Calligraphy styles – Log Protect http://logprotect.net/ Sun, 23 Jan 2022 02:58:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://logprotect.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-29T151759.208-150x150.png Calligraphy styles – Log Protect http://logprotect.net/ 32 32 Disneyland celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with vibrant cultural activities – Xinhua English.news.cn https://logprotect.net/disneyland-celebrates-chinese-lunar-new-year-with-vibrant-cultural-activities-xinhua-english-news-cn/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 18:58:30 +0000 https://logprotect.net/disneyland-celebrates-chinese-lunar-new-year-with-vibrant-cultural-activities-xinhua-english-news-cn/ Actors perform a dragon dance during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, the United States, Jan. 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday, featuring featured a string of Chinese characters, cultural-themed shows, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng […]]]>

Actors perform a dragon dance during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, the United States, Jan. 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday, featuring featured a string of Chinese characters, cultural-themed shows, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

by Tan Jingjing, Gao Shan

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) — Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday, with a series of Chinese culture-themed shows, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes.

Visitors from all over the world joined in the special celebrations taking place from January 21 to February 13, immersing themselves in a festival atmosphere and sharing their wishes for good health, luck and prosperity throughout the coming year.

The Chinese Lunar New Year 2022 falls on February 1. It is based on a 12-year cycle of zodiac characters, with 2022 being the year of the tiger.

The colorful Chinese Lunar New Year theme has transformed the park into a sea of ​​red and gold – the traditional colors of Chinese New Year – and a wonderland of festive Asian holiday cheer.

This year’s Lunar New Year celebrations brought to light a new float for the legendary Chinese warrior Mulan, accompanied by traditional Chinese drums performing powerful rhythms.

Decorated in red and gold to symbolize good fortune and happiness, the float features bright clusters of red firecrackers that hang from golden tassels, and delicate red and gold lanterns light up for performances after the sun goes down. .

During the procession, Mulan and her cunning dragon friend Mushu were surrounded by performers bringing cultural art and dance to life.

Disney characters including Tigger, Mulan and Mushu, Mickey and Minnie and the Three Little Pigs, all dressed in festive Chinese attire, greeted visitors.

San Francisco-based musical group Melody of China performed a fusion of Chinese folk, classical and contemporary instruments.

During Disney’s Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, park visitors enjoyed traditional Asian dishes, such as Shrimp Fried Rice, Siu Pork Bao Char and more.

They are also welcome to try out Chinese arts and crafts, such as Chinese calligraphy and dragon bead coloring crafts.

“It’s amazing to see Mulan floating around,” local visitor Jailyn Mitchell told Xinhua.

“I love Chinese culture and love the different ways to celebrate it,” said Mitchell, who has experienced Disney’s Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations multiple times.

Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Alexa Garcia told Xinhua that Lunar New Year celebrations have been a “fan favourite” for the past few years, showcasing diverse cultures and offering lots of fun things to do, see and taste. for visitors.

People like to experience and engage with Chinese culture in different ways, she said.

A person dressed as the cartoon character Tigger performs for visitors during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, United States, January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Lunar New Year celebrations the year of Tiger Friday, with a series of Chinese culture-themed performances, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

Chinese-style artifacts are displayed during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, United States, January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday, with a series of Chinese culture-themed performances, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

A calligrapher shows a Chinese character to visitors during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, United States, January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday , featuring a series of Chinese culture-themed performances, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Xinhua/Gao Shan)

Visitors look at a float during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, U.S., January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations on Friday, with a series of Chinese culture-themed shows, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Xinhua/Gao Shan)

A performer dressed as the cartoon character Mulan participates in Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, U.S., January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Year of the Tiger celebrations Friday featuring a series of Chinese culture-themed performances, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

Guests pose for photos with the cartoon character Tigger during Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, United States, January 21, 2022. Disney’s California Adventure Park kicked off Lunar New Year celebrations Year of the Tiger Friday, featuring a series of Chinese culture-themed performances, art exhibits, lantern decorations and Asian-inspired dishes. (Photo by Zeng Hui/Xinhua)

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These Srinagar artisans are trying to bring rare handicrafts to life – News https://logprotect.net/these-srinagar-artisans-are-trying-to-bring-rare-handicrafts-to-life-news/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 19:41:53 +0000 https://logprotect.net/these-srinagar-artisans-are-trying-to-bring-rare-handicrafts-to-life-news/ The government is also making efforts to revive the craft and introduce it to the world. Kashmiri men doing crewel wor Published: Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:41 PM The narrow, dusty lane winding through Srinagar’s old town is dotted with dilapidated wooden and stone houses, leading to a small carpet showroom – no more than […]]]>

The government is also making efforts to revive the craft and introduce it to the world.



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Published: Thu Jan 20, 2022 11:41 PM

The narrow, dusty lane winding through Srinagar’s old town is dotted with dilapidated wooden and stone houses, leading to a small carpet showroom – no more than the size of a modest bedroom. A treasure trove of finely woven silk and pashmina rugs, decidedly modern in decor, are beautifully displayed on the walls and neatly rolled into the corners.

A silk carpet with a double portrait of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, with an Indian price tag Rs200,000 and a silk carpet Rs700,000 with the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) written in Arabic calligraphy and embossed with ‘zari’ silver work are some of the contemporary designs by Shahnawaz Ahmad Sofi, owner of SS Carpets.

is a fourth generation rug weaver in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, famous worldwide for its finest rugs and craftsmanship. A fine arts graduate, Sofi, 38, says he’s trying a “fresh and contemporary” twist on centuries-old tradition to revive an industry that has suffered setbacks from Kashmir’s protracted political turmoil and militancy. “We have to move with the times,” says Sofi. “I think these new designs will make a cut in the international market.”

“People associate Kashmiri rugs with traditional Persian or Central Asian designs. We are clearly deviating from these traditions and trying bold new styles,” said the young businessman who is currently displaying his wares in the India pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai which is running a two-week outreach program in Jammu and Kashmir to promote trade and tourism in the newly created union territory. “It’s a big opportunity that we couldn’t think of until a few years ago.”

Sofi’s enthusiasm to reinvent reflects a desperation to breathe new life into a dying industry. Add to this the popularity of Chinese-made silk yarns and other fake replicas flooding the market, the unthreading of the Kashmiri rug industry is accelerating.

