Posts by Kelly Richman-Abdou

December 14, 2017

How Japanese Art Influenced and Inspired European Impressionist Artists

Widely known as the first modern art movement, Impressionism remains one of the most popular and prevalent forms of art today. While much of the groundbreaking genre was impressively original, Impressionists, like most artists, found inspiration in other forms of art—namely, in Japanese woodblock prints. Here, we explore the ways in which Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” inspired the Impressionists in terms of content, style, and approach, culminating in a creative and timelessly artistic relationship.

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December 6, 2017

15+ Fun Travel Essentials for Creative Globetrotters

For many tourists, taking a trip is all about the destination. However, seasoned travelers know that getting there can be half the fun—especially if you get creative with your carry-on! Packed with fun travel essentials, this collection of travel products ensures everything will be smooth sailing. From organizational aids and in-flight entertainment to tools that guarantee stress-free sightseeing, these unique travel gifts are perfect for the jet-setters and globe-trotters in your life.

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November 30, 2017

The Fascinating History and Controversial Construction of the Eiffel Tower

As one of the most visited cities in the world, Paris is continuously celebrated for the unique features that define it. In addition to love, light, and croissants, it is also renowned for the distinctive beauty of its buildings. From enchanting Art Nouveau entrances to its ethereal Gothic cathedrals, the capital city showcases French architecture at its finest—with, of course, the iconic Eiffel Tower at the forefront.

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November 20, 2017

Origami: How the Ancient Art of Paper Folding Evolved Over Time and Continues to Inspire

For centuries, cultures have come up with creative ways to artistically approach, adopt, and adapt the paper craft. While many of these practices, including Korean Hanji, can be individually traced to specific countries of origin, most—including papier–mâché, a French-sounding craft that was actually conceived in ancient China—boast colorful histories that span cultures, countries, and even continents. One popular practice that has left a particularly extensive paper trail across the globe is origami, the art of paper folding.

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