Meet the social entrepreneur behind India’s ‘pressed flower’ art

Emilee Geist

Jatropha, ixora and other pressed flowers adorn tabletops, lampshades and stationary products. Gulmohar and eucalyptus seedpods are sanded and shaped into incense-holders. Assorted seeds are  polished and beaded into jewellery. These are some of the offerings at Shradhanjali, an eco-lifestyle label co-founded by Abha Tewari in 1980.

“The goal has been to do business, but differently; to create original beautiful products, in a harmonious, growth-fostering environment for the team, while taking utmost care of the environment, of our raw material suppliers and our customers and finally, contributing to [our hometown] Auroville’s growth,” says Abha.

Abha Tewari founded Shradhanjali, an eco-conscious, social enterprise in 1980. Image: Courtesy Shradhanjali

Most of the flowers used are grown organically in its garden, using drip irrigation and recycled water. Other botanicals are handpicked from Auroville’s forests. “Part of the profit from Beejika, the seed range, goes back to the forest group for replanting,” she

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Cedar Rock online: Pandemic leads to digital tour options at Frank Lloyd Wright site

Emilee Geist

When the historic Lowell and Agnes Walter House at Cedar Rock, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, wasn’t able to open on schedule for the season in May because of the coronavirus pandemic, the people in charge of the house saw an opportunity.

They decided to create a digital tour of the house, so people could glimpse inside even when they couldn’t visit in person. It’s part of a broader effort to digitize tours of around 530 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the world.

“Many Frank Lloyd Wright organizations are looking to promote and advertise a tour series. We’ve been hoping to be part of that for many years but haven’t really had the time and resources,” said Kathryn Hund, manager of Cedar Rock State Park for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “This year, with the pandemic, there was even more interest in doing that.”

The Friends of Cedar

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Take art lessons with FKA twigs, Grimes and Matt Healy via Google Arts & Culture

Emilee Geist

With an initiative that might convince many to take an interest in painting, Google Arts & Culture has recently dropped the second season of its educational series “Art Zoom,” in which contemporary musicians discuss their favorite works. On the program for the new season are FKA twigs, Grimes, Ellie Goulding, J Balvin and Chaeyoung from the South Korean band Twice. For the new season, FKA twigs has chosen to present “Mary Magdalene in Ecstasy” by Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi. She did not choose the painting by chance. The British singer devoted her second album, “Magdalene,” to the Biblical figure. “When making my own album entitled ‘Magdalene,’ it was a time of great healing for me. When I was researching about Mary Magdalene and looking at a lot of paintings of her, she seemed so poised and so together. But the irony is in finishing my music, I found a deep
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Luxury Footwear Brand Chelsea Paris Re-Launches And Stays True To The Founder’s African Heritage

Emilee Geist

Created by designer Theresa Ebagua, luxury footwear brand Chelsea Paris originally launched in 2012 and honored Ebagua’s Nigerian heritage and her love of architecture by combining bright colors, unique materials, and Art Deco influences into her designs. Unfortunately, Ebagua’s aesthetic didn’t resonate with some. 

“While designing footwear, I faced immense pushback from wholesalers,” states Ebagua. “I watered down my collections to meet their expectations. Overwhelmed by stress and industry pressures, I developed anxiety and a condition called Achalasia. I was losing my brand. I had lost my creative identity. I needed to take a step back and remember why I began designing in the first place.”

Named after her two daughters, Chelsea Paris originally launched to high accolades that soon earned Ebagua a robust celebrity following including Lupita Nyong’o, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor Swift just to name a few. But it

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Leku restaurant opening for dinner at Rubell museum in Miami

Emilee Geist


Leku opened an outdoor pop-up this summer but is finally ready to debut its full dinner menu.

Leku, the restaurant tucked away inside the Rubell Museum in Miami’s Allapattah neighborhood, is ready for the spotlight.

The Spanish Cote Basque-influenced restaurant will finally debut its dinner menu on Sept. 30, months after the launch was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, Leku tested the waters by opening a pop-up restaurant on the museum’s outdoor terraces overlooking the garden. Now, with Miami-Dade restaurants allowed to open to 100 percent capacity for indoor dining, the menu has expanded with new flavors while keeping many summer favorites.

