contemporary addition
10 feminist books to read after you've gotten through the classics
The feminist canon gets an intersectional update.
By SaVonne Anderson

“Literature has always been the foundation of the feminist movement. Since the 18th century, when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, women have used print to spread knowledge and awareness, and promote feminist ideas.

Although feminist literature has been around for hundreds of years, we tend to stick to an unofficial canon of a few classics. But to promote progress and intersectionality, we should expand our feminist library to include more contemporary works, too.

In addition to being relevant to the times, today’s feminist literature often features more diverse authors and perspectives, representing the many voices of the feminist movement at large.

These 10 books do just that. And while they may not be classics yet, they’re well worth a read if you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of feminism.”

See the list here

Yukino Appreciation Rant

A lot of the time, I think people regard Yukino as a weak character. However, in terms of magical prowess, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I can say with great confidence that she is THE most talented celestial spirit mage depicted in the series thus far.

Firstly, we have this

Yukino, from the start, can summon two celestial spirits at once. This is a very rare skill among celestial wizards. Karen Lilica who was considered a great mage died attempting to open two gates simultaneously, and Lucy only developed this skill after activating her second origin.

To our knowledge Yukino has not activated her second origin but still does this effortlessly. This suggests that her magical power is at a higher level than that of most of her contemporaries.

In addition to that, early in the series it is explained by Lucy that a celestial spirit’s strength is affected by the power of its summoner.
Here is one form of Yukino’s Pisces spirits

And here is another

While we know that Virgo can turn large and ungainly at will, she (thankfully) has not taken on this form in a very long time.

Outside of this Yukino’s Pisces is the only example of celestial spirit taking on different battle forms.This serves as another example of her power. 

All of the previous information aside, the most obvious sign that Miss Aguria is not one to be trifled with is this guy

The legendary 13th gate of the zodiac. The fact that she got this spirit to contract with her speaks volumes of her capabilities as a celestial mage.

There are several other things that imply that Yukino is actually quite powerful including the fact that she made it into Sabertooth, that she was chosen to stand in for Minerva (which could mean that she’s the second strongest female mage in Sabertooth), and that Sting was utterly shocked to see her lose to Kagura.

Ah, Kagura. That reminds me. Time to debunk the myth.

I am pretty sure the reason it’s so easy to think of Yukino as weak despite much evidence suggesting otherwise is that she was defeated by Kagura.

However, it is important to remember…KAGURA IS ON LEVEL ERZA! In fact, Kagura came close to defeating Erza. If we were going to consider characters weak for losing to people at that level, what on earth would we think of Natsu and Gray?

We cannot determine a character’s skill level from their performance in one battle (I really hope we get to see Yukino fight again), especially one as badly matched as Yukino and Kagura’s. Had Kagura, even with great her swordsmanship, possessed a magic ability other than gravity control the outcome of that fight could have been very different.

All in all, I thought this would be worth mentioning because Yukino honestly is a talented practitioner of magic.

Thanks for reading, everyone!


Shamsha Hashwani A Mughal Mirage Bridals F/W 2016
Shamsha Hashwani takes us back to the Mughal era with a collection paying homage to the time where grandeur and opulence reigned supreme. Ivory and shades of red and coral dominated this collection, embellished with zardozi, resham, and marori kaam. Keeping in line with the traditional motifs, silhouettes throughout this collection included ghararas, lehngas and angarkhas. The addition of contemporary pieces into this collection pulled this collection together, creating a magnificent masterpiece. 

peaceful-beauty-deactivated2017  asked:

Dear Archy, I'm an architecture student working on my thesis on "parasitic architecture". It's a form of contemporary addition on existing buildings. I want to make a parallel with different arts and talk about how architecture allows us to reuse exiting buildings but other arts are more sacred and not very tolerant in mixing new and old, except maybe music. Do you have any recommendations or examples in mind? Thank you for your help. Have a nice day

I think that might not be necessarily true. Many artists in all visual arts use previous works to create new work. But it will surely not be a real life intervention in a work of art like in architecture. Only the original artist is able to make this kind of alteration. That does not stop artists creating videos, gifs, collages and mixed media works that could be considered a visual art form of “parasitic architecture”.

Check out these examples:

Michael Guppy

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Coach House Conversion by Zecc Architects

Dutch studio Zecc Architects in cooperation with BYTR architect have transformed a 18th-century monumental coach house into a spacious home in Breukelen, The Netherlands. Leaving the exterior of the house almost intact, the duo have successfully seamlessly moulded aspects of the the original home with its “rustic” charm moulding with the new contemporary additions to create a warm, light filled residence.

Enjoy the virtual tour!

Above: The stable, still complete with hay racks, stone troughs and iron cast horse heads, were used as a living room. The original tack room is now the entrance hall and the coach house has been converted into a spacious kitchen.

Above: Two hanging pendants seem to represent inverse lotus flowers and soften the space, contributing a cozy glow.

Above:: The crème de la crème, however, in this transformation is the solid oak, switchback staircase which is centralized in the soaring space from the kitchen. The wooden flights are wrapped in sleek stucco and lead to a spacious second-story fireplace lounge.

Above: The double-height kitchen, replete with an island and countertops of finished concrete, as well as stainless appliances and glossy black cabinetry.

At Home With: Designer Suzanne Gorman

Designers Home with Deep Hues In Australia

The home of a interior designer is always a bit special, and this fabulous family home in Sydney, Australia is no exception. It belongs to designer Suzanne Gorman.

The original four room bungalow was retained, out of respect for the history of the home and surrounding streetscape, whilst a significant contemporary addition comprising kitchen, study and living room on the ground floor, and three bedrooms/two bathrooms upstairs was added.

Enjoy the virtual tour!

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