Resist difficulties

A handful of weaving houses are still struggling to endure long, hard working hours and starvation wages to keep the loom alive. On the first floor of a shabby, dilapidated building in the old city of Srinagar, Irshad and another weaver sit bent over a loom. Sunlight shyly seeps through the windows of the sweltering manufacturing unit where they toil on the loom 10-12 hours a day. “It is a pashmina carpet of 1800×2740 cm. It will take between 15 and 18 months to complete with three weavers,” says Irshad, as his fingers continue to move skillfully across the two horizontal wooden beams with winding threads stretched between them. He earns Rs 300-350 (Dh20 approx) per day – a tiny fraction of the Rs 20-25,00,000 the mat could fetch. “I’ve been doing this job for 20 years,” says Irshad. “It’s the only job I know. Covid literally wiped out all jobs in Kashmir last year and we could barely survive. Now, at least, we have work even if wages have fallen further.

Reviving Kashmiri Handicrafts

It’s not just the carpet industry that needs a break. Kashmir is also famous for its artisans who do wood carving, crewel work and chain stitch, but decades of insurgency and lack of exposure have led to these crafts degenerating. The decrease in the number of customers and in profits pushes many to take up other jobs. Seventy-year-old Ghulam Nabi Dar, a woodcarver from Safa Kadal, says he hasn’t seen many customers in recent years. “I started when I was 10. I’m still learning even after 50 years in the business. It’s the only job I know, but we don’t get enough clients,” says Dar. carved walnut is among the most important crafts in Kashmir, which today is one of the few places in the world where walnut is still available at an altitude of 5,500 to 7,500 feet above sea level.

Craft Tours in Srinagar

Dar hopes that with Srinagar’s listing on the Unesco Creative Cities Network (UCCN) list in 2021, the industry will get a boost. The government is also making efforts to revive the craft and introduce it to the world. For example, the Department of Handicrafts and Hand Weaving of Kashmir has set up “handicraft tours” to offer tourists a taste of the diversity of handicrafts.

The ‘Craft Tour’ which will take visitors through the narrow lanes of Srinagar opens a window into the lives and skills of master craftsmen and weavers whose creations are just as alluring as the apple orchards and snow-capped mountains of Kashmir. Scattered throughout the old town are small, sweltering sweatshops that artisans use to create exquisite works of art in wood, fabric or metal.

In one of these dust-choked manufacturing units, Najar, an old craftsman, shows his skill in the Khatamband, a wooden ceiling worked in a geometric pattern. “I learned this trade from my ancestors. It’s more than my livelihood. He says a task would take weeks because the wood has to be cut and carved by hand into different shapes, then the designs are attached to the ceiling in geometric patterns. “It’s my passion,” he said, alluding to the evolution of his craft and how it’s taken it to far-flung places. He added that the government’s efforts to promote Kashmiri handicrafts will raise interest and awareness in Khatamband.

Mehmood Ahmad Shah, director of handicrafts in Kashmir, said the region is home to age-old art and craftsmanship that needs to be recognized. “We hope these visits will restore the glory of these crafts.”

anjana@khaleejtimes.com

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Art on your wrist: Huawei teams up with Emirati artist Mahmood Al Abadi for Arabic calligraphy watch faces https://logprotect.net/art-on-your-wrist-huawei-teams-up-with-emirati-artist-mahmood-al-abadi-for-arabic-calligraphy-watch-faces/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:05:41 +0000 https://logprotect.net/art-on-your-wrist-huawei-teams-up-with-emirati-artist-mahmood-al-abadi-for-arabic-calligraphy-watch-faces/ Dubai: Do you love art but don’t have time to visit art galleries? If you are a Huawei GT3 watch user or planning to buy a Huawei GT3 watch, we have good news for you! You can now, literally, wear art on your wrists. How? ‘Or’ What? Huawei has partnered with renowned Emirati artist Mahmood […]]]>

Dubai: Do you love art but don’t have time to visit art galleries? If you are a Huawei GT3 watch user or planning to buy a Huawei GT3 watch, we have good news for you! You can now, literally, wear art on your wrists. How? ‘Or’ What? Huawei has partnered with renowned Emirati artist Mahmood Al Abadi to develop a unique collection of Arabic calligraphy designs for Huawei GT3 watch faces.

This gives Huawei GT3 watch users the option to choose between six artworks, created exclusively by Abadi, to set as the background on their watch.

Abadi, who is well known for his art of calligraphy, many of which are owned by prominent UAE businessmen, and displayed in the offices of government officials, spoke to Gulf News about the collaboration.

The 35-year-old artist said, “Huwaei brings art to digital devices. What I like most about this project is the idea of ​​using technology and digital art to promote Arab culture to more people.

Emirati artist Mahmood Al Abadi
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“Usually, art lovers have to visit exhibitions or galleries to appreciate the works of artists. More recently, social media has enabled artists to create digital art forms. Huawei has gone even further. Everyone has a device these days – a laptop, cellphone, tablet, or smartwatches. Showing works at this level made them accessible to a wider audience.

Where can I find the illustration of my watch face?

To change your watch face display to Abadi’s artwork, start by pairing your Huawei watch to your Huawei phone. Now, on the pre-installed Health app, open the Devices option. Now click on Watch Faces. By default, this will open to a page where you will see the Emirati artist’s collection.

For a step-by-step guide, watch the video.

Huawei themes for smartphones

This is not the first time that Abadi’s work has been displayed on Huawei devices. In 2021, Huawei made its works available in Huawei Themes, the pre-installed software for Huawei smartphones that allows users to customize wallpapers, display and text styles.

Using vividly hued Arabic calligraphy patterns, the artist has created a series of 10 artworks that capture the beauty of local architecture and historical moments that are the pride of Arab nations. “For an artist, everything around him is a source of inspiration. I was inspired by some steps taken by the United Arab Emirates. Besides calligraphy, we have created two works of art honoring the achievements of the United Arab Emirates such as The Hope Mars Mission.

Mahmoud is popular for the art of Arabic calligraphy

Mahmoud is well known for his art of Arabic calligraphy.
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Connecting young people to Arab culture

“It is not just a work of art, it is a reflection of the culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and of Arab and Middle Eastern culture. But I don’t just focus on traditional art.

My works take the traditional message and portray it in a modern way, it’s a mix of both,” he added.

Abadi seeks to bring young people closer to Arab culture. He said, “Today, art needs to be shared and promoted through modern means and channels that reach out to the younger generation. With Huawei’s artistic initiatives, Arabic art is going to be everywhere. They make art more interesting for the new generation.

The artistic journey of Mahmoud Al Abadi

Speaking about his vast background in art, graphic design, fine art and sculpture, he said, “My artistic journey started when I was 17 years old. Initially, I learned Arabic calligraphy from my uncle, who is an artist. Later, I attended the Arabic calligraphy center in Sharjah. Besides what I learned from my teachers, I also bought many self-help books to practice. The interaction with other local and international artists also helped me understand different artistic styles.

