Pure botanical inks, savory taste to the touch, a visual feast,
an intensely delicate yet stalwart mixture of elements to inspire your life.
Magnolia blossoms, a tracery of sunset gold lines,
flung across a cloudy vellum sheet or glowing pale marble silk.
Petals of gorgeous tinted colours ~ lapis lazuli, oyster, grey green and more.
Silk panels like a vintage painting unfurled in your atmosphere.
An experiential endeavor mixing poetry ~ eternal and ephemeral emotion ~ into a modern tapestry of sophisticated silk. Thus restoring the pure and versatile power of beauty.
Anciently a pound of raw silk commanded more than its weight in gold.
Sage kings recorded sacred texts on silk and rolls of silk were the luxury and lightweight way to correspond. One discovery is of a jade tablet of pure white, bearing an engraved inscription of 170 characters in the Li style for the Emperor's sacrifice to heaven.
Considered the most exquisite material for writing, some lengths were pre-marked with lines in vermilion and more were fashioned by weaving the lines into silk for writing.
Scholars arranged the oldest known literature formed this way, the Mawangdui Silk Texts into 28 books. The 120,000 words cover military strategy, mathematics, cartography and the 6 classical arts ~ ritual, music, archery, horsemanship, writing and arithmetic.
The three earliest maps in the world were drawn on silk over 2100 years ago
on the basis of field surveys.
For a millenium the right to wear silk was reserved for emperors and nobles, only those with abundant wealth were seen with a shimmering appearance, since silk's prism like shape structure refracts light from every angle. Today silk manufacture makes up around 4% of the fabrics currently produced continuing its reputation for rare luxury.
The earliest example of silk fabric, 3630 BC, found wrapping the body of a child.
A token memory of angelic ministry.
Today Juliet's vision is to restore the power of this extraordinary textile as the premier choice for a future of beauty, harmony, and the touch of heaven in our lives.
500 years ago Venice ruled the written world in the publishing realm, the Serene Republic printed the most luxurious, beautifully decorated, illuminated editions of the Renaissance.
1st Koran printed entirely in Arabic
1st travel history with maps
1st polyphonic sheet music editions
1st religious book in Greek
1st Greek and Latin classics printed
intense diversity in reading skills flourished here
education sparked a fire of modern thought
Bound by Venice
In honour of celebrating my beautiful daughter and darling grandson's birthdays today.....some fresh fig & blueberry ideas for her weekly poetry teatime with young ones ~ she's the most amazingly wonderful and energetic homeschooling mum ever!
The state motto of Maine is 'the way life should be' and with Susanne Kasler's decorating flair with this home in Maine featured in Architectural Digest in 2016 I wholeheartedly agree. It's freshness makes me want to jump on a jet and start a new life.
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
~ Charles F. Kettering
'A textile treasure hunt in Florence'
'IN Turkey where it flourished in the 15th century, marbled paper making was known as ebru, or the art of the clouds. Pastel, abstract and as mutable as a cloud, marbled paper was reserved for religious writings because it so enhanced the venerable texts. Islamic law forbade its ripping, burning or otherwise unauthorized disposal.
Marbled paper, in fact, was sacred.
In 17th-century France the official bookbinder to Louis XIII created a similar papier a cuve, so-named for the basin, or cuve, in which the paper was dipped to obtain its heavenly hues. Colorful yet dignified, marbled paper was used for the windy tracts that were issued in the sovereign's name. It was paper fit for a king.
Ebru arrived in Europe through Venice with its windows open to the Orient.
The tight, stylized, characteristically Islamic interplay of form and color made marble paper ideal for the flyleafs of leather-bound, handwritten books. With the invention of the printing press and the diffusion of inexpensive texts, marbled paper effectively constituted the first paperback revolution when it jumped from the inner to the outer covers of books.' ~ (NYT Susan Lumsden)
What we think of ourselves makes a difference in our lives, and belief in immortality gives us the highest value of ourselves. When we so believe, we achieve proportions greater than mere matter. ~ Jesse William Stitt
Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world. ~ Hans Margolius
Events are only the shells of ideas; and often it is the fluent thought of ages that is crystallized in a moment by the stroke of a pen or the point of a bayonet.
~ Edwin Chapin