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… (more…)
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… (more…)
PS: frytopia turned 15 years old yesterday.
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,… (more…)
Lena Danya has a whole YouTube channel full of speed-painting goodness.
Bead trees are nothing new, but Beads Poet are particularly lovely and skillful. See more at her deviantArt gallery.