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寒行托鉢-2 by Nobuhiro Suhara

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Mathematical and Scientific Markings on Rustic Pottery by Laura C. Hewitt

Designed in rural Alaska, artist Laura C. Hewitts rustic, handmade pottery is influenced by the magic found within the mundane, nature and its pragmatic obscurity. Embossed with typographical mappings of the universe, mathematical formulas, and technological charts, Hewitt’s work pays homage to the dichotomy of the union between science and art.

Adorned with patterns, which include alpha numeric marks from vintage machinist punches and inlaid drawings reminiscent of maps, circuit board, astronomy and flow charts running into deeply carved organic river markings, each piece is unique.

Chronicling binary numbers, the distance from sun, the solar year and equatorial diameter of all planets, Ohm’s law, and the mapping of a circuit board among other technical formulas, each creation is Wheel thrown and hand carved. The vintage manual typewriter keys markings add a rustic and agrarian sensibility, which create a profound juxtaposition with the numerical values of technology in Hewitt’s pottery. You can find her entire collection in her Etsy shop.

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Arab Culture

fuckcalmimafanwarrior asked:

Hi! I need help with my main character. She’s an Arab girl , and I want her culture to be important for her. But most of the Arab traditions I’ve read about are deeply connected with religion, and she’s an atheist. Also I cant’ find much information about the culture of the countries her family comes from (Lebanon and Palestine). Oh and she doesn’t live in the ME. She speaks Arabic, eats Arab food and reads Arab writers. Am I going on the right track? I really don’t wanna be offensive. Thanks!

Hi there!

I definitely think you’re on the right track. While it may seem like a lot of Arab cultures and traditions are intertwined with Islam, that’s not always the case. A big emphasis on family, amazing food, music and dance (khaleeji!), a rich history, an endless collection of literature and awesome poetry are just a few of the things that come to mind for me. Also, if your character is an atheist but her family is not, she will probably still celebrate holidays with them too, like Eid el Ftr and Eid el-Adha.

Palestine and Lebanon, the latter especially, are seen as less strict with regards to conservatism. Also, if you want to be true to your character I would highly recommend making clear the affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has had on her; I have yet to meet a Palestinian whose life was not somehow damaged by it. Whether it is that her family was forced to move, or that she struggles with holding onto her Palestinian identity, or both, or something else, it’s an important subject.

As I am not from Palestine and Lebanon I cannot speak to the specifics of those experiences, but I welcome followers from there to reblog with commentary and/or offers to help out, you can check diversitycrosscheck or our POC profiles, and you can also probably find bloggers or YouTubers from around there for first-hand research.

-Mod Yasmin

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Exquisite Japanese Moss Ball Aquarium DIY Kits and Air Plants by Gönül Yetim

Brooklyn-based artist Gönül Yetim lives by entrepreneur Justin Beckett’s motto: “Nature has been mastering itself for some time now, and it is an honor to be able to capture its beauty.” Yeti’s goal is to introduce a decorative element from nature, which requires little care. Each geometrical lodging follows a minimal design at the cost of low maintenance. Yeti explains:

“Decorate your home with plants, but without the work that is usually required by thirsty houseplants. Surround yourself in the warmth of nature while adding a sculptural element to your home, even if you live in a city apartment where space is at a premium.

Discover airplants, aka Tillandsias, plants that thrive without soil. Airplants receive moisture and nutrients through their leaves, leaving you with no soil, no mess……and no sad collection of dead plants. Perfect hanging, sitting, in a group, or solo.

Or introduce a water feature to your home, a miniature aquarium with Marimo, an underwater plant that requires minimal attention. No filtration nor artificial light required. A bowl with tap water will suffice.”

Composed from glass, orb terrarium, dried flowers and preserved reindeer moss, each glass encasing is a DIY kit, which are easy and fun to assemble. The magical orbs filled with algae create an atmospheric impenetrable, tiny world, where lush green beings exist. You can find her entire collection in her Etsy shop.

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There will come a time where your culture will demand you take one fork in the road, and your Savior will advise you that the other fork is the one He wants you to take. Be prepared for that moment. It will happen.
—  Glen Fitzjerrell ( @unkaglen )
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The Frond door of Samurai’s Residence by Masashi Bon

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365 Wonderful Paper Crane Creations From The Diary Of An Origami Enthusiast

Cristian Marianciuc is an artist with an obsession for creating origami cranes. As a New Year’s resolution for 2015, the artist had taken up an art project to devise a unique origami crane every day. Rather than focusing on the technical complexity of pleats and folds that go into making these paper birds, the artist has explored making them creative and whimsical. The challenging origami project is a diary for the artist to craft his emotions, experiences and document them on a daily basis through this addictive art.

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Happy (Chinese) New Year!

February 8, 2016 is the beginning of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey under the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

The lunar calendar is designated with an animal prescribed to each year: including a rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, pig or dog. 

Each year, the lunar calendar is associated with five primary elements: wood, earth, metal, water, or fire…..which is why the fire monkeys depicted above are playing with firecrackers.

The color red is for good luck.

Those born under the monkey sign are considered quick-witted and smart, adaptable and flexible in their thinking. If you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, or 2004….your were born in The Year of the Monkey.

Check your 2016 horoscope under the Chinese Zodiac HERE. (<<CLICK)

                                            Happy New Year!

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✪永平寺の伽藍 -福井県永平寺町– by m-miki

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Architect Designs Musical Instrument Which Whistles In Tune To Ocean Waves

Nikola Bašić is an architect that envisions not just feats of engineering marvel when it comes to buildings and towers, but uses his innate creativity and knowledge of design to create a construction in the middle of a sea that fits into the environment without disrupting it, amplifying the music of the sea for a unique experience. The device is call the Sea Organ and graces tourists and locals with its haunting sounds echoing off the coast day in and out.

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