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Birds Painted on Pharmaceutical Packaging by Sara Landeta

Madrid-based artist Sara Landeta is using an unexpected canvas for her paintings… unfolded pharmaceutical boxes! 

Titled Medicine as Metaphor (referring to Susan Sontag’s ‘illness as metaphor’ writings), Landeta paints the animal often associated with freedom — the bird —  onto these boxes, creatively drawing parallels to medicines holding patients in captivity. 

“This juxtaposition of the natural and synthetic interprets the patient as a captive animal, and the bird as its metaphor,” explains Landeta. See her works up close here.

Emergency Commissions!

I need help to pay for my turtle’s recent surgery and follow up work!

I am opening up slots for crochet doll commissions to pay for my turtle’s emergency surgery from earlier this week. He has a lot of difficulties, including a calcium metabolism disorder and scoliosis, and he prolapsed on Tuesday. The surgery to correct his prolapse went well, but because of his shell and hip deformations, he’s going to need a lot of aftercare. His scoliosis also means he may need additional surgeries in the next few weeks because his shell is putting extra pressure on his cloaca and organs.

To help pay for his recent (and possible future) surgeries, I’m opening commissions for small crochet dolls. These dolls are hand-made, usually taking about 2-6 weeks to complete and ship. Here is my most recent example for @thetartestglitter of their OC Lemmy, including the reference picture I used.

For more examples, click HERE!

I will crochet:

  • OCs
  • Anime/game characters
  • Fursonas
  • Humans (You, even!)
  • Lots of other things

I won’t/can’t crochet:

  • Other artist’s characters (without express permission)
  • NSFW dolls (tiny yarn = very difficult)

These dolls are usually 5-7 inches tall, made of a combination of natural and synthetic yarn, filled with synthetic stuffing, and with plastic ‘safety’ eyes. The base price for these dolls is $70. [I am willing to discuss larger commissions.]

I’m also accepting paypal donations at fadedsepiastitches[at]outlook[dot]com. Even if you don’t want/need a doll, please consider bumping this post.


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Still Got Time

Still Got Time was released on March 24, 2017. 

Zayn is the featured artist. Additional artist is PartyNextDoor. 

The song is the lead single from Zayn’s second album, yet to be released. It was produced by Frank Dukes (who recently produced Lorde’s Green Light, and has worked with Rihanna and Drake) and Murda Beatz (who produced No Frauds for Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne). 

In this post, I will be referring to times from this video:

I admit I’m not used to writing about dance or R&B music, and if I make any glaring mistakes, please message me!

This song is part of the slew of Caribbean-inspired tropical house or Jamaican dancehall music that have drifted in and out of pop charts recently, often collaborations between artists and producers, whose engineering of bass lines and percussion is a significant portion of the songwriting. 

These songs might sound tropical, and fresh, and sunny, but their pedigree is firmly rooted in Motown R&B. And the looming figure in contemporary R&B and dance whose influence and sound are inescapable is Michael Jackson

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Stitchy's 5 Sewing Tips

I had an ask from a follower about how to avoid constant jamming of thread! It got a bit lengthy and I figured I may as well share with the class :P

Before you even get sewing, check your manual, or google your machine type, to look up what the actual number setting of your Thread Tension is meant to be.

1. Re-thread your bobbin into the bobbin-case so that the trail of thread is going the correct way *as stated in the manual*. In my machine, the bobbin with thread hanging off should look like the letter “P” when it’s correct.

2. Always always always use matching brand/fiber content thread on your top and bottom threads. Mismatching synthetics with naturals, or button threads with embroidery, etc— it’s just asking for trouble unless you’re doing it for a specific reason.

3. When you start sewing! Literally every time you begin a stitch, hand wheel the needle into the fabric to “take a bite” before you start up with the foot pedal. This will help a lot. also, be sure to swipe away hanging thread before you really get going, especially if you’re doing something that has the stitch joining back up with itself .

4. CLIP YOUR THREADS CONSTANTLY. I cannot stress this enough so I’ll say it again:


Bonus tip! If you have to do a lot of gathering, there are a few ways to go about it- and its definitely the easiest way to jam your machine if you’re doing it poorly. My favorite way is well suited to making a typical 1:3 ratio gather in a woven fabric:

  1. Set your stitch on a wide  zig-zag 
  2. Place a sturdy thread, like button thread, or waxed thread under your presser foot with a four or five inch “tail”
  3. Zig-zag over the sturdy thread, taking care to not catch it in the stitches.
  4. Pull the thread to gather!

