Discontinuity and Contradiction

“Art is about discontinuity and contradiction, which is how grace is experienced in the world, as an alien intrusion into a world that deceives us into believing that we are defined by what we do, not by what Christ has done. And so we are compelled to prove ourselves, to make something that justifies our existence. But art is not just doing and making, it is also receiving, and hearing. It is not just an achievement; it is a gift. It is devoting one’s life to something so futile, inefficient, and in many ways useless, that it becomes a means of grace. Cities, with their concentration of doers and achievers, full of those obsessed with going from good to great, can pose challenges to cultivating a passivity that is absolutely necessary for art.”

[Mako Fujimura, in Christianity Today]

To Dry For

Some beautifully designed things that are bringing me joy right now…

Perfect lino-cut print for next to the coat rack by James Brown, as found on The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

Amazing tea towels from ToDryFor, as seen in Oh Comely!

Amazing stickers by Hu2 to help you remember to switch off your lights, as seen on Apartment Therapy.

The most incredible website ever for a booklover… A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who *heart* bookshelves.

Drawing The Experience

At a recent meeting in the Arches, I was admiring the work of Jenny Soep on their walls…. fantastic pieces of art based on live music events. She had some stunning pieces hanging, and when I have some disposable income again I plan to add some of her work to my collection.

On her website she requested not reposting any of her work, so please do pop over and check it out, as I have honoured her wishes here!

Check out her website to see some of her work, and read her blog here.

Oh Comely

Bora introduced me to this wonderful little magazine, Oh Comely, which we are now sharing as magazine buddys. Picked up our first copy last week at the Art School, and oh my, it’s beautiful! The design is amazing, photography is great, and overall its just a lovely little piece of joy in my day! Check it out…

oh comely

From their website…

oh comely is a magazine about people and their quirks and their creativity, rather than money and what it can buy. It’s nice to see you here.

It’s a magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things, rather than buy stuff or lose weight. Imagine sitting down with a cup of tea and a creative friend to hear all the strange things she says, all the curious stuff she does, and about the things she loves.