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Threading Unique Gardens Of Wool Carpets And Tapestries Which Make Themselves At Home

Artist Alexandra Kehayoglou commences a painstaking journey to weave remnants of yarn into wonderfully real natural scenes of mossy fields, weedy tufts of grass and pastures and water - as a tribute to her family’s carpet factory in Buenos Aires. These lush and woolly carpets transform dull interiors and give them life, as well as a natural touch. From chair coverings to carpets to tapestries, the artist has used different textures and weaving techniques into one piece that mimic the rich gardens and meadows which inspire her.

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Inspired by the Cosmos: Rustic Handmade Jewelry

Created seven years ago, Beauty Spot is now recognized as one of the most successful independent shops online. What began as a small project is now a full-time job, which requires passion and artistry.

Inspired by the beauty of the cosmos, the designers at Beauty Spot began building the “Your Space” project last year. After spending careful attention curating printed images of the galaxy, they are paired with rustic and antique brass chains, which add a vintage touch. Composed of a variety of materials, including acrylic plastic, resin, antique brass, all the planets and the moon’s beauty are featured in the form of pendants, rings, earrings and cufflinks.

A romantic project, the entire collection revolves around the constellations in our galaxy and the universe’s vast existence. A creation for dreamers, they allow you to take a sparkle of stardust everywhere with you. You can find this collection and their entire archive in their Etsy shop

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Biracial Chinese/Latinx Girl

Beauty Standards: I grew up with a Chinese mother, so my culture valued pale skin, petite bodies (short and skinny), and shiny, straight black hair. However, on my Latinx (El Salvadorean/Spanish) side, we mainly value traditional Mestizo features: fair or bronze skin tone, black or brown curls, wide bright eyes, and a curvier figure.)

Things I’d like to see less of: having no mixed race characters in the media/excluding mixed girls from races

Things I’d like to see more of: mixed girls who are proud of their heritage

Tropes/stereotypes I’m tired of seeing: Latina seductress, Asian geisha/dragon lady/sex kitten, and the lack of multiracial, biracial, and Central American characters.

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Artist Uses His Architectural Skills To Paint A Fantasy Warsaw Hidden With Surprises At Every Turn

Tytus Brzozowski graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. Both architect and artist, he incorporates his passion for the urban landscape of Warsaw with his love for austere Nordic art.

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Adorable Ceramics by Barruntando

Spanish independent boutique Barruntando is composed of a group of women, who have a deep passion for ceramics. Driven by the beauty of rustic objects, Barruntando’s designers produce functional and adorable ceramics of cute animals with a quirky sensibility.

Following traditional pottery making, the artists are fascinated with the tiny imperfections of handmade art, which make each piece truly unique and charming.

The ceramic pieces emulate the subject’s shape. The irregular shape of the sloth bowl mimics the adorable creature’s actions of wrapping itself tightly around a tree; whereas the pieces with baby animal faces resemble the cuteness and peaceful quality of a sleeping baby animal.

Quirky in shape and composition, each creation is made with the purpose of brightening one’s day. You can find their entire collection in their Etsy shop.

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7 Countries Giving Transgender People Fundamental Rights the U.S. Still Won't
On March 20 a White House petition was launched asking the U.S. government to consider one thing: Recognize non-binary genders and give citizens who don't fit in the male or female categories a new, legal status.
By Mic

“Legal documents in the United States only recognize ‘male’ and 'female’ as genders,” the petition says, “leaving anyone who does not identify as one of these two genders with no option.”

So far, more than 89,000 people have signed and supported the petition online. It needs 11,000 more signatures before the Obama administration will be required to respond to the matter. But even if the petition does reach the 100,000-mark, it’s unlikely the government will be changing its gender policies anytime soon. This doesn’t mean the discussion should stop, however. Recently, inititatives like this petition and Facebook’s 50 new gender options for its users have raised questions about the treatment of people who feel they don’t fit in the male-female gender binary. Do we ignore them? Or do we try to find a way to achieve a legal and social solution? This would mean a significant, if not radical change for Americans, including the nearly 700,000 transgender citizens living in the U.S.

Although several states include laws that clearly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, the U.S. government still does not allow for a third, non-specific gender option on legal documents.

Instead it has been other countries, particularly in Asia, who have taken the lead on this issue over the past six years. A week ago, an Australian court ruled that the government should recognize a third, neutral and non-specific gender besides the traditional “male” and “female” categories. The decision was a win for Norrie, an Australian who doesn’t identitify as male or female, and who had originally applied for a non-specific gender status. With this landmark ruling, Australia also became the world’s sixth country to recognize a third gender option for its citizens. The first to do so on its census forms was Nepal, following a 2007 decision. In total, seven countries now offer an alternative option on their legal documents, even though several of them are far more culturally conservative than the U.S.

It begs the question: Why hasn’t the U.S. followed suit?