Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inspired by Blues

Environmental Union of Various Styles

Color aesthetic of warmer colors of blue
and man-made textiles inspired to achieve
a more inviting atmosphere of summer craft.
The overlook is elegant and relaxed
yet contemporary,
and "very South Beach."
Photography, text and summer craft
by Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Blues of July

Examine nature's poetic side 
where the living space is ending and the view begins.
The clean and fresh look with a shot of color outside
prepares for a 'beachy' feel inside.

Highlighting the Blue.

The Beauty of Nature.
Following the sun's movement on a summer
July's day have a natural rhythm.
The sweet days of summer
luring about beach and swimming,
and fresh crop of outdoors.
Photography and text: Ida Tomshinsky, 2013-2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On Costume Division

Throughout the history costume has followed two separate line of development, led by two contrasting types of garment. The most obvious line of division is between male and female dress code: trousers and skirts. What is true that men have always worn bifurcated clothes and women not.

On another hand, Greeks and Romans wore tunics, that are figuratively saying are skirts. Mountain people like the Scots and the modern Greeks wear are, in effect, skirts.

Far Eastern and Near Eastern women have worn trousers, and many continue to do so. As a result, sex division turns out not to be a true division at all in the costume world.

Perhaps the most useful distinction of the dress code in the anthropological aspect lies in the differences between "tropical" and "arctic" dress. The geographical location had been a big factor to protect the human body from the environmental conditions of sun, cold and wind.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fans (Fashion Accessory)

·         At first, the fan was a simple tool for coaxing a fire into life, for keeping away insects and flies, or for cooling the face in hot weather. Beside their primary purpose to keep a woman cool, they also used for flirting. It was not unusual that the matrons were passing on the communication codes to young girls by use of fans and gloves. The language of fans was most fully developed in Spain, where around sixty phrases could be conveyed with a fan.
·         Fans were used in ancient Egypt. Some were quite large, as can be seen from ancient frescoes. Fans were used in ancient Greece in the fourth century B.C. and probably before that. In Europe, In the Middle ages fans were used in the Christian liturgy and continued to be used in the Roman Catholic church until Vatican II. There are religious pictures of holy men holding fans. Sometimes religious pictures were painted on the fans, or lists of saints or holy days were written on them. Fans were used by the military to send signals on the battle-field, but were mainly used at court. The Japanese invented the folding fan and it was introduced into China about a thousand years ago. They were made with fine paper and bamboo. Fans were, and still are used, especially in Flamenco dancing. Without the hand-held fans, we would not have the electrical fans later in history. In a way, the hand-held fan was the prelude to the air-conditioning, the modern A/C. In 1947, a British scholar S.F. Markham writes, “The greatest contribution to civilization in this century may well be air-conditioning – and America leads the way.” Yet somehow people still say that air conditioning is the brilliant new idea or “the best thing since sliced bread” to keep the human body at the comfortable temperature at any type of weather. Above all, the fan as a fashion accessory is the true ‘grandfather’ tool of the keeping ladies’ faces cool.

Friday, July 7, 2017

June in Eden

Then I went into the garden
and forgot all about it. Some spider
mum, some slug half-buried

in a strawberry. I have this thing, my mother
says, with memory. The thing rings or is left
on high. The thing dissolves

as if it had never been seen
at all, makes of itself a question.
answered and answered. objects behave

like the tree: every morning more
candy-colored pie cherries. Because Rosi, don't you love
this Eden - its beetles, its blooms, all waiting

to be named.

(Rosalie Moffett0