četvrtak, 31. srpnja 2014.

human trafficking

Today is the international day against human trafficking and there are a few things I want to say about that. I don't have the time to take my pic with the heart sign or anything like that as I'm right now in the process of packing. Anyhow, I think that what I'm about to say is as a good way of paying tribute to this day as any other.

You see, this is subject I have often thought about and I still often think about. The issue of slavery and its occurrence trough history has been something of a obsession of mine. I've literally spend years of my life thinking about colonialism and slavery and basically about the way it has influenced the world we live in. I won't get into colonialism or post colonialism right now, but let's say that this is a matter I have given great though.

However, as it usually happens with me, not only did it take some time for the things to fall into place and rearrange themselves in this mind of mine but I need a piece of literature to help me put things into perspective. One vintage sf short novel shed a new light on something I felt as a real scar on my soul. When I had read Logic of Empire by Robert A. Heinlein  (my review here) I realized how just much this issue was worrying me and why. You see this novel is set in future (as usually sf novels are) and on one of the planets in our  solar system (now colonized by people) slavery has showed its ugly head again.

What was revolutionary about this novella was not only that I realized how much slavery has been and still is a part of our civilization but the 'makes your blood runs cold' fact that changes are high that it might stay a part of our civilization. Something is terribly wrong with us if we let this happen.  Thousand questions aroused in my head after reading this one and they continue to do so. Let me share a passage with you:

" Slavery is economically unsound, non- productive, but men drift into it whenever the circumstances compel it. A different financial system- but that is another story"
" I still think it is rooted in human cussedness," Wingate said stubbornly.
" Not cussedness- simple stupidity. I can't prove it to you but you will learn."

Is there something that compels us to slavery? However difficult it may be to accept, we must look into 'this place of darkness' as Joseph Conrad called it. There are things that are hard to face. Nevertheless, that is what we must do. Here is another passage from their (characters in Logic of Empire) dialogue regarding slavery that really got me thinking:

It's nothing new; it happened in the Old South, it it happened again in California, in Mexico, in Australia, in South America. Why? Because in any expanding free-enterprise economy which does not have a money system designated to fit its requirements, the use of mother country to develop the colony inevitably results in subsistence-level wedges at home and slave labor in the colonies. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and all the good will in the world on the part of the ruling classes won't change it, because the basic problem is one requiring scientific analysis and a mathematical mind. Do you think you can explain those issues to the general public?"
" I can try."

I cannot say that I completely understand everything that Robert wanted to say  but I do appreciate his logic and intelligence. It gives me hope that perhaps one day we will be able to solve this burning issues. We won't if we don't try!

Finally, I want to share with you something else. Seeing this video on youtube (originally I had seen another video but it is almost the same) has made me infinitely sad, but these are the fact and we must face them:

The average cost of a slave in 2013 was between $90 and $100

In most regions, 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation

The remaining 20% is generally for labor exploitation

The number of slaves on Earth today is estimated between 20 and 30 million

Nearly 1 million of them are moved across an international border every year on the black market
70% of those slaves are female

50% are children

Behind drugs and weapons, human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry in the world
It generates approximately $33 billion ever year

Over half of that comes from industrialized countries

Even for purposes of labor exploitation, women still constitute over half of Earth's enslaved population

Organ harvesting is another seldom mentioned but quickly growing industry that benefits from human trafficking

An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect

Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old

Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainberg, a convicted trafficker, said, "You can buy a woman for $10,000 and make your money back in a week if she is pretty and young. Then everything else is profit
A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year

A human trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl. Provided the girl was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty, the pimp could sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle

The end of the Cold War has resulted in the growth of regional conflicts and the decline of borders. Many rebel groups turn to human trafficking to fund military actions and garner soldiers.

According to a 2009 Washington Times article, the Taliban buys children as young as seven years old to act as suicide bombers.

The price for child suicide bombers is between $7,000-$14,000
UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide

Babies are sold on the black market, where the profit is divided between the traffickers, doctors, lawyers, border officials, and others.

