Happy birthday to the great William Shakespeare who was born on this day (23rd April) 450 years ago.
Tonight the BBC aired the final part of it’s latest period drama - Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn. And what a treat it has been.
Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and starring Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay the 3 part series tells the story of Marry Yellan and her tortured experience at her uncle’s Inn.
The drama is gritty, dark, romantic, sad and real. It’s heroine is strong and determined and because she’s not portrayed as typically “pretty”; so much more to be admired. So much more believable.
What I loved was the BBC’s determination to not shy away from the brutal realities of what smugglers in the 19th century did. It’s shocking in a way that’s manageable to a viewer but honest in the disgusting and brutal ways of the criminals that have almost become a thing of folklore.
Without a doubt a great adaptation of a fantastic story that regret I haven’t read already. If you want an adaptation with something new to give, check this out now on BBC iplayer.
Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane
One of the most eye-catching artworks at this year’s Burning Man festival was a 55-feet tall sculpture of a woman in a beautifully elegant pose. Truth is Beauty is the second of three sculptures in a series called The Bliss Project by artist Marco Cochrane. Constructed of welded steel rods and balls and covered in stainless steel mesh skin, the massive sculpture had interactive lighting effects that made it constantly change.
Erik Johansson (Sweden/Germany)
Erik Johansson is a full time photographer and retoucher from Sweden based in Berlin, Germany. He works on both personal and commissioned projects and creates sometimes street illusions. Erik creates realistic photos of impossible scenes - capturing ideas, not moments: “To me photography is just a way to collect material to realize the ideas in my mind. I get inspired by things around me in my daily life and all kinds of things I see. Although one photo can consist hundreds of layers I always want it to look like it could have been captured. Every new project is a new challenge and my goal is to realize it as realistic as possible.” Erik has been invited to speak at the TED conference in London on how something can look real but at the same time be impossible.
© All images courtesy the artist
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So here we have it at last: my final set model for Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, to be performed on the end of Bournemouth Pier.
"I’m studying music therapy. I just finished observing a music program for children with disabilities, and I’m taking notes."
"So what’s something you observed?"
"Many of the children had some form of autism. And it seemed that playing music together gave them the satisfaction of contributing to a group and forming relationships, without the pressure of having to speak or maintain eye contact."
Ever wonder how Michele Carragher (embroidery designer for game of thrones) got the Dragon scale look on Daenery’s Dragon scale dresses. here is a how to create your own dragon scale garment.
This dress is probably my single favorite garment from the show… so I’ll just be filing this away for later!
Michele Carragher’s work is beautiful and definitely worth checking out.
A lot of the non embroidered, textural elements of the costumes are done with techniques that can be found in The Art of Manipulating Fabric, which is such an important sourcebook for anyone interested in sewing and textiles.
Reblogging for sources and more information (I have that book, but I’ve been too busy to put it into practice!)
Reference for if we finally get a show with dragons next year.
Katerina Plotnikova is a fine art photographer from Russia who explains her work as “another tale about wonderland.” Her images are simple, yet stunning. Welcome to the magical land of Katerina. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness.
Sometimes, and it happens very rarely, something spectacular from our collective history clashes dramatically with a piece of nuanced pop culture. Today, one of these fantastic things came to us in the form of this collection of viral images.
"I want to design rocket engines."
"What’s one way that you think rockets will change the world that people don’t currently anticipate?"
"Space mining. Sunlight in particular. Most people think of space as being very cold, but if you step out of your spacesuit into direct sunlight, your blood will boil. On earth, the energy of the sun is largely absorbed by the atmosphere. So in space, solar panels could be much more effective."
Anytime Autism is a cause that @Sevenly is backing, I get a little extra excited, for obvious reasons. This week, it’s back on the docket and these amazingly rad shirts are sending $7 directly to the charity. Right now, autism continues to be the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting 1/68 children. Children with autism tend to have behaviors associated with the disorder, one of the most dangerous being wandering off accidentally. This week at @Sevenly, your purchase provides locating devices that will help keep children with autism safe. How completely rad.
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