Saturday, April 26, 2008

Links and inspiration

“Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” - Emily Kimbrough

Here are some new links for everyone ranging from the autism spectrum and psychology to art therapy to arts and crafts. Have fun. I sure enjoyed collecting them!

Autism Spectrum -

Nicole Brandstrup sent me this link for Stephen Wiltshire's (an amazing autistic man, once again thank you Nicole!) very literal art work, a drawing of Rome after one trip in a helicopter.
I went to YouTube to see what else might be there and he has ten videos of his amazing drawing. Do take a look.
While looking at Stephen Wiltshire's work I found two other interesting Autism sites.

IAN, the Interactive Autism Network, is an innovative online project designed to accelerate the pace of autism research by linking researchers and families. If you have a child within the Autism Spectrum or if you work with this population, you can become part of IAN's online community to stay informed about autism research, provide feedback, and be heard. has a lot of video's on this topic as well.

Psychology -

Cognitive Daily has a lot of very interesting research, for example a test for your ability to recognize real smiles based on the research of Paul Ekman or how a gift of flowers can release more endorphins and for longer that a gift of fruit or candles. (No one checked on chocolate. I guess the reason for that would be the funding source for this research?!) Lots of interesting material here!

Brain Blogger
sponsors something called Blog Carnivals, where they collect links pointing to blog articles on a particular topic, and like a magazine, they have a title, a topic, editors, contributors, and an audience. Brain Blogger has two Carnivals, one on the brain and one on drugs and pharmacology. Great sources for current research and links here.

Art Therapy and Psychology Blogs -

Cathy Malchiodi's "The Healing Arts" which is part of the Psychology Today blogs:
A lot of interesting material there!

Art Links-

Hanne Matthiesen is a Danish book artist, crafts person who writes in English here: You can also see her work in the current Somerset Memories and Somerset Workshop.

Never Forgotten is an art book on grieving, looks like it might be good, lots of art and lots of quotes. It was created originally for a friend, JoAnnA Pierotti, who had suddenly lost her mother. 68 artists from all over the world provided artistic images and financial contributions in order to create an art volume which would express their sympathy, concern, and support for JoAnnA. What a lovely example of Art As Gift!

April/May FiberArts focuses on Paper, lots of wonderful ideas here! Top of my list is the article on Jiyoung Chung's Joomchi, by Akiko Kotani with Bernard Freyberg. You'll learn a lot about the traditional technique for “felting” handmade paper and the paper is beautiful.
Image from the NAHCOTTA website.

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