Thursday, 14 July 2016

Ceramic Masters of Icheon

This beautifully shot film of the working process of five Korean ceramics masters is just mesmerizing. The skill! The artistry! Ah. ❤ I could just watch it on loop...


Video by the American Museum of Ceramic Art
via My Modern Met

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Hanggai

Mongolian folk rock is a thing and it makes perfect sense.

I mean, come on, descendants of the people who conquered most of Asia and Eastern Europe... let me just repeat that bit: people whose forebears included Genghis Khan and his army (!), rocking out to electric guitars mashed with traditional Mongolian instruments and throat singing! The epic-ness of this combination is off the scales. My brain can't contain this much awesome.

Here is a group called Hanggai performing on Chinese talent show Sing My Song, which showcases singer-songwriters, singing their original song 輪迴 or Samsara. The translation can be Reincarnation, or Life Cycle - the circle of life: of birth, death and rebirth of all living things.


'Hanggai' is a Mongolian phrase which, according to the group themselves, roughly translates to 'the ideal, untouched wilderness' that describes the beautiful vast landscape of the Mongolian steppe, its open grassland, mountains, rivers and blue sky.

The coolest thing is, Hanggai are well known outside of Mongolia and China too. And the wonder of the internet has connected everyone to everything. I give you, Hanggai's official Facebook page and Youtube channel.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Mesmerizing craftsmanship

Watch a beautiful hand block printed, hand quilted artisan Indian bedspread being made from design to finish...


Another gem from the NG Short Film Showcase,

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Joy in the Ordinary

In all the little things...


Friday, 22 January 2016

{卷珠帘}

卷珠帘 {'Raise the pearl curtain'}, a beautiful traditional Chinese style song by young talented singer songwriter 霍尊 Huo Zun (also goes by Henry Huo) who came to fame on a Chinese singing talent contest a couple of years ago. The lyrics are written in old Chinese prose and describes a woman wistfully thinking of the person she loves as she sits by a window on a moonlit night.


I'm really loving the 古風 'gǔ fēng' ('style of the antiquity') and 中國風 'Zhōngguó fēng' ('Chinoiserie') art and music that can be found everywhere now by Chinese artists and musicians. Maybe it's just me getting older and that urge to look at your roots, but I'm rediscovering a great interest in all these traditional Chinese arts, the music, the dances, the clothing, the history and the folklore. Especially the 古風 aspect, which describes a style that conjures a Middle Kingdom of a time long ago, of myths and legends, when gods and spirits roamed, warlords clashed, heroes fought, and everything was that little bit more epic...

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Be the Good

With so much sadness in the news recently, I've been finding it difficult not to feel helpless and a little despairing. I really liked this quote; it made me think that even though each of us on our own may not be able to do very much on a grand scale to change the upsetting situations we are seeing, I find some hope in the thought that each of us can still do good everyday in small ways. And lots of these little bits of good add up and spread and grow, and all will not be lost.


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