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celebrating 10 years

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

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in business 10 years…Bravo!!!   RT

(reposted from gonerustic)

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celebrating 10 years.

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RT’s Related Posts: 1) Fashion Shoot

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Fans for the Hot Season

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment

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The times we live in are not much interested in the possibility of ordinary beauty. Despite the gorgeous buildings and print media that have appeared over the last half-century or so, beauty remains a guest in our commercial culture. The disappearance of the crafts–at least as a serious source of income–might be the cause of this. Beauty could be defined as a kind of inefficiency–a departure from pattern and expectation that raises handicraft to the level of art. But how to charge for genius? The playbill designed by Hokusai and sold for a few coins brings $1 million at a London auction. Could there be someway to enable people to make objects of daily utility–fans, clothing, tableware–that are beautiful and affordable? Perhaps this would revitalize the world economy.   RT

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RT’s Related Posts: A Holy Tradition of Working.

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Image: Five Fans; Hokusai. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Map of Median Income by U.S. County

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something to think about on a Monday evening…  RT

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MapMedian household income by county in the United States in 2008. (Nov. 2009); U.S. Census Bureau; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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Protean Coinage

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As readers may have noticed, a chief concern of the Rag Tree is beauty in its many forms; RT sees no reason why this topic should not include coinage, which from its introduction in the 6th century B.C. has included superb examples of the minter’s art.

But RT also thinks that there is something special (or peculiar, depending on one’s viewpoint) about the beauty of coins. In the first place, they are legal tender, and thus a sign of competence, success, and power. They are usually issued, moreover, by a government, and thus reflect that government’s strength and financial stability. And, until recently, coinage had a value based in its constituent metal, most often gold or silver, but occasionally extending to platinum and palladium. Paper money and base-metal coinage are inventions of the modern age.

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Coins are as intimate as a dime in someone’s pocket, as distant as a gold tremissis issued in Europe 1,300 years ago. This kind of beauty has a powerful hold over us, independent of its value.

And RT should know. When he was a boy, he adopted his older brother’s interest in coin collecting, and at one point had several albums full of pennies, nickels,  and dimes. But as he entered his teenage years, his interests moved onto other things (including poetry); it was only when he had to start paying rent that the reality of money’s practical uses was driven home to him.

Creator of all wealth? Source of all evil? A convenient medium of exchange? RT prefers to say that money (and especially coinage) is a reflection of human need and obsession. To no small extent, we are the money that we earn, save, and spend, and how we do these things reflects our inner values and achievements.    RT

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Photo: top:  Greek_Silver_Hemidrachm_of_Tegea_(Arcadia), mid-5th century B.C.; WikiCmns; CC 2.0 Generic; author: Exekias. bottom: Golden Tremissis, Europe, 7th-century A.D.; WikiCmns; Public Domain.

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10 things about being an artist that art teachers don’t tell you


wise words… RT

(reposted from The UrbanStout)


10 things about being an artist that art teachers don’t tell you.

Let’s raise the stakes

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looks like a new computer is in the works, and, who knows, maybe a new book too…  RT

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Let’s raise the stakes.

Less than two weeks

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go, indiegogo!!!  RT

(reposted from Christian Mihai)

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Less than two weeks.