Palaeocommunities in Upper Campanian Stratigraphy of Alberta

Abundant Ornithischian Fossils shed light on Late Cretaceous mega-fauna

With the re-examination of many of the lost quarries within the Dinosaur Provincial Park of Alberta more data on the palaeocommunities from this region has been collected. This has provided some intriguing information that may indicate a succession line of ornithischian genera (both ceratopsia and hadrosauridae) and lead to a greater understanding of the type of habitats preferred by many types of dinosaur.

Between 1898 and 1954 nearly 40 large palaeontological expeditions were sent out into the Dinosaur Provincial Park many led by the famous Charles Sternberg and his sons, collecting museum quality specimens for institutions such as the Royal Ontario museum, the American museum of Natural History and the then British museum (London Natural History museum). However, poor and incomplete field documentation as well as incorrectly catalogued field photographs has led to a number of these sites being “lost”. The rapid erosion of the messas and buttes within the local landscape has further complicated the finding of these fossil sites from just the photographic evidence alone.

Researchers from the Royal Tyrrell museum have been playing detective and gathering evidence so that these old quarries can be located and mapped using modern global positioning technology. Re-visiting these sites once they had been found again has yielded more specimens and important micro-fossils, overlooked by the scientists during the first excavations. It is a good job some palaeontologists are untidy, many of the sites have been found again as site rubbish dumps have been located. Dates when expeditions first visited a site have been calculated by studying old newspapers left behind by the original scientists. During the early to mid part of the 20th Century, expeditions would carry bundles of old newspapers with them to wrap fossils. Fragments of newspaper recovered from the dumps and from around old quarries has helped the Royal Tyrrell team to accurately date when these quarries were first explored.

Modern palaeontological techniques have helped produce more finds and the sites have been properly numbered and accurately recorded. This helped provide a clearer picture of the changes in environment and the resulting fauna over the 2 million years or so that the Dinosaur Park Formation represents (believed to cover 76 million – 74 million years ago).

Using this new information and the stratigraphic distribution of ornithischian dinosaurs, a time frame for major genera can be plotted. For example, no Chasmosaurines have been found in the Oldman Formation, but Chasmosaurs have been found in upper Campanian sediments dating from 76 million years ago, with Chasmosaurus russelli being found in the earliest strata with Chasmosaurus belli being found in later strata, indicating a succession. Another ceratopsian group, the Centrosaurines are confined to a zone of sediments about 40 metres deep dating from 76.5 mya to about 75 mya, after this their place in the fossil record seems to be taken by Styracosaurs.

A similar pattern of succession can be seen in the main hadrosaur types around at the time when these sediments were laid down. In earlier sediments, roughly equating to the time of Centrosaurine dominance in the ceratopsia fauna, Corythosaurus genera dominate. These give way to increasing numbers of Lambeosaurs such as Lambeosaurus magnicristatus.

This does not mean that the animals that preceded the later ones are directly ancestral to them, but it might indicate that certain genera were better able to adapt to the changing environment in this part of western North America during the latter stages of the Cretaceous. The Dinosaur Park Formation was deposited in the last stages of the transgressive phase of the Bearpaw cycle. Rising sea-levels would have made the area much more coastal and the climate would have been greatly affected by the encroachment of the sea. Perhaps the Centrosaurs and Corythosaurs were less able to adapt to the changing environment and preferred more inland habitats. This allowed the Styracosaurs and the Lambeosaurs to move in and out compete these other dinosaurs.
Ornithischian Faunal Zones within upper Campanian Stratigraphy of Alberta

74 mya – “Pachyrhinosaurid” – L. magnicristatus – C. irvinensis faunal zone?

Styracosaurus – Lambeosaurus faunal zone C. belli

76 mya – Centrosaurus – Corythosaurus faunal zone C. russelli

78 mya – New Centrosaurus Species No Chasmosaurines found

Ref: Dinosaur Provincial Park (Ecosystem Revealed) – P. J. Currie and E. B Koppelhus

5 Most Artistic Cities in the World

There’s no doubt that some cities across the world are an artist’s paradise. Filled with the world’s greatest works and home to some of the best performers of our time, these cities are more than likely on your bucket list if you are an artist or an art connoisseur. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest artistic cities in the world, and why you absolutely have to visit them.

