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Friday, January 25, 2013

What is Art?

The definition of art is controversial, although it has existed since prehistoric times (e.g. cave paintings). It is craft in which the purpose is partially or completely esthetic. It can exist for beauty sake alone, or it can have a practical purpose but is nontheless artistic (e.g. beautiful architecture). Art in ancient and medieval times was often used for religious expression. Art is sometimes used to express a political idea. Whatever the purpose, there should be some esthetic element to make a work art.
You can see a number of artistic glass beads and jewelry created by Rose at Beadshaper

Friday, January 18, 2013

History of Poetry

Poetry is a form of verbal expression in which the beauty of the words, rhythm, and rhyme are important as well as the content of the expression. Poetry began in prehistoric times and continued through historic times into the present. Poetry was an aid to remembering oral history but was continued even after the invention of writing because of its beauty. Early poetry was used in religious worship and for recording history. The Sumerian saga of Gilgamesh was the oldest poetic saga that can still be read today. The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote muich of their literature in poetic form. Today documents are usually written in prose, and poetry is appreciated mainly as an artistic expression.
See Classic Love Poetry to see examples of classic love poetry and beads and jewelry named for those poems..
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Sunday, January 6, 2013


Dance dates back to prehistoric times and into the dawn of civilization in almost all cultures. Pictures of dancers have been found on the walls of ancient Egyptiam tombs as well as other ancient edifices in both Western and Eastern cultures. Dance in ancient times was often involved in religious ritual. It also can tell a story. In Hawaiian dance and the dances of India the motion of the hands communicates ideas instead of verbal communication. Dance is usually accompanied by music or rhythm of drums. Dance can be a an expression of sensuality by the movements of the body. Theater dance has taken various forms. Ballet began in the period of the Italian Renaissance and over the years spread throughout Europe as a classical art form. Modern dance began in the 20th Century as a theater dance. Social dance began in the Renaissance and took various forms. The waltz began in the 19th Century as a one on one dance with a man and a woman. This led to various one on one dances that make up ballroom dancing.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Flowers for Expression of Emotions

Various types of flowers have been used to express emotions since ancient times. There are references to flowers in the Bible as well as the literature of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and people of the Far East. In 18th Century Sweden, flowers were sent to convey specific messages. This concept was developed further in 19th Century Victorian England when flowers were used to send messages that were considered less than appropriate in the spoken word, for example red roses expressed passion and white expressed chastity. In contemporary times when language and visual images are more graphic, flowers are still enjoyed for their beauty.
The Beadshaper has created many beads decorated with flowers and others shaped as flowers. Some of them can be found at