Can you believe that September is nearly here? We say it every year, but where did summer go? It always seems to fly by in a flash. The good news is that with fall comes a steady stream of wonderful inspirations. We can leave behind the beach and think of harvest vegetables, colorful leaves and of course, back to school fashions.
Apples are associated with school and teachers for many reasons, with traditions from many cultures and time periods gelled together into today’s practice of putting shiny red apples on teacher gifts and back to school products.
In the early days of classroom education, teachers made very little money, and their pay was often supplemented by gifts of food from students and their parents. Potatoes and apples were a common payment. Apples are also considered to be the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and are a symbol of education in many countries.
Although apples come in a variety of colors, it is the red varieties that we usually think of first. It is very common for red to dominate how we represent symbols that come in different colors, like lipstick, road signs, and berries. Perhaps this is because red is a strong, passionate color, associated with both power and hunger. It demands to be first.
What are your favorite school-themed inspirations?
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