1. New York City, USA
New York City boasts a wide variety of artistic forms, from fine art to the performing arts. NYC is also home to more fine art schools, performing arts companies, art dealers and creative museums and businesses than any other city in the US.

Manhattan is an artistic adventure like no other. Home to world-famous institutions, such as the Guggenheim Museum, an incredible work of art in itself, along with a variety of other hot spots.

Immerse yourself in the local street art and contemporary galleries of Bushwick in Brooklyn. Queens is an unmissable attraction hosting the Queens Museum and the incredible Socrates Sculpture Garden.

2. Paris, France
Another art lover’s paradise has got to be Paris, France! Home to over 1,000 galleries, the city is filled with iconic art. The most notable is The Louvre which houses the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci. There is also an array of contemporary galleries to impress an artist. These include veterans such as Galerie Daniel Templon, to the newer Modus Art Gallery and La Maison Rouge. The Belleville neighborhood is also a must-visit destination for vibrant street art. The City of Light is jam-packed with art around every corner.

3. São Paulo, Brazil
The art capital of Latin America, São Paulo may not be as acclaimed as New York City or Paris, but the Brazilian megalopolis is overflowing with artistic attractions. Home to the second largest biennial, the venerable São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo is a must for your bucket list. The Museu de Arte Moderna showcases both modern and contemporary Brazilian art, as well sculpture gardens with 30 incredible works. If local, emerging talent is what you’re after, then galleries like Choque Cultural are where you need to be.

4. Berlin, Germany
One of the most varied art scenes in the world, Berlin is home to some of the longest-standing institutions. These include the Alte Nationalgalerie and Gemäldegalerie which showcase classic pieces from the 13th to 19th centuries. Modern 20th-century art collections can be found in the more-recently established Neue Nationalgalerie.

If alternative art is more your style, then Friedrichshain is the place to go for spaces like East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall that now displays the work of more than 100 international artists. Jonathan Borofsky’s sculpture, Molecule Man, is another must if you’re in Berlin.

5. Lagos, Nigeria
The largest city in Nigeria, Lagos, is fast emerging as a hotspot in the art world. Its thriving cultural scene is led by the Centre for Contemporary Art and the African Artists’ Foundation. The annual Lagos Photo Festival and National Art Competition are also attracting worldwide attention. With a variety of galleries like Omenka Gallery, you can delve into masterpieces by the best Nigerian and international artists.

Life Casting in Animatronics

The unique techniques of life casting have found favor in many other fields such as prototype tooling, prosthetics, taxidermy, architectural restoration and special effects for film and television. The advanced technology used in animatronics also incorporates life casting techniques in the initial stages of creating the characters.

Animatronics refers to making and using robotic devices to imitate a living being. The creatures could be humans, animals (like dinosaurs and sharks), plant life or even mythical creatures. Animatronics brings lifelike characteristics to the inanimate objects so that they can walk, talk and do other activities in a natural way. The movements could be mechanized or controlled by computers.

Animatronics is largely used in films (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, etc), television and advertizing. This differs from computer animation as the simulated creatures are actually physically present and moving in front of the camera. The characters in various amusement parks also wow visitors with the aid of animatronics.

Making the creatures

Animatronics uses puppets, models and other figures which are then animated to emulate lifelike movements. The character first takes shape as a sketch on paper and scale models are created for approval.

Once approved, an internal supporting frame is carefully built using steel or even wood at times. Once the desired shape is achieved, electronic and mechanical components are attached around the framework.

The figure is finally covered with body shells that give it the shape and look of a real creature. Flexible skin is attached to the exterior of the figure that completes the lifelike appearance.

The skin can be made of silicone, foam latex or urethane. First a mold is made by using alginate or clay. The mold should be in the exact shape and size of the animatronics figure. Molds can be made in parts to allow for more ease of use.

The body mold is reinforced using plaster bandages to form a shell mold. Once cured, it is carefully demolded and will have captured the minute details which will be replicated in the skin cast. An alginate mold should be used quickly as it tends to shrink. The silicone or latex is poured into the mold and allowed to cure. Once fully cured, the thin skin cast can be easily demolded as alginate does not stick to anything.

The cast will have a texture similar to that of real skin. It will be flexible as well to allow facial and body movements as required. The demolded skin is cleaned and finished before being carefully attached to the figure.

The animatronics figure gets the final finishing touches in the form of eyes, teeth, hair, feathers and other such realistic characteristics. The requisite color pigments may be added to the skin during casting itself. Else, special silicone/latex paints are used to color the figure as required.

