Interview: Artist Hand-Cuts Intricate Illustrations from Single Sheets of Paper

Each complex design is a testament to Dyrlaga’s expert skill and admirable patience, not to mention her steady hand. From flowers and leaves to patterned serpents and feathered birds, each paper silhouette is inspired by her natural surroundings in the English countryside of her hometown. No matter her subject, Dyrlaga manages to include an awe-inspiring amount of detail. Every petal and leaf features thinly sliced botanical veins, bird feathers are rendered from hundreds of textural lines, and in one particular snake piece, Dyrlaga hand-cut each individual scale, one-by-one.

– My Modern Met

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The Italian Art Supply Shop That Keeps Renaissance Painting Techniques Alive

Dante called it “the cursed and unlucky ditch.” Half a millennium later, Tuscany’s Arno river would more than live up to that title. Just before dawn on November 4, 1966, the rain-swollen river abruptly broke its banks; its waters surged through Florence at speeds of 45 miles per hour and flooded the city with 18 billion gallons of mud and grime. Yet for all the destruction the natural disaster unleashed, it would also provide a major turning point for one of the city’s most beloved art-supply shops.

– Artsy

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Independent Music Publicists Grapple With a Shrinking Media Landscape

Much has been written about the struggles of music journalists in an ever-shrinking media landscape. A recent Longreads article called “Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?” offered a typically grim roll call of publications that have either discontinued their print edition or shuttered entirely: Blender, Harp, Spin, URB, Paste, to name a few. At the local level, the outlook is even bleaker, with major alt-weeklies closing up shop and others gutting their staffs, budgets and page counts. And the ranks of music blogs, once major voices in new music coverage, have thinned since their mid-2000s peak.

– Billboard

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