Mini- Careers: PAPER SCULPTURES (Patty+Allen ECKMAN)

Cast paper sculpture has been in existence since the 1950’s. It should not be confused with papier-mâché, as the two mediums are completely different .

To create his cast paper sculptures, Allen Eckman first mixes an acid-free paper pulp in the studio hydro-pulper from two raw stocks—cotton and abica. Then the pulp is cast into molds which Allen makes from original clay sculptures. The paper is then pressed under vacuum pressure in the mold where most of the water is extracted at the same time. The drying process is completed by evaporation while the paper is still in the mold. After the dry and hard casts are removed from the molds the exclusive process of chasing cast additions, cast alterations, sculpting in paper and detailing begins.–wTAAWWno



Poverty: A System Design flaw or a Designed flaw


Poverty, as it stands is not just a matter of financial hardship for people. As far as the experience suggests, in it’s modern avatar, it is an imposed ‘psychological stress’ that is systemically imposed on a certain section of society.

Relation between socialistic stress and its correlation to poverty  is very much evident……… Here’s the skinny

Poverty is a designed flaw in the system

Muhammad Yunus – A History of Microfinance

Scoff, as one might do and do often, most people are surprised to learn this tiny fact of life. In fact, living in a capitalist society as most of us do, most of the systems are designed to fail and fail at regular intervals.

Look around yourself: the computer programs that constantly need to be upgraded on your laptop in order to keep it functional; the newest trends in the fashion that one must buy, to be seen as cool/hip (men and women), the latest mobile phone and other gadgets…….. They are all designed for one specific purpose….. Taking money away from you.

People who understand this little fact, can comprehend the value of their hard earned money and invest wisely; people who don’t understand this, end up losing their money.

Poverty is a designed flaw in the system

Coming back to my original point no-one, and I definitely mean NO-one wants to get rid of poverty. Why?

The significance of the seven pieces of Voldemort’s soul

1. Humans who are poor and those who don’t want to turn up poor, often become morally flexible (Looking at the list of crimes that you can find at any given time in media- specifically the white collar crime).

2. The poor people, often serve in jobs that are menial and very low paying. I was recently watching a BBC documentary which documented the various laws that kept people in the very poor section of the society, locked in their society and on welfare. The problem wasn’t that the people were incompetent or lazy, but that the local laws were written in a way, that trapped them into welfare/very low payment jobs.

How to get out of the mouse trap…..

There are ways out of it…. the most often taken road is education, the second is learning a trade /business/ investment and others (to be discussed later)….

How to HELP People get out of the mouse trap…..

Teach them the ways to survive in the ever changing world that most people keep missing…… Inspire others to do the same






Originally posted on Beauty in Broken Things:

water lily

Yocca via Flickr

Silver mist curls around forgotten trees,

A thousand years of pines line the shore – 

Silent sentries of a forbidden land,

Guarding such secrets, nobody knows;

Our paddles break the calm,

Canoes floating in a magical place

Amid water lilies and falling rain;

All bound by some unspoken law

To vast and perfect silence.

~ Ilana Reimer

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