The figure is ready then be animated as desired.

Even the Tiniest Hand Can Hold a Diamond

I recently attended a circus wedding. I’m referring to a circus-themed wedding, not a wedding “under the big top,” though there were a great deal of fanciful shenanigans and enough clowning around that one might have difficulty differentiating the two.

Near the tented entrance stood a table replete with circus-oriented curiosities presented as tokens for the enjoyment of the guests. One could enthusiastically snatch up an adhesive Dudley Do-Right mustache or enjoy a taste of pure spun, sugar candy. Or, perhaps the more pragmatic guest (with December being right ’round the corner) might choose one of the red foam noses, making it doubly useful for Christmastime. But for me, it seemed a risky temptation of fate to choose the mustache as I had recently seen tiny hairs sprouting from my upper lip where there’d once been none. And, although easily tempted by candy, I admit to being somewhat of a cotton candy snob by believing that consuming it from a pre-packaged bucket robbed it of all the delights of its intended fluffy purpose and sticky intentions. My lack of pragmatism (but to my credit, my knowledge of that lack) eschewed me from the red foam nose as I would never be able to locate it in its time of need. Surely it would reappear one day from behind a dresser or from under a pile of books during a cleaning spree, probably around Easter, thereby making it a moot point at the end of my nose.

I was about to exercise my freedom not to choose, which is out of character for me as I love a freebie, when I noticed something magically appear on the third of the three-ringed centerpiece. Life-like, tiny human hands, each perched atop a straw, were placed in a vase to impersonate a diminutive bouquet of beige daffodils. There was a diabolical loveliness about them, and I was instantly amused. Without thought or hesitation I shook one free from its previous arrangement and chose the finger puppet of a tiny human hand to accompany me throughout the evening.

The tiny hand and I did not part company anytime soon. In the weeks that followed, I would often pull down my shirt sleeve and place the tiny hand onto my finger to allow the doll-sized, life-like version do my bidding. I shared tiny, nickel-sized, high-fives with the energetic grocery boys who loaded my trunk. To alleviate the monotony of bored waiters and waitresses, I tapped it against my cheek at restaurants as if trying to make a difficult menu decision. I sat in my car at stoplights and stroked my chin with the tiny hand, offering fellow drivers the sight of someone pondering the universe, and gave them an amusing story to share at the dinner table or between office cubicles. All of these tiny acts seemed to bring humor in some tiny way. And to think that I had a hand in that.

I grew quite fond of the Lilliputian extremity and its fleshy rubber digits, each the size of a matchstick-so fond, in fact, that I carried it with me in my purse, like a small phalangeal talisman. Then one day, I saw the opportunity to use my tiny hand to forge a bond with my teenage son. He and I were in the car together running errands, albeit somewhat begrudgingly on his part, and I could tell by the impatient fidgeting and ebbing conversation that he was becoming winded with fatigue by the process. Young people today have no stamina against the waves of boredom that beat incessantly against the shores of everyday life, so I took swift action and made a hasty decision, the same way I make so many-robust with good intentions and complete lack of forethought. I spared not even a moment to consider how this action would be perceived. I was going rogue.

I pulled into the drive-through lane of his favorite fast food haunt, and he sat upright with the exited expression of a dog who hears Kibbles falling into a bowl. We placed our order, and I opened my purse to retrieve my credit card. There sat the tiny hand, waving to me with a friendly-hello. Even tiny gestures deserve recognition.

I pulled down my sleeve, placed the miniature fleshy hand, finger-puppet style, onto my index finger, and wedged my credit card between its rubbery phalanges. My son stared at me and, with the teenaged economy of words said merely, “uh-uh, no way.” I interpreted this to mean-do it! I know teenaged-boy language. With the whoosh of the opening of the car window, I extended my arm towards the unsuspecting employee who was simultaneously reaching through his window to obtain my payment. He flinched and reflectively withdrew, but after a brief pause, he saw the humor of my tiny hand, now peeking from the end of my covered fist, and proceeded to extract my credit card from its minuscule grip.

His ensuing laughter grew exponentially until becoming what one in this milieu could only define as being “biggie sized,” and the mortification mixed with fascination emanating from my son was as satisfying as applause to a comedian. Comedy does not need to be a market produced and consumed solely by the young; we elderly can be wickedly whimsical.

