Apart from their decorative function, washability and sturdiness are qualities which make kitchen tiles so suited not only to kitchens, but for other useful rooms like larders, utility rooms, mudrooms and laundries. In addition, the coldness of glazed and unglazed ceramic tiles helps keep worktops cool, ideal for bread and pastry making.
Apart from all the great movies made there, Hollywood is also responsible for the fame of one of the truly great chairs of all time, the directors’ chair. A design classic, it is light, portable, and remarkably comfortable. The design goes back to coffer-makers’ chairs of the 15th century and eventually to the Roman curule chair.
Several methods of decorating wood exploit its natural grain pattern. Limed wood imitates the old custom of painting wooden furniture with diluted limewash left over from painting the walls in farmhouses. Now, instead of using limewash, liming wax (a mixture of beewax and whiting) is worked into the wood and the surface is polished, leaving the residue of white wax in the grain.
Textiles have a history of political use as emblems within campaigns and causes, whether trade union banners, uniforms or signature quilts. As the USA slides into the final furlong of the presidential election, The Textile Museum presents Your Next President! which presents rare campaign flags and patriotic textiles from the Mark and Rosalind Shenkman Collection, which explore how presidential campaigning developed in the 19th century.
Animation is the process whereby a series of gradually changing drawings or objects are photographed on to film frame by frame and then projected to create an Illusion of movement. In 1825 John Ayrton Paris, president of the Royal College of Physicians in London, drew a parrot on one half of a disc and a cage on the other half. He attached a string through the centre and when the disc was spun rapidly the parrot appeared to be inside the cage. From this simple invention, named the Thaumatrope, came other illusionary devices which eventually lead to the birth of the motion picture industry.
Many buildings has build with no aim to impress us. Ugly gray wall of the building is not something that pleases anybody’s eye and often makes the whole area of the town so unattractive. French street artist Patrick Commecy decided to fight back. His murals transform dull and boring facades around France into vibrant scenes full of life.
Named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté, who invented them in the eighteenth century, Conté crayons are made in a range of traditional colours: white (made from chalk), sanguine (from iron oxide), sepia (from the ink of the cuttlefish) and bistre (from the soot of burnt beech wood). Terracotta, umber and black are also available, as are sets that provide a range of greys and browns.
It is very nice thing to decorate the home with personal items. The objects that mean something to you and your family. Even better is you made it yourself. Creating a personalised memory box is one of the projects that are so fun to make and such a pleasure to look at or give as a present. The memory box can be filled with a nostalgic collection of family mementos: old black-and-white framed photos, vintage toy cars, someone’s favourite dolls, souvenirs from vacations and family trips, a letter for the child to read when they are older, rolled up like a scroll, and other miniature objects.