Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Political Correctness of colors

Life in the US, so I have learned, is planned by holiday shopping and their colors.
As for design work you have to be careful. Don't mess with too much red - oops! you fall in to the Christmas category - especially if you put some green nearby. Oranges for other than Halloween or Thanksgiving? orange in the spring? are you crazy? This is the real politically correctness of colors.

Pampkins HalloweenPumpkins. They orange you...

I try to do my best here and to adopt good behavior but this is not easy.
I've figured out, after living here for a while, that in Israel we've got all these random leftovers - tones of bunnies from Easter, piles of foliage leave images and tablecloths from Thanksgiving and, of course, the Israeli plant nurseries are packed with fancy Poinsettia Plant every January - and when you live in Israel you don't know you are completely ignorant and innocent about "the plan and order" of the colors and the holidays.
(....And think about the trip these products make each year - china / Philippines - US - Israel!)

coming to the US from color-messed-up Israel I was very surprised to realize that as a Jew celebrating holidays, all you are left with is the blue and white and if you feel really fancy - you may have silver too.
In Israel Hanukkah is considered to be the holiday of light and color - all colors. All colors are used for the candles and for all other decorations, such as paper vitrage . Ignorant of the color police, I designed colorful Hanukkah cards (including a lot of reds and oranges). On the back of the cards I put my own Latkes recipe* as a bonus. I think that the only few people that bought these cards were good Christians who secretly always wanted to be able to cook themselves Latkes.... and maybe a couple of Jewish people who lost their way(?)

Hanukkah card menorahHanukkah card - incorrect colors...

Hanukkah latkes recipe...but a great recipe* on the back!

My husband told me ....... don't mess with colors again... do the right colors and be good.

No worries - I will continue fighting on that arty freedom!
But color issues are trendy these day ... so maybe with Obama as president there's really a chance for a change!
Hear that: even my dentist who I know for long time and with whom I had many conversations (not only about tooth health) told me this week, just after the inauguration that actually her father was a Jew!

Mazel-Tov ( good luck) Obama!!!

Mazel Tov magnet setMazel - Tov magnet set - correct colors?

* To those of you who are interested most of all in the Latkes recipe here it is :

Tamar’s Latkes
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 yam
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Wash, peel and grate raw potatoes and yam. Squeeze out the extra liquid into the sink. Grate onion and add to potatoes and yam. Beat eggs well. Add to potato mixture. Add salt, pepper, bread crumbs and flour. Mix well. Pour oil into frying pan and let oil cover the bottom. Heat oil and carefully drop spoonfuls of the mixture into hot oil. Turn when bottom is golden brown (about 3 mins). Fry on other side. Drain on paper towels. Serve with sour cream or applesauce. Enjoy!!!


J. Leigh Designz said...

How true that is! In my office at work there are 12 of us...I am the only non-jew. I have had much learning over the last few years about the jewish holidays...its funny how america has a completely wrong vision of what they really are.

Karen said...

This was such an interesting post. Thanks for visiting my blog - I enjoyed yours as well!

Tamar Hammer's Blog said...

Thank you J. Leigh Designz and Karen!