“…I have had such a sickening of men in masses, and of causes, that I would not cross this room to reform parliament or prevent the union or to bring about the millennium. I speak only for myself, mind - it is my own truth alone - but man as part of a movement or a crowd is indifferent to me. He is inhuman. And I have nothing to do with nations, or nationalism. The only feelings I have - for what they are - are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.”
Here Be Monsters
I noticed this wonderful Icelandic project of illustrated type inspired by medieval maps featuring fantastical sea creatures.
Design by Reykjavík based Stella Björg, these decorated capitals remind me of the Victorian illustrations I’ve written about recently. I love that several of the creatures appear to be based on specific Icelandic mythical beasts, as named at the bottom of the print. I also really like the print colours and flecked paper that gives the final work its antique look.
My “Here Be Monsters” illustrated letters started from the simple idea of writing “MONSTER” but having finished it just didn’t seem like there was much left to complete the alphabet. I was in no hurry to complete it, so very slowly monstrous letters got added and finally there appeared a complete alphabet. - Stella Björg
Action!Brett is stunning.
dear esther. i have lost track of how long i have been here, and how many visits i have made overall. certainly, the landmarks are now so familiar to me that i have to remind myself to actually see the forms and shapes in front of me. i could stumble blind across these rocks, the edges of these precipices, without fear of missing my step and plummeting down to sea. besides, i have always considered that if one is to fall, it is critical to keep one’s eyes firmly open.
More versions of my weekly side project- about some dogs and their owners
Broke my headphones and went to throw them in the rubbish
there were already four broken pairs in there
"And I’m 80% sure that’s not a dog!"
biorobo's request for TC/warp on a dogpark date.
Wedding ensemble from the Struge region in Albania. The outfit consists of five parts: a shirt, harem-style pants, waistcoat, waist scarf and head scarf. This outfit was part of a young Muslim Albanian woman’s trousseau during the early 20th century. It was woven on a large silk weaving loom. She was betrothed to be married but her fiancé died in tragic circumstances and the wedding did not proceed. The young woman never married and the costume remained unworn until it was given by her family to Erik Lloga, a friend of the family, who migrated to Australia from Albania in 1969. The family were keen for him to ‘save’ the costume and the cultural traditions it represented, at a time when such traditions were under threat of survival in many eastern bloc states.
if there is one video you need to watch in this world its this
The Thames in Ice, 1860, James Abbott McNeill Whistler