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.
A recent MetaFilter thread introduced me to Khayamiya, the art of Egyptian applique, as practiced by the Tentmakers of Cairo.
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.
I was enchanted with this idea of a playing card accordion book, so I decided to make one myself.
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.
PS: frytopia turned 15 years old yesterday.
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.
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.
Isn’t the bird darling?
Visit September Room on Etsy.
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.
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.
Kundan rangoli is pre-made, often in kits, of beads and resin forms. I like it because it’s sparkly.
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.