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Coloring books for clever kids or adults who need therapy

August 29, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books, Childhood, Sponsored 2 Comments →

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Crayons, 96 colors, Php409 at National Bookstores

Your crayon coloring technique says a lot about you. As a kid we would press the crayon heavily onto the page, leaving a thick layer of color, and then we would scrape off the layers so the color would look light. Why didn’t we just color lightly, then? We don’t know.

We went through several boxes of crayons that way. You know those 48-color sets that came in a box with a built-in sharpener? We kept sharpening the crayons till nothing was left.

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Why didn’t we have these coloring books when we were kids?

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Coloring books, Php295 at National Bookstores

Geraldine Javier made us a pair of earrings.

August 27, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Clothing, Design 3 Comments →

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Nyahahahaa!!! Assortment of unattractive gloating noises!

You can’t buy them in galleries. You can’t buy them at auction. You can buy a Geraldine Javier artwork for a million bucks but these earrings are priceless.

We don’t have space in our apartment for artworks (Unlike our friend the BLB who rents apartments for his collections), so we ask artists to make earrings for us. So far we’ve got a Leo Abaya, some James Reyeses, and now this Geraldine Javier. Which reminds us of her pieces from a couple of years ago.

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Scenes from the history of medicine

July 18, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books, History No Comments →

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The Wellcome Library, London has made a thousand years of historical images relating to the history of medicine available free to the public.

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Images from Wellcome Library, London

For news on works of art, music and literature in the public domain, visit The Public Domain Review.

Famous First Words

May 16, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books, Design 7 Comments →

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We’ve asked Antiquary Anne to render some of the best-known first lines in literature in calligraphy. Coming up are the usual suspects: Moby Dick, Anna Karenina, The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit. Do you have any requests?

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Not a first line, but a passage from the first page of The Age of Innocence, commissioned for Noel.

Illustrations for the Apocalypse

April 18, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Books, History 1 Comment →

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In the 8th century, in a monastery in the mountains of northern Spain, 700 years after the Book of Revelations was written, a monk named Beatus set down to illustrate a collection of writings he had compiled about this most vivid and apocalyptic of the New Testament books. Throughout the next few centuries his depictions of multi-headed beasts, decapitated sinners, and trumpet blowing angels, would be copied over and over again in various versions of the manuscript.

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Read about the Beatus of Facundus at the Public Domain Review.

Is this art?

April 17, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Art, Places No Comments →

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Ivar in London

If I suddenly exit, is that performance art?