Mai Long

Mai Long is an artist friend of mine.

http://www.mai-long.com/

You might have seen her on TV in the Lonely Planet show about Sydney Australia. Mai’s work quite often addresses her cultural identity issuses. I own a few of Mai’s works. Here’s a some pictures of them.

Lately Mai has been making a series of paper mache dogs which you can see here if you wish

http://www.mai-long.com/ex_2006_ilp.html

I will be aquiring a few more of Mai’s works over the next couple of months and I’ll post pictures of them here when I do. I’m tossing up about whether I get some more paintings or some sculptures.

A worthy thing

A friend of mine in Canada (Jocelyn Banyard), is involved in what I think is a very worthy enterprise called the “Malambo Women’s Club”.

http://www.malambo-moorings-zambia.com/

The aim of Malambo Women’s Club is to help Zambian women start small businesses. When Joycelyn told me what an uphill struggle that many of these women have I felt the least I could do was to spread the word. Camel Designs http://www.cameldesign.com/zp.htm has already donated a van to the group so they can pick up materials and to take their produce to market.

Clouds from my bedroom balcony

The picture below was taken from my bedroom balcony at about 8am yesterday morning

The image is made up of 8 photos that were stitched together with Canon PhotoStitch.

I’m not saying that this is great expressive photography, after all it’s just a matter of be there and take the picture like most other landscapes (or skyscapes if you want to be picky). For me this is a record of another beautiful scene I’ve seen. It’s all about “be here now”.

New Kite

Over the last month my wife and I constructed a new kite.

It’s called a double star and we got some very well prepared plans from this website

http://www.ucurtma.org/doublestar.html

The material is ripstop nylon and the poles are made of carbon fibre. The kite is 2M across.

We finally got to fly the kite on the Easter weekend. Naturally the wind speed dropped (as is the way of the world) as soon as we brought the kite out and it hasn’t been windy enough to fly it again for the last three weeks.

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