Researchers argue that as the economic crisis deepens, the number of people trafficked for forced labor will increase.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises because it holds relatively low risk with high profit potential. Criminal organizations are increasingly attracted to human trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly

There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in history.

srijeda, 30. srpnja 2014.

Another DIY statement necklace (outfit post)/ još jedna moja upečatljiva oglica (odjevna kombinacija)

Unedited photos. Summer. Genuine smile on my face. Split. One day and numerous errands but still enough time for happiness. 

Nedorađene fotografije. Ljeto. Iskreni osmijeh na mome licu. Split. Jedan dan i puno obaveza, ali ipak dovoljno vremena za sreću. 

ponedjeljak, 28. srpnja 2014.

Two potraits/ Dva portreta

blue and red

plava i crvena



These two ladies were painted in a hurry on an ordinary A4 sheet of paper with whatever was left of my oil paints after I had completed one canvas. I ended up really liking them so I glued them on my closet. The  one with the red eyebrows reminds me of Inari, though I'm not sure was that my intention...The other one is my nephew's favourite.

*I have no original excuse for my absence for the last few days, I was without internet connection. Anyhow, I think there will be a change of pace with my blog and that I will be posting weekly, not daily as I used to. 

Ove dvije dame naslikala sam u žurbi na običnom A4 papiru s onim od uljanjih boja što mi je ostalo nakon što sam završila jedno platno. Na kraju su mi se obje svidjele pa sam ih zaljepila na ormar. Ona sa crvenim obrvama podsjeća me na Inari, iako nisam sigurna da mi je to bila namjera. Druga je omiljena mome nećaku.

* Bila sam bez internetske veze, pa nisam baš bila prisutna zadnjih dana. Ionako mislim da ću malo rjeđe objavljivati postove, otprilike jednom tjedno, a ne skoro svaki dan kao što mi je bio običaj.

subota, 19. srpnja 2014.

all vintage outfit/ vintage odjevna kombinacija

vodene boje, bojice/ water colours and coloured pencils
lavendar/ levanda

My neighbourhood/ moj kvart

old work/ stari rad
fairies inspire me in many ways,  guess that is what happens to those raised on Ivana Brlić Mažuranić's works.  / Vile me uvijek nadahnjuju, valjda se to događa onima koji su se odgojili na djelima Ivane Brlić Mažuranić.
cropped shirt/ kraća košulja and floral print skirt ( I prefer to wear cropped tops (or like in this case shirt) with high rise pants/skirts. Odrezane ili kraće majice/ košulje draže mi je nositi sa hlačama ili suknjom visokog struka)

my flowers (that seems to match the colour of my skirt)/ moje cvijeće (koje se nekako slaže s mojom suknjom)

shirt: vintage, skirt: vintage, shoes: Peko, bag: no name, sunnies:DM

I don't plan outfits posts anymore but if it happens that I do end up with some pics, I'll post them.  I love this floral skirt, it's vintage ( I love all things vintage) and I got it from my aunt. Originally it came with a matching blouse that I wear quite often actually. However, for this particular outfit I've paired it with a cropped white shirt. I must say really like the result.
*Like the photos for the last outfit post, these shots were taken with a mobile sometime last month.

Više ne planiram postove sa odjevnim kombinacijama, ali ako se dogodi da ipak skupim neke fotografije...onda ću ih i objaviti. Volim ovu suknju cvjetnog uzorka, (kao što i općenito volim vintage stvari) a dobila sam je od tete. Orginalno došla je u kompletu sa bluzom, koju zapravo dosta često nosim. No, za ovu odjevnu kombinaciju spojila sam je sa kraćom bijelom košuljom. Moram priznati da mi se baš svidio rezultat. 
* kao i slike iz prošlog posta i ove su slikane mobitelom nekad prošlog mjeseca.

petak, 18. srpnja 2014.

green polka dots tunics (fashion illustration)/ zelena tunika na točkice (modna ilustracija)

There is no direct correlation between my fashion illustration and my outfit. I don't find the idea of sketching myself particularly interesting just now. One can always find some linking points, though. Both are oversize and comfy summer looks. My sneakers also happen to be green and with polka dots, so there's something. The romper is really old, my mum wore it when she was pregnant with me and find it to very comfy and comfortable on these hot summer days.