“I am happy and proud to join Huawei in this project to share Arabic-inspired themes with all Huawei users in the Middle East and North Africa.”

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Looking to the future in Dubai https://logprotect.net/looking-to-the-future-in-dubai/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 14:39:20 +0000 https://logprotect.net/looking-to-the-future-in-dubai/ The city of Dubai that thrives on architectural splendour, a building of overwhelming design makes you stop in your tracks. Drive through Sheikh Zayed Road and you’ll be immediately enchanted by its shimmering eye-shaped design with swirling allegorical calligraphy that traces the UAE’s prolific history and forward-looking approach. It’s the Museum of the Future, which […]]]>

The city of Dubai that thrives on architectural splendour, a building of overwhelming design makes you stop in your tracks. Drive through Sheikh Zayed Road and you’ll be immediately enchanted by its shimmering eye-shaped design with swirling allegorical calligraphy that traces the UAE’s prolific history and forward-looking approach. It’s the Museum of the Future, which captured the world’s attention before it even opened its doors, and for good reason. It’s a technological tour de force that offers a lesson in parametric design, with the entire project lifecycle created using 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) algorithms – a fast and cost-effective process that digitizes both the physical and functional characteristics of a structure.

Envisioned by architecture studio Killa Design and designed by Buro Happold, the solid part of the torus structure represents the knowledge we have today, while the void represents everything we don’t yet know.

Original museum sketch by Killa Design.
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“Only a few facades I can think of create such a striking and lasting first impression,” says Maitha Al Mazroei, Associate Projects Manager at the Museum of the Future, who has been part of the iconic project since the early stages of its construction. “The ironwork is a defining feature of the building’s identity. The 77-meter-high elliptical shape consists of more than 1,000 unique pieces over 17,600 square meters,” she adds.

Maitha graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Sharjah in 2013 and previously worked at Dubai Municipality in the areas of engineering, sustainability and renewable energy. She then pursued a Master of Science in Sustainable Design of the Built Environment at the British University in Dubai. In 2015, Maitha received the “Young Engineer of the Year” award at the Middle East Electricity Forum 2015 for her contribution to the field of sustainability in the United Arab Emirates. “From that moment, I knew I had to keep working for a more sustainable future,” she shares.

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Maitha Al Mazroei, Associate Projects Manager at the Museum of Future.
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Three years later, she joined the Dubai Future Foundation as Associate Project Manager. Here she worked with several teams on a wide range of projects, including the Museum of the Future. Maitha’s role at the museum spans a wide range of responsibilities, including recruiting and managing participating international and local designers. “I led the design process for the museum’s second floor lounge by curating its narrative. Additionally, I lead the team responsible for providing content around the exhibits and overseeing the process of translating content from English to the Arabic of display cases and publications associated with the museum,” she notes. In addition, in her mandate is to lead the design of staff uniforms, which have been designed by Emirati and local fashion designers. also worked as part of the site supervision team, overseeing the layout of museum exhibits.

Sustainability is central to the museum’s design – rightly so, as the building is a bastion of futuristic city models. “It’s the first museum of its kind in the Middle East and is aiming to achieve LEED Platinum status,” shares Maitha. The low-carbon civic building achieves sustainability through several innovations, including its parametric design, passive solar architecture, and low-energy and water-consumption engineering solutions. It also provides energy and water harvesting strategies, using sustainable building materials.

“Even the green mound on which the superstructure rests uses native plant species that are resistant to heat and drought,” she explains. “It is also equipped with a smart irrigation system to minimize water consumption, as it uses weather data from humidity sensors to reduce over-irrigation. Any water overflow is collected and recycled back into the irrigation reservoirs to ensure there is no wasted runoff water. I am very proud to be part of such a flagship project in the field of sustainable buildings.

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Calligraphic pattern detail.
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The heritage of the United Arab Emirates is felt in the 14,000 meters of Arabic calligraphy that adorns the museum’s stainless steel facade, with words from a poem by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and First minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, which were designed by the coveted Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it…The future does not wait…The future can be designed and built today,” reads in part .

“The most striking element is the Arabic calligraphy which elegantly envelops the building. In keeping with the museum’s sustainability agenda and innovative design, the cursive writing also serves as windows illuminating the interior and illuminating the building with 14 kilometers of LED lighting at night,” says Maitha. “Together, the steel structure and Arabic poetry form an incredibly striking and inspiring facade.”

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The museum illuminated at night.
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The Museum of the Future has become a global test bed for emerging technologies. “Indirectly, it delivers a message to the world that Dubai is a hub for collaboration and offers an ecosystem of support for innovators and start-ups in fourth industrial revolution technologies. Dubai’s culture of innovation, flexible and supportive regulatory frameworks and favorable business climate make the city a hotspot for the development of emerging technologies,” said Maitha.

The museum offers a blend of the rich traditions and futuristic spirit of the United Arab Emirates through its distinct creative language. “The calligraphy that adorns the facade defends the Arabic language and therefore our rich culture. At its core, it is an embodiment of the UAE’s outward-looking stance and Dubai’s position as a hub for global collaboration,” says Maitha. “The United Arab Emirates has a tradition of welcoming the world and Dubai is one of the most multicultural urban cities. In the same way, the museum brought together the best designers, architects and innovators in the world to not only construct the building, but also to help build a better future for humanity.

An intriguing new world awaits visitors to the museum when it opens – its launch date has yet to be announced.

I can confirm that customers would never have experienced anything like this before. The museum of the future will include futuristic concepts and solutions, which can be used to help humanity meet some of its greatest challenges.

– Maitha Al Mazroei, Associate Project Manager at the Museum of the Future

“I can confirm that clients would never have experienced anything like this before,” Maitha reveals. “The Museum of the Future will include futuristic concepts and solutions, which can be used to help humanity meet some of its greatest challenges.”

Visitors can expect an immersive experience that will transport them through time and space. “We have partnered with world-renowned companies to create complex environments that will allow customers to detach from their current reality. All the partners have come together under the same banner to collaborate intimately and harmoniously in order to ensure a coherent and holistic journey. Visitors will leave with a new sense of optimism and inspiration to organize the kind of future they want to live in,” says Maitha.

As the UAE celebrates its 50th National Day this year, it has continued to strengthen its position in the futuristic realm. “The country has made tremendous progress in a short time. We have become a space nation and a world leader in logistics, leveraging fourth industrial revolution technologies to create some of the most efficient, sustainable and robust supply chains,” Maitha notes, adding that the country has also contributed significantly on the global agritech agenda. and plays a leading role in the development of green energy and clean urban mobility.

“Over the next 50 years, the UAE will continue on its trajectory. As part of its vision, the country will pursue more ambitious feats around science and technology. We can expect achievements in space exploration, urban planning and, above all, sustainability,” Maitha anticipates.

