It is called ink art, but easily understood as tattoos, this art form has been around for ages and seems will be here for longer. Some tattoos are very artful (a generic butterfly or star outline), while others are just something out of the ordinary. I’m talking about the kind of gorgeous, fine-art level tattoos from some special people I met recently and some are just way too amazing to ignore.
On the coastal end of the Chisa Nnyama section in Durban are 2 very corporate business men as well who share a piece of art on their hands and one after the other, they show it off proudly.
In Capetown, out of the 3 places we visit there was nothing but the amazing work of body ink and not just in the form of brush on the skin but on canvas, art was everywhere. Jordan of ink in the city believes art is a life form that must be celebrated, the company has grown branches and does as much as 1230 tattoos in a month, a number I still cannot believe but one that shows how much many are changing their perception about this art.
So, why would anyone hate art so much with the beauty it adds to Life. In our journey of understanding art and the different forms of expression, we have travelled to different metropolis to understand how most people who subscribe to a spiritual gathering or religion see art and its forms in the very religion they believe.
Considering the many people we met and how they share a sense of appreciation for the type of art they inked on their skins, we realized there were too many art lovers and many who are from a family lineage that do not subscribe to such. In all our trip, the one that stood out was my experience in Hatfield, Pretoria.
So my journey from Capetown to Durban ends in the mother city in Hatfield, Pretoria. I was welcomed by a fascinating image of a pastor and his wife, with a very colorful and hippie vibe. I looked at the image and wondered how church on a Sunday would be at a church hosted by the duo.
It was an exciting feeling to visit an artistic, spiritual leader, one that embodies the two ideologies of spirituality and art at the same time, seeing and listening to such a person was like a page from the medieval times. In my time of speaking to the spiritual leaders, it was extraordinary with the ease and the way they describe their relationship with God.
The colours of Lee van Staden’s hair were as colourful as her smile and the compassion that was shown by the two makes it quite unbelievable how the absence of a priestly attire makes less difference and how much love was present through the spiritual sessions.
As the pastor (Judah van Staden) spoke with me, I could see his beautiful crafted art and the symbolic drawing on his hands, he had a hippie cut and a very beautiful appearance, something that made me very calm around him, he made him more of a friend than an authoritative figure.
In the period of the spiritual service, they reached out to many with a hug and a smile and the emotional vibe that filled the auditorium is not something that would fit in this column, but the artistic scenery and the love showed was the real meaning of art embodied in spirituality.
For centuries, there has been a relationship between art and spirituality. There are many reasons to think so; indeed, there seems to be a rich web of relationships between the two. The arts have always been integral to the religion. Sacred pictures, sacred symbols, sacred dances, chants, hymns and tunes have been used in rituals, in places of worship, and as aids to prayer and meditation in every religion.
The great art of the medieval Christian west is religious art, as is that of the Orthodox Christian east. For Hinduism and Buddhism it is the same. Even religions like Judaism and Islam, which consider images of God idolatrous, use decorative designs to embellish places of worship and sacred texts. Outside of formal religious contexts, religion has traditionally been as integral to the arts as to the rest of culture. The arts in traditional cultures transmit the central beliefs and values of those cultures, and those beliefs and values have a strong religious or spiritual dimension.
The Hippie saints are more from a custom of the new church that finds true expression in their true self than a reflection of another. During the periods of discussion, I could easily see how much care and love was shared by the people of the faith of Christianity and coming to be part of the gathering felt comfortable, something I will be doing again anytime i visit Pretoria to see the man i call the Hippie saint again.
But what of the arts in the modern, secular west? Have they also become secular? It is true that the vital center of the arts has moved away from institutional religion: it is hard to find great or even good mainstream religious art in the modern and post-modern west.
Yet the connection between art and spirituality has remained. This was especially true for the pioneers of modern abstract art at the beginning of the twentieth century and with my experience at the River Church in Pretoria, it is evident that these two concept are easily one.
