Posts in the Category: Inspiration

Feb
05

What is the YIN for Janne Robinson

posted on February 5th 2017 in Books & Inspiration with 0 Comments

janne robinson

You may know her from the headlines for a spoken word poetry video she directed in New York City, involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, This is for the women who don’t give a fuck. The video has almost 420,000 views, while the poem, originally published by Elephant Journal, has been read over 1.9 million times.

Janne Robinson is a non-fiction poet, mentor, motivational speaker, director and trusted voice of female empowerment. Janne’s daily following of more than 100,000 + readers find her work refreshing and inspiring — even when the topic isn’t always polished or pretty.

I am one of her readers/followers (I first knew about her thanks to my friend Ana Dumbara), and a few days ago I stumbled upon what I consider one of her best writings: THE YIN.

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Nov
21

The legend of the Guatemalan worry dolls / La leyenda de las muñecas quitapenas de Guatemala

posted on November 21st 2016 in Inspiration & Sculpture & Social & Travel with 0 Comments

Worry Dolls are tiny, hand-crafted dolls from Guatemala. The dolls are clothed in traditional Mayan costumes and stand one-half to one inch tall.

Guatemalan artisans bind pieces of wood together or twist together short lengths of wire to create a frame and fashion a torso, legs, arms, and head. By winding cloth and yarn around the frame, the artisans give the doll shape.

Los artesanos guatemaltecos juntan piezas de madera o metal y les dan forma para crear la estructura de una especie de torso, piernas, brazos y cabeza. Atando lana y tejido alrededor de esta estructura, le dan forma a la muñeca.

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Oct
27

Las gafas nun de las haenyeo, las mujeres del mar coreanas

posted on October 27th 2016 in Documentary & Inspiration & Photography & Travel & Uncategorized with 1 Comments

‘Nun‘ significa ojos en coreano.

Es también el término para designar las gafas especiales utilizadas por las haenyeo, buceadoras de la isla de Jeju (Corea del Sur).

Las nun son gafas de buceo de un solo cristal que las haenyeo utilizan a pulmón libre.

Las haenyeo – literalmente ‘mujeres del mar’ – son las buceadoras de la isla de Jeju y otras comunidades en la costa sur de la península de Corea. En Jeju se extraen moluscos y algas del fondo del mar desde tiempos prehistóricos pero, con el tiempo, la disminución de la población masculina y los altos impuestos sobre el marisco exigidos a los buceadores acarrearon que en el siglo XVIII el buceo se hubiera convertido en el dominio exclusivo de las mujeres. En Jeju una niña aprendía a nadar a los seis o siete años, a bucear a los doce o trece, y a los 15 o 16 se convertía en una haenyeo independiente.

Hoy en día, las menos de 2.500 haenyeo de Jeju bucean hasta un máximo de dos minutos en cada inmersión, con la única ayuda de un traje de goma, un par de aletas, unas gafas de un solo cristal y el tewak– un dispositivo de flotación atacó a un saco de red en el que colocan su cosecha submarina-. Las buceadoras pueden llegar a profundidades de más de 15 metros, y acceder al mejor marisco, mientras que las menos cualificadas trabajan a entre cinco y siete metros bajo el agua. Cuando salen a la superficie expulsan enérgicamente el aire de una sola vez y emiten un silbido característico.

Debido al cultivo del abuelo y otras formas de acuicultura, a las haenyeo cada vez les cuesta más ganarse la vida. Sus ganancias no dejan de menguar y más de la mitad de ellas tiene más de 70 años. El 2 de marzo de 2016, el gobierno de Seogwipo, una ciudad de Jeju, anunció un plan para proporcionar ayuda financiera a la comunidad: parte del dinero se destinará a gafas de buceo graduadas para las haenyeo con la vista deteriorada.

Via: Clothes for Humans, a Benetton publication. Photography by Hyung S. Kim.

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Jan
16

A bamboo tower that produces water from air

posted on January 16th 2015 in Inspiration & Recycle & Social with 1 Comments

The WarkaWater tower is an unlikely structure to find jutting from the Ethiopian landscape. At 30 feet tall and 13 feet wide, it’s not half as big as its namesake tree (which can loom 75 feet tall), but it’s striking nonetheless. The spindly tower, of latticed bamboo lined with orange polyester mesh, isn’t art—though it does kind of look like it. Rather, the structure is designed to wring water out of the air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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Jan
07

The best poster design idea in a while

posted on January 7th 2015 in Inspiration & Video with 0 Comments

magic poster creative quebec festival

The creative agency lg2 teamed up with the Quebéc City Magic Festival to create a rather crafty way of promoting the event. A fair amount of posters were placed around cities, featuring only a white background, a black top hat and a small text below it asking the passerby to take a photo of the poster with flash, revealing a secret message – and of course, the secret message is the festival itself.

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Jun
20

Everyday Objects Transformed into Playful Characters

posted on June 20th 2014 in Arts & Drawing & Inspiration & Sculpture with 0 Comments

If everywhere you look there are faces staring back, you’re not alone. For the past 10 years French artist Gilbert Legrand has been finding the hidden characters in everyday objects and revealing them with paint. His whimsical vision sees all sorts of household objects become things they were not: a coat hanger becomes a mouse sporting shoes; a paintbrush transforms into a teen with an attitude (and a wicked hairdo); and the blades of some scissors get amorous.

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May
12

Creative ‘Selfies from Nature’ Ads Feature Animals Snapping Mirror Selfies

posted on May 12th 2014 in Arts & Inspiration & Photography with 0 Comments

Brazilian stock photo agency Diomedia recently found themselves in need of a creative advertising campaign. They were debuting a National Geographic Collection, and they needed to share this news in a way that would resonate with today’s culture.

What they came up with is a creative and fun campaign featuring (what else?) the almighty selfie.

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Apr
06

360° Panorama Timelapse Of A Bike Cruise Is The Chillest Thing You’ll See All Day

posted on April 6th 2014 in Inspiration & Photography & Video with 0 Comments

360° Video using 6 GoPro Cameras – spherical panorama timelapse from j0n4s on Vimeo.

It’s just about bike cruising season, and German photographer Jonas Ginter is getting us stoked to hop on a ten-speed and coast all day with his awesome 360° timelapse video. The one-minute clip morphs a simple bike path into a panoramic, spherical world that makes the guy look as if he’s gliding on the very tip of a mini-planet. The hip-hop beats in the background only make this ride even more relaxed, man.

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