Umwelt by Yoshiyuki Katayama

01Umwelt by Yoshiyuki Katayama

Umwelt is a time-lapse video by Japanese video designer and artist Yoshiyuki Katayama.

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Porcelain Abuse by Laurent Craste

01Porcelain Abuse by Laurent Craste

This violent series of smashed vases is by Montreal-based artist Laurent Craste.

‘ The series of distorted vases actualizes the rage expressed in an earlier video depicting the artist in the process of digging. It also updates the strain inherent in any production requiring great skill: the portion of rejects brought to their ultimate point. A deliberately caused “accident” changes the appearance of the vases: soiled, covered with graffiti, trampled, cracked, nailed to the wall, subjected to the worst treatment, yet remaining recognizable. This violence is specifically that of the creator, since the absolute negation of the piece, smashing it to pieces, has not been “implemented”. ‘ Pascale Beaudet – Translation / adaptation: Peggy Niloff

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The ‘Water Tables’ by Derek Pearce

01The ‘Water Tables’ by Derek Pearce

“My work has always been about passion, the flow of form, the blending together of techniques and materials and the manifestation of concepts in wit and word play.

I love studying animals and birds, The HIPPO TABLE has always been a favourite. As a centerpiece it can dominate a room with its imposing voluptuous shape – and yet the sleepy pose has a calming effect on the atmosphere in any room.

These tables are conversation pieces – they will either stimulate, or stop the conversation.

It is with great satisfaction that I can offer, through this web site, a selection of my designs as production pieces, making my work more widely available at more accessible prices.” Derek Pearce

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New Paintings by Jeffrey Smith (aka Ascending Storm)

01Jeffrey Smith (aka Ascending Storm)

Jeffrey Smith, aka   is a talented Artist, Surrealist, Digital Painter from the United States.

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Elaborate Hand-Painted Persian Carpets by Jason Seife

01Elaborate Hand-Painted Persian Carpets by Jason Seife

In this series of paintings, Miami-based artist Jason Seife deftly renders the intricate patterns of old Persian carpets with a mixture of acrylic and ink. While the paintings utilize familiar motifs in rug design like leaves and geometric shapes, Seife introduces colors not normally associated with the heavy textiles, creating his own interpretations that reflect his mood or thoughts while executing the painting.

What initially drew him to these works was not only the aesthetic but the dense history and meaning behind the imagery. The way the weavers were able to link each rug’s particular pattern, palette, and style with a specific and identifiable geographic area or nomadic tribe really stood out to him. Jason aims to mirror this practice with his take on the carpets by having each color and pattern specifically correlate to what state of mind and emotion he was in while creating the specific work. [Via Robert Fontaine Gallery]

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Baba Yaga, Tengu & Manticore by MUTI

01Baba Yaga, Tengu & Manticore by MUTI

MUTI is a creative studio based in the city of Cape Town, South Africa.
“We created a series of characters that were inspired by legend and folklore from Russia, Japan and Ancient Persia. We illustrated Baba Yaga, a Tengu and the Manticore, referencing the traditional art styles of their respective regions.”

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04Baba Yaga, Tengu & Manticore by MUTIThe Tengu lives above the clouds
on mountain peaks so high
and if you should harm his forest home
you’ll see his arrows fly.

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The manticore, that fearsome beast of teeth and spiny tail
was hunted by the sultan’s men, brave soldiers strong and tall.
Alas for them, their gallant hunt was sadly doomed to fail:
with horrid roars he pounced on them and ate them, bones and all.

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03Baba Yaga, Tengu & Manticore by MUTI

Beware of Baba Yaga as she flies on through the sky,
these words of dire warning should never be forgot:
don’t look up, don’t make a sound as that old witch goes by
or she’ll snatch you up and steal you, and put you in her pot.

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The Outstanding Illustrated Landscapes of Natsu

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These amazing illustrations are by Natsu.

