People are too talented sometimes.
Commenting on FB about my next tattoo I was scouring the net for Alphonse Mucha ‘cause that’s the design I want and I found this, isn’t it just gorgeous?
Alphonse Mucha (Czech, 1860-1939). Pendant Cascade, ca. 1900. Gold, enamel, opals, diamonds and Baroque pearls. 12 x 5 cm (4 11/16 x 1 3/16 in.). Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris.
© Mucha Trust 2009 / Photo © Petit Palais, Roger-Viollet
Faith ( to Buffy ) : You’re all about control. You have no idea what it’s like on the other side! Where nothing’s in control, nothing makes sense! There is just pain and hate and nothing you do means anything. You can’t even…
Important to note that Wal-Mart (and other big corporations with deplorable business practices) is often the best–or only–option for lower-income people. But those who can afford to boycott should.
Tahiti Pehrson is a Northern Californian artist with long ties to the Bay Area. Recent works explores the fragility and interconnectedness expressed by physical structures. Large scale installations of geometrical hand cut paper are layered into three-dimensional structures. Pehrson has been working in paper for nearly fifteen years.
袈裟 — Kesa
After a really long absence, I want to talk about one of Kyōto’s many traditional handicraft businesses: the maker of stoles for Buddhist monks, so-called “kesa”. The cloth, which you can also see on the pictures, is woven on hand-looms, also making use of golden threads. The prices for a kesa vary broadly, but there are kesa in the upper price range reaching into the millions (of yen).
When weaving, the cards with the holes in it tell the hand-loom mechanically which threads to raise so that the correct pattern will be produced on the final cloth.