Thursday, November 10, 2011

Playful Art


A Day in the Life -sketchbook project page 21 color pencils

I always wonder how and who came up with original recipes and cooking methods for various dishes.  How and who concocted the very first delicacies? or the herbal remedies? The cough syrup herbal remedy that my aunt made for me was a wonderfully powerful one that relieved me of my incessant hacking  during my trip to India in January.  I do hope that these recipes and knowledge don't get lost as the world moves towards new and improved technology.

Speaking of innovations and creations, I watched  TED fellow Aparana Rao talk about her unique interactive art projects that are steeped in surprising, playful and humorous ideas.  Check it out and see why I want one of her high tech art installation 'shy pygmies' ! I am totally fascinated by her mix of art and technology - her fun 'uncle phone',   delightful 'drunken man', the intimidating expanding cube, and cute tired oil blob. Actually I am in awe of her imagination and innovation! What a wonderful way to infuse art with 'humanity' that begs one to respond and interact. 

19 comments:

meera said...

yikes! - I found two spelling errors in my sketchbook page :( the book is at the Art House Co-op in Brooklyn so I can't even correct now! So, lets just say -thats the charm of a sketchbook -that its never perfect :)

Thaikaden said...

Nice post. There are simple and effective medicines in our home,for those who can use them properly. I just say it's a blessing from our ancestors.

meera said...

@Thaikaden, 'blessing from ancestors' -that is a wonderful way to see it and be grateful for the knowledge! -Thank you :)

padmaja said...

Aparna Rao's art installations are very inspiring and enjoyable, thanks for link Meera!
Yes,I have made a hand written book on my grand mother's recipes which otherwise will be lost for ever!

Krishna said...

nice post...

remedies for common diseases also found in our home...

nice sketch

thanks

meera said...

Padmaja, grandmother's recipes saved is so commendable :) I too have a few recipes -only a handful of my favorites from many years ago culled from her years of experience! I wish I had not been selective but written down most of what she knew!
Hope you watched Aparna Rao's video aboutideas and creativity :)

meera said...

Thank you Krishna! Hope you are saving those recipes :)

Katherine Thomas said...

I like the drawings as well as the recipe. I think I might copy that down for future use when I get sick!

meera said...

Katherine, Thank you! That is a potent remedy and hope you will find it so too :)

Kathy Staicer said...

Another wonderful sketch. My grandmother used to make "sweetie pie tea" for coughs. I regret not having her recipes.

meera said...

thank you Kathy! Please do ask around and google it too -- you may be surprised - someone might know the recipe for that remedy :)

Sanctified Spaces said...

Even I have wondering how these recipes made its way to our homes.Lovely illustration for the kashayam and thank you for the wishes.

meera said...

@Sanctified Spaces, Thank you Shalini! Yes, Those home remedies are quite potent and I can never stop wondering who and how they came to be! I only know a few and really don't use them as often as I should!

Crystal Cook said...

Love these sketch book pages meera. Especially the dripping spoon. :) And I have always wondered the same thing, especially about weird combinations that end up being SOOOOO good. Like chocolate covered pretzels, or salted caramel hot chocolate. :)

meera said...

Thank you Crystal :) salted caramel hot chocolate --now is that your creative concoction

Teresa said...

Your cough syrup recipe sounds a lot more healthful than the local homemade cough syrup where I live: whiskey and honey! LOL!!

Burns like fire going down... but it does work. Aargh!!

meera said...

Teresa, that sounds great to me --only two ingredients and both not too hard to find :)

rajeesh said...

nice presentation meera...i loved it....keep updated..:)

meera said...

Thanks Rajeesh! I really appreciate your visits and support :)

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