As Sheikh Mohammed said on the facade of the Museum of the Future, “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.”

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The 9 Best Erasable Pens https://logprotect.net/the-9-best-erasable-pens/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 21:00:25 +0000 https://logprotect.net/the-9-best-erasable-pens/ To get the satisfying look of an error-free written page, an erasable pen is a must. The best erasable pens write smoothly and erase cleanly without leaving residue or tearing pages. Erasable pens are ideal for informal uses like taking notes, writing in diaries and doing crossword puzzles, since the the ink does Actually to […]]]>

To get the satisfying look of an error-free written page, an erasable pen is a must. The best erasable pens write smoothly and erase cleanly without leaving residue or tearing pages. Erasable pens are ideal for informal uses like taking notes, writing in diaries and doing crossword puzzles, since the the ink does Actually to erase (it simply disappears due to the increase in temperature caused by the friction of erasing). In other words, don’t use them for important documents or written materials that need long-term storage.

When shopping for an erasable pen, there are plenty of options to match your favorite standard ink pen. Erasable inks are generally designed to produce the same type of lines produced by gel or ballpoint pen models – they can even be used for highlighters. The size of the feathers also varies. Some erasable pens have bold 1 millimeter tips, while other tips are as fine as 0.38 millimeters. Erasable pens will always come with an eraser attached, so you won’t have to worry about keeping track of a handheld.

You can also look for small design details that make writing easier, such as ergonomic handles and side clips for portability. Erasable pens can have a tip or a retractable cap. Either way, be sure to use these features to prevent the ink from drying out.

Scroll my selects the best erasable pens currently on Amazon.

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A pack of 3 popular erasable pens.

Fans of retractable pens will appreciate this three-pack Pilot FriXion clickersavailable in black, blue and red. The gel-style pens produce smooth 0.7 millimeter lines that erase cleanly using the eraser caps at the end of each barrel. Plastic clips make them easy to attach to coil binders and pockets, and the barrels can be reused if you purchase ink chamber refillswhich is helpful in reducing plastic waste.

One fan raved: “I’m impressed with the cleanliness of the ink and its ability to fix a mistake. I was introduced to them when I purchased my Rocketbook…now I use these pens all the time when doing my office work. I no longer have to worry about the white veil. I LIKE THIS!”

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An economical set of erasable ballpoint pens

At around 50 cents each, Paper Mate’s 12-pack Eraser Mate Pens are of great value. The black ink produces the results of a standard 1 millimeter ballpoint pen, with the added benefit of being erasable. Simply make corrections using the eraser built into the pen’s plastic cap. One reviewer recommended cleaning the eraser after heavy use for best results, but overall many were happy with how easily marks are removed.

One fan raved: “These pens are excellent value for money. The pens [write] smooth and have a low smudge factor from what I’ve experienced. They have a comfortable grip and balance for small hands (children) or large hands (adults). My son and I both love these pens and think they glide very well. […] I definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a comfortable, well-balanced writing pen with the added ability to be erasable.

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A set of best selling colorful erasable pens

With an overall rating of 4.7 stars and 70,000 reviews, these FriXion clickers by Pilot are the best-selling gel pens on Amazon. The 10-pack features a rainbow of colors and draws 0.7 millimeter fine lines. Each pen has a retractable nib with a built-in clip and eraser, and a rubber grip on the plastic barrel makes writing comfortable. Several reviewers noted that the ink flows smoothly, and another enthusiastic reviewer insisted that “the no-mess eraser tip really erases every spot!”

One fan raved: “These are AMAZING! The only pen I plan to use in the future. […] They write very well and erase well. The eraser leaves no residue, not even those little flakes you blow off. It’s like magic!”

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A premium erasable pen delivered in a nice gift box

the FriXion Ball LX combines the convenience of an erasable pen with the look of a luxury writing tool. The erasable blue ink is housed in a sleek brushed metal body with chrome accents at the tip and clip, and the sleek packaging makes it ideal for gifts. The pen draws a fine line of 0.7 millimeters, but an Amazon reviewer found it could accommodate extra-fine lines as well. 0.5 millimeter refills. The eraser can be concealed with a sturdy cap that matches the body of the pen, and the nib is retractable to protect it between uses. This pen is also available in six colors, including unexpected shades like lime and gold.

One fan raved: “I LOVE FRIXION PENS. Like, I seriously love them and my one and only complaint is that they don’t really look good or [elegant] looking at. The LX erased my only complaint. Pretty, sleek and with a bit more heft than their regular editions, they’re pure perfect. They still write very smoothly and erase easily.

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A set of erasable pens for crossword enthusiasts

ByKoo’s erasable gel pens are advertised as being ideal for solving crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, but their use need not be limited to brain games. A 12-pack includes six black pens and six blue pens, each with a 0.7 millimeter tip. It’s easy to make corrections using the rubber erasers on the end of the pens, and the plastic clip doubles as a retractable clicker. You can also brand multipacks in different ink color combinations.

One fan raved: “I’m a crossword buff with vision problems, so I need a writing instrument that makes dark marks. And since I’m bad at spelling, I erase a lot. […] I am completely satisfied with them. They write smooth and full, erase cleanly, and have a soft grip that’s very comfortable in my tired old hands. If you are looking for a good erasable ink pin, this is what you want.

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An extra-thin erasable pen that writes in four colors

If you’re someone who likes to write in different colors, you can eliminate the need for multiple pens with the FriXion Ball 4 driver. The erasable pen lets you switch between black, blue, green and red ink with just one click, and the extra-fine 0.5 millimeter tip is a rare find for a ballpoint pen. The wide plastic body is available in champagne gold and a matching rubber grip is included for added comfort. To quote one enthusiastic Amazon reviewer, the only downside to owning this pen is that “everyone keeps trying to steal it.” The nib is retractable and there is a built-in eraser at the end of the pen.

One fan raved: “It’s my favorite pen and I carry it around at work. As a clinical researcher, I love the multiple colors and quality of the ink, even for leftist writers like me. No messy trail. The signature and data look professional and amazing.”

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A multicolored set ideal for drawing

Add sparkle to your writing with these colorful erasable gel pens by Vanstek. The 15-pack covers every color on the spectrum and breaks down to less than a dollar per pen. Retractable pawls protect inks from drying out while soft rubber grips help reduce hand fatigue. The fine nibs produce smooth 0.7 millimeter lines and, according to an Amazon reviewer, the ink dries faster than other brands.

