Crate of Curios part 36

It was a lovely hot evening today here in Athens. If it wasn’t for still having to wear a mask outside, one could be forgiven for forgetting entirely that a pandemic is still not entirely eradicated. I hadn’t had time to prepare the content of all this months’ Crates yet, so this one I’d dare to describe like I would an effortlessly stylish outfit – ‘ just something I threw together’. So, let’s have a look at it without any further ado.

  1. Now, be completely honest – how many Finnish painters can you name? Most probably none, so let’s make sure that next time someone asks you this question you’d have earned some bragging rights. Enter Helene Schjerfbeck – a deeply private painter, set on the road of an artist by a broken hip at the age of four, when her father gave her pencils to amuse herself during convalescence. Despite the lifelong limp the badly healed hip left her with, financed by government grant she studied art in France, and after experimenting with different styles, arrived at a confident minimal expression by the end of the 19th century.

2. What is creativity? We don’t necessarily like to combine it with the world of finance, yet this is exactly what Robert J. Sternberg has done with his Investment Theory of Creativity. I found this little gem from the post of Might Could Studio, which is absolutely worth checking out.

3. If you – like the rest of the world – like Frida Kahlo, you can enjoy the virtual tour in her birth home Casa Azul, provided by the Frida Kahlo Museum.

4. In case you are a history nerd who also happens to like internet culture, you’re in luck – this handy Historic Tale Construction Kit, lets you make up the dankest Bayeux tapestry memes.

5. Think it’s a good thing to have plenty of choice? You’re mistaken. Decision fatigue is a thing.

6. And to finish off for this week – the absolute truth about any vital internet structure from the pen of XKCD.

And that’s it for this time. Happy reading and until next week!


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