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The Adventure Begins - contest #11This contest has ended. The winners announcement can be found here.
The Creative mind, pop, and money.Following on from my recent musings around getting into publishing, and my own views on creating art and comics, here's a little more fairly random padding!
Viking Challenge Day 3: Embroidery (ARGHHHHHHHHHH)Ok I know I am behind on my uploading and such but there has been a freak snow storm and it has affected the internet really badly plus it also has the effect of making me want to go and play in the snow instead of take photos of crafts :S
NocturneIt was on a midnight dreary,
The RavensOn a rainy night so boring
Galerie - Feature: Kunsthandwerk Teil 2
Silva Favus by Silva-Aurea Bookbinding - golden autumn by Creative-Caro
Lifesized Wolf by Kreativjunkie Knitted christmasgift by Rita-Ria Puss in Boots by MyFantasticWorld Shut up by Labeculas-Dollhouse
Big questions without suitable answers
Colour me naive.
Colour me an idealist pinko liberal.
Colour me a romantic arty-farty fantasist.
Colour me a hippy pacifist fence-sitter.
Most of my friends are heading for, or past, the big five O.
There's increasingly less time for bullshit.
To my eyes, my mind, my experience
- as an intermittently successful artist and writer, boutique publisher, digital pioneer for storytellers, dreamer (in the most iconoclast way), pessimistic optimist, father of three, husband, failure and champion -
it's all bullshit.
Nothing matters, beyond those we love and who love us
- at least not in any personally meaningful way.
The nature of civilization is to be in perpetual crisis
- and I fear we're in the thick of a bigger existential crisis than we, as a species, are prepared to acknowledge.
We feed on fear and triviality, and are in thrall of our baser instincts
- to duck, to hide, to run.
It's left to those without empathy to guide us.
Those without fear.
Those that will stand on the backs o
Origins of most popular tablet weaving patterns.
This article is not entirely correct. Please read comments below. Also keep in mind that as "pattern" I mean visual design not weaving technique - how it looks and how it was done are two completely different matters and require individual research.
With the increasing popularity of historical re-enactment and fantasy-themed events came an accompanying curiosity about ancient crafts. Many now are thinking of how to make things as they were done ages ago. Thankfully the technique of tablet weaving was revived!
Basing on Viking period excavations, archaeologists developed a theory around the use of pierced bone and wooden squares that was confirmed in the Oseberg ship burial and also ethnological research into modern handiwork. It became obvious that the selfsame craft had been preserved in isolated regions of the Caucasus, Algeria, Burma, Slovakia, The Yemen and Anatolia and is exactly the same as had been practiced by Vikings ages ago.