Laboriously Crafted 9 Miles of Hand-Twisted Newspaper Rope

Swayambhu is an ever-growing art installation made of 9 miles of hand-twisted newspaper rope by artist Youdhisthir Maharjan, better known as Youdhi. The piece, which seems like large accumulations of sturdy rope, is actually made of newspapers that have repetitively been twisted unto themselves and further entwined like balls of yarn. It is both an illusion of mediums and a reference to religious practices from Youdhi’s homeland.

Originally from Nepal, the artist’s ongoing piece presents a disciplined exercise in repetition like the life-long practices of Buddhist monks. The laborious task is a testament to transformative power of hard work. Youdhi says, “While the labor may seem to be futile, rational demand becomes a lifetime of toil and absolutes. Labor is the process and the key to achieving a means to an end. It becomes an avenue for exploration, and a means for the artist to seek the truth.”

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January 24, 2017

Delicate and Dreamy Pastel Tattoos Are a Whimsical Way to Adorn the Skin

Hong Kong-based artist Mini Lau designs and creates wonderfully whimsical pastel tattoos. Delicately drawn with fine lines and candy-colored ink, each tiny illustration adorns the skin in a subtle yet striking manner reminiscent of a storybook. Lau is one of the three artists that make up Hello Tattoo, a shop that specializes in a range of styles, from tribal tattoos to mandala-inspired pieces. Lau’s aesthetic is categorized as Korean, a genre renowned for its tiny tattoos featuring watercolor-like shading.

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January 23, 2017

Compassionate Villagers Knit Giant Sweaters to Keep Rescue Elephants Warm

Thanks to some compassionate craftspeople, the rescue elephants living at the Wildlife SOS Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India have been extra cozy during a recent bout of cold weather. In order to keep the pachyderms—who, prior to taking up residence at the sanctuary, tragically suffered neglect, abuse, and exploitation—happy and healthy, the villagers have dedicated their time to knitting colorful and colossal elephant sweaters.

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