The employee, still captivated by the tomfoolery, returned my card, being ever so careful as he wedged it between the tiny hand’s flexible fingers. As he delivered our fried fare, he announced that the laughter was worth more than the food, and it would therefore be, “On me”- which I mistook to mean the joke, not the food. I departed with a tiny wave, a miniature salute, and a polite “Thank You.”

As I pulled away, my son looked at the receipt and announced, “Damn, Dang… it was free, seriously!” to indicate that our meal had, indeed, been issued complimentary. I was surprised, flattered, and touched that my capricious act had brought about such gut-filling happiness-twice, as I watched my teenager down a dozen chicken nuggety things, empty a carton of fries and flush the entire wad down with a liter of soda. So, who says you can’t feed a family on laughter. Talk about a happy meal.

Moments later in an office supply store, in search of the perfect fine tip marker, the previous act of kindness and generosity on behalf of the fast food employee was still permeating the air, like the aura of perfume. I couldn’t shake this happy mist in my midst, nor did I try; I wallowed in it. It would not, however, be fully experienced (even after obtaining the perfect fine tip marker) until it was fully acknowledged. This act of kindness required retaliation of the cleverest kind.

Fat and happy, my teenager wanted to return home at this high point in the day, but I pushed him to his limits by saying, “But wait, there’s more” and he slumps back down in the seat. “We need gas… fuel, petrol” to which there is no response. I pulled into the station and park, not near the pump, but near the door. He made no movement to release the seatbelt, indicating his intention to wait in the car. Once again, I used my maternal lubricant to pry him free of his own stubbornness. “I’ll by you an ice cream, you big baby.” He gets out of the car and, as he’s been taught to do, holds the door as we enter the store together.

While the friendly, young cashier rang up the ice cream, I asked her for the one single, solitary item I came in for. “Which type of lottery ticket would you like?” was all she said, before a barrage of questions and recommendations came shooting forth from the helpful crowd of strangers in the store. I was naively unaware that this request would come with options or spark such assistance. “I want a random one for the next multi-million-dollar thingy.” And then I added, “Wait. I need two.” I turned to the ice cream eater and said, “One will be for us.”

Returning to the Fast Food establishment and tearing past the squawk box, I pulled up to the window. The same employee was still there. He pushed open his window, looking confused, as I had placed no order. This time he saw a lottery ticket folded charmingly in the tiny hand and securely wedged between the fleshy digits. “This is for you,” I said. He took the ticket and looked at it with a mix of surprise and confusion. I continued, “It’s the Lucky for Life ticket. Drawing is tonight at eleven. What you did before was very generous and now I’m paying it forward, and well, backwards, too, I suppose. I hope you win a bazillion dollars and when you do, I hope you do a lot of nice stuff for a lot of people. Have a great day.” I peeled off, leaving the plastic nametag on his shirt still unread.

The silence in the car lasted through three stoplights before my teenager spoke, “If we win, I get half, right?” he asked, between licks.

I slap the tiny hand to my wrinkled forehead, “Eureka!” I said to my son, who was busy shoving the ice cream down his pie hole. “Even better than that,” I said, “I’ll double your investment, which is… oh wait… you failed to invest, so-nada. You’ll get, nada.” I burst open with laughter, and although he tried ever so hard to look unamused, I saw the invisible smile on his face.

He shook his head and mumbled through the mash in his mouth, “That was cool, Mom. I wish I’d have gotten it on Snapchat.”

The following day, the newspaper headline read FAST FOOD WORKER WINS LOTTERY. The story that followed: Anonymous, small-handed, old woman donates lottery ticket to fast food worker who wins THE BIGGIE. Mr. Lucas Petitemain, in honor of his wounded warrior brother, plans to establish a foundation to provide bionic limbs to those in need.

Well, at least it’s lovely to think about… that, which might have been.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Alginate

Alginate is a simple material that is made by processing naturally-occurring brown seaweeds from all over the world. This white, chalky powder surprisingly enjoys great patronage across diverse industries.

