A fascinating short (if you have a quarter of an hour to spare) in which physicist and origami master Robert J. Lang explains his artform’s eleven levels of difficulty: from the folding of a simple, traditional cicada to an extremely intricate one.
The time-consuming, meditative, deeply relaxing-to-observe process of traditional Chinese paper making, demonstrated by Chinese blogger Li Ziqi: everything from cutting trees, stripping, drying and rehydrating bark, boiling, mashing it into a paste, and setting it into a form to create the final sheet.
Participants in the ‘Enterprise Zone‘ at Showcase in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 which runs until January 21, co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices.
There are 105 designers and makers will be hoping to secure lucrative orders for their work at Showcase, which promotes and celebrates Irish design to buyers from Ireland and all over the world.
(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)
Colin Brady writes:
[Yesterday] we released a documentary film about Dublin’s relationship,history and influence connected with hand painted signs called ‘Gentlemen of Letters’. Although it’s not as common now, the city was once rich with beautiful hand lettered signs crafted by old school sign writers like Kevin Freeney. The film features interviews with Dublin based artists Maser, JamesEarley, sign writer Colm O’ Connor and the sons of Kevin Freeney, Pauland Kevin Jr.
In 1974, Dominican immigrant Don Antonio Martinez started a small shop in New York City selling hand rolled cigars. Thirty-eight years later his son, Jesus, carries on the tradition. The shop combines craftsmanship with community, mixing equal parts work and play.
And the English language version is due out in November, so you’ll want to pre-order now.
Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!”
Well, that’s Jim Chimney’s Christmas present sorted.
It includes “350 LEDs, can run over 4 hours on a single charge, and the matrix is capable of being updated on-the-fly with a custom programmed iOS app”.