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Name: Meli
Age: currently 22
I would like to think that I'm a Grammar Nazi, but even I have issues with grammar (and punctuation - I'm a bit obsessive with my commas). I'm a young graphic designer, web designer, and varied artist, and this is a place where my mind is free to flounder from the harbor. :)
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lessonfromtheleaf:

I like It’s Kind of a Funny Story. I like how it shows that not only people that have deep back stories get depressed.

(via wearen0tourfailureswearel0ve)

— 3 hours ago with 11 notes

Requested — your favourite Lee Pace photoshoot

(Source: kingleepace, via onone-chan)

— 3 hours ago with 611 notes

nymeriha:

the lord of the rings triology

(via thranduilings)

— 15 hours ago with 4124 notes
sincitycinema:

160 of My Favorite Psychological Dramas:
#127 - Pi (1998), dir. Darren Aronofsky

sincitycinema:

160 of My Favorite Psychological Dramas:

#127 - Pi (1998), dir. Darren Aronofsky

(via archimedeswarehouse)

— 15 hours ago with 50 notes
ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle <3

ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle <3

— 15 hours ago with 39451 notes

dustjacketlust:

DJL apologises for her long absence, but LOOK! SHINIES! Yes, the full set of grownup covers from Bloomsbury is finally here!

— 20 hours ago with 34 notes

dustjacketlust:

Can DJL please be an emerging poet in America? She wants one of these. Thanks.

Quoth Gabriele Wilson:

Each year since 2003, the Poetry Society of America sponsors a contest for emerging writers in which distinguished poets select 4 manuscripts from thousands of entries. The chosen poets receive $1000 and a custom chapbook. Design of cover and interiors. Illustrations by Leanne Shapton, Tamara Shopsin, Joanna Andreasson, GWD and various collected books and patterns.

— 20 hours ago with 13 notes

hitchhikersguidetothegalaxy:

Books, By Their Covers: Hitchhiker’s Guide - A book cover redesigned

In the scene shown, Arthur is experiencing his first realisation that he is travelling the universe, as he watches the sun set on Magrathea with Marvin. He is explaining to Marvin how awe inspiring it is, and Marvin replies that its rubbish. 

(via dustjacketlust)

— 20 hours ago with 258 notes
thepenguinpress:

It’s true: one of the audience prizes at the Nerd Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will be a full set of Penguin Drop Caps! If you’re in or around New York City, I hope we’ll see you at Housing Works Bookstore this Thursday for our biggest literary trivia night so far. 
Some people have asked, “Who are these champions you speak of?” The following three teams have all bested their competitors at previous Nerd Jeopardy nights. Among them you’ll find a veritable Wikipedia of bookish savoir faire.
Team TEAM includesTobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), Molly Templeton (WORD, @mollytempleton), &amp; Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore)
The Merry Husbands of Windsor Terrace includes Michael Duncan (Cambridge University Press), Josh Landon (Oxford University Press, @joshlandon), and… a third mystery member who is also quite nerdy.
I Would Prefer Not To includes Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Amanda Bullock (Housing Works Books, @amanda_leigh), and Rachel Fershleiser (Tumblr, @RachelFersh).
A Fourth Team Culled from the Audience: this would be the team of amateurs brave (or foolish) enough to compete. If you think that’s you, grab two friends, create a team name, and drop it in the hat at the podium at 7pm. I’ll pick a name at random.
(Full details here)

thepenguinpress:

It’s true: one of the audience prizes at the Nerd Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions will be a full set of Penguin Drop Caps! If you’re in or around New York City, I hope we’ll see you at Housing Works Bookstore this Thursday for our biggest literary trivia night so far

Some people have asked, “Who are these champions you speak of?” The following three teams have all bested their competitors at previous Nerd Jeopardy nights. Among them you’ll find a veritable Wikipedia of bookish savoir faire.

Team TEAM includesTobias Carroll (Vol. 1 Brooklyn), Molly Templeton (WORD, @mollytempleton), & Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore)

The Merry Husbands of Windsor Terrace includes Michael Duncan (Cambridge University Press), Josh Landon (Oxford University Press, @joshlandon), and… a third mystery member who is also quite nerdy.

I Would Prefer Not To includes Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210), Amanda Bullock (Housing Works Books, @amanda_leigh), and Rachel Fershleiser (Tumblr, @RachelFersh).

A Fourth Team Culled from the Audience: this would be the team of amateurs brave (or foolish) enough to compete. If you think that’s you, grab two friends, create a team name, and drop it in the hat at the podium at 7pm. I’ll pick a name at random.

