About WYMCK Colour and Wendy Alexander
A philosopher at the age of four, I approached my mother and posed the question … “What are we here for?” My mother, having religious leanings, thought for a moment and replied. “We all come into the world with a special gift and our life’s purpose is to find out what that gift is.” She said, “This is a difficult challenge, and many leave this world never realising their potential.”
By the time I was four and a half I had it all figured out. My comprehension and interpretation of colour as a prep was sophisticated beyond my years. I was a child prodigy with a paint palette in my hand. Discovering one’s life purpose was not a big deal. My destiny, I decreed, was to be a great artist!
However, when it came to the actual application of my beautiful colours to paper with any semblance of dexterity, it was a fiasco! To this day my stick figures can be likened to the scratchings of a cave dweller’s early attempt at self-conceptualisation.
While I felt discouraged at this setback I remained optimistic. I believed that if I persevered I would find my special gift. I didn’t have to wait long. In second grade at school I discovered that I could discern patterns in numbers like an abacus on steroids. Despite this trait of genius, mathematics was not my strong suit, and in the real world there isn’t a vocation where this peculiar aptitude with figures could possibly be of use.
A young girl disillusioned … I abandoned my quest to find my purpose. I had been given two wonderful gifts but without a medium with which to express them my endeavour was futile.
Forty more years would pass before there would be the realisation that it was only through embracing these two unique gifts and bringing them together that would make it possible for a revolutionary new colour system to come into existence.