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japan, Art, beauty

"It's not perfect but yet it's still beautiful".

by Valentina Manchia

Bologna — Today I had my first Mokuhanga lesson. It’s Mokuhanga that produced the Ukiyo-e masterpieces of Hiroshige. It’s made of wood, ink and hands: my hands drawing and cutting. It wasn’t easy, and I made many mistakes in mixing ink and rice glue. And this is the result. Not so perfect. “It’s not perfect but yet it’s still beautiful”, Sensei told me. “It has expression”. So today I learned two things rat...

inspiration, Serendipity, Creativity

Take a smile.

by Valentina Manchia

Turin — I was very sad this evening, when I entered the metro. I found this. And now I have a smile in my pocket, just for me.

Travel, inspiration, peru

On beach-bumming and teaching an old dog new tricks

by Connie Tsang

Lima — I was propped up on my elbows at the base of the Miraflores cliffs, beach-bumming and occasionally snickering at badly burned tourists while they hobbled behind their tanned surfing teachers, dragging...

inspiration, cityscape, night

Ghost Tower in the night. ...there's a story in there.

by Shay Darrach

Toronto — In a post-apocalyptic Toronto, the city would be strangely, hideously dark beneath a moonless sky. Only the Tower would remain, its lights still tracing patterns up and down against a backdrop of star...

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