I was unfamiliar with the arts that came out of the Japanese American Internment Camps. This is the theme of The Renwick exhibit, The Art of Gaman, Arts and Creafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942 – 1946. There are more than 120 pieces that were produced by the prisoners to lessen the grimness of their camp life. These include musical instruments, household ornaments, teapots and craft objects. Gaman in Japanese means “to bear the seemingly unbearable with dignity and patience.” I’ve just added a new word to my vocabulary. This new discovery, new word of the day and these birds are very inspirational for one of my new designs that I’m working on for Casart coverings. I couldn’t have asked for better timing. This is exhibit is on view from March 5 – January 30, 2011.

Gaman birds via Wahington Post Magazine

On a side note, since this article was also in the Washington Post Magazine, this is a sad, but inspirational article about Frank Connell in Whatever Happened to The Red Bean’s Owner by Tyler Currie. He has closed up his restaurant in DC and despite many adversities he’s back in the city he loves, New Orleans, making the best of it with moving onto other goals. His story is typical of someone from New Orleans — they are strong, sometimes eccentric folk, who make the best of it and move forward when things are tough.

Frank Connell via Washington Post

It seems like Peter Murphy’s Cuts You Up from his Wild Birds album is an appropriate music to Kick Start Your Weekend. Enjoy a good blast from the past.

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