What your nose shape says about you
“Every feature on your face tells you something about yourself and who you’re intended to be,” says Jean Haner, an expert in face reading and author of The Wisdom of Your Face. Your facial features “can tell you things about your physical health, personality, and a certain time in your life”
According to Haner’s work in the 3,000-year-old practice of facial reading, your forehead reveals things about your 20s, your eyes tell you about your 30s, your mouth reveals things about your 50s, your chin says things about your 60s, your jaw relates to your 70s, and the sides of your face tell you about your 80s and 90s.
Your nose, however, speaks to your 40s specifically, Haner says. “The top area between your eyes speaks to the year you turn 40, the top third refers to your early 40s, the middle correlates to your mid 40s, and the bottom half reflects to your later 40s,” she says. “And no matter what your race or ethnicity, shapes of noses all carry the same messages across the board.”
Your nose also represents the overall potential that you can achieve in your life, Haner says. That’s why, according to her, it’s so important not to change your nose, because based on Chinese face reading, if you change your nose, you change your destiny.
While other features on your face come together to give you a full reading about who you’re meant to be, here are 7 things your nose likely predicts about you:
1. If your nose is somewhat large, isn’t especially plump or bony, and doesn’t have a bump on the bridge: This likely means your entire 40s will be a powerful time for you. It also means you’re a perfectionist and you care a lot about the quality of your work. However, because you care so much about your job, you can be very critical of yourself and end up working too much. On a more positive note, you have really great manners and are also really gracious with people.
2. If you have a bony nose much larger than your other features: Again, the large size means you’re a perfectionist, you like to be in control, and that your 40s will be a powerful time for you (it could be powerful as in good, or powerful as in challenging). The boniness, however, speaks to you having trouble letting things go. It also means you can often read people’s energies very easily, but you also like to be alone a lot, since sensing other people’s energies is exhausting. The location of your bump roughly corresponds to when you’ll face that powerful time in your 40s (e.g., middle of the nose, middle of the decade).
3. If your nose is on the larger side and plump: You’re a little more laid-back and like to enjoy life. “These types of people are often collectors of things like fine art,” Haner says. “They also tend to work really hard and like spending their hard-earned money on things that allow them to enjoy life.” Plumpness on the face tends to relate to accumulating things, so the plumpness of a large nose means your 40s will not only be powerful, but you’ll start “collecting” even more items than you already did, such as purchasing in a new home or getting a car.
4. If you have a small nose: It means your 40s won’t be the most powerful time in your life, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to be tough for you either. You like to get things done and move on. “People with these types of noses are more efficient with their work and would rather work smart, not hard,” Haner says. “They’re not necessarily perfectionists, but they’re not sloppy with their work either. And they often get frustrated with people with large noses, since large-nosed folks can’t always let things go.”
5. If you have a soft, petite nose: The softness in the nose means you’re friendly and kind, you like to enjoy life, and you can’t wait to have a home and a family. The tininess of the nose can mean you won’t have so much to struggle with or handle during your 40s, so you’ll likely have an easier time during that decade, but they won’t be as powerful.
6. If your nose is medium-size and doesn’t have any bumps: It means you can easily achieve things in life that you’re proud of. “In Chinese facial reading, the more perfectly formed the nose is, the more positive the time in your 40s will be,
7. If you have a crooked nose: This means your 40s will be harder for you. However, the hard times you go through are meant to make you a better person, Haner explains. Interestingly enough, even if you’re not born with a crooked nose and it’s the result of an accident, it still means there will be challenges or changes that you didn’t otherwise expect. “This is because, according to Chinese face reading, because you had the accident, your destiny changed and you now have to learn a lesson in your 40s that will make you come out on top,” she adds.
8. If you have a faint horizontal line across your nose toward the tip: This means there will be a big change in your life in your 40s. It could be positive or negative, like a whole new career or a divorce; it’s referred to as a break with the past in Chinese facial reading.