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Song of the Day: Norwegian Wood(This Bird Has Flown) by the Beatles

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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was written by the songwriting partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and was first released on the album Rubber Soul on 3 December 1965. Musically influenced by the introspective lyrics of Bob Dylan, “Norwegian Wood” is a milestone in the Beatles’ progression as complex songwriters. In addition, the recordings of studio musicians during the Help! filming sessions, and Ravi Shankar inspired lead guitarist George Harrison to incorporate the sitar into the song.

Lyrics:

I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me…
She showed me her room, isn’t it good, norwegian wood?

She asked me to stay and she told me to sit anywhere,
So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair.

I sat on a rug, biding my time, drinking her wine
We talked until two and then she said, “It’s time for bed”

She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh.
I told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath

And when I awoke, I was alone, this bird had flown
So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, norwegian wood.

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Although “Norwegian Wood” was not the first song to feature an Eastern-inspired sound in a rock composition, or even the first Beatles track, it is credited as influential in the development in raga rock and psychedelic rock. Not long afterwards, Indian classical music became popularised in mainstream Western society, and several Western musical artists such as the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, and Donovan integrated elements of the genre into their musical approach. Accordingly, “Norwegian Wood” is recognised as a bona fide raga-rock song, as well as fundamental in the early evolution of the genre later regarded as world music.

John Lennon had the idea for the song while on a skiing holiday with his wife Cynthia, in St Moritz in the Swiss Alps. They were joined by George Martin, who injured himself early on in the holiday, and his future wife Judy Lockhart-Smith.

“It was during this time that John was writing songs for Rubber Soul, and one of the songs he composed in the hotel bedroom, while we were all gathered around, nursing my broken foot, was a little ditty he would play to me on his acoustic guitar. The song was Norwegian Wood.” George Martin
“Norwegian Wood is my song completely. It was about an affair I was having. I was very careful and paranoid because I didn’t want my wife, Cyn, to know that there really was something going on outside of the household. I’d always had some kind of affairs going, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing about an affair, but in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn’t tell. But I can’t remember any specific woman it had to do with.” John Lennon – All We Are Saying, David Sheff

The Beatles

A square quartered into four head shots of young men with moptop haircuts. All four wear white shirts and dark coats.

Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Rock, pop
Years active 1960–70
Labels
  • EMI
  • Polydor
  • Parlophone
  • Swan
  • Vee-Jay
  • Capitol
  • United Artists
  • Apple
Associated acts
  • The Quarrymen
  • Billy Preston
  • Plastic Ono Band
Website thebeatles.com
Past members
  • John Lennon
  • Paul McCartney
  • George Harrison
  • Ringo Starr
image:  MARK REIHILL
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Turning the Children Art to Timeless Precious Memories

03Turning the Children Art to Timeless Precious Memories

Yasemin Erdin Tavukçu is a painter. She’s been working with children more than 5 years on creativity & art. She is doing her PHD on creativity and drawing.

Özgür Karavit is a sculptor and goldsmith. She worked with children about sculpture for several years.

They are living and continuing to create their own art at their studios in İstanbul. Yasemin has a daughter Serin and Özgür has a son Kerem who are the real designers of TasarimTakarim with their unique art.

“The idea of turning the children art to timeless precious memories was borned with the first drawings of my daughter Serin. And this project came true with sculptor and goldsmith Özgür’stalent, perfectly made jewelries and the designs of her son Kerem.

I’m an artist and working with children more than 5 years on creativity & art. I’m emphasis the power of art and give advices to how to support the drawings of children which is the premium building stone of the children’s creativity. The best way is to love, respect and give proper value to the drawings of them.

From that perspective, at TasarimTakarim, by turning the children art to jewelry, we aimed to show the children that their art is so precious and unique. And we started to turn the children’s drawings to timeless memories, wearable art objects.

Cause we know the proud and the happiness of having a jewelry designed by kids.” Yasemin Erdin Tavukçu & Özgür Karavit

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Nature & Ink – The Metamorphoses by Alfred Basha

01Nature & Ink - The Metamorphoses by Alfred Basha

Alfred Basha opens a meditative passage to give us glimpse of his inner world, full of surreal projections and metamorphosis.
The poetics of this talented and visionary illustrator shapes imaginary stories using the pen and the paper, chosen for their intrinsic and primordial expressiveness.

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