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Keeping Things Whole by Mark Strand

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Keeping Things Whole


In a field
I am the absence
of field.
This is
always the case.
Wherever I am
I am what is missing.

When I walk
I part the air
and always
the air moves in
to fill the spaces
where my body's been.

We all have reasons
for moving.
I move
to keep things whole.

Mark Strand


I'm enjoying the rain. Have a beautiful Wednesday. 
-J



Observation: Thoughts

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When I set out to start an observation project and report a few of them here, I really meant images. Yes, I mentioned that I would try to use my other senses, too, but I expected that would take some time. However, I found myself working on a paper, and when having to distance myself from my writing because I had reached a mental block, my eyes travelled outside of my room to my only view, the highway. As I watched the cars zoom by I became conscious of my thoughts. Most of it were on my paper. They were trying to develop a fresh perspective through which I could resume my writing. I realized that I was thinking in words. I suppose I have always known this, but it was a semi unconscious knowledge, something I had not previously thought of or thought on. I wondered then what my thoughts would be like without words? I tried to not think in words and I felt that I could not. I could only sense; but not really "think." It seemed also that all efforts to not think made my senses…

Mawusi: Free Shipping & Upcoming Event at MoCADA

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It is really just two things. 1.The Happy Koryo bracelets are shipping to all locations within the US for free with purchases of $24 or more. Please be sure to use the promo code HappyKoryo. This promotion is only available at mawusi.us and it ends Midnight EDT this Saturday.
The Happy Koryo bracelets will make a fantastic Mother's Day gift. You could pick one for yourself and a matching one for your mother. You have 25 colors to play with, so for instance, you can blend raspberry and rose for your mom, and raspberry and neon pink for yourself! Let me know if you need any help
2. I am über excited about the upcoming vending event at MoCADA.  (80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn)  on Saturday May 10th from 12 noon - 7pm
I hope you will come. Please come!
Now, how AWESOME is this flyer for MoCADA's DIY Spring Fest?! I've become a big fan of MoCADA's flyers. Remember the one from their Holiday DIY Fest?
Thank you for your support and have a beautiful Friday and Weekend! -Jane
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Grad School Diary: Spring Break II

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My chest is puffed, my laughter is higher and longer. I have done something neat. I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden at last...well two Saturdays straight. Woot!
Both times because of friends. The first friend told me about it, and I was like well, I'm not sure. Then she mentioned that it was free, and everything fell into place once it clicked that all I needed to get was the metro. Hashtag oh-what-a-wonderful-world!

Poetry: Te Deum by Charles Reznikoff

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Te Deum

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

Not for victory
but for the day's work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.

Charles Reznikoff


Personal Style: Wearing Two Dresses

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My style has not changed much. Except that I don't always wear so many colors together, and I do repeat outfits, in the same week (my old me is in shock). I have always loved layering. And always loved wearing more clothes than I need. Here I am wearing these two oldies. Which I have won like this, like this, and like this

General Update: Where Things are Floating

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How was your Easter weekend? I spent mine designing my new Mawusi website and catching up on school work.

Here's where things are floating now: I'm changing things here a little on Mondays. I'll include what I'm calling Observations to my Opinions and General Updates (the plan is to have more Observations). I have gotten the idea to use my eyes as a sort of camera. To frame things that I find interesting as I go about my day; write about them in a notebook and share some of them here. I'm also curious about involving the other senses, like listening only and not looking, or analyzing based on smells and feelings. I have been doing this partially already, but I think it will be a great exercise to fully dig into. The aim is to become more observant and access more easily, the magic in the mundane.

We'll see how it goes.
Have a blast,
-J

Mawusi: Happy Koryo

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At this very second of this week, the Koryo pieces are now call Happy Koryo. Mostly because they're abstract happy faces, and mostly because they're named after my granny, whom, thoughts of, always bring a smile to my face. The other thing is that the Happy Koryo Yarn Bracelets are $2.00 less on my website with the coupon code HappyKoryo. And the other, other thing is that I woke up today to find out that this African fabric Happy Koryo had a party on the Etsy front page, in this collection (thanks Astrid!). Now, that is the start of a wonderful Friday.
On the other, other, other hand, I'm working on something new. I've been at it for a while but now I am beginning to believe that it is coming together...oh let it be, let it be. Why the repetitions? I'm asking myself the same question.

Have a beautiful end of the week, and a great weekend!
-Jane

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Grad School Diary: Spring Break

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Spring break is here and I don't know what most people do with theirs  but I'm planning on surfing some lovely libraries. I've a ton of work to catch up to.  There's also the fact that I've been having nightmares: something to do with bad grades...it started on Tuesday. Now I am all very scared. I am not being dramatic. Okay maybe a little. But I won't get entirely lost in literature. I've started taking long walks  to register the states of spring and get rid of anxious thoughts. The picture above was taken late morning yesterday. See why I keep boasting about my neighborhood, I live only half an hour walk from the Unisphere. Soon the trees will be green again.

Poem 435 by Emily Dickinson

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Poem 435

Much Madness is divinest Sense—
To a discerning Eye—
Much Sense—the starkest Madness—
'Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail—
Assent—and you are sane—
Demur—you're straightway dangerous—
And handled with a Chain—


Emily Dickinson

Meet Lucia Eastman of Venus Over Water

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You know you are a product of your parents when you grow up with an architect dad and seamstress mom, and find yourself with an architect degree and a business in fashion. My name is Lucia Eastman and I spent most of my childhood following my mom around and making clothes for my dolls at 7. Around that same time, my father invited me to take an interest in his profession, showing me the drawings and details of his projects, and even taking me on site at times. I didn’t know it then, but it was the foundation for what was to come. After moving to America from Ghana in 2000, I decided to pursue a career in architecture but still retained a love of fashion and integrated many of its larger concepts into my work—always looking for ways to elegantly merge the two.  In the last couple of years, I began to feel a visceral pull toward those memories of making my own clothes when I was 16; and of that initial obsession with the world of fashion. I even tracked down footage online of ‘Style Wi…

Opinion: Opinion

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Tired of my own opinions.  Sometimes I think it's better that I keep them to myself; at times I regret not saying how I feel; at other times I am ashamed of my beliefs; often I worry that I've said too much, and often I'm certain I have said too much; often I worry that I've intruded, and that I have not been successful in making my thoughts clear.

Often my opinions leave me feeling exposed. I believe that my beliefs are not "the truth" but my truth (thanks to a friend); they are the current sum of my past experience: a mixture of things I've heard and things I have read; they do alter over time.

 I hope to always know how to listen to other's opinions and consider them, even when they do not reflect mine.
May today be the best Monday you've ever had. -J

Mawusi: Item of the Week

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To give you more reasons to visit Mawusi often,  I now have a featured item every week from Sunday through Saturday. The featured items may be offered with free shipping or a percentage off. The Item for this week is the Ligbiko cape. It's a soft 100% wool in fuchsia, beautifully hand crocheted, a limited edition of one, ready to ship, and über perfect for spring! Buy it this week and shipping is on me. Just enter the coupon code: Ligbiko at www.mawusi.us