Art by Humans, Art by Nature

For those looking to spend the summer immersed in beauty, Penang should be at the top of the list. Thanks to its 130 million year old rainforest and 5,000 years of human civilization, the island has a wealth of both natural and man-made art. In fact, the whole month of August is devoted to it. […]

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A Year of Literature

There is a beautiful line in Jhumpa Lahiri’s international bestseller The Namesake that you’ve probably seen floating around the internet: “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” The exploration of unfamiliar lands can happen on the page or on a plane, and in some magical instances, both at the […]

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The Thread of History

Clothing has always straddled the line between art and function. Born out of necessity, methods of creating and wearing textiles have evolved to represent cultural values as well as individuality. With evidence of its existence dating back 27,000 years, weaving is one of humanity’s oldest activities. It is also one of the most universal, as […]

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Rome was not built in a day

Building a city is important work that takes time. Even with the latest technology to assemble buildings at Lego speed can’t change this. Cities, at least the best ones, need time to grow organically. Just like a pair of new sneakers, we need time to break into them, grow as we fit, and fit as we grow.

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The rekindled fire of Arita porcelain

It may be uncommon to check the bottom of a porcelain cup after you drink from it, but not for the Japanese. Porcelain is so close to their heart that they’d look at the underside of cups and bowls to see which porcelain house made them, as an assessment of quality. We traveled deeper to the town of Arita in Kyushu, Japan, to find out more.

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