Tragic Accident Gives Street Artist New Perspective

When French artist Michael Beerens turned 23, a serious motorcycle accident put him in the hospital for six months. During his recovery, he had time to think about his life and passion for graffiti. He realized that grafitti was a pure ego trip and decided to switch his style to painting illustrations of animals.

“I have been fascinated by animals since by childhood. I discovered the art of the pattern and began mixing the two together. My drawing took a dramatic dimension and I began to exaggerate some features to make them both sad and funny.

“I love it when my work adapts to the environment. I like the street because there is a lot of traffic but I prefer isolated places in nature. Fewer people will see my paintings, but those who see it will be really surprised.”

Michael Beerens’s website
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January 19, 2017

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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January 19, 2017

Adorable Animals Frolic in Snow as Oregon Zoo Is Closed Due to Weather

We may be only about a month into winter, but Portland, Oregon has already seen enough snowfall to satisfy the entire season. During what has been described as a miserable few weeks laced with storms, snow days, and sub-zero temperatures, many of the City of Roses’ residents have opted to keep warm by staying indoors or bundling up before braving the cold. Though the winter blues are normal, not all Oregonians are sick of the snow.

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