chintz + cheetah

Chintz is a printed cotton cloth; the word comes from Hindi, chint, from Sanskrit, chitra-s, ‘bright, clear, many-coloured, distinctively marked’. The word cheetah has the same origin: Sanskrit chitraka, ‘hunting leopard, tiger’ (chitra-s, ‘bright, distinctively marked’ + kayah, ‘body’). This leopard print chintz was designed by Rose Cumming (1887-1968), a Sydney-born textile designer and interior decorator who made her career in New York. Stranded there (while en route to Paris) in 1917 because of transport issues related to WWI, by 1921 Rose had a decorating business alongside anRead more

emptiness – John Mateer

In Buddhist and Taoist philosophy emptiness is a key concept, yet in English it becomes either something banal, ’empty of meaning’, or something haunting, frightening, bleak – almost as echoic and disturbing as the notion of death. But its more usual, shallower impression in English reminds me that language itself might give the impression of being shallow and slight even as it conveys concepts that can shape one’s world. Empty, From Old English, meaning ‘at leisure, not occupied; unmarried’, then later,Read more