At Sol, one part of the wall is painted in magenta.
This color, discovered by Goethe, is a combination of red and violet,
which respectively are the lowest and highest colors of the visible spectrum.
Red is most heavy with long wavelengths signifying Roughness.
Violet is light with short wavelengths signifying Delicateness.
Hence, in Japan, violet is commonly used to represent the highest rank.
The words, “reason is formed by the height of culture and the height of animality” represent this ideology;
when the extremities of the vulgar and the refined exist, instead of combining both and diving it in half,
it is the intuition of going both directions simultaneously.
This is what is referred to as the Middle Way in Buddhism, meaning when exact opposites exist,
one does not take what is in the center but encloses them both.
Sol’s aim to synthesize the man-made, contemporary and western, with the natural, antique and eastern,
alludes to the meaning of the color magenta, which signifies a mixture of opposite colors.
Thus, magenta is the symbol of the Middle Way.

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28歳(女性)デザイン事務所勤務

Q
デザインの仕事を始めて3年。年齢的にもそろそろ独立したいと思う反面、もっとキャリアを積んで自信がついてからのほうがいいんじゃないかという思いもあって迷っています。チェさん、何かよいアドバイスをお願いします。

A
独立を考えられるほど自信があるんだから、独立すれば?年齢的なことは関係ないでしょ。
キャリアで自信、じゃなくて、キャリアが実績を、でしょ?欲しいのは。
自信とは自分を信じる、よ。信じればいいじゃない。
実績や肩書きで判断されるのがイヤなら、自分自身の実績のなさを自分で責めるのはやめたほうがいいわ。
アンタ自身が自分を信じてやってけば、実績なくても波に乗れるわよ。大丈夫よ~。

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