Friday, March 25, 2011

Tao Te Ching

We look at it, and we do not see it, and we name it 'the Equable.' We listen to it, and we do not hear it, and we name it 'the Inaudible.' We try to grasp it, and do not get hold of it, and we name it 'the Subtle.' With these three qualities, it cannot be made the subject of description; and hence we blend them together and obtain The One.
Its upper part is not bright, and its lower part is not obscure. Ceaseless in its action, it yet cannot be named, and then it again returns and becomes nothing. This is called the Form of the Formless, and the Semblance of the Invisible; this is called the Fleeting and Indeterminable.

We meet it and do not see its Front; we follow it, and do not see its Back. When we can lay hold of the Tao of old to direct the things of the present day, and are able to know it as it was of old in the beginning, this is called (unwinding) the clue of Tao.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Isabel 2011

Isabel Marant's Spring 2011 collection is just fab, everything is so wearable and perfect for summer. I know it's mean to talk about other people's bodies but some of these models look way to skinny to me

Friday, March 18, 2011

length of Sarasa

Events in Japan weigh heavily, not only for the well-being of all those directly involved in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, but for what these events say about our collective human plight. The textile above isn’t Japanese, but was made in India in the late 17th / early 18th century for the Japanese market. It’s a small reminder of the long history of our global interconnectedness. Here’s a link to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s database entry on the piece. (It’s referred to as a “length of Sarasa”, a term I’m not familiar with.)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Classic Textiles


{ Designs by Lucienne Day. L-R: Graphica, Riga, Spectators, Trio. }

The Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art offers a commercial digital textile printing service, and, under the name Classic Textiles, reproduces designs from some of the U.K.’s most prominent and influential textile designers. Lucienne Day herself selected the 12 designs for the Centre, which they print (in the original colorways) on a 135cm (about 53 inches) wide cotton/linen blend.

{ Designs by Lucienne Day. L-R: Flotilla, Calyx, Dandelion Clicks, Magnetic. }

{ Designs by Robert Stewart. L-R: Raimult, Kilmun, Striven, Glendaruel, Sun Man. }

Robert Stewart was a student and teacher at the Glasgow School of Art. He designed textiles for Liberty, Donald Brothers, and the Edinburgh Tapestry Company, and later went on to found a ceramics company and create ceramic murals for public places.

{ Designs by Sylvia Chalmers. L-R: Grasses, Fruit, Penang, Uno, Village, Flowerpots. }

The newest designer in the Classic Textiles catalog is Sylvia Chalmers. She was also a student of the Glasgow School of Art who went on to found her own textile printing studio called Tuar Fabrics, and designed fashion prints for Elizabeth Eaton.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Tao Te Ching


Favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared; honour and great calamity, to be regarded as personal conditions (of the same kind).

What is meant by speaking thus of favour and disgrace? Disgrace is being in a low position (after the enjoyment of favour). The getting that (favour) leads to the apprehension (of losing it), and the losing it leads to the fear of (still greater calamity):--this is what is

meant by saying that favour and disgrace would seem equally to be feared.

And what is meant by saying that honour and great calamity are to be (similarly) regarded as personal conditions? What makes me liable to great calamity is my having the body (which I call myself); if I had not the body, what great calamity could come to me?

Therefore he who would administer the kingdom, honouring it as he honours his own person, may be employed to govern it, and he who would administer it with the love which he bears to his own person may be entrusted with it.


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