22 4 / 2014

misskatto:

I really really love this set of videos. This guy’s work is so meticulous, and patient. He seems so passionate and humble. And you have to see the finished piece, Ahhhh, it’s stunning, especially when you realized the craftsmanship that went into it. 

I’m not even a metalsmith and this just makes me want to go to my studio and work! 

Part Two Here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM0VnL30rDc

I’ve reblogged this before, but I’m reblogging because there’s a Kickstarter now. Mr. Hallam is planning a book series detailing the techniques for all to learn from, as well as a video series. The first book will actually be the last in the series and is going to be about alloys. From the work that went into producing the alloy in the video, it seems as mysterious and magical as alchemy. 

There’s a lot of metalsmiths on here. And I know we’re all always hungry for more knowledge. Just wanted to point this out as an opportunity to support and learn from one of our own. 

22 4 / 2014

thelamedame:

Unveiling Frida Kahlo’s Closet

When the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband muralist Diego Rivera locked her clothes and jewelry- all personal possessions- into a bathroom. Diego instructed that the room to be unlocked fifteen years after his own death. Forgotten, they stayed there for fifty years.

No one knew what was behind that locked door. Staring back from a life more notorious than most, were 300 items of Frida’s. Her jewelry, clothing, hair accessories, a  prosthetic leg, leather corsets, painted plaster casts and body molds. 

All the physical and emotional pain, joy and vitality is told through stories carried in Frida’s clothing and accessories. This treasure trove is organized into an exhibition titled Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,featuring eleven of Kahlo’s ensembles rotating every three months, showing forty outfits over the course of a year.

Conservators and curators said while excavating the hidden room, it was as if Frida was alongside them in the room. Her colorful clothing emitted a sense of happiness, while her hospital items, the casts and even medicine, were powerful to witness and held onto her sadness. 

Vogue Mexico is producing a room for the exhibition that will feature commissioned work from contemporary designers who have been influenced by Kahlo. A rep for the magazine declined to reveal the specific designers working on the project, but said that “they are international designers and one Mexican designer — all of them are very recognized in the fashion industry.”

The fashion curator Circe Henestrosa dug through the time capsule and organized the exhibition. Henestrosa says,"Garments are very powerful tools for social and cultural interpretation. These objects and garments tell you so much about the wearer and yes, the items do have a smell….how to describe the smell….it’s her. It’s a unique, beautiful smell, of her skin." 

Focusing on the issues of “disability” and “ethnicity,” the exhibition will be displayed in Frida Kahlo’s former home in Coyoacan, a suburb of Mexico City, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul) through November 2013

I find it interesting that fridas pros is rarely if ever discussed. This photoset is the first time id ever seen it, and it makes me happy that its still going around.

I realize its problematic for whites to latch onto the image and spirit of Frida, but I’ve always felt a great affinity with her, due to her lifelong pain and struggles with disablity. And how prominently they factor in her art

(Source: belaquadros, via tbnl)

22 4 / 2014

yasmoose:

Lirael is the river.

yasmoose:

Lirael is the river.

21 4 / 2014

eightforawish:

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Sasha Vinogradova. Styles of Russian Folk Painting.

I’m fascinated by how closely the North-Dvina style resembles the PA Dutch folk art I study.

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21 4 / 2014

leppu:

Huhuu

leppu:

Huhuu

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20 4 / 2014

isao-takeda:

2014年1月17日 阪神淡路大震災1.17のつどい 兵庫県神戸市中央区

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20 4 / 2014

"For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
Crumble.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth."

19 4 / 2014

archiemcphee:

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.
Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

"However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins."

[via Fashionably Geek and Gizmodo]

archiemcphee:

Forget Google Glass, Android Wear, Smartwatches or contact lenses that give you night vision. Instead let’s talk about the awesomeness that is this 17th century Chinese abacus ring. It’s wearable tech from the Qing Dynasty, perhaps the world’s oldest smart ring.

Measuring a mere 1.2 centimeter-long by 0.7 centimeter-wide, the miniature abacus is a fully functional counting tool, but it’s so tiny that using it requires an equally dainty tool, such as a pin, to manipulate the beads, which are each less than one millimeter long.

"However, this is no problem for this abacus’s primary user—the ancient Chinese lady, for she only needs to pick one from her many hairpins."

[via Fashionably Geek and Gizmodo]

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19 4 / 2014

ninikills:

KLOTZ Jewellery Box by Gerlinde Gruber

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18 4 / 2014

ancient-serpent:

Gold pectoral of a hovering falcon, Egypt; dating to about the Late Period, after 600 BC (via)

ancient-serpent:

Gold pectoral of a hovering falcon, Egypt; dating to about the Late Period, after 600 BC (via)

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