Archive for July, 2021

Life Kit: How To Flirt

After more than a year in lockdown, the idea of flirting can seem daunting. Luckily, NPR's Life Kit has a refresher.

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IPhone Photo Award Winners Capture Tender Moments, Stark Contrasts And A Magical Sky

It’s a fantastical image: A person is standing on a bench, taking in the majestic view of a neon green aurora borealis in Russia. But from another perspective, it looks as if the person could be on another planet — maybe the snowsuit is a spacesuit and the ground below and the sky above are some alien landscape.

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IPhone Photo Award-Winners Capture Tender Moments, Stark Contrasts And A Magical Sky

The winning images from this year's iPhone Photography Award feature a man connecting with his horse, two rugged shepherds holding soft lambs and a figure looking into a brilliant night sky.

(Image credit: Tatiana Merzlyakova/IPPAWARDS)

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Perfect Your Pottery With the Best Tool Sets for Ceramics

Pottery making requires more than just a wheel and a block of clay. To shape your vessels, imprint them with creative etched designs, and trim rims so they’re perfectly even, you’re going to need some tools. The most commonly used implements in ceramics are ribbon tools, which are used to cut away clay; ribs, for perfecting your pot’s shape; needle tools, for piercing and etching; and... | Read More

Achieve Amazing Feats of Clay With the Best Needle Tools for Ceramics

Necessary for etching, trimming, cutting, incising, scoring, and piercing clay, a needle tool is a must-have for any ceramicist—professional or recreational, beginner or advanced. Needle tools come in many forms. If you want to reduce hand strain, look for a product with a rubber grip, or if you want a more traditional model, go with an all-steel option or a tool with a wooden handle. Let us... | Read More

Melissa Ngan talks about collaboration in the arts and diversity

Melissa Ngan, President and CEO of American Composers Orchestra, discusses the importance of collaborative leadership in a diverse world.

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Add Luster to Your Handknits With the Best Silk and Silk-Blend Yarns

Silk is a coveted fabric for its smooth, luxurious feel. Unfortunately, it can be a difficult material to work with because of its tendency to slip and its lack of give. For those reasons, many yarns that include silk are blended with more forgiving fibers like wool. With the right combination, a silk-blend yarn can provide a perfect marriage between the lustrous sheen and drape of silk and... | Read More

‘Runaway’: New Folio from Cold Turkey Press

Great beauty from great despair unbends the mind. In a pointless hostile universe that is every poet’s goal. ​

Verso and recto covers of Cold Turkey Press folio, to be published in an edition limited to 36 copies. (2021) Drawing from ‘destroyed books’ © 2006 by Gerard Bellaart.Pages 2 and 3 of a new Cold Turkey Press folio, to... | Read More

Get a Grip With the Best Needle-Nose Pliers

For many artists and hobbyists, there comes a time when a project demands close-in work with difficult-to-manage materials. Manipulating jewelry wire, for example, or monofilament line by hand can be frustratingly hard to do. That’s when having a pair of needle-nose pliers (also called long-nose pliers) becomes essential. As the name implies, this tool tapers to a fine point, allowing you to... | Read More

‘Wait Wait’ For July 31, 2021: Comedian Stephen Fry Plays Not My Job

Stephen Fry is an actor, comedian, author and quiz show host. He's done it all, so we'll ask him about people who've done almost nothing, one-hit wonders.

(Image credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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