the MANDALA COLLECTION >

The mandala is basically a representation of the universe, a consecrated area that serves as a receptacle for the gods and as a collection point of universal forces. Man (the microcosm), by mentally “entering” the mandala and “proceeding” toward its centre, is by analogy guided through the cosmic processes of disintegration and reintegration.

Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation.

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Mandalas in China, Japan, and Tibet are basically of two types, representing different aspects of the universe: the garbha-dhatu (Sanskrit: “womb world”; Japanese taizō-kai), in which the movement is from the one to the many; and the vajra-dhatu (Sanskrit: “diamond [or thunderbolt] world”; Japanese kongō-kai), from the many into one. Mandalas may be painted on paper or cloth, drawn on a carefully prepared ground with white and coloured threads or with rice powders (as for Buddhist Tantric ceremonies of initiation), fashioned in bronze, or built in stone, as at Borobudur, in central Java. There the circumambulation of the stupa (a commemorative monument) is tantamount to the ritual approach to the centre.

The mandala of a Tibetan tanka (cloth scroll painting) characteristically consists of an outer enclosure around one or more concentric circles, which in turn surround a square transversed by lines from the centre to the four corners. In the centre and the middle of each triangle are five circles containing symbols or images of divinities, most commonly the five “self-born” buddhas. Of the borders surrounding the mandala, the first is a ring of fire, which both bars entry to the uninitiated and symbolizes the burning of ignorance; next comes a girdle of diamonds, which stands for illumination; then a circle of eight graveyards, symbolizing the eight aspects of individuating cognition; next a girdle of lotus leaves, signifying spiritual rebirth; and, finally, at the centre, the mandala itself, where the images are set.

Similar ritual drawings have been found in cultures other than Hindu and Buddhist—for example, in the sand paintings of the North American Indians. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung published studies of mandala-like drawings executed by his patients. In his view, the spontaneous production of a mandala is a step in the individuation process—a central concept in Jung’s psychological theory—and represents an attempt by the conscious self to integrate hitherto unconscious material.

Source: Britannica.com

the HEELS >

The luxury high heel as status marker is directed not toward men but toward other women – both intimate confidantes and bitter rivals.

The high heel in its dazzlingly heraldic permutations (as dramatised in Sex and the City) is beyond the comprehension of most men: only women and gay men can tell the difference between a Manolo Blahnik and a Jimmy Choo.

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In full disclosure, I never wear these shoes and indeed deplore their horrifying cost at a time of urgent social needs. Nevertheless, I acknowledge and admire the high heel as a contemporary icon and perhaps our canonical objet d’art.

Contemporary art

At the Neiman Marcus department store at the King of Prussia Mall in suburban Philadelphia, a visitor ascending the escalator to the second floor is greeted by a vast horizon of welcoming tables, laden with designer shoes of ravishing allure but staggering price tags (now hovering between $500 and $900 a pair but soaring to $6000 for candy-coloured, crystal-studded Daffodile pumps by Christian Louboutin). Despite my detestation of its decadence, this theatrical shoe array has for years provided me with far more intense aesthetic surprise and pleasure than any gallery of contemporary art, with its derivative gestures, rote ironies, and exhausted ideology.

Designer shoes represent the slow but steady triumph of the crafts over the fine arts during the past century. They are streamlined works of modern sculpture, wasteful and frivolous yet elegantly expressive of pure form, a geometric reshaping of soft and yielding nature. An upscale shoe department is a gun show for urban fashionistas, a site of ritual display where danger lurks beneath the mask of beauty.

— Camille Paglia,

an edited extract from Free Women, Free Men by Camille Paglia (Canongate).

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Forward!

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I moved here over 10 years ago. It was a very different LA then. It certainly had a ton of problems, but nothing on the scale that we are faced with today.

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the LIBRARY >

A large part of what I do as an ecommerce developer is read. And then read more. Tech’s progress can be mind-bending, so it’s important to not only stay current but to put that info into context.

Mandalas & Jung

Jung used mandalas in his psychotherapy by getting patients, who had no knowledge of it, to create individual mandalas.

Mies van der Rohe

David Chipperfield Architects' renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie unveiled   Tom Ravenscroft | 28 December 2020  5 comments The first images of the renovation of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin by David...

JPL’s Visions of the Future: The Inspiration

JPL’s Visions of the Future was the inspiration for this collection. Read about the creators’ concepts and methods in this interview.

Thievery Corporation

Theft has gotten blurry. It usually is clear cut. I possess something that another covets and takes it. Shitty, but done deal. Now, not so much. The following story (clipped and edited - the whole thing is here). This is an important post and has made me focus on what...

How Much Are You Worth?

You are being hired because you know something that your client doesn’t. Your client needs your services and is hiring you specifically because you know what you are doing. That time, that effort, that expertise that has attracted you to them has a value of some sort....

Shipping and the Messy Part About Returns

Overall, about 10% of all purchases are returned, according to industry estimates. But items bought online are three times more likely to be returned than those bought in-store. For some categories of clothing —think shoes and women’s jeans — more than half of online purchases are returned.

Quarantine & Ecommerce

Quarantine does have its advantages. Dressing up means wearing pants. You now have a rock-solid excuse to not speak to your shitty neighbor. Groceries are delivered and you never even have to face the delivery person (who is definitely shaming you in their head for...

Fuck Fashion

I've written a lot about fashion and ecommerce. It's an easy target. A cultural WTF? $10,000 for a handbag? And who is this "Coco Chanel" anyway? Why do I care? And why am I writing about this on an ecommerce site? 'Cause: Online apparel sales accounted for 38.6% of...

Scam Shops & Poisoned Wells. FUN!

A new cybercrime gang has been seen taking over vulnerable WordPress sites to install hidden e-commerce stores with the purpose of hijacking the original site’s search engine ranking and reputation and promote online scams.

H&M: First Major Retailer to Recycle Consumer Clothing

New York (CNN Business) — Fast fashion chain H&M wants to turn discarded clothes into something new to wear again -- within five hours. The Sweden-based retailer is about to start giving consumers at its Stockholm store the option to turn in used...

what’s INSPIRING US NOW >

Mies van der Rohe

David Chipperfield Architects' renovation of Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie unveiled   Tom Ravenscroft | 28 December 2020  5 comments The first images of the renovation of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin by David...

Human Design: Namsa Leuba

Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender' Published 9th October 2019   Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN On the Polynesian island of Tahiti, there is said to be something akin to a sixth sense -- one that belongs to neither men nor women. Instead, it...

Plays Well With Others

cgk.ink is very connected We actively pursue connections, affiliations, and cooperatives to explore how ecommerce revolutionizes our economy on a daily basis.  This means more than just inviting other designers to our marketplace, it means working with them to get a...

SkyNet is Hilarious!

AI can often produce inconceivable results. Google's own facial recognition AI identified black people as gorillas: When Brooklyn-native Jacky Alcine logged onto Google Photos on Sunday evening, he was shocked to find an album titled “Gorillas,” in which the facial...

some EXPERIMENTS IN: >

DESIGN

I usually hate "best of" lists. But this one, 40 Amazing Ecommerce Websites (via Oberlo) is a good example of what happens when you stop using templates and get very, very creative.

Color Theory

It’s a basic knowledge that goes a long way. That beautiful blue flower you see in the garden in real life is going to look very, very different when it is rendered in CMYK on a t-shirt. There are literally thousands of apps that assist in mitigating this difference (or manipulating it all together). 

the CONTACT >

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