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Little Dresses for Africa

Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA) was founded by Rachel O’Neill in 2008. This Christian organization's mission is to provide relief to children throughout the Continent of Africa and beyond. The network of volunteers has grown from all 50 US States, in across the world in countries such as Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and even Singapore. Volunteers collaborate together to make dresses out of pillow cases for children living in Africa. According to the charity organization, widespread AIDS pandemic in Africa often leave little girls to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. LDFA hopes that in delivering dresses to these young girls, part of their burden as care givers may be lifted off the children. An unique aspect of the organization...

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Martial Raysse Palazzo Grassi

Whilst in Paris for my summer vacation, I visited La Flûte Gana, a bakery run by the three daughters of the famous baker Bernard Ganachaud. I bought my bauguette and  with some time to spare, I decided to take a stroll through the peaceful garden at Père Lachaise cemetry. My unplanned stroll led me to the tomb of Arman, a French-born American artist best known for his "accumulations" and destruction/recomposition of objects. The chance 'encounter' incidentally brought to mind of an exhibition which I visited barely a months ago: Martial Raysse's retrospective at the Palazzo Grassi. Martial Raysse, Arman, and a few other renowned French artists founded the group founded the group Nouveaux Réalistes in the 1960s. Unlike Arman, Martial Raysse's career in the United States was brief....

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A Diplomat of Decency: Unbuttoning Fashion

Modern celebrities with habitual exhibitionist tendencies may not have realized that the humble button, serve not only as a diplomat of decency but also as decorative accessory. This simple accessory has been holding things together since the 13th century. For what may  seem as an utilitarian and basic 'gadget', it is interesting to note the wide range of designs that may be found across the centuries in fashion as the button from its functional origin into a objet d'art. This month, timed perfectly alongside Paris Fashion Week, buttons meet fashion with an exhibition — Déboutonner la Mode— an exhibition featuring over 3000 buttons from the amazing collection of Loic Allio at Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This is not a bunch of...

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Light Years

Courtesy of: International Year of Light Blog "An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this." John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee On 20 December 2013, The United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). This International Year has been the initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO, and will bring together many different stakeholders including scientific societies and unions, educational institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners. In proclaiming an...

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