You will be surprised to read about some of the unexpected beneficial uses of alginate. Let’s find out more:

  • Medical and pharmaceutical – Alginate is used for different purposes in medicinal applications. The greatest advantage is that alginate hastens the disintegration of tablets thus allowing faster release of their medicinal component. The best part is that the alginate remains tasteless and odorless. Alginate is also used to lower cholesterol levels, treat hypertension, alleviate indigestion as well as for dressing wounds and burns. Not just this, alginate works well in health food and weight loss supplements too. The same powder has been used by dentists to capture dental impressions since many decades.
  • Industrial and technical – Alginate is used in various industries and proves especially useful for manufacturing textiles. This thickening and binding agent is used for substrate of color paste when applying patterns to print fabrics, particularly on cotton, jute and rayon. It is also used in the production of welding rods, fertilizers, ceramics, paper, adhesives, paints and dyes. Another benefit is that alginate allows for easier waste water disposal.
  • Food and beverage – Not many people may be aware that the organic and food-safe alginate has thickening, gelling, emulsifying, stabilizing and texture-improving properties that can be valuable in the kitchen. The sweeping use includes meat binding, preserving frozen fish, thickening sauces, softening breads, making icecream better, clarifying wines and keeping the foam in beer. Apart from this, alginate is even used by chefs to create those wonderful spheres with liquid inside that burst in the mouth.
  • Beauty and skin care – Alginate can make people look beautiful too. It is used to thicken various cosmetics and enables them to retain moisture. It can significantly improve the performance of specific products. This powder is used in different facial and spa treatments and is added to face packs too. It not just keeps the skin hydrated but can reduce wrinkles too. When added to lipstick, the same alginate helps the color to stay on the lip surface.
  • Art and craft – The use of alginate in artworks deserves a special mention. It is used by taxidermists to make molds of dead animals for recreating them in a lifelike state. The powder is also used by catch-and-release anglers for making a lifelike reproduction of their ‘catch’. Additionally, alginate is completely skin safe and can be used on live humans too. It is commonly used by life casting artists to capture molds of various parts of the body before making realistic-looking three-dimensional life casts.

Therefore, it is obvious that the humble alginates that are derived from the wild seaweeds carry immense potential for human beings. And alginates continue to stay completely safe across all their varied uses.

Different World Views of Art

Art through the centuries acquired different forms and conceptions. First of all there was naturalism, then developed romanticism, and then there was impressionism, followed by cubism, which was followed by surrealism and finally trends moved on to postmodern art. Here I would like to provide my understanding on various schools of art.

Naturalism proceeded out of mimesis. The aim of art was to mimic nature. A classic example of mimetic art would Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa lives through the ages for its enigmatic style. Another example would be the Last Supper by Da Vinci. Art became permeated heavily with religious motifs. What has naturalism contributed to the world? An answer would be representation of a mimetic ethos. There is very little to interpret in naturalistic art but we can admire its imitation of nature. I would also like to take Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. What would a postmodern interpretation take? It would perhaps couch it as being gay.

Another style of art that developed during the 18th century was romanticism. What is romanticism? The poet Wordsworth defined romanticism as the spontaneous overflow of feelings. Romanticism captured feelings on to the canvas. The canvas became permeated in rich colors of the baroque. Romantic painting is fanciful and ornamental. When we think of romanticism in the postmodern age we encounter a catharsis with the past. Goya’s exhibit: Saturn devouring his son can be taken as a classic example. The grotesque Saturn is portrayed as an admirable beauty. Romantic painters are endowed with passionate neurosis. Feelings and emotions lie with us to contemplate in ravishment.

Another school of art which developed during the beginning of the 19th century was impressionism. The great masters of impressionism are Van Gogh, Monet, and Gauguin. Impressionism is a unique style of art. Impression is marked by a wide usage of brilliant colors. Strokes were left like scars on the canvas. Impressionism was marked by a tendency of art to become modern. Van Gogh was a brilliant artist who etched out paintings in a style that marked a departure from his predecessors. When we look at Van Gogh’s starry night, we get a passion that is akin to listening of music. Similarly Gauguin’s painting: ‘where do we come from and where do we go’, highlights mythical allegories in brilliant dashes of color.

Another school of art which developed during the beginning of the 20th century was Cubism. Its master exponent was Picasso. With the advent cubism art left its mimetic modes and became the sole creation of the artist. Cubism had a tendency to portray art in abstract terms. Picasso’s La Demoiselles D’ Avignon presented harlots. Their features especially their breasts, hips and asses were made incongruous with oedipal fantasies. Another notable creation of Picasso was the Guernica. Guernica is fantastic rendition of the horrors of bombing Basque, presented in abstract terms. When we look at Guernica we become fascinated to the point of disgust. Cubism highlighted that art can be repulsive.