The menu, from executive chef/partner Mikel Goikolea and chef de cuisine Aitor Garate Berasaluze, will feature such new dishes as Basque potato salad, prawns carpaccio and sea asparagus or mussels in marinara sauce as starters. Entrees include organic wagyu beef tenderloin with Sicilian-style Trumpets, eggplant “cremoso”

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French film The Translators sets Agatha Christie-style whodunnit in the book industry

Emilee Geist

The theft of a best-selling author’s unpublished manuscript sets off this glossy French whodunnit, a thriller with a nightmarish vision of freelance hotdesking that could easily have been a black comedy.

The suspects are the book’s translators, holed up in what amounts to a luxurious bunker beneath a French chateau, complete with a five-star chef, swimming pool and bowling alley.

They’ve signed on to live and work in this lavish lockdown for a greedy publisher named Eric (Lambert Wilson), who stands to lose squillions if there’s a leak, and has consequently deployed armed guards, confiscated phones and disabled the internet.

But leak it does, and Eric stops at nothing to uncover the culprit.

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Second-time writer-director Regis Roinsard (Populaire) is clearly taking cues from Agatha Christie novels about “perfect” crimes with suspects in exotic locations.

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Paddle8 Bankruptcy Proceedings Take a Heated Turn With Allegations of ‘Reckless’ Leadership and ‘Disloyalty’ + Other News

Emilee Geist

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Monday, September 28.


Museum Trustee Defends Guston Delay Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, who is on the board of the National Gallery of Art, tells the New York Times that the institution has the board’s support in its decision to postpone a Philip Guston show by four years. He said moving forward on the show in its current form—organized jointly among four museums—would have appeared “tone deaf,” adding that “what those who criticize this decision do not understand is that in the past few months the context in the US has fundamentally, profoundly changed on issues of incendiary and toxic racist imagery in art, regardless of the virtue or intention of the artist who created it.” Yet the already-printed

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10 Amazing Pieces Of Yoruichi Fan Art You Have To See

Emilee Geist

Yoruichi Shihoin is one of Bleach’s most beloved characters. Here are 10 awesome fan art pieces in her honor.

Yoruichi Shihoin is one of the strongest female characters in Bleach and has made her a fan favorite for years and years. Yoruichi isn’t one of the main characters, but helps Ichigo and his friends time and time again with their struggles and works with Kisuke Urahara in his shop. Bleach seems to usually do justice with their female characters and Yoruichi is the strongest example of such. She is powerful, witty, and deeply intelligent with a pretty in-depth backstory for a side character.

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Yoruichi started off in the series appearing to be a small black cat that could speak and had a male voice. As a cat, she aided Ichigo and Urahara which left Ichigo pretty surprised when he found out

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How to get tickets to Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera exhibit in Denver

Emilee Geist

Tickets will go on sale in two blocks to help manage capacity and visitor flow.

DENVER — The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has announced dates for when Coloradans can purchase tickets to see an exhibit featuring artwork by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and other Mexican Modernism artists.

The highly anticipated, traveling exhibit is set to open at the DAM on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 and will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. 

In order to manage capacity and visitor flow during the pandemic, the museum has opted to release exhibition tickets in two phases.

Tickets for the first phase will go on sale to the public starting Monday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. through the museum’s website or by calling 720-913-0130. Those ticket holders will be able see the exhibition at a selected time from opening day through Nov. 30, 2020.

Tickets for adult members start at $20,

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Crossroads Dental Arts, a Cosmetic Dentist in Owings Mills, MD Remains Open to Address Patients’ Dental Health Needs – Press Release

Emilee Geist

Oral health requires attention and care. This is why the team at Crossroads Dental Arts has remained open to address the dental care and treatment needs of the members of its community despite the pandemic. The dental care and treatment team at Crossroads Dental Arts focuses on making sure that the members of the community have access to the highest quality of dental care and treatment solutions delivered in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Owing Mills, MD – At Crossroads Dental Arts, patients are treated with the utmost care and respect. The dental team focuses on making sure that each patient is offered the specialized and personalized oral healthcare and treatment service needed to get them the best results.

Patients who visit the dental practice will have access to VIP amenities that have been put in place to improve their dental care and treatment experience. The dental team also makes

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