Nema neke posebne poveznice između moje odjevne kombinacije i modne ilustracije. Nešto mi i nije prezanimljivo skicirati sebe u ovom trenutku. Uvijek se mogu pronaći neke dodirne točke, kao naprimjer to što su oboje komodne (udobne) ljetne kombinacije. Moje tenisice su zelene i sa velikim točkama, pa eto još nešto. Ovaj kombinezonić je jako star, mama ga je nosila dok je bila trudna sa mnom, a meni se čini da je baš udoban  i praktičan za ove vruće ljetne dane.

subota, 12. srpnja 2014.

3 portraits (oil paints) / tri portreta (uljane boje)

awake/ budna

memories/ sjećanja

wisdom/ mudrost

Here are the final three portraits from that productive evening I've told you about. I've made several new ones, but I'm not sure when I will post them. I haven't been feeling well lately and I think I'll take a little break from blogging.

Evo zadnja tri portreta koja su nastala te jedne produktivne večeri o kojoj sam vam govorila. Napravila sam nekoliko novih, ali nisam sigurna kada ću ih objaviti. Ne osjećam se baš najbolje u zadnje vrijeme i mislim da ću malo pauzirati sa blogom.

ponedjeljak, 7. srpnja 2014.

uljane boje (Anđeli s neba nježnim rukama...)/ oil paints (Angels from the sky with gentle hands...)

'Angels from the sky with gentle hands,
 are lowering frozen starts on the ground,
taking great care not to awake my precious.'
                                                               line from a poem by Dragutin Tadijanović

This angel came to be the same evening (night) when I've painted a blue lady and lots of other portraits. It was a productive evening/night. The lines I have opened this post with are that of a well know poem from Croatian literature...Late into the night, into the white winter  night is a poem that speaks of a mother (perhaps my personal favourite as poems dedicated to mothers go) that weaves late into the winter night...My warm summer nights seem much more pleasant though perhaps they're just as restless and in some ways just as calm. (If you want to read my translation of the poem scroll down)

Ovaj anđeo je nastao iste večeri (noći) kada i Plava dama i cijela serija portreta. Bila je to stvaralačka večer (noć). Dugo u noć, u ljetnu vrelu noć...zvuči kao antiteza poznate  pjesme Dragutina Tadijanovića...moja topla ljetna noć čini mi se puno ugodnijom od te hladne zimske koju je on opisivao, no možda je nemirna i mirna na iste načine. Moram napomenuti da mi je to jedna od naljepših pjesama posvećenih majkama. 

Dugo u noć, u zimsku bijelu noć

Dugo u noć, u zimsku gluhu noć
Moja mati bijelo platno tka.

Njen pognut lik i prosijede njene kose
Odavno je već zališe suzama.

Trag lampe s prozora pružen je čitavim dvorištem
Po snijegu što vani pada.
U tišini bez kraja, u tišini bez kraja:
Anđeli s neba, nježnim rukama,
Spuštaju smrzle zvjezdice na zemlju,
Pazeć da ne bi zlato moje probudili.

Dugo u noć, u zimsku pustu noć
Moja mati bijelo platno tka.

O majko žalosna! kaži, što to sja
U tvojim očima

Dugo u noć, u zimsku bijelu noć.

Dragutin Tadijanović, 1931.

Late into the night, into the white winter night

Late into the night, into the deaf winter night
My mother weaves white cloth

Her hunched shape and her gray hairs
had bathed her in tears long ago.
The trace from a lamp on a window runs across the whole backyard
Over the snow that is falling outside
in a never ending silence, in a never ending silence:
Angels from the sky, with gentle hands,
are lowering frozen stars on the ground,
Taking great care not to awake my precious.

Long into the night, into the deserted winter night
My mother weaves white cloth.

