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Ridiculously Detailed QR Code Carpet Drawings

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From the OMG WOW BEAUTIFUL files, we bring you these drawings.

 

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QR Code Carpet by Joe and Nathan

Created by art director Jonathan Bréchignac, of Joe and Nathan  design studio in Paris, these amazing carpet drawings were all drawn by hand with Bic pencils and pens. They reflect the size and designs of Muslim prayer carpets. Each is richly decorated with detail and patterns, and are inspired by different styles of art. There are even camouflage and animal patterned drawings. 

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The Blue Carpet

Bréchignac combines the genres and patterns, breathing new life and meaning into each while creating something utterly unique.

Look more closely and you see a hand drawn QR code in each of the four carpet corners. Each code connects with its own page on thecarpet.net. On that site, the detail connects the physical form of the carpet with an abstract, interactive virtual form.

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QR Code Corner

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St. John’s Bible Exhibit – Rockhurst College

The St. John’s Bible was commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University. It was created by Donald Jackson, Senior Scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office, along with a collaborative team of artists and scribes.

St. John's Bible

The Aaronic Blessing

This is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in over 500 years. All 73 books of the Old and New Testaments, using the New Revised Standard Version, are presented in seven volumes totaling approximately 1150 pages.

The work of the St. John’s Bible was done in a scriptorium in Wales. Now completed, the Bible’s home is Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

St. John's Bible

Genesis – Creation

The St. John’s Bible was made using traditional materials such as vellum, ancient inks, gold and silver leaf, and platinum. It was written with quill pens fashioned from goose, turkey and swan feathers.

The Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible is the only full-size, limited, signed and numbered fine art edition that will ever be produced. 299 fine art editions were created and placed around the world in religious, arts, academic, healing and literary institutions.

St. John's Bible

Ancient Eve in the Garden of Eden

Bound in Italian leather and printed on 100 percent cotton paper using printing technologies invented for this project, the Heritage edition features the exquisite calligraphy, vibrant imagery and stunning gold and silver illumination inspired by the original.

My puny attempts at photography do not do this exhibition justice. All seven books are on display at Rockhurst College’s Greenlease Library, 51st and Troost, KCMO, through the end of September. Two books will remain at the library through the end of 2013.

St. John's Bible

Illumination

My guide during this trip was the super-knowledgeable Ellen Spake. She took training at the St. John’s Abbey in Minnesota as part of the contract to bring the books to Rockhurst. Visitors are allowed to browse the books at their leisure, and Ms. Spake and her team of docents provide a wealth of information about the books. Any question about methods, materials, iconography, symbology and the makers is answered in great detail.

Thanks to my Mom for finding out about this exhibit and patiently accompanying me as I drooled all over the books and spent a couple of hours being amazed. I may have to return and drool some more, and listen to Ms. Spake tell the story of this amazing achievement.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of my photos, and I really hope you are able to see this exhibit at one of the 299 places around the world.



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Monterey Bay

Colors of California – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Part 2 of my photo posts from my recent trip to California. All images are the sole property of Holly Cochran and imamintellectuallypromiscuous.com  Unauthorized use or reproduction is explicitly prohibited.

 

Color Photos from the VERY amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and surrounding beach areas. Highly recommended travel destination. Click on any image to embiggen it. You won’t be sorry!



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I recently traveled to Central California, including the San Francisco Bay area, Monterey Bay, and Yosemite National Park. I took over 1000 photos, dozens of them actually in focus.  Below are some of my favorites, manipulated to black and white as an experiment in contrast and color. ALL photos are the exclusive property of iamintellectuallypromiscuous.com and Holly Cochran. Unauthorized use or reproduction is explicitly not permitted.

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Starting with San Francisco Bay ~~~

Americas Cup

Americas Cup Sailboat in SF Bay

Gull and Buoy

SF Bay Buoy and Seagull

Golden Gate

Golden Gate Bridge

 

Skyline

San Francisco Skyline from the Bay

 

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Building

 

Alcatraz

Alcatraz Blockhouse and Light House

 

Then traveling to Yosemite National Park ~~~

Bridal Veil Fall

Bridal Veil Fall – Not quite dried up this summer

 

El Capitan

El Capitan

 

Half Dome

Yosemite Vista Including Half Dome in the Far Distance

 

granite composition

Granite

 

Mountain Vista

Mountain Vista in Yosemite

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Granite Composition 2

Tuoleme LakeLake Showing Reduced Water Levels

 

Then to the Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoia trees, also in Yosemite ~~~

Mariposa Grove

Sequoia Perspective

 

Mariposa Grove

Carvings on a fallen Sequoia

 

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Giant Fallen Sequoia

Mariposa GroveSequoia with burn scar and evidence of new life

Mariposa Grove

Sequoia Grove

 

Finally, to Monterey Bay and the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium ~~~

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellie Study

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Another jellie

 

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jellies

 

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Monterey Bay Bird Hangout

 

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Monterey Bay Tidal Pool

 

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Monterey Bay Gulls

 

Check out my next post for Colors of California.


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Color Photos From WW II

More of my favorite stuff – OLD PHOTOS, in color.

These gorgeous images, via Shorpy, remind us just how vivid that war was.

Originally shot by the War Department in gorgeous Kodachrome film, the saturated hues and crisp edges bring that era to life in a way that few other forms of media can. These photos document the trucks, planes, trains, and other various machines that were being prepared on the home front in anticipation of the conflagration sweeping the globe.

Check out the whole article at http://jalopnik.com/check-out-these-gorgeous-color-photos-from-world-war-ii-626224712

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Color Photos from WWI, courtesy of Jalopnik

 

 

 






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Fans of Awesome Photography? Check this out!

Quora.com is an interesting and wonderful site to begin with. This particular post – “What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?” blew me away. There are so many incredible and awesome shots here, I could not even get through the entire post. The pictures just keep coming. Best thing? NOT a slide show! Check this out.

Warning – photos are constantly being posted, voted up and so forth. You may get sucked in to this site, and this post in particular.

Quora Mario Cuneo

Quora Best Photo Post – Example of many great pictures. This one is by
Marie Cuneo

 

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Trampled Snow Art from Simon Beck

This is so cool.  No pun intended.

Snow Art

Trampled snow art by Simon Beck, photo from TheColossal.com

Since 2004 England-based Simon Beck has strapped on a pair of snowshoes and lumbered out into the the freshly fallen snow at the Les Arcs ski resort in France to trample out his distinctly geometric patterns, footprint by footprint. Each work takes the 54-year-old artist anywhere between 6 hours and two days to complete, an impressive physical feat aided from years of competitive orienteering.

See the full article at Colossal Art and Visual Integrity.

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Horror

There are no words to express my sorrow and horror at the events in Newtown, CT Friday.  A friend of mine perhaps said it best, so I repost her words. I trust she will understand.

Goddess Danu, Mother of All, help me to be of help.

Use me to comfort the comfortless; give me Your grace.

Make me peaceful and soothing, for I, too, am a

Mother. So Mote it Be.

~Wela~

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