09. If you have a pointed tip: You are fascinated with life. One downside of that is you have a tendency to gossip because of your curious nature. In Chinese facial reading, any feature that is pointed has to do with excitement, passion, joy, and fun, so if you have a pointed nose, your 40s will be really enjoyable.
If you have visible nostrils when you’re looking straight forward: That’s a sign you spend money very easily.
If you have tiny, hidden nostrils: The smaller the nostrils and the more hidden they are, the better you are with money – aka the less you’ll spend easily.
If you have nostrils that you can see just a bit: You don’t spend too much or too little.
Comair brings cheer to little patients
Little faces lit up with delight at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town yesterday (SUBS: TUESDAY 13 December 2106), when staff from Comair Limited visited to give patients toys and other gifts.
The gesture was part of the company’s celebration of 70 years of uninterrupted, profitable operation and serving Southern Africa’s business and leisure travel sector.
For Sandi Petersen, the Comair Airport manager at Cape Town International, the occasion was especially poignant: as a child, she was a patient at the hospital, suffering from chronic asthma.
“Returning here today is bittersweet for me. I remember well the care that was given to me and the kindness, dedication and professionalism of the doctors and nurses. That has endured, which is why this hospital enjoys such an enviable reputation.”
But, she points out: “This though, is tempered by the fact that this is a children’s hospital. Children, particularly on a hot, beautiful day like today and during the school holidays should be outside playing, not lying ill in a hospital ward.
“It’s why I’m so pleased that my colleagues at Comair have been so generous. Together they have donated a little over 300 gifts. We’ve flown these to Cape Town from all around the country, to spread a little festive cheer to the children here.
“So while we’re very proud of nearly three quarters of a century of operation, this is an opportunity to spread joy too. Many of my colleagues have already said they’d like to make this donation annually, not just as a once-off event.”
The airline has marked its 70th anniversary in a number of ways around the country, such as sponsoring trees, in conjunction with Food & Trees for Africa. The trees were planted at schools in Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and will provide much-needed food and shade in disadvantaged communities.
Domestly now in Johannesburg
The Domestly app (available on Android and iPhone) allows users to browse profiles of available professional cleaners in their area and then book and pay for the service. Whether it’s spring cleaning, the aftermath of ‘that’ dinner party, the days’ notice you receive from unexpected houseguests or whenever you just need an extra ‘pair of hands’, Domestly can assist by connecting busy people to reliable cleaning professionals.
Having recently scooped the Best Consumer App and 2016 MTN App of the Year Award from over 450 entries, Domestly promises a stress-free experience. The MTN App Awards celebrate out-of-the-box thinkers that provide real solutions for real world problems.
The service provides piece of mind by offering the opportunity to find a reliable cleaner without worrying about long term contracts. Users can view in-depth profiles of each cleaner, who have all been vetted, that include ratings and reviews from previous customers. Once a preferred profile has been found, users are able to book a date and time that is convenient for both parties.
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Domestly co-founders, Thatoyoana Marumo and Berno Potgieter, pride themselves on having developed a service that encourages and empowers an entrepreneurial environment specifically for unemployed or underemployed South African women. Domestly provides an uplifting and empowering opportunity for its professional cleaners to control their earning potential by setting their own rates and managing their diaries.
Domestly was launched in Cape Town towards the end of 2015 and has since facilitated the creation of over 600 sustainable jobs with this number growing steadily as the footprint of the app extends. Within the next year, Domestly has forecasted bringing an additional 1500 professional cleaners on board.
To date, the app has expanded its service from Cape Town to include Johannesburg North (Rosebank, Fourways and Sandton) with near-future plans to become available in Pretoria, Midrand and Centurion followed by KwaZulu-Natal by the end of the year.
The Domestly app is free to download for both user and cleaner or cleaning company. All payments for services are handled within the app via credit card as well as an option to pay by EFT.
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