Oh, sorrowful mother! tell me, what it is that shines
in your eyes.

Long into the night, the white winter night.

Poem written in 1931 by Dragutin Tadijanović (and translated by me)

Share in style: denim

Today I'm joining in Share - in - style and if you want to do join in, go here.
Danas se pridružujem blogerskom stilskom usklađivanju, a ako vi to želite otiđite tu.

I don't publish my outfits posts that often anymore, but I wanted to join this share in style, so this would be it. Jeans with a bit of DIY (painted abstract pattern) that I've worn many times would be the denim element in this outfit. I actually got them from some kid that grew out of them. Despite being a bit over 5.9 ft tall (5.9 1/2 I think) I sometimes almost feel short for Slavic standards. I actually know a ton of girls and women who are a lot taller than me and I think it's fabulous ( though I'm sure that buying clothes isn't easy for them).

Ne objavljujem više često odjevne kombinacije, ali htjela sam se pridružiti ovom stilskom druženju. Traperice sa naslikanim abstraktnim uzorkom (malo uradi sam štiha) ispunjavaju temu koja je denim. Ne znam jesam li to spomenula, ali ove traperice dobila sam od jedne djevojčice koja ih je prerasla.  Unatoč tome što sam visoka 176 cm, ponekad se osjećam gotovo nisko za slavenske standarde. Zapravo znam hrpu djevojaka i žena koje su dosta više od mene i to mi je baš fora (mada znam da im sigurno nije lako pronaći odjeću.)

nedjelja, 6. srpnja 2014.

DIY necklace in 3 easy steps/ uradi sam ogrlica u tri lagana koraka

Happy Sunday! Today's post won't be very long as I'm going to show you one necklace that I've made recently and already gave it away. I took this pics in a hurry (they're not very interesting and arty I'm afraid). Anyway, I'll try to make it a habit to document my creations before they end up as gifts. 

If you want to try this DIY yourself, you will need: faux leather, some kind of decoration (I've bought these shiny plastic ones in store where they sell sewing equipment and I'm sure they're not hard to find wherever you may live) and a bit of satin cord. 

step no.1
-cut out as much faux leather as you will need
step no.2
-sew the decoration of  your choice (beads, stones, crystals- whatever)
step no.3 
-sew the satin cord making sure it is the right length for your neck....and it's really as easy as that!

* I think it's only fair that I warm you that you might experience pain or some kind of discomfort in your arms if you do this frequently. Sewing by hand is never easy and it's harder when it comes to leather (and even faux leather thought this one is obviously softer). That's why sometimes special tools are needed to work with leather (which I never managed to get my hands on but that's another subject.) So, don't say I didn't warn you;)

Ugodna nedjelja! Današnji post neće biti jako dug, samo ću vam pokazati jednu oglicu koju sam nedavno izradila i već je uspjela udomiti:) Na brzinu sam je uslikala (pa eto fotografije i nisu nešto zanimljive ni umjetnične) i odsada svakako ću nastojati dokumentirati svoje radove prije nego što završe kao pokloni. 

Ukoliko vi želite isprobati ovaj uradi sam projekt, trebati će vam : eko koža, neka vrsta dekoracije (ja sam kupila ove sjajne plastične u trgovini gdje se prodaje oprema za šivanje, ali gdje god živjeli sigurno ćete uspjeti pronaći nešto slično) i malo satenske trake.

prvi korak
- izrežite onoliko eko kože koliko će vam biti potrebno za ogrlicu
drugi korak
- ušijte dekoraciju po izboru (perlice, kamenčići, kristalići- što god)
treći korak
-  prišijte satensku traku pazeći da je duljina odgovarajuća za vas.

* Mislim da je pošteno da vam upozorim kako će vas ruke možda zaboljeti,, pogotovo ako ovo budete često radili jer kada se radi sa kožom (pa bila to i eko kože) bez posebne opreme to jest sa običnom iglom i koncem, a uz to se ušiva veliki broj ukrasa...Eto nemojte reći da vas nisam upozorila;)