• The Path of Ahiṃsā, and ‘Harm Less’
    We made a design for Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा) in the Devanagari Script (देवनागरी), and then we put the design on a shirt. A simple two color print with a graffiti-based style. So? What’s the story, morning glory? What is Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा)? Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा), is the Sanskrit word for ‘non-violence’. The word is specific to Sanskrit, one of the underpinning languages for the philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. It is a word composed of a prefix ‘a’ (अ) and a root ‘hiṁs’ (हिंस्) (as described by the rules of Sanskrit grammar). The word Ahimsa—sometimes spelled Ahinsa[2][16]—is derived from the Sanskrit root hiṃs, meaning to strike; […]
  • Newsprint, Newsprint—Read All About It!
    Newsprint paper is a great choice for artists that sketch/draw/practice daily. For one, it’s readily available. Second, it’s comparatively inexpensive. Currently, G uses the 18×24 Strathmore Newsprint pad. It’s pretty standard newsprint. Which made us think, what other kinds of newsprint are there? And what makes newsprint, newsprint? Newsprint, as the name implies, is most commonly used to print newspapers. It’s a low-cost, thin, and non-archival quality paper. It’s popular amongst artist because it is quite versatile…and did I mention inexpensive? Some artists prefer the tactile feel and convenience of a newsprint pad to say kraft paper rolls. As I was looking for even […]
  • “Floret & The Sepals” presented by Encelia farinosa Anatomy
    If I asked you to describe Encelia farinosa anatomy, where would you start? [Waiting for a response…] Ah! Compound flowers you say? That’s indeed a good starting point. So, what is a compound flower and what is the opposite of a compound flower? Compound / Composite Flower A compound or composite flower (aka pseudanthium) looks like a simple flower, but is comprised of a cluster of flowers (known as florets). These florets group together to form a single flower-like structure. Think of sunflowers and daisies. Like Encelia farinosa, they belong to the family Asteraceae. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Asteraceae is the capitulum. […]
  • WHO put the Handrub in Bop, Shebop, Shebop
    To alleviate the global shortage of hand sanitizers, the World Health Organization (WHO) created guidelines and formulations for handrubs (WHO handrub). So, we’re producing our own! And what better starting point, than with the WHO recommended handrub formulation. The WHO’s forumulation is for 10-liter batches and is volume-based. We adapted the WHO handrub formula for small batch testing using corresponding weight measurements. If we establish a good base formula for handrubs, it paves the way for the addition of other ingredients. For example: emollients, humectants, and essential oils. We can also make larger batches. Interested in making your own hand sanitizer? Try the WHO […]
  • Trigger Point Therapy Resources
    Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In this condition, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in the muscle and sometimes in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain. This syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension. While nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension pain, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens. Treatment options include physical therapy and trigger point injections. Pain medications and relaxation techniques also can help. ~ MayoClinic […]
  • Pectineus Muscle
  • Saraswati Aim Bija Mantra Hard Enamel Pin
    Presenting the Saraswati Aim enamel pin! Because our Saraswati Aim ( ऐँ ) bija mantra collection wouldn’t be complete without an enamel pin… Simple and unadorned, like Saraswati herself. Available in our Etsy shop with either a magnetic or butterfly clutch back.
  • Devi Saraswati in Colorful Art Deco
  • Aim 001: Cut-out (on Square Card)
  • Aim 001: Handmade 3″ with India Ink
  • Aim 001: Paisley Pattern
  • Aim 002: Parallel Pen
    Yep, another aim, AING, aiṃ…(ऐँ) with chandra bindu for extra symbolism. The blue colors are for Saraswatī‘s affiliation with water. The composition focuses on balance without symmetry. Because of the way the glyph was constructed, I sometimes see an auṃ trying to emerge, and it reminds me that they are related. Auṃ being the sun, and aiṃ the moon. The character centered on the bottom is in Telugu script, from Andhra Pradesh; it is the first syllable for the name Jāyapa, my signature for this meditation art, and, a tribute to the man (Jāyapa Sennani) who wrote a comprehensive treatise on classical dance Nritya […]