A sparkly message from our founder, Brittany Andrews
What I want for you in 2022 is the same thing I want for myself: I want color. Within color lies a range and depth of experience that is only limited by our ability to perceive.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE QUIRKY CREATURE CALLED THE MANTIS SHRIMP?
This animal has so many more cones (photoreceptor cells in the retinas of vertebrate eyes) than us humans that it can see colors we can’t even dream of. To be more specific, humans can process three channels of color, while mantis shrimp perceive the world through twelve channels! Ultraviolet and polarized light are found within these twelve channels, along with other aspects of light that humans can’t perceive.
The mantis shrimp’s visual system is unique in the animal kingdom: they have about 10,000 photoreceptive units arranged across their eyes, so they perceive color almost like they’re scanning a barcode. So rather than relying on brain processing to interpret colors and what they mean, (like humans) mantis shrimp perceive color immediately.
While this might seem like the coolest thing ever — our satellite imaging has actually copied this process — it means that mantis shrimp lack the ability to place meaning on or within color, except to a very small degree. Because their eyes are scanning for color in an almost mechanical way, they might see something and interpret it as food or sex or predator, but that’s really about it.
This seems like such a waste to me! Imagine constantly walking through endless multidimensional rainbows all day without the ability to appreciate the magic and depth and expansiveness of the experience. But isn’t this kind of what we all do? Whether it’s due to ignorance, unfamiliarity, or naiveté, how many of us are truly open and willing to taste the full spectrum of color that life has to offer?
Or perhaps we’ve been hurt and decided to protect ourselves against the risk inherent in being open and curious and vulnerable. Regardless, I’m convinced that most of us exist in a space that is small and limited — because we’ve chosen to exist this way.
So I’m here to offer you a choice.
Because I want to live. I release lack, and I release fear. I choose curiosity. I choose the vibrance of a full-mantis-shrimp-spectrum rainbow reality. I choose color.
Provo, Utah 84606, United States