One fan raved: “Excellent value for money for an erasable pen. Erases by friction/heat. The colors are all vibrant and each pen tip is sealed with a ball of wax upon arrival. After removing the ball, the pens write smoothly and beautifully. Beautiful black ink that glides on evenly when writing. Erases cleanly. These are just like the brand’s erasable pens but at a fraction of the price. On top of that, you get so many more colors! I love them!”

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A set of black gel ink pens.

The Lineon 15 Pack gel pens is designed for anyone who primarily uses black ink for writing tasks. Each pen has a 0.7 millimeter tip that retracts with a plastic clip, and the ink is easy to erase using the domed eraser on the end. The plastic body is translucent so you can keep an eye on your ink level, while a comfortable rubber grip makes the pen easy to hold when jotting things down. Many enthusiastic reviewers have agreed that the fluidity of the ink makes these erasable pens comparable to name brand options.

One fan raved: “Best erasable pen I’ve tried […] Last the longest, write the smoothest and easiest to open and close with one hand. Will only buy this brand from now on.

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A pack of erasable gel pens that draw bold lines

This version of FriXion erasable pen draw a bold 1 millimeter line in gel-style black ink. The solid black plastic body has a matching eraser at the end and a textured rubber grip near the tip for added comfort. A retractable nib saves you the worry of lost caps, while a plastic clip makes the pen easy to carry in your pocket or attach to a book at any time. An Amazon reviewer gave this 12-pack the ultimate thumbs up, writing, “These pens have changed my life!!”

One fan raved: “I was looking for a long time [an] erasable pen with a bolder tip……….finally found! I am very happy! I was so sick of all the very thin pen tips. I was looking for a pen to do puzzles like word search, crosswords etc. It appears better and much easier for my tired old eyes.

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Also great: a vibrant set of erasable highlighters

Mark important sections of text with Pilot’s erasable highlighters. The five-pack produces translucent gel-style lines in a variety of pastel shades. There is a chisel tip applicator on one end and a silicone eraser on the other. A cap prevents ink from drying out while a handy clip can be used as a bookmark for where you’ve highlighted notes or a passage of text. One reviewer was “blown away” by the fact that these markers didn’t bleed through thin pages, while another added, “I wonder how I ever lived without them.”

One fan raved: “It works like a regular wet highlighter, but it sits on top of the page instead of soaking in. It is completely erasable. You can see the text clearly through the colors – they are very pale which I like. […] I’ve been using them for several months now and haven’t had a single dry color. They last as long as other pen highlighters, and they work better for Bible pages than any highlighter I’ve ever tried…and I’ve tried MANY. Highly recommend.”

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Mississippi toasts the art of Andrew Bucci on his centennial https://logprotect.net/mississippi-toasts-the-art-of-andrew-bucci-on-his-centennial/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:36:19 +0000 https://logprotect.net/mississippi-toasts-the-art-of-andrew-bucci-on-his-centennial/ Mississippi Artist Andre BucciThe artist’s captivating and colorful contemporary art and his place in the state’s creative treasure chest and cultural history are at the center of Mississippi art events celebrating the centennial of his birth. Andrew Bucci received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2009. Courtesy Mississippi Arts Commission/Photo by James […]]]>

Mississippi Artist Andre BucciThe artist’s captivating and colorful contemporary art and his place in the state’s creative treasure chest and cultural history are at the center of Mississippi art events celebrating the centennial of his birth.

Andrew Bucci received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2009. Courtesy Mississippi Arts Commission/Photo by James Patterson

Influential and beloved Mississippi painter Mary Hull tied Bucci early as one to watch. With words that noted the influence of Matisse, but a style all his own, Bucci cultivated an artistic curiosity and zeal throughout his life. Hull predicted that his former pupil would become “among the best”, and after Bucci finished his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hull was the one learning from him.

Beyond the obvious appeal of Bucci’s cheerful, often bright and colorful art, “What we hope to achieve with this year is to show the depth of his practice and range – how phenomenal and meticulous,” art consultant Elizabeth Abston, who advises on centennial plans, says.

“At first glance, it looks quick, easy and attractive. But, when you scratch the surface, you see the depth of his practice…and all that he was able to accomplish over so many years,” adds Abston.

Bucci was born in Vicksburg on January 12, 1922. The day that would have been his 100th birthday, January 12 of this year, marks the first goal of a year-long celebration of the late artist’s life and the works he Mississippians can expect to see. hosted in the state, coordinated and supported by the Andrew Bucci Estate.

Margaret Bucci, the artist’s niece and executor of his estate, and curator Beth Batton lead a The story is lunch program at noon on January 12 in the auditorium of the Mississippi Museum of History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Organizers will then post a video of the live stream to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History YouTube page. Additionally, State Sen. Brigg Hopson of Vicksburg will announce Jan. 12 as Andrew Bucci Day, under the Mississippi Senate designation.

After the program, visit a small exhibition in the neighbor’s hall winter building presents the first of several exhibitions scheduled for this year at Mississippi museums and regional art galleries.

“Emerging Grace: Andrew Bucci’s Early Works” at the Winter Building shares sketches from his early years, including a landscape from his time studying with Hull, as well as works by students from his time at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

Andrew Bucci’s view of Vicksburg in the style of a Sung dynasty scroll is among the works featured in the ‘Emerging Grace’ exhibit at the Winter Building (Andrew Bucci Collection/MDAH). Photo by Mark Geil

Various styles appear in his sketchbooks and curator Batton has focused on imagery offering insight into the development of his artistic vocabulary. “That language which is very graceful, and which you see in later works in these loose brushstrokes and abstract works, with background images that look like falling leaves, and loose, graceful figures (recalls ) Chinese calligraphy,” says Batton.

“There’s a beautiful landscape of Vicksburg that he did in the Sung dynasty style, and there’s a description near the work that will be displayed from his notes,” Batton adds. “It speaks of the character of the subject depicted, as well as its appearance.”

“It will be more of an intimate look at some of his early student work, none of which has ever been seen before by the public,” says Margaret Bucci.

Sketches by Andrew Bucci like this one from the 1950s show the artist’s love of figure drawing and painting. His sketchbooks are now part of the Andrew Bucci Collection of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Photo by Mark Geil

In addition to earning a degree in architectural engineering from Louisiana State University, Bucci took life drawing classes at Julian Academy in Paris while stationed nearby after World War II. He also received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied fashion illustration at Parsons School of Design At New York.

“Much of his early work shows his early interest in figure drawing and figure painting. These sketchbooks are full of people,” says Margaret Bucci. “He loved drawing the human figure, and he loved fashion. and the theatrics, and that kind of drama he could add to his art.”

The theme surfaced as early as the 1930s, in high school drawings. “He kept many of these drawings, and they are figures of theater and fashion”, describes Margaret Bucci. “You could tell that when he went to art school, his sophistication with color started to come into focus,” as did his interest in abstraction, she notes.

