Enchanting Embroidery

temari

A Japanese woman recently photographed nearly 500 Temari spheres her 88-year-old grandmother embroidered over the last 20+ years. Originally crafted in China, the intricately embroidered folk art made its way to Japan in the 7th century. The thread of old kimonos is commonly used to construct the colorful spheres, which are often made by parents and grandparents and given to children on New Year’s day. Inside the balls, a child might find a bell or a note written to them by a relative.

Images via NanaAkua

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

books

There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

reader

I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

mlk

A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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