For Musilin: Call Her Fatimah, photographer Giulia Marchi traces the experience of modern Chinese Muslim women through 22-year-old Ding Lan, one of the many young people studying at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Mostly in their early twenties, Ding Lan, whose Muslim name is Fatimah, and her peers make the journey from their hometowns throughout the provinces Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Henan in hopes of building a deeper understanding of their cultural history outside of China, where they make up the minority population. At the university, students study the Koran and Islamic law while learning to read and write in Arabic.
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her create incredibly beautiful paintings that many of her fans (and buyers) have likened to Monet’s works.
Little Iris is slowly learning to speak, whereas most children have already begun to speak at least a few words by age 2. Along with speech therapy, her parents gradually introduced her to painting, which is when they discovered her amazing talent.
“We have been encouraging Iris to paint to help with speech therapy, joint attention and turn taking,” her mother, Arabella Carter-Johnson, explains on her website. “Then we realised that she is actually really talented and has an incredible concentration span of around 2 hours each time she paints. Her autism has created a style of painting which I have never seen in a child of her age, she has an understanding of colours and how they interact with each other.”
Much better version of the same subject matter I posted earlier.
Ok kids, listen up. I’m about to explain to you, to the best of my ability, why there are 40,000 people protesting in Tokyo’s Nagata-cho as I type this, why it matters, and why you should be talking about it, too.
What Started This Protest?
The short answer —> Japan’s Prime…
269: Tiger Painting
Wanted to do something different this evening so I decided to break out the Gouache. It was a nice break from the usual digital sketch! It’s late so the picture isn’t that great. I’ll try to remember to take a better one in the morning when the sun is out.
I attached a picture of my work space just to prove this one was done traditionally. Man do I make an awful mess of my palette. Ah well XD
The cat next door is very beautiful. It used to live here before we moved in and now it sits on our fence and stares mournfully at us through the window
Some goodies bought at the Illustration House at UAL while waiting for my train. I wanted to see the Quentin Blake exhibition there too but I didn’t have enough time :(
'Whitby, England' (circa 1900). Gelatin silver print by Frank Meadow Sutcliffe (1853–1941).
Image and text courtesy MFA Boston.