The next school of art which developed by the middle of the 20th century was Surrealism. My most loved surrealistic artists are Dali and Paul Delvaux. Dali’s most famous painting is the ‘persistence of memory’. Surrealism following Freudian psychoanalysis attempted to portray art with a conglomeration of reality and fantasy. In the painting, persistence of memory, we find melting clocks hanging on trees and covered by an embryo. The tree can be symbolized as a phallic construct. The melting clocks portray time as flowing with the literature of streams of consciousness. The embryo can represent the artist’s oedipal trauma. Delvaux most famous painting is the call of the night. In the ‘call of the night’ a barren land is seen with skulls. There is a nude standing on the open with luscious vegetation growing on her head. There is also a nude whose head is covered standing outside a building with a candle on her head. Delvaux is trying to portray ancient fertility rites in modernistic terms. The painting can also be interpreted as a sexual awakening. Thus surrealism attempted to portray dream with reality.

Next I would like to focus on postmodern art. Postmodern art is contemporary and tends to be a rebellion against existing artistic norms. In postmodern art normal objects are presented in unusual terms. For an example: we can take Marcel Duchamp’s inverted urinal. Postmodern art is also famous for inventing pop-art, where cartoons, comic strips and consumer products were drawn as artistic representations. Another interesting example of postmodern art is Rodin’s thinker. The thinker can be interpreted in two ways. One in a way that a person has constipation, another as an intellectual poised in thought. Postmodern art freed art from all inhibitions and pre-existing conceptions.

Who Am I?

So Who am I?
In your human form you’re who you are right now. You are the human form in which your soul has chosen to experience itself. But for me first and foremost we are of soul. Our Soul came first and the human form acts as an overcoat that clothe the soul in this reality. The soul came into being as a spark of life, formed in the mind of the Creator and birthed from its heart as a beautiful divine being of love. Our soul is a manifestation of the ultimate love given by the Creator of all life forms. Soul is the source; a microcosm of the whole; a cell in the body of the Creator consciousness.

The infinite source of life that flows through all living beings is the source that creates all life. Our source, our soul, is that same life force. We are the source of our own life. We are all self creating. Our thoughts, that are sourced from our minds go on to create the reality of our human life and experiences. They are are what determine our limitations and our outcomes. But our soul on the other hand is infinite, which means we too are infinite. Our soul enables us to break free from all restrictive, fearful thinking and those many unconscious boundaries that we place on ourselves through fear of “what-if”, or what others may think about us; or the unhealthy need to please others for fear of rejection, for example.

The heart of creation beats within our soul; our soul talks through our heart. When are heart and mind is aligned then our soul is most at peace and able to express itself more fully. Its presence takes up residence in our mind guiding our thoughts to be of a loving nature, without fear or doubt. Our soul will always show us the way of love, where compassion and understanding create an endless stream of opportunities to express ourselves from our true nature and not from our ego.

When I do connect in the soul, and feels its love flowing through me I am always lost for words. I sit spellbound within its energy and I know and feel it talking to me, through my body and my mind. I feel wrapped in love. It is bliss. I am humbled, yet I feel strong and confident. I am in awe of what I am feeling; yet I know that I truly deserve to feel this way and I am totally unashamedly worthy of love. I do find it hard to describe, as our language cannot do it justice or describe it adequately. It’s not so much about words, but more allowing our selves to experience Soul rather than trying to wrap our minds around it. It can feel like fireworks gently and lovingly exploding inside our body whilst exuding a warmth that flows like silken honey into every ‘nook and cranny’ filling us up to feelings of wholeness and completeness.

Just being…
We can just sit and experience this most wonderful alignment taking place bringing our heart, our mind and our body together in such a way as to make us feel so blessed, so loved and so safe. We just have to allow our selves to experience our Soul’s presence, For when we do our Soul takes us into yet another realm, another dimension of experience; to a place where we feel so connected and so peaceful. Where time does not exist and we come to understand the meaning of just who we are and of just ‘being’. A sense of being without expectation, but one of acceptance and knowing all is well and will be. That it ‘just is’. This feeling alone is gold dust and something to be treasured. Think about it, a life without worry, struggle or stress. A life of knowing that you are fully supported and always taken care of. How wonderful…

Our human body has its own unique shape, which identifies our body type and our blood type. Our physical body is unique to each one of us. Our soul has its own unique shape. Each Soul’s pattern is unique to that Soul. The Soul pattern depicts the Soul’s experiences and can be regarded as the Soul Blueprint. Each Soul is like our thumbprint, which is our singular soul identification. No two are the same. Every one of us is unique. Even our minds, do not, in their entirety, think the same as another mind. Our Souls, our bodies, and our minds through which we perceive life set up apart as individuals. We may have all come from the one Source, but the expression of our uniqueness through each of these avenues as I like to term them, offers a most precious gift and immense opportunity to experience the whole wonderful pot pouri called life.

