Is this the world’s only “brown ensign”? I wonder.
The Bantustans had some pretty unusual flags. Both Transkei and Venda made prominent use of brown, which is a very rare colour on flags. If it’s used at all it’s usually just for small details like tree trunks.
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When South African painter Lorraine Loots (@lorraineloots) started a project to create a miniature painting every day for a year, she decided to share each painting on Instagram with her friends to hold herself accountable. Now in its second year, “365 Paintings for Ants” is inspired by themes from the artist’s home city of Cape Town.
To create the miniature painting, Lorraine draws a 3-centimeter circle and layers watercolor paints to build the detail. “I don’t use a magnifying glass,” she exclaims. “Though it would probably make the job easier on my eyes!”
Lorraine says she finds inspiration everywhere, from the rainy weather to her grandmother. She hopes to inspire others to curate their lives, “My dad always used to tell me that I should reassess every aspect of my life every single day, and if something is not working, I should do whatever I can to change it. I live by these words.”
As is typical in the family Hypoxidaceae (Asparagales), the flowers of Spiloxene capensis have six tepals, six stamens, a three-chambered, inferior ovary, and a three-branched style. Flowers are uniformly star-shaped, white, cream, yellow to orange, or rarely pink, and have dark spots or ‘eyes’ at the base of the tepals. These spots are generally blackish and occasionally iridescent blue-green.
In fact, the name Spiloxene is derived from the Greek spilos, meaning a spot, and xenos, a host or a stranger, which emphasizes the dark spots commonly found in the centre of the flowers of S. capensis.
This species is native to the Cape Region in South Africa, where field observations have shown that monkey beetles are the primary pollen vectors of the dark-centered flowers of Spiloxene capensis.
Deals with the mythical origin of gold and the story behind this precious material. Designers were given 500g of 18 carat gold along with a simple brief: create something exceptional, something that really tells the story of and speaks to the origins of gold.
Kristen Malan’s Halo is an exquisite headpiece, made up of 495 separate gold elements and 45 moveable sections. Kristen explains, “Halo, a reverential, other worldly symbol associated with greatness, celebrates the celestial moment when gold, the most precious of all elements, came into being.”