Kokedama is a Japanese art form that satisfies my deep lust for plants, crafts, round things and hanging things. Instructions here.
The Last Japanese Mermaids
For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.
In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence
for a 48 hr comic thing I did!
i don’t think we talk about this enough
dont repost artwork, ok? maybe you are young & dont know better, in which case im here to tell you that youve done a kind of shitty thing to me, but it’s fine if it doesnt happen again.
but if youre a repeat offender & dont believe youre in the wrong, this next part is for you.
to all reposters: even if you think you think youre making important curatorial decisions on behalf of your followers, i can assure you that you’re actually doing everyone a disservice. reposted art is always inferior to the original source— if not on an ideological basis then on a practical one.
for starters, reposters don’t have the high-res file, which means that whatever edits made to the stolen image can only decrease its quality. this repost is a perfect example, because it was likely lifted off my twitter, which hosts lower-res, compressed images. it’s also been cropped way too closely — probably to fit tumblr’s aspect ratio — so now it looks like shit. reposts degrade the original artwork.
secondly, and this is just a personal observation, but ive found that reposters tend to have undeveloped tastes in general. the comments they leave add nothing to the work, their edits are incongruous w the image, etc. my hypothesis is that the same lack of standards that allows them to disregard the original source also causes them to miss small, aesthetic details. using this repost as an example: the original twitter image featured erwin & levi facing each other. this was not an arbitrary decision; it pulled viewers into the centre of the image & made for a balanced composition. but for some reason this edit reversed their facing directions — maybe because the editor wanted to leave their own creative mark, but probably because they didnt think it’d make a difference — and in doing so they fucked up the whole thing. in short, people who repost art also tend to ruin art in various ways.
and finally, reposting pisses artists off, steals their livelihoods and makes them more likely to stop sharing their work online. so while they do propagate existing artwork, reposters actually hinder the creation of new, publicly shared artwork.
dont repost, and dont stand for reposting. capiche?
(and thanks to ackchou for looking out for my stuff!)
Amazing sketch and keyframe from Minkyu Lee, director of Adam and Dog!!! Thank you Minkyu!
*for Silent Art Auction held August 22 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm @Animation Guild in Burbank, CA*