Floral Fashion in Times of War

The Slavic workshop Treti Pivni (Three Rosters) brought back Ukrainian traditional floral crowns, known as Vinoks, as a way to celebrate national pride after the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.


Mint Music: Miya Folick

Miya Folick (Source: Miya Folick’s Facebook Page) In celebration of women taking over politics during 2018, this week’s Fresh Music find is a fearless Californian artist: Miya Folick. In her recent Album debut: Premonitions, her songs are filled with transparent messages, and a perfect fit for the redemption era we are going through thanks to social movements everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCgqPYN0epw Miya Folick- Stop Talking Just last week Pitckfork reviewed the album describe the songs as “anthems, battle cries for personal universal empowerment”. With a folky, eighties sound it is bound to make you feel your own innersole wanting to rebel. Her sound is a trifecta of attitude, rhythm and fashion. So start learning the lyrics that you can still march the last two months of the year and close 2018 with a rebellious bang!

Hakone: a tridimensional experience

Japan never considers time together as time wasted, it is time invested.” – Donald Richie Hakone is located less than 100 kilometers west of Tokyo.  Hakone is THE place to go if you want to have a complete personal journey. By visiting 3 iconic sites you will experience a re-birth of sorts: First we must cleanse your body at the Onsen (hot springs). Japanese are very particular about cleanliness and at the Onsen it is taken to a whole new level. For starters you must completely bathe yourself before entering the Onsen, once there you are not allowed to wear any clothing to prevent contaminating the water, if it makes you feel better mixed bathing is forbidden. Also since 2015 a lot of places started prohibiting access to people with tattoos for fear of being related to the Yakuza Clan. However some onsen may allow access if the tattoo is…

NextEd: The Next Generation of Education

In 2011 WIRED published an article titled “A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses” in which Joshua Davis, a contributing editor to the magazine, investigates about a small public school located in the border town of Matamoros, Mexico.In José Urbina López Primary school, a young professor named Sergio Juárez Correa challenged an old educational system and changed it for the better. What they did was really simple: give students access to computers, so that their minds could grow with the inverse world of information that is the Internet. According to Davis this is “an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think.” The legendary teacher, education guru and TED award winner 2013, Sugata Mitra, who during his 20 minute TedTalk: ‘The Future of Learning’ he criticises…

“Dress Codes: Clothing as a Metaphor”

In 2009 36 contemporary artists from 6 different countries united to use clothing as material, inspiration or medium. The exhibition took place at the Katonah Museum of Art and was curated by Barbara J. Bloemink. “The 36 artists in Dress Codes use clothing to explore a variety of issues ranging from feminine concern, racial stereotyping, and immigration to globalization, current events, and the violence of war. Many of the works explore a number of these subjects concurrently, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life.” Today we face a world driven by consumerism and intolerance. Fashion has always looked for a way to express emotions, heritage and even political and religious views. In 2017 a 2009 exhibit that uses recycled clothing  as a way to create awareness about gender, ethnicity, war and homelessness is still (sadly) relevant. (Source: Katonah Museum of Art) Author: Mariana Mijares Contreras