synthetic nature

Men are hypocrites when it comes to standards...

Example…

(real comment under a video I watched)

BM: I don’t know what the problem is all yall have to do is listen. We don’t ask for much all we all you to do is  We have offered black women solutions for a long time: Drop the weaves and stop the overealiance on synthetic stuff, go natural, lose the attitudes, stop with the oversexualization and provactiveness, lose the weight and keep yourself up, drop the materialistic and goldigging ways, stop having babies out of wedlock and by multiple men, lose the love for thugs, stop trying to challenge a man or run a man’s house, stop with the on going ratchet and unladylike behavior, etc but they didn’t listen and now it’s coming back to bite them in the rear. Other races are seeing what black men have been dealing with as well as seeing how the media and black women portray themselves and are saying no. They can continue to stay adamant about wearing their weaves and wigs, saying men can’t handle a strong black wonan, keep dressing provactive and oversexualing themselves on social networking sites, keep getting tattoos, brag about their degrees, keep trying to challenge a man, stay with the attitude, blame  men and society for their problems, etc but the truth is they will remain the least desired, least wanted, least attractive, and least married women on the planet. It’s your fault. Either change or get left behind! That’s all we’re asking for how is that to much to want in a woman!

BW: I want a man with a good job, some form of education and treats me with respect that’s it.

BM: That’s too damn much! That’s why yall are single yall standards too damn high! 

This proves like I’ve been saying all along that 90% of the complaints from black men about black women are superficial, self serving and misogynistic. They don’t want a companion they want a prop for their misogyny and patriarchy.

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Historical Paints Series - Combeferre + Synthetic Ultramarine

Natural ultramarine, a pigment made from the semi-precious stone lapis lazuli, is notorious for being extraordinarily expensive. However, advances in chemistry allowed the pigment to be analyzed in the early 19th century, and observations were made of similar blue deposits forming in kilns. This led to the offering of a prize in 1824 for the artificial production of the color, which was successfully done a few years later. This new version of the color was a fraction of the price of natural ultramarine, and quickly surpassed the older pigment.

Etch star on ruby crystal.

Whether natural or synthetic, ruby crystals have shapes on their surface. These occur as pits or raised bumps, and are usually triangular or hexagonal. Their shape is influenced by the crystal structure of the mineral, and they represent areas there the crystal was growing when the Earth ichor from which it crystallised ran out, or eaten away by magma or hydrothermal metamorphic fluids during its sejourn deep in the Earth.

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I don’t care what yarn you use.  Just don’t be sanctimonious.

So here’s the thing.  There’s a whole lot of different fibers out there to work with.  And there’s a whole lot of reasons why one is the right one for you and another one isn’t.  My point of this one is don’t choose them for the wrong reasons. 

One of the local LYS’s around here is the land of the hipster knitters.  And they infuriate me because they’re filled with so much misinformation.  “Oh I only use acrylics because they’re better for the earth.”  Nope.  Acrylic is made of plastic.  Plastic is made from oil.  Not to mention the massive amount of chemicals used in the processing.  “Oh I only use organically grown cotton yarn.”  Great.  You know that bright color you love?  It only comes from synthetic dyes.  Natural dyes create a muted palate.  So that organically grown cotton is organic no more. 

So going off of Yarn.com, here’s the pros and cons of their fiber types.

Acrylic and Microfiber- Pros- cheap and easy to find.  Cons- high variability of quality, doesn’t breathe, and made of plastic.

Alpaca- Pros- incredibly insanely warm animal fiber. Cons-incredibly insanely warm animal fiber.

Angora- Pros- super soft, super warm, animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber from bunnies that’s on the high cost end.

Bamboo- Pros- Silk like feel and sheen without the silk like price.  Cons- heavy chemical processing to get from bamboo to a fiber.

Cashmere- Pros- super soft, super warm, animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber, super high cost.

Cotton- Pros- perfect for warm weather knitting, highly breathable.  Cons- pesticides, chemical processing.

Linen, Hemp, and Flax- Pros- all perfect for warm weather knitting, very highly breathable.  Cons- heavy chemical processing to turn plant into fiber or cost prohibitive if hand processed.

Mohair- Pros- Takes dye like a dream, super warm animal fiber.  Cons- animal fiber on the expensive side.

Nylon and Polymamide- Pros- cheap, easy to find, and durable.  Cons- more plastic that doesn’t breathe.

Polyester- Pros- um…. it will outlast the landfills.  Cons- come on…. leisure suits.  Plastic.  Eww.

Rayon, Modal, and Viscose- Pros- pretty cheap.  Made of tree cellulose.  Pros- very heavy chemical processing.

Silk- Pros- AMAZING.  Cons- EXPENSIVE.

Tencel- Pros- Made of trees.  Pretty inexpensive.  Cons- Heavy chemical processing. 

Wool- Pros- warm, breathable, animal fiber.  Cons- warm animal fiber.

On Synthetic Crystals

Synthetic crystals carry somewhat of a stigma in the Magickal community, often referred to as “fake” or “unnatural” and therefore less powerful, or even useless.

I couldn’t disagree more. Now, I’m not gonna start telling anyone that they HAVE to start using synthetics, out that they’re wrong or bad for preferring the natural ones (though I could make that argument for many precious gems, especially diamonds). I simply want to put forward the idea that synthetics are an option. A GOOD option, even. Synthetic crystals can /totally/ be as powerful as their natural formed counterparts, if not stronger.

A synthetic crystal a testament to human power. The fact that we can artificially create something that would usually take thousands and thousands of years of unfathomable heat and pressure is pretty impressive. By all rights, these little hairless monkeys shouldn’t be able to make gravel, much less a large quartz crystal, but here we are doing it anyway. A synthetic crystal is going to carry some of that human ingenuity along with it.

Synthetic crystals are made of determination. They are rule breakers. They are testaments to the power you have to impose your will on the world around you. If that’s not Magick, I don’t know what is.

Additionally, these gems are significantly cheaper and required almost infinitely less suffering to grow it in a lab than it did to rip it out of the earth. I don’t know about ALL gem mines, but diamonds are notorious for being hell holes of human suffering and exploitation. I wouldn’t use a blood diamond for anything but a particularly nasty curse.

One of my pet peeves is new-age crystal/stone shops that sell enhanced/stabilized/irradiated/synthetic stones as natural or don’t even acknowledge the FTC/AGTA. Equally peevey - the stone-users crystal-harmonies who are all like OOhh! Aqua Aura Quartz is so powerful for larking farps because-

Nope. Quartz with metallic film.

Or, my favorite, Goldstone is an incredibly powerful gem -

What?

It’s glitter glass. That’s it.

Exactly what kind of energy are you drawing forth… when you don’t even know where your rocks come from or what they really are?

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For the past few months I’ve been experimenting with trying out the hand techniques I learnt in Ghana on a monofilament warp. This was to highlight the structure of the woven fabric with the use of clear yarn - and I ended up with some interesting pieces! Since setting up the dobby loom I’ve continued exploring this avenue, making more similar pieces with added embroidery inspired by woven cloth from Mali and Guinea-Bissau.

I love the combination of using a clear warp with silks from Iran - a mix of natural and synthetic, traditional hand techniques mixed with utilising the capabilities of a 16 shaft loom and the added embroidery gives the piece an added layer cultural references.

Next up I’ll be making some cushions for sale, but will be definitely working on some more of these monofilament pieces too :)

[20,5cmx14cm, watercolors, black and white ink on paper]

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