Friday, August 29, 2014

negative spaces

The stencil artist Kris Trappeniers coming from Belgium, creates intricate portraits using only a scalpel and a single piece of paper. Initially, he creates loose portraits on paper and then he cuts each paper-cut by hand with an X-acto. When this stage is done he uses spray to paint them. The use of various line weights and the mixture of positive and negative space are the main elements of his art creating really vivacious images. Delicate, complex and really impressive in detail. His work of art is truly beyond imagination and drives human potential to a new level.



A complete step by step guide to making Ganesh idols:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

crossing paths

Trupti Godbole, a young talented homemaker, from India has an interesting blog about embriodery , crafts and other creative pursuits. A simple needle deftly pulling in and out of a cloth dragging along a thread is able to create such fabulous patterns. Similarly we come across so many people in one lifetime that come in an go out of our lives leaving behind unique patterns. India has such a fabulous array of design ideas where embroidery and handicrafts are concerned. Embroidery from India includes dozens of regional embroidery styles that vary by region. Designs in Indian embroidery are formed on the basis of the texture and the design of the fabric and the stitch. The dot and the alternate dot, the circle, the square, the triangle and permutations and combinations of these constitute the design. Please visit Trupti's blog for some interesting videos.
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images courtesy : Trupti

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

the owl

William Morris (24 March 1834 - 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
Morris was trained as an architect and wanted to be a painter. In April 1861 Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. was established at 8 Red Lion Square in London. It produced a range of original domestic furnishings including embroidery, tableware and furniture, stained glass and tiles. Wallpapers were soon added to the list because Morris was unable to find any he liked well enough to use in his own home.
Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the SPAB, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK.
Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball (1888) and the utopian News from Nowhere (1890).
He devoted much of the rest of his life to the Kelmscott Press, which he founded in 1891. The 1896 Kelmscott edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece of book design.

Monday, August 25, 2014


New York artist Zaria Forman creates beautiful paintings using her fingers as a brush. Her paintings depict landscapes from the cold arctics to the hot desert plains, the sky and the sea.

She says " In my work I explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility in the landscape and their impact on the viewer. In this process, I am reminded of how small we are when confronted with the powerful forces of nature. The act of drawing can be a meditation for me, and my hope is that the viewer can share this experience of tranquil escape when engaging with the work."

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


Hanami is an important Japanese custom and is held all over Japan in spring. Hanami literally means viewing flowers, but it generally indicates cherry blossom viewing. It's said that the origin of Hanami dates back to more than one thousand years ago when aristocrats enjoyed looking at beautiful cherry blossoms and wrote poems. 

Gorgeous flowers are main attractions of the festivals, but a variety of traditional Japanese performing arts presented in many festivals. Tea ceremonies held under cherry trees is part of the festival. This is an opportunity for a lot of performing art events taking place. One such performing art is that of playing of the Koto. 

The Taisho-koto instrument was invented about 90 years ago. Koto are about 180 centimeters (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving the white bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings, otherwise known as plectra. 


Banks convey their purpose and intentions through many things apart from their work, which of course makes the Bank what it is. The name, the tagline, and the logo are a part of the Identity of a bank, and a simple graphic can convey a lot of meaning ... at times even without the accompanying words. The above image shows some logos of Banks across the world.

A "logo" ( abbreviation of 'logotype' from the Greek logos = word and typos = imprint) is a graphic identity or symbol commonly used by Institutions, organisations, commercial establishments and at times individuals to promote and aid public recognition. The design of a logo is a challenging exercise that has to fulfill the purpose of not only creating an identity for the establishment, but also being a good example of graphic design.