• The History of Macramé: From Arabic Weavers to Coachella Fashion
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    The History of Macramé: From Arabic Weavers to Coachella Fashion

    Discover the creative link tying together everyone from old-timey sailors to English Queens From nuns to ladies-in-waiting, and from sailors to hippies, for centuries macramé has served as a creative outlet for people across the world. But how has something as simple as decorative knot tying been able to connect with so many audiences and be reimagined in so many radically different ways? Join us as we untangle the fascinating history of macramé, exploring how each generation keeps adding their own twist on knot tying to transform something as humble as a bundle of rope into a canvas for creativity.

  • History of Interior Design: From The First Chair to The Contemporary Home
    Design

    History of Interior Design: From The First Chair to The Contemporary Home

    Discover how thousand years of evolution–and great creative geniuses–helped shape our homes Interior design was born together with the very idea of humanity. Organizing the spaces we inhabit and work in, giving them security and practicality, is a basic need. Throughout history, interior design has always reflected changes in our lifestyle. In the Middle Ages, for example, when lords and vassals lived practically together, in the same spaces, furniture was scarcer and shared. The Renaissance brought the idea of privacy, giving rise to an endless number of innovations that brought us comfort and beauty. But this story starts much earlier. Although it has not always been documented and valued enough.

  • History of Comics: a tale of thousands of years
    Illustration

    History of Comics: a tale of thousands of years

    How illustration helped us create our myths, long before superheroes We are surrounded by illustrations. Words may be limited in scope, or simply get lost in translation, but images build bridges: they just speak for themselves. Long before the superheroes series became almost synonymous with comics, humans were already using figures to record their daily lives, immortalize their glories, and create new worlds. Over the millennia, illustrated stories have evolved and experienced a boom after the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg, the starting point of the publishing industry. It has been a journey marked by colors, shapes, and lots of imagination. A journey that, in some way, has taken us directly back to the past. Find out in the video:

  • The History of Typography: From 11th Century China to the Digital Age
    Typography, Calligraphy and Lettering

    The History of Typography: From 11th Century China to the Digital Age

    Discover how, throughout history, typography has been used to communicate more than just the words it spells out Typography is sometimes easy to take for granted: you’re reading these words, absorbing their meaning, but probably aren’t paying close attention to the letterforms that compose them. Other times typography can be impossible not to notice, like when a wedding invitation is written in Comic Sans, or a sign is hard to read because of an unfortunate font choice. The history of typography is about more than how easy something is to read or write. It reveals how the design of letterforms has shaped societies and transformed the meaning of the written word. So, where did typography come from and what do typefaces have to tell us?

  • Pioneers of Animation: Before Mickey Mouse
    3D & Animation

    Pioneers of Animation: Before Mickey Mouse

    When you think of the first animated drawings, do you think of a steamship with a mouse at the wheel, or of seven dwarves singing as they march towards the mine? You’re not the only one who thinks this, nor are you the only one who is mistaken. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves weren’t the first animated film in history, nor was Mickey Mouse the first animated superstar. Although it may be hard to imagine the world of animation before Walt Disney and his company, this discipline actually started long before the birth of his famous mouse. In fact, long before the arrival of cinema itself. Find out more in this video:

  • The History of Embroidery: From Tutankhamun to the 21st Century
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    The History of Embroidery: From Tutankhamun to the 21st Century

    Before the advent of machines, embroidery served as a language that helped us understand the world When was embroidery first used? And where? Although these questions may seem simple, they are very difficult to answer. Examples from different cultures have been found all around the world. It’s an intrinsically human art form, the techniques of which have remained the same throughout centuries. Having endured the test of time, in recent years we have seen embroidery make a comeback and its popularity soar. Traditionally, embroidery was labeled a “feminine” activity. This mindset meant that society viewed it as a simple pastime. However, at the same time, it became a very intimate activity: a way of recounting history in secret. Do you want to learn more? Watch the video below!

  • The First Special Effects: From Méliès to Marvel
    Film & Video

    The First Special Effects: From Méliès to Marvel

    Discover the technology behind the first special effects in history Destroyed cities, explosions, aliens: nothing is impossible in the world of special effects. We're used to seeing practically anything imaginable on our screens. They're not only for action movies either: almost all films use digital elements to simplify production. But this isn't the end of "true cinema": film has always been a visual spectacle filled with special effects. Discover in the video below how the first special effects were made: