:

  • Larry saw mountains, and there are indeed little hills in the pattern
  • Steve N's image of a cowboy on a bucking bronco struck me as interesting, not because it is on this image, but because it is a very common pattern for this time period and style of material (1950's; meant for a child's room). In fact, in the book this image came from there were cowboys and horses on other swatches within a page or two of this particular image. Also, I try to reflect on the image several times during the time period of these tests. It's quite likely that I held a cowboy image in my head as that is a pattern I am more familiar with, and as I have a much close affinity to cowboys than soldiers.
  • The branches of the trees look very feather-like to me; this may be what Mae was picking up on
  • Linda saw a disk flying in space - another common theme for 50's fabric patterns
  • Joan saw the color green, leafy or feathery - which seems to be a direct hit on the trees
Again, these are just items that popped out at me as I was reading other people's entries. There are definitely other correlations I haven't documented. I invite you to look closely and see if you can find additional references. As always, fell free to drop me a line.


Addendum 3/17/99
Some comments from Just Me:
Oh! My stars and garters!...I had the darn thing! I have to tell you, I am absolutely floored at seeing the fabric swatch pic....I did not express it very well in the written description, nor did I recognize it at first glance. But the tree...very close up is what I picked up for sure! The negative background being important...well, it was the color of the cloth, the background of red being the important thing in a fabric swatch...duh! *slaps forehead!* I had a feeling of AHA! When I saw the tree!

I guess I am picking these things up in black and that a common occurrence? How about the feeling of being too close to...the what get the whole picture? Do people often "see" a thing and not know what it is? Can you learn to see in color? To pull back and see better?

On the other hand...what use is this particular ....exercise? Will I be able to do it again? I feel intrigued....skeptical...excited...and a bit confused.
and again later...
The row of V shapes was definitely the spacing between the fingers of the hand ( or trees branches) and it was a hand with the thumb on the right. Palm up or palm down I couldn't tell, it was too fuzzy and over too quick.
Material swatch
Impressions: I have an impression of a tea kettle or teapot with a wooden table and suddenly flowers popped into my mind.... 'What do you think of them apples?"
From: Barbara,
Hamilton, Ont. Canada
Saturday, March 6, 1999 10:31 AM

Impressions: my first impresion is to say an open hand, white on black backgound. as i look a bit more, it seems to be just part of something, like im too close to see the whole thing? and it is not the hand that is important but the negitive space between the fingers...sorta V shaped and several in a row...okay, im rambling now, lets face it, i have NO idea what this is!
From: Just Me,
Friday, March 5, 1999 9:20 AM

Impressions: Mountains... snow caps.... very blue sky... mysty thin clouds
From: Larry,
sonoma wine country
Thursday, March 4, 1999 3:36 PM

Impressions: a tower with circular rings mounted on it. (A smokestack?
From: Justin Smith,
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 3:32 PM

Impressions: I see it as the ability to keep open mind and see life for yourself and not through some one else interpertation of what they see.
From: Beth White,
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 10:05 AM

Impressions: I caught the image of a silhouette of a cowboy riding and bucking bronco.
From: Steve N.,
Gold Hill, Or
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 2:20 AM

Impressions: Impressions: A diamond shape with a skyscape in it. A photo-portrait of a young man, smiling, with curly brown hair. A furry animal's tail poking out of some greenery.
From: Jim,
Tuesday, March 2, 1999 1:50 AM

Impressions: feather
From: Mae,
Monday, March 1, 1999 12:00 AM

Impressions: Something in triplicate or to to do with the numeral 3.
From: Ariel,
Eagle Point, Ore.
Sunday, February 28, 1999 4:44 PM

Impressions: Hmmmmm, I think it's . . . some sort of an "+"shape,also a triangular or conical shape well as the color blue. I am not sure if the "+"shape is a person or a bird of some sort.
From: Mapkilcoed,
new jersey
Sunday, February 28, 1999 2:24 PM

Impressions: I see a disc like object flying through space, with planets and stars around
From: Linda Logan , c/o
San Diego, CA
Sunday, February 28, 1999 2:22 PM

Impressions: a comb or other hair implement
From: Donna,
New York
Sunday, February 28, 1999 1:20 PM

Impressions: All the unanswered questions in my head. The answers are all ready waiting for me to take a look.
From: Beth White,
Atlanta, Ga.
Sunday, February 28, 1999 12:11 AM

Impressions: an eye inclosed inan envolope looking for question on how to get new ideals of outside world or possible inside self.
From: Beth,
atlanta, ga.
Friday, February 26, 1999 1:17 PM

Impressions: Flowers or floral patterns, different size containers
From: Dave,
down under
Friday, February 26, 1999 6:12 AM

Impressions: a dancing black form, maybe a flower or fantasy figure. Looks like a star flower danding or bending petals back and forth.
From: a phillips,
Los Angeles
Tuesday, February 23, 1999 12:53 AM

Impressions: A picture of somebody
From: Apirl ,
Monday, February 22, 1999 9:25 PM

Impressions: something red,circular.
From: ms2U, ms2U
Sunday, February 21, 1999 10:56 PM

Impressions: something red,circular.
From: ms2U,

Sunday, February 21, 1999 10:41 PM

Impressions: small puppy sitting in a large shoe
From: Lee,
Saturday, February 20, 1999 8:13 PM

Impressions: report card
From: teresa,

Saturday, February 20, 1999 2:35 PM

Impressions: Something very big and colorful, I see an elephant, which of course isn't colorful.
San Diego, CA
Friday, February 19, 1999 9:17 PM

Impressions: a gray sky with only creases of sunlight seeping through... several seagulls the picture is more focused on the gray green dk blueish color of the sea and only a couple fizzled white capped waves dying out.
From: Aubrey White,
Wednesday, February 17, 1999 4:31 PM

Impressions: I see some flowered wallpaper - maybe it's roses in a vase
From: kathleen yorston,
brisbane, australia
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 9:06 PM

Impressions: a question-mark appearing in the middle of an eye, as a beckoning symbol, enticing you to go within.
From: kathleen yorston,
brisbane, australia
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 7:52 PM

Impressions: I see the color green, leafy or feathery and the color brown
From: Joan Broneske,
Tuesday, February 16, 1999 3:24 PM

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