So many ways to color the 2016 Calendar!

It’s almost the end of 2016 and as I promised here is a post to show the collection of photos I have received through the year. Thanks a lot to the people who sent me these nice images showing their amazing coloring skills!

If you haven’t sent me your photo please do it! I would love to add it to this collection.

And if you are already thinking about 2017… Here you can order the new coloring calendar 2017! Have a look!

If you already purchased a calendar from my shop in the past you’ll receive a 15% discount coupon code by email.

For the curious people here is also a link of another photo gallery with images from the 2012 calendar (the first one I have made) hanging around the world.

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Carolina Izaguirre, México

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Multiple hands coloring at the Fantastic ETSY market in Barcelona

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Calendar in progress at La Shala Yoga studio in Barcelona

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Coloring finished at La Shala Yoga studio (Barcelona)

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Laura, Michigan, USA

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Uli and Loni, Berlin, Germany

Ingrid from Barcelona

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Tania Lasanta from Barcelona

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Kirana, Sant Pere de Ribas, Barcelona.

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Ready to start the year! Barcelona, Spain

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Manuel and Marie Showing me the progress of the calendar on skype

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Marie, Oscar and Victor coloring in Paris, France.

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Godelieve Van Uden, The Netherlands

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Moira, from Grenoble France.

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Tania, Castelldefels, Spain.

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Miriam Van Uden from The Netherlands

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