Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”- Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts
“You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”
– Henry Thoreau
“A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.” JK Rowling, Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
“Take your pleasure seriously.” — Charles Eames.
Its been a great start to the week with a friend moving to town and bringing me my own first real bicycle. These last few days have been filled with a mild bicycle obsession as well the discovery of a fun new technique of making stamps. It’s no real wonder that this post is filled with bikes, stamps and love!:)
Having been trained as a textile designer, stamps remind me of the block printing techniques in India and the immense potential and beauty of these primitive tools that almost seem to display scant regard to mechanization. Wikipedia describes the woodblock printing practiced in India as the earliest, simplest and slowest of all methods of printing. However, it is also capable of producing otherwise unattainable beauty.
Needless to add, an entirely worthwhile endeavor!
Below is an alligator inspired by an age-old South Indian tradition called “Kolam” which always reminds me of home!
A Kolam (also known as Alpana, Rangoli, Muggulu across India) is generally a pattern guided by dots drawn at the entrance of a house with rice flour powder. These designs are made with bare fingers and the dots connect to form shapes or loops are drawn encircling the dots to complete a motif. The rice powder is said to invite small birds and ants into one’s every day life symbolic of harmonious co-existence. Occasionally, cow dung, believed to have antiseptic properties is also used to wax the floor and provide some protection. Kolam’s are associated with ritual value and special occasions call for limestone and red brick powder to afford greater contrast and a celebratory flavor.
Enjoy the kolam-gator basking in a summer swamp!:)
Normally, I do not blog about books but this time I simply could not resist!:)
Over a short trip out-of-town, I stumbled upon the most gorgeous book filled with large format highly detailed watercolors of animals by Walton Ford. On first glance, it is an irresistible production of rich, beautiful and utterly captivating images. A closer look reveals glorious animals with a murderous intent in Ford’s world of splendidly savage birds and beasts. This book is worth every penny and more!