God is like the hand, the palm of the hand and the fingers and thumbs are all the Souls born from God and expressing God’s love. Our Souls are unique extensions of Its love, and it is through our Soul that It can show Itself. Our human Self can be considered as an extension of our Soul and therefore God. Our Soul is a transformer, turning fearful thinking into (gold) wisdom and spiritual growth. You and I are transformers and we have the ability to transform our lives and our world, where we can act as that channel for our Soul and anchor divine love into every part of our planet.

We are whoever we choose to be
Our soul is the door to the infinite mind which we can all open and step through if we desire. What awaits us on the other side is a knowing and feeling of being totally loved for who we are. Where we feel so safe and secure and unashamedly love of ourself. The love that lives within us erupts like a gentle volcano flooding every cell freeing our minds and our bodies to feel alive; to feel real; to feel that have absolute meaning and purpose. The connection that we feel of our source instantly fills us with a sense of knowing that transcends all what we have been previously taught about who we are. In that moment we feel everywhere; as everyone and we know without doubt who we really are. We are limitless. We are who whoever we choose to be. We become aware of the immense, wonderful gift that we have been given. The gift of life. The gift of you and I.

Acquisition of the Unmatched Embroidery Digitizing Patterns

Most of the times, the attainment of best embroidery digitizing becomes a great dilemma for a number of different persons associated with this astonishing field of modern designing now a day. In this regard, the best way to get acquainted with highly incredible and worthwhile digitized facilities, a vendor should always contact a best digitizing source in order to achieve highly beneficial and best-quality designing results according to his/ her individualized needs and desires at the same time. Similarly, all such individuals can also get exceedingly benefitted in achieving their desired digitized outcomes, if they try to learn few solid digitization techniques in case of performing any self-digitizing movements.

Editing of the digitized designs at the digitizer’s end

However, a digitizing expert can easily modify, edit or combine different design details of certain graphic files according to his/her requisites related to different designing patterns. And this whole processing is mainly done in the special software programs selected by the related folks themselves. Various actions like rotating, scaling, distorting, splitting, duplicating, cropping etc. can be performed by the operators in such special software. At the same time, the designers get the amazing opportunity of colour changing like making it monochromatic in few cases. This feature can also be proven to be beneficial in terms of restoration of such colour changings in the similar software programs. In the exclusive phenomenon of embroidery punching, the designers can also add few excessive details like texting and shapes according to the diverse needs of varying vendors. However, few of the minute design details are also usually skipped by the digitizers that are of no use by the vendor in his final products while getting embroidered.

Editing of the digitized designs at the vendor’s end

By the advancement in this exclusive phenomenon of computerized embroidery, the vendors can also edit few simple details like editing, removing or adding instead of resending the files to the digitizing artists for the sake of availing redo facilities. Also, in the final processing of embroidering a particular digitized design on a specific product collection, the associated personnel can even edit few design details with the help of some inbuilt features of the embroidery machines themselves. While the loading of a design in an embroidery machine, different tools like cables, floppy disks, CDs, special cards or USB interfaces are mainly used to transfer the digital embroidery design data in it.

An embroidery machine and compatible file types

In accordance to this, the file types like ART Bernina Artista, ASD Melco, OESD, DST Tajima, EMD Elna Expressive, CND Melco condensed, CSD POEM, Singer EU, Viking Huskygram, EXP Bernina, Melco, OEF OESD Condensed, GNC Great Notions Condensed, JEF/.JEF+ Janome, New Home, EMB, HUS Viking Husqvarna, STX Toyota/Data Stitch, STI Toyota/Data Stitch, PCD,PCS,.PCQ Pfaff, SHV Viking Husqvarna, PHB, PHC Baby Lock, Bernina Deco, Brother, PEC, PEL,.PEM,.PES Baby Lock, Bernina Deco, Brother, Simplicity, SEW Elna, Janome, New Home, Kenmore, XXX Singer, Compucon, VIP VIP Customizing, VP3 Pfaff etc. are chiefly being used at a global level in machine embroidery depending upon the compatibility of a particular machine.

