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  Thursday, October 30th, 2014

I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.

—Plato

  Thursday, October 30th, 2014

If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not with truth.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  Thursday, October 30th, 2014

It is not as a child that I believe and confess Jesus Christ. My hosanna is born of a furnace of doubt.

—Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Vocation

INFJs tend to see helping others as their purpose in life, but while people with this personality type can be found engaging in rescue efforts and doing charity work, their real passion is to get to the heart of the issue so that people need not be rescued at all.


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  Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Heart of a Q-tip

Power of 100 and the illusion of light.


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  Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ball & Sponge

Blu-tack and sponge pair up for a study in contrasts.


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  Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Difference Between Glossy and Not

The view from an electron microscope.


  Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.

—Carl Jung

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  Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Specimens

Waiting their turn for a spin in the Scanning Electron Microscope (North Seattle Community College Nanotech Laboratory).


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  Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The Wenatchee River

The river originates at Lake Wenatchee and flows southeast for 53 miles, emptying into the Columbia River immediately north of Wenatchee, Washington. On its way it passes the towns of Plain, Leavenworth, Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere, Monitor, and Wenatchee, all within Chelan County.


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  Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Leavenworth

After the rain.


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  Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Paradise

By Betsy Walton of Portland, Oregon. 12×14 on panel. 2008.


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  Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Vision from Spain


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  Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Indigo Shibori

There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also used to work in harmony with the type of cloth used. Therefore, the technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed. Also, different techniques can be used in conjunction with one another to achieve even more elaborate results. (Wikipedia)

Illustration: Indigo Kumo Shibori ‘zoikin’, Japan, Taisho (c.1920), 134x33cm. The common English translation of the Japanese word shibori is “tie-dye.” However, a more accurate translation is “shaped-resist dyeing,” which describes the inherent patterning process of manipulating the two-dimensional cloth surface into three-dimensional shapes before compressing them to dye. Diverse shibori techniques are used to obtain different patterns. This piece features spider-webs of ‘kumo’ shibori. Kumo shibori has long been known in Japan. a 12th century painting shows a simple hemp garment with a pattern that resembles this type of shibori. It appears frequently in the ukiyo-e (wood block-prints) of the Edo period (1603-1868), which depict the lives of people from all parts of society. In the 19th century, an unusually fine type of pleated and bound kumo shibori dyed in indigo on fine cotton became very fashionable. The present cloth was possibly a never-used ‘zoikin’ (diaper) as it is lined with brown cotton. In its design the spider-webs look to be at centre of larger ‘clouds’ of shibori, and these are of irregular and unpredictable form. This gives a sense of freedom to the whole composition, that I particularly like. Very good condition. Whimsical and great looking.


  Sunday, September 28th, 2014

One’s not half of two; two are halves of one.

—E.E.Cummings