Additional material touches on Bucci’s military service in World War II, his training as a meteorologist, his studies at art school on the GI Bill under Hull’s encouragement and more.

The “Emerging Grace” artifacts are part of the Andrew Bucci Collection, which the Andrew Bucci Estate donated to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in January 2021. The treasure trove of materials – 87 boxes in all – is rich in biography and historical context as well as art, including Bucci’s detailed personal scrapbooks from the 1940s to the 2000s and nearly 100 sketchbooks from ‘works of art.

“We have no other collection that contains so many art lessons and prolific sketches,” says MDAH archivist Laura Heller when cataloging the collection.

“He painted there, he drew there, he resisted the wax. … He did everything in his sketchbooks,” says Margaret Bucci. “They are filled with all kinds of delicacies.

Fluidity and grace define Bucci’s artistic signature, as shown in this figure from a 1950s sketchbook (Andrew Bucci Collection/MDAH). Photo by Mark Geil

“His business belonged to Mississippi,” where he got his start and gained his biggest fan base, she says. Much of the artwork dates from a formative period in his career.

“I just felt like the public needed access to it, for academic purposes, for research purposes. All of this work is kind of a treasure chest for anyone not only interested in studying of Andrew, but if you get to know Andrew’s story, you’ll also learn the story of many other Mississippi artists.

Tributes across the state

Exhibitions later this year highlight key threads in Bucci’s art. “He was always looking for new ways to express his vision,” says Margaret Bucci.

“Andrew Bucci: Fashion Forward,” which will be open from August 26 to October 31 at Lauren Rogers Art Museum in Laurel, Miss., will explore her clothed figure art. The exhibition will feature sketches made at the Académie Julian when Bucci was stationed near Paris as a military meteorologist, as well as class projects and notebooks from his fashion illustration classes as Parsons in 1951 and character designs from the 1960s.

“We think this is the first time her work on fashion has really taken center stage,” says Kristen Zohn, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

A show at Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Miss., will be held from October 2022 to March 2023 and will focus on Bucci’s use of color and landscape abstraction.

“We’re going to connect him and Walter Anderson and their appreciation of the Southern landscape,” said Mattie Codling, director of collections and exhibitions at the museum.

Examples of Andrew Bucci’s student work offer a glimpse of the style that would become his signature, in “Emerging Grace,” an exhibit in the lobby of the Winter Building, from the Andrew Bucci collection in the Department of Archives and history of Mississippi. Photo by Beth Batson

A Vicksburg Arts Association The exhibition scheduled for September will feature cityscapes of places in which Bucci lived and studied, including Vicksburg, New York, Washington, DC and Chicago.

Shopping malls such as Brown’s fine art in Jackson, Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans and Blue Print Gallery in Dallas also plan to mark the artist’s centennial in some way this year, with details to be announced in the near future.

Andrew Bucci Fashion spread from 1945
The human figure and fashion designs feature prominently in Andrew Bucci’s student sketchbooks, such as in this fashion circulated from the mid-1940s. The artist’s students are part of the Andrew Bucci collection of the Mississippi Department of Records and History. Photo by Mark Geil

These centenary tributes aim to showcase the range of an artist who began creating in the mid to late 1930s and continued into the 2000s, learning something new with each decade – always evolving, always evolving. creating.

“He is truly one of the most important Mississippi artists of the 20th century,” says Abston.

The January 12 History Is Lunch program is free and open to the public; it will also be broadcast live on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Facebook page, and published on the department YouTube channel. The “Emerging Grace” exhibit runs through March 12 at the Winter Building and is open to the public Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Beykoz Museum offers a journey into the glittering past of Turkish glass art https://logprotect.net/beykoz-museum-offers-a-journey-into-the-glittering-past-of-turkish-glass-art/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:13:10 +0000 https://logprotect.net/beykoz-museum-offers-a-journey-into-the-glittering-past-of-turkish-glass-art/ When one thinks of glass art, places such as Venice and Bohemia come to mind. However, Istanbul, the heart of many traditional arts, has been the center of its own unique style of glassmaking that synthesizes East and West. In the Ottoman Empire, the state paid great attention to the manufacture of glass; glass thus […]]]>

When one thinks of glass art, places such as Venice and Bohemia come to mind. However, Istanbul, the heart of many traditional arts, has been the center of its own unique style of glassmaking that synthesizes East and West. In the Ottoman Empire, the state paid great attention to the manufacture of glass; glass thus gained a significant place among the Ottoman arts. As is the case with palaces and mansions, glamorous glassware has been used in the windows and chandeliers of mosques, the heart of spiritual life. For example, 16 glassblowers worked on the construction of the Süleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan in Istanbul. French traveler Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, who traveled through Ottoman lands between 1700 and 1702, praised the new Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) and its pleasant crystal balls, branch chandeliers and ostrich eggs, traditionally used to ward off spiders.

As the “Seyahatname” (“Travel Books”) of Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi recounts, glassmakers occupied a distinct place among the artists of old Istanbul. They included masters who made items for use in everyday life as well as artists who made unique items that had artistic value.

Dervish path Mehmed

The art of glass rooted in the Ottoman era would gradually change as the empire moved towards the West. During the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Selim III, who ascended to the throne in 1761, a Mevlevi dervish named Mehmed Dede, who adhered to the Sufism of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana Jalaladdin Rumi, was sent to train in glassmaking in Venice by order of the palace. Dervish Mehmed was among the students sent to Europe by the Ottomans amid interest in developments in the West.


An exterior view of the Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum, Istanbul.  (Courtesy of the National Palaces)
An exterior view of the Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum, Istanbul. (Courtesy of the National Palaces)

This artist stayed in Venice for a while and learned how to make opal glass. On his return, he established a glass workshop in Beykoz, then in a village near Istanbul and later in a district of the city. Probably due to his skill in the force of spiritual love in his heart, Mehmed brilliantly shaped his glass and his reputation grew. His glass artwork often resembled Mevlevi caps, reflecting Rumi’s spirituality. Although Sultan Selim III died in a domestic upheaval, he rendered a great service to Turkish glass art.

Beykoz glass in Mecca

During the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, who ascended to the throne in 1839, a glass factory named Beykoz Cam ve Billurat Fabrika-i Hümayunu (Beykoz Imperial Glass and Crystal Factory) began to operate in the region. It was followed by many glass workshops in Beykoz, to the point that the adjective “Beykoz işi” (work of Beykoz) was born. Glassworks used in Islamic holy places in Mecca were also made in Beykoz. Glassworks similar to “Beykoz işi” have been observed in a large area stretching from Iran to India. Beykoz has become the eponymous name for glass, although its fame has waned nowadays.