This isn’t appropriate for everything, but it breaks so much less.

anonymous asked:

since ur a sci-fi nerd then what are your thoughts on lance's clothes compared to the other paladins?? like, they're the most normal (contemporary) looking out of them all

oh man I saw the first words of this ask and I thought I was gonna get to break out my sliderule and talk about the inverse-square law, but clothes are cool too.

So clothes and garments can have really cool implications on society and reveal a lot about the structure itself. One of my favorite sci-fi novels, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, whom I have had the honor of meeting, explores an east Asia where the silk trade never died and became the most dominant natural resource. I mean, the book’s not about that but it’s an interesting and important point. You should read it.

We don’t actually know a lot about team Voltron’s clothes except the style. What are they made of? Synthetic or natural fiber? Waterproof or not? Made by machines or people? All of those would be really interesting questions to ask, because the answers would reveal a lot about the society on Earth. A synthetic fiber would imply a more industrialized future. We’re all about innovation, creation, inventing new things. But a natural fiber? Interesting. Maybe we’re more environmentally aware? Thinking of the consequences of manufacturing those synthetic garments? That’s got a very solarpunk feel to it that I am enjoying. How common are what each of them are wearing?

Again, do we have robots that do everything like in our typical depictions of the future? Or have we scaled back the use of technology in order to maintain prosperity for all? Are natural clothes cheaper or more expensive than synthetic? So many questions and things to ponder.

But sadly, Voltron is supremely underdeveloped world-building wise and it’s such a shame. There’s so much potential there, but a lot of it is wasted. True science fiction would ask all of these questions and attempt to answer them. That’s what I love about science fiction (side note: having something set in space does not make it science fiction. Science fiction is a subgenre of fantasy, and to qualify the piece of fiction has to be scientifically plausible. Voltron is pure fantasy, no science fiction)

Anyway, I digress. We only have style to judge by. 

Coran and Allura aside (I know they were paying homage to the original series but couldn’t they have gotten a bit more creative with their clothing designs??) everyone else seems to be in casual wear. What I get from this is: fanny packs are back in style baby. Also it looks like Keith, Hunk, Pidge and maybe Shiro all have shoes without laces on them. Either a velcro latch or buckle of some kind. Lance’s shoes look like traditional sneakers so that’s something.

Lance is the only one wearing jeans. Unless Keith is wearing black skinny jeans (honestly, he’s emo enough to do it in the desert) then that says something too. But the thing is, we don’t know what. Is denim a premium, expensive product, or something cheap and shoddy and out of style? Who knows? Not Voltron. 

happy birthday, experiment 255 (robot!namjoon)

summary: namjoon is experiment 255, the latest model in a series of humanoid robot helpers for mankind. you’re the primary caretaker of experiment 255 until he’s deemed fit to be sold on the market, and for the most part, you’re supposed to stay unattached. but throwing him a mini birthday party wouldn’t hurt much, right? (cause i just had to do something weird for his birthday)

relationship: robot!namjoon x reader 

words: 4,193

warnings: fluff for days, namjoon doesn’t get birthdays but he does get sarcasm, you love him and he won’t admit it but he loves you too :’)

Originally posted by sugutie

“Happy birthday, Joonie!”

Namjoon is momentarily startled as soon as he’s powered on, his vision immediately clouded by you, or rather, your face hovering inches in front of his own. He blinks, and then notices the embarrassingly large smile on your face and dares to ask, “What?”

You reel back with an unsatisfied huff, and he’s then able to make out a small, chocolate cupcake in your hand with one pink candle stuffed in the middle of a mountain of blue icing. It’s lit, and the wax is beginning to drip onto the icing. “I said, happy birthday Namjoon. It’s your birthday, September 12th. You’re one year old!” It sounds weird coming out of your mouth, looking at this robot whose been modeled after a twenty-two year old man and knowing you and your team had only created him last fall, but the prospect of celebrating his day of birth (or, better put, creation) was too fun for you to care. You had been hoping that Namjoon would share your excitement too, but you’d been living with the android for a year, and he was pretty incapable of feeling anything besides disdain and curiosity. Sometimes, if you were lucky, you even got a bit of surprise.

Still, you were determined to make this a happy day for him. God knows who would take out the time to celebrate his birthday once he was being sold on the market.

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