Australian Story: The Irwin Encounters

Clipboard Image (19 May 2015)

Can’t embed this one, but click the pic for a 30-minute documentary about Steve Irwin’s croc team, his dad, Bob, and how they finally reconnect after Steve’s death. It’s good, but bring tissue.

Hat tip to the Spousal Unit.

Jun Mitani

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Click thru for Mitani’s Flickr stream

Links, 15 May 2015

Caves in layered glass by Dustin Yellin

Caves in layered glass by Dustin Yellin

An insightful review from 1977.

An insightful review from 1977.

Circuit board insects by Julie Alice Chappell

Circuit board insects by Julie Alice Chappell

Stellar Caves by Julian Salaud

Stellar Caves by Julian Salaud

A pencil sharpener that makes new pencils

A pencil sharpener that makes new pencils

Complete archives of the minimalist music video show. Via MeFi

Complete archives of the minimalist music video show. Via MeFi

Medieval name tags left on orphans. MeFi again.

Medieval name tags left on orphans. MeFi again.

Ancient subterranean world found whilst fixing plumbing. Really, you should just read MetaFilter. I'm like MetaMetaFilter.

Ancient subterranean world found whilst fixing plumbing. Really, you should just read MetaFilter. I’m like MetaMetaFilter.

Felted paramecium by Hiné Mizushima

Felted paramecium by Hiné Mizushima

Stunning polyclay insects by Daria Telegina

Stunning polyclay insects by Daria Telegina

Kinetic sculpture by Jennifer Townley (watch the videos)

Kinetic sculpture by Jennifer Townley (watch the videos)

 

Khayamiya

Ahmed Naguib

Ahmed Naguib

A recent MetaFilter thread introduced me to Khayamiya, the art of Egyptian applique, as practiced by the Tentmakers of Cairo.

Restored tent at Doddington Hall

Restored tent at Doddington Hall

Once used to decorate the interiors of the tents of nobles, the famed Tentmakers now create smaller applique works, selling them on the Chariah-el- Khayamia in Cairo. There are less than a hundred men now practicing this magnificent craft.

Kim Beamish has made a documentary about the Tentmakers, though judging from the trailer, it seems to focus on the political situation rather than the art itself.

This video from a quilter convention has great information:

In 2012-13, two Tentmakers travelled to several quilting exhibitions in the US, bringing 95 works.

El Farouk, Arabesque and lotus w blue background

El Farouk, Arabesque and lotus w blue background

Luckily for us, they have an Etsy shop where you can buy some of their beautiful work. Other sources for the art are Arkan Gallery, and eBay seller Collectorbooks.

 

Playing Card Accordion Book

I was enchanted with this idea of a playing card accordion book, so I decided to make one myself.

I didn't tape these together quite like the video, but it turned out okay.

I didn’t tape these together quite like the video, but it turned out okay.

A little collage. I recently got a bunch of ephemera from an old veterinary office.

A little collage. I recently got a bunch of ephemera from an old veterinary office.

Paint. Using my recently acquired Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint. Love it. A shame it isn't made any more.

Paint. Using my recently acquired Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint. Love it. A shame it isn’t made any more.

A new stencil (can you tell I wanted to use my "new" pile?) from Donna Downey.

A new stencil (can you tell I wanted to use my “new” pile?) from Donna Downey.

Over to the other side, with complimentary colors.

Over to the other side, with complimentary colors.

Sparser use of the stencils, and I added some mandala stamps.

Sparser use of the stencils, and I added some mandala stamps.

Cloth strips to bind. Cutting in a straight line is not my forte.

Cloth strips to bind. Cutting in a straight line is not my forte.

Decorate and doodle. The book is a gift for a friend who is organizing some art abandonment.

Decorate and doodle. The book is a gift for a friend who is organizing some art abandonment.

The finished book, and extras. I didn't get a beauty shot of the book.

The finished book, and extras. I didn’t get a beauty shot of the book.

The extras were sent individually as mail art, to be abandoned.

The extras were sent individually as mail art, to be abandoned.

This was a lot of fun. One note: the post office does not like playing cards, as they are too small. One got returned as unsendable, and the rest arrived postage due. So you can mostly get away with it if you add another .21.

DALeast, Gaiad

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PS: frytopia turned 15 years old yesterday.

Spencer Byles, A Year in a French Forest

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Wild Foxes by Ivan Kislov

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Click through for more at Modern Met

September Room

Anatomy of a Deer Head

Anatomy of a Deer Head

Gear and Pie make interesting jewelry, mostly from enameled brass. I thought their shop was named for the run-up to Halloween, but no, they just happened to set up their space Bangkok workshop in September. Thus, September Room.

Rib Cage Ring

Rib Cage Ring

Not all of their work is dark. Some is whimsical, and they have some great geometric pieces. But you only get to see the dark stuff here, because I said so.

Golden Deer w/Flowers

Golden Deer w/Flowers

Skeleton of a Bird

Skeleton of a Bird

Isn’t the bird darling?

Visit September Room on Etsy.

Rangoli

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Rangoli are patterned art laid on the doorstep, floor, or courtyard during Indian festivals, like Diwali. They go by a host of names in different regions, like Kolam in southern India.

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They are made from colored cornstarch (Gulam, the same powder used during Holi), colored rice, or even flowers.  You can make your own Gulam:

Here’s a slightly different recipe, but I bet they both work fine.  Haven’t tried either yet…but I will.

Rangoli is considered a welcome mat for the gods. Most rangoli is created on a grid (or not, you know how these things are), square in the North, hexagonal in the South.

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Kundan Rangoli from Just for Elegance on Etsy

Kundan Rangoli from Just for Elegance on Etsy

Kundan Rangoli from Shimmeria

Kundan Rangoli from Shimmeria

Kundan rangoli is pre-made, often in kits, of beads and resin forms. I like it because it’s sparkly.

Competition Rangoli

It’s no surprise that there are Rangoli competitions. The art form is extremely popular all over India. Materials are inexpensive, so there is no class barrier to expressing yourself through Rangoli.

It is a wonderful thing to see made. Here are a couple vids.

The first part of this one got a ‘whoa’ out of me:


Rangoli is an extremely complex art form, with many themes, meanings, and variations.  Here is a little more info, but Google is rich with many sources.

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