書道 - Shodo
Lithuanian artist and craftsman Vainius Kubilius transforms coconut shells into radiant jewels that cast dazzling patterns of light and shadow in every direction. Kubilius’ awesome handmade lamps are called Nymphs and each one is unique. Made of coconut, cork and suede, they have a wonderfully organic feel.
To create his illuminated coconuts, Kubilius carefully shaves and waxes each hollowed out shell. Then comes the painstaking process of drilling thousands of holes in intricate patterns, much like the amazing eggshell art we’ve featured here in the past. The lamp stands are wrapped in layers of suede and varnished cork.
Kubilius makes each lamp by hand in Vilnius, Lithuania, but something tells us that if you found the right map hidden in the false bottom of an old trunk at that one flea market, it might lead you to the secret grove where these radiant creatures grow. And when you aren’t looking they communicate with each other by intertwining their bodies and moving their coconut shell heads to alter the patterns and intensity of light and shadow. It’s just a hunch.
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Tanzania’s “Albino United” Football Team Draw Attention to Their Experiences Through Sport.
For many Albino’s living in Tanzania, a country where the number of albinos is believed to be higher than in any other nation, the threat of violence against them is a very real and often painful daily struggle. Due to unfounded superstitions about albinos, their body parts are often requested and used in various rituals by traditional doctors who operate in the black market. This deception has led to many gruesome killings of albinos. Many albinos are often forced to live in isolation by their families out of shame, ignorance or even sometimes as a way of protecting them.
Now, as part of an initiative spearheaded by the Albino Society in Tanzania, a group of men are challenging the dangerous stereotypes against albinos and are highlighting their experiences - and most importantly their humanity - through sport. The football team, called ‘Albino United’, has become a way for many albinos to re-enter society and find ways of expressing themselves and creating a vibrant community of albinos within greater Tanzanian society.