(Full details here)

— 20 hours ago with 58 notes

medievalpoc:

Giovanni Pietro Birago

Frontispiece from La Sforziada

Italy, 1496.

Tempera on vellum.

Krakow, Biblioteka Narodowa. 

llumination. La Historia delle cose facte dalle invictissimo duca Francesco Sforza (“Sforziada”) (?? fols.), Book I, title page, fol. 7: historiated initial with portrait of Francesco Sforza and lower border with white and black putti, one of whom is seated on a sarcophagus.

From TheRoot.com: Da Vinci’s Patron — as a Black Man?

The art of the Italian Renaissance embraced a wondrously varied range of imagery and subjects. One of the most remarkable, as seen here, takes the form of an allegory in which enigmatically playful figures do obeisance to an imposing black ruler. It was painted by Giovanni Pietro Birago, the primary manuscript illuminator at the court of Ludovico Sforza, ruler of the Italian duchy of Milan during the latter part of the 15th century.

Ludovico is best-known today as the employer of Leonardo da Vinci, who painted The Last Supper under his patronage during the very time that this image was produced. He was the son of Francesco Sforza, a powerful mercenary captain who had married the daughter of the last legitimate heir to the Milanese duchy. Soon after his father’s death, Ludovico became de facto ruler of the city. His court quickly gained a reputation as one of the most cultured, fashionable artistic centers of Europe.

This scene appears at the bottom of the frontispiece of the Sforziad, a laudatory history commemorating Francesco’s life. It is dated 1496, a year after the Holy Roman Emperor officially conferred the ducal title upon Ludovico. The symbolic event takes place in an idyllic, verdant setting, apparently an island. The adult participants are depicted as putti — that is, small children derived from the ancient Greco-Roman figure of the cupid. Birago frequently used this motive in his work and employs it here as part of a broader vocabulary of visual conceits intended to raise the tone of the image to the unassailable prestige of mythology.

Elizabeth McGrath and other scholars have identified the principal dramatis personae of the scene. Ludovico is seen here as the literal embodiment of his nickname, Il Moro (The Moor). The duke sits on a monumental base, addressing a gathering of several of his courtiers with wise words of instruction. His character as Il Moro is extended to the figure of his daughter Bianca — the young, blond-haired black woman to his right — who draws near, arm in arm with her husband, Galeazzo da Sanseverino. Another level of paradox is added by her name, which means “white” in Italian.

This copy of the Sforziad was made for presentation to the couple to commemorate their marriage. The dialogic character of the two inscriptions stresses loyalty within the family and the firm control of the reigning duke over the future of his dynasty.

The sobriquet of Il Moro had apparently been bestowed upon Ludovico early in life by his father, and referred to his noticeably swarthy complexion. In keeping with the nature of allegory, the face of the moor does not actually bear the features of Ludovico but instead represents a kind of alter ego. It is both a pun on his nickname and an indelible symbol communicating more of a sense of ideal power, arguably, than his actual features would have conveyed.

The animated image of Il Moro seen here is the inspired, unique projection of a simple heraldic device already in long use by elite families and civic authorities in medieval and Renaissance Europe. Displayed on innumerable flags and coats of arms, this was the silhouetted head of a moor, understood to be a black man, wearing a white headband. The rationale for its use varied from a pun on a family name (such as Morese equals moor) to an evocation of universal authority. Here, this durable image has been given three-dimensional form, coming to life as the living embodiment of an actual head of state.

Though the elite of Europe often quite publicly co-opted aspects of blackness over the next several centuries, it seems that only in the more intimate setting of an illuminated book could a closer identification with this type of otherness be ventured.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Archive resides at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. The director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute is Henry Louis Gates Jr., who is also The Root’s editor-in-chief. The archive and Harvard University Press collaborated to create The Image of the Black in Western Art book series, eight volumes of which were edited by Gates and David Bindman and published by Harvard University Press. Text for each Image of the Week is written by Sheldon Cheek.

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— 20 hours ago with 154 notes
#italian  #illuminated manuscripts  #giovanni pietro birago  #art of middle ages  #middle ages 
design-is-fine:

Pacino di Buonaguida, detail of miniature of a garden, 1335-1340. Parchment. British Library. Via wiki

design-is-fine:

Pacino di Buonaguida, detail of miniature of a garden, 1335-1340. Parchment. British Library. Via wiki

— 20 hours ago with 155 notes
#italian  #illuminated manuscripts  #art of middle ages