Stabilising the fabric before embroidering

However, before the initializing of a particular embroidery pattern, the stabilising of a particular fabric is a must for the sake of availing wrinkle free and smooth designing outcomes on your preferred products. For that matter, the type of embroidery machine, apparels, and design density are the key factors to focus on in order to stabilise your required designing items. In this way, it is also significant to know that the stabilisation is a prime need in the embroidering of knitted fabrics and large designs to be created on a number of different apparel types.

Finding The Beauty In Judaica Art

There’s a lot of different ways that you can celebrate the amazing elements of Judaica. But did you know that there’s a lot of fine art that exemplifies this world? You may see some things here and there, especially around the holidays, but there are fine artisan crafts and pieces that you can explore on a deeper level out there. There’s something glorious about art that comes Judaica, and you’ll see that there’s something great to explore if you just know where to look.

Beyond The Basics

When you think of Jewish art, you may immediately think of the Star of David. You may also think of symbols that celebrate the rich history of the Torah and other elements that come with the faith. But did you know that there are other things to explore? There’s so many symbols that can be found sacred to those that keep the faith, and are from the lineage of David. Many of these symbols are transformed into incredible pieces of art, with gold, silver, and other fine metals. The design goes beyond the basics, so that you are able to honor the art form and celebrate the Jewish tradition all the same.

Finding Options

Finding Judaica is not that hard. You will find that there’s a lot to explore online. Amidst the many options that you will see, you may be drawn to what’s available on luvaton.com. Jewish art comes alive with a unique artistic touch that you will not find anywhere else. There’s a true beauty to the forms and spaces utilized in the pieces found here, and you’ll definitely be amazed at what can be put together. Finding options can be easy, but stepping into a whole new world of art can be a bit tough, which is why this solution is well worth exploring on a deeper level.

For One and All

Whether you’re Jewish, or you have family, friends, or simply want to celebrate the faith and culture, you owe it to yourself to look at the amazing Judaica art that is being produced today. Never before has so much amazing work been on display and for sale. Whether you choose one piece or several, you’ll no doubt sense the glory that comes with the amazing pieces put together today. Going beyond the basics, and finding new beauty in the past, present, and future is made simple when you know where to look. The designs will certainly enthrall you.

Reasons To Invest in Judaica Art Today

There’s a lot of different pieces of art that you can purchase. You can go for modern offerings, or things from the past, spending thousands of dollars in the process. There’s nothing wrong with these options, but what if you want to go with something a bit religious? Perhaps you want something that represents the culture and faith that you hold to on a regular basis. That’s where Judaica art options can come into play. Right now there are some amazing artists working on pieces that celebrate the glory and riches of the Jewish tradition, and you can behold them. There’s a few reasons why you may want to invest in pieces from modern offerings of this type, and it may surprise you a bit.

Celebrating Faith

The first reason why you will want to look into art of this type is simple, to celebrate the Jewish faith. The Jewish faith dates back centuries, and it is the foundation for a great deal of religious studies and churches today. Whether you stick to the conservative, traditional study, or you are moving forward to Christendom, you’ll find that Judaica can be celebrated by anyone that honors the faith, culture, and beauty that comes from the past. Celebrating with a fine piece of art is a great way to showcase your love for all things Judaica.

Giving From The Heart

There are celebrations throughout the year that are distinctly Jewish. During these times of prayer, reflection, and giving, you may be tempted to find a unique gift. If that’s the case, why not look into Judaica art and see what can celebrate the feast, the event, and relationship that individuals have with the Jewish tradition. You’ll find that by going this route, you’ll be combining several elements together, and bringing about great joy wherever you may go.

At the end of the day, there’s a lot of different reasons why you may want to invest in art of all types. But narrowing down your selection to celebrate Judaica can be tough at times. Take your time and explore what modern offerings can bring to you in this regards, and you’ll see that there’s an immense beauty found in the world of Jewish art today. There’s a lot to explore, and you could easily find a great gift for yourself, or for someone else. There’s an incredible beauty found in what is available today, that’s for sure.