Beykoz, with a rich past, currently houses a comprehensive but relatively recent glass museum. The Beykoz and Crystal Museum, inaugurated by the Presidency of the National Palaces in the restored former stables of Abraham Pasha Grove, houses a glittering world behind its doors.

Abraham Pasha’s Grove, which rose to the rank of vizier during the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz, once housed mansions, birdhouses, swimming pools and a theater. During the reign of Sultan Abdülhamid II, this land was purchased and opened to the public under the name of “garden of freedom”. Currently, only the restored stables survive on this 360 decare (89 acres) lot.

1,500 exhibits

The museum is made up of 12 thematic sections which house 1,500 pieces representing all kinds of glassware. In the museum, which contains exhibits from different palaces and museums in Turkey, in particular Topkapı Palace, one can trace the making of glass in Turkish history through sparkling and magnificent examples. These works, dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, reflect the broad cultural codes of Ottoman and Turkish art while revealing its interaction with the West when needed.

700 year old glass plate

The oldest artifact in the Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum collection is the 700-year-old glass plate found during excavations of the Kubadabad Palace of Alaeddin Keykubad, the ruler of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. Also known as the “Kubadabad Plaque”, this work, adorned with enamel and gilding ornaments, is dated between 1237 and 1246.

Another important artifact is the ceremonial coach of Sultan Mahmud II, which is notable for the amount of crystal used in its manufacture.

Almost unscathed Mamluk chandeliers, chandeliers adorned with ancient Turkish calligraphy, colorful and tinted Ottoman artwork known as ‘revzen’, glass objects inherited from Ottoman sultans such as Sultan Abdülhamid II and examples glass from Europe are other distinctive items on display at the museum.

The Beykoz Glass and Crystal Museum is also home to a particularly fun glass workshop for children, in addition to a library that serves as a source for those who want to learn more about glass art.

Resplendent in its natural beauty, the museum is nestled in the hills of Beykoz, appealing to those who want to enjoy a unique cultural atmosphere outside of Istanbul’s most famous historical places.

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20 new free commercial fonts for 2022 https://logprotect.net/20-new-free-commercial-fonts-for-2022/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 12:21:29 +0000 https://logprotect.net/20-new-free-commercial-fonts-for-2022/ One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your website is to add a new font. Here is a list of the new fonts released last year. All are free for commercial use, although some are from larger premium font families. Before using a font, be sure to check its terms. Decohead Decohead […]]]>

One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your website is to add a new font. Here is a list of the new fonts released last year. All are free for commercial use, although some are from larger premium font families. Before using a font, be sure to check its terms.

Decohead

Decohead

Decohead is an elegant and warm Art Deco inspired typeface to add a sophisticated element to any design.

Cie Prodelt

Prodelt Co home page

Cie Prodelt

Cie Prodelt features vintage and retro styling inspired by classic product labels.

Rockford Sans

Rockford Sans homepage

Rockford Sans

Rockford Sans is a geometric sans serif. Its large x height and round characteristics are both readable and user-friendly.

Alphagender

Alphakind Home Page

Alphagender

Alphagender is a bold and modern display font with lots of animated characters, ideal for banners and headlines.

Sunny spells

Sunny Spells Home Page

Sunny spells

Sunny spells is a bright and sparkling display font that can add fun to any design.

Abcl

Abcl home page

Abcl

Abcl is a charming and elegant hand-drawn font ideal for friendly and readable text.

Legend

Legend home page

Legend

Legend is a condensed sans-serif font. Its strength makes it suitable for banners, advertisements and even logos.

Angkatan Bersenjata

Angkatan Bersenjata homepage

Angkatan Bersenjata

Angkatan Bersenjata is an eye-catching stencil style font.

Platiipe

Platiipe home page

Platiipe

Platiipe is a thick, lively font for a lively, fun, and freaky style.

New York

New York Home Page

New York

New York is an elegant and timeless wheelbase that projects luxury and sophistication.

Roxie rossa

Roxie Rossa's Home Page

Roxie rossa

Roxie rossa is a modern and stylish ligature font for logos, editorial designs, social media content, product packaging, and more.

Senilita

Senilità home page

Senilita

Senilita is a free retro display font inspired by classic Italian movies and Art Deco themes.

Frankia

Frankia Home Page

Frankia

Frankia was created to update the graphic characters and achieve the crossing of two typographic families from distinct eras.

Sumpah Masih Muda

Sumpah Masih Muda Homepage

Sumpah Masih Muda

Sumpah Masih Muda is an animated script font to add flair to your design.

Anoman obong

Anoman Obong Home Page

Anoman obong

Anoman obong is a fun brush script font from Wahyu Eka Prasetya.

No virus

No Virus Home Page

No virus

No virus is a large and round hand print font for display banners and advertisements.

Market

Marcha Home Page

Market

Market is a modern and ornate calligraphy font perfect for making a good impression.

Virus killer

Virus Killer home page

Virus killer

Virus killer is an all-caps condensed script font for screens.

Mangabey

Mangabey Home Page

Mangabey

Mangabey is an attractive, user-friendly and readable sans serif.

Monicha

Monicha's home page

Monicha

Monicha is a lush script font with flourishes to add personalized flair.

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ALEXANDRA SHULMAN’S NOTEBOOK: So what exactly is the appeal of a fit It Guy? https://logprotect.net/alexandra-shulmans-notebook-so-what-exactly-is-the-appeal-of-a-fit-it-guy/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 22:01:18 +0000 https://logprotect.net/alexandra-shulmans-notebook-so-what-exactly-is-the-appeal-of-a-fit-it-guy/ Covid has changed a lot of things in our lives, but it has failed to play with a lasting fascination: who is dating whom. What has changed is who the partners are. Far fewer young women associate with older men. As one of them told me recently, “We just don’t date older men. It’s weird.’ […]]]>

Covid has changed a lot of things in our lives, but it has failed to play with a lasting fascination: who is dating whom. What has changed is who the partners are.

Far fewer young women associate with older men. As one of them told me recently, “We just don’t date older men. It’s weird.’

How different from my cohort, who in their twenties often had relationships with older men.

Our boyfriends – who might be five, ten, sometimes 15 years older than us – just seemed more interesting and exciting than boys our age.

The older men introduced you to different people and had more experience in many ways.

Instead of girls dating older men, it’s much more common for boys this age to date older women. There are high profile couples like Alexa Chung, 38, and Orson Fry (above), 27, who are practically doppelgangers.

Yes, they took us to some great restaurants that we couldn’t afford, but that was not the point.

They had confidence in themselves, confidence in themselves. We certainly didn’t find them scary – at least not most of them.

Now things have changed. Instead of girls dating older men, it’s much more common for boys this age to date older women.

There are high profile couples like Alexa Chung, 38, and Orson Fry, 27, who are practically doppelgangers; director and mother of two Olivia Wilde, 37, and Harry Styles, 27, one of the most successful It Guys of her generation; and Helena Bonham Carter, 55, lives with dashing art historian Rye Dag Holmboe, 32.

But it’s not just the celebrities. I have noticed this new trend more and more among my own family and friends.

We’re not talking about making a Mrs. Robinson – predatory older women moving in with naive young men. Neither toyboy seeks to bridge the gap between serious relationships. No. These are serious and seemingly long-lasting relationships. What is behind the role reversal?

Helena Bonham Carter, 55, lives with dashing art historian Rye Dag Holmboe, 32

Helena Bonham Carter, 55, lives with dashing art historian Rye Dag Holmboe, 32

One possibility is that younger men admire the same traits in older women that once appealed to me in older men, namely their confidence and experience.

Another is that nowadays there really isn’t much of a difference between a man in his twenties and a woman in his thirties, except one important thing: the desire to have children.

But even that is not the problem.

Or maybe starting sex with a stranger is so limited by what is now considered acceptable or unacceptable behavior (question – is anyone rushing for a kiss again?)

Maybe an older woman seems less vulnerable. Maybe they’re more likely to be an initiator. I have no idea. But either way, the demographics of the age of parenting looks set to undergo a significant shift.

We will no longer see older fathers from the second marriage competing in the Father’s Race on School Sports Day. A bunch of fit, surprisingly young men will race along the track in their stead.

Why we are all looking for a refuge

More than a day before the reservations desk opened last weekend, a long line had formed in the freezing cold to grab the summer rental at a tiny beach hut in Dorset.

It’s a real determination to get your hands on 6ft x 4ft of space on a crowded plaza.

But the huts were never about space. Their enduring appeal is about something else. It’s a throwback to the fun many of us remember from a treehouse or a childhood teepee in the backyard or even a tent under the dining table.

More than a day before the reservations office opened last weekend, a long line had formed in the freezing cold to pick up the summer rental at a small beach hut in Dorset

More than a day before the reservations office opened last weekend, a long line had formed in the freezing cold to pick up the summer rental at a small beach hut in Dorset

A place to hide. Escape. The ultimate bedroom for you, with a feeling of privacy.

Just ask one of the thousands of people who have put up prefabricated huts during these pandemic months, when we have been locked up with our loved ones for longer than we would like.

If it’s good enough for the queen …

I’m not usually superstitious, but that doesn’t stop me from being a little nervous about keeping the Christmas decorations after Twelfth Night, which is supposed to bring a year of bad luck.

So the tree, cards, and fairy lights were all quickly removed and the house looks sad and empty.

I miss the smell of pine needles and the colors of the balls and the festive atmosphere. But… I just found out that the Queen keeps her tree until February – and, as regular readers know, I’m a fan of almost everything she does.

Since Her Majesty has maintained this practice for years, I do not think that the annus horribilis of her last 12 months can be attributed to the Christmas decorations.

So next year, I will do the same and hold on to the sparkle to brighten up the greyness of those gloomy January days. Let the gremlins do their best.

The writing is on the wall for my doodle

Novelist Colm Toibin revealed on Radio 4’s Today show that he handwrites all of his novels.

Many novelists swear that connecting pen to paper is an intrinsic part of the process. Yet with the use of computers we lose the ability to write by hand.

It reminded me of how much I failed to deliver on last year’s resolution to improve my own writing.

I vividly remember the intense pleasure of learning to write as a child – the careful formation of the S, the tail of the lowercase g, the ban on looping characters in the Marion Richardson script we were taught.

And then take a fashion to learn italics, and an attempt at ornate calligraphy. All of this translates into my handwriting today, which is notoriously unreadable.

The bird flu victim must have been a gosling

I have long marveled that Gardeners Question Time panelists Bob Flowerdew, Anne Swithinbank and Pippa Greenwood all had horticultural names.

Now, nominative determinism has given us two more crackers: Alan Gosling, the first man to contract a new strain of bird flu from his flock of Muscovy ducks – and (as he must surely be called now ad infinitum) the star. of tennis ‘Novax’ Djokovic.

Nominative determinism gave more crackers: Alan Gosling, the first man to contract a new strain of bird flu from his flock of Muscovy ducks - and (as he surely must now be called endlessly) the tennis star ' Novax 'Djokovic (above)

Nominative determinism gave more crackers: Alan Gosling, the first man to contract a new strain of bird flu from his flock of Muscovy ducks – and (as he surely must now be called endlessly) the tennis star ‘ Novax ‘Djokovic (above)

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BenFred: If St. Louis City SC play lives up to Coach Carnell’s vision, our new MLS squad will be easy to cheer on | Ben frederickson https://logprotect.net/benfred-if-st-louis-city-sc-play-lives-up-to-coach-carnells-vision-our-new-mls-squad-will-be-easy-to-cheer-on-ben-frederickson/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0000 https://logprotect.net/benfred-if-st-louis-city-sc-play-lives-up-to-coach-carnells-vision-our-new-mls-squad-will-be-easy-to-cheer-on-ben-frederickson/ Bradley Carnell (left) and St. Louis City SC athletic director Lutz Pfannenstiel. Photo by STL City SC Among the many adventures of St. Louis City SC sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel during his globetrotting days as a goalkeeper in just about any country that has released a soccer ball is had the discovery of a shapeshifter […]]]>





Bradley Carnell (left) and St. Louis City SC athletic director Lutz Pfannenstiel. Photo by STL City SC


Among the many adventures of St. Louis City SC sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel during his globetrotting days as a goalkeeper in just about any country that has released a soccer ball is had the discovery of a shapeshifter full-back named Bradley Carnell.

At a charity tournament years ago in South Africa, Carnell was a deadly defender that, frankly, it wasn’t fun to play against.

It was as if Carnell – he says Brad is doing well, too – was powered by a bigger engine than his peers.

“Be proactive,” Carnell calls it. “On the front foot.”

At a training camp in Germany after the two finished playing, Pfannenstiel was an instructor and Carnell introduced himself as a former player who realized his transition to broadcast had left him unsatisfied. .

“The passion and energy I had to work on the green grass, to sniff the field every morning, that was really missing in my life for the first time,” Carnell recalls.

Coaching scratched Carnell’s itch. Pfannenstiel could see, even as Carnell began, that he had a knack for turning the engines on in others. The player in charge had the touch.

“I kept an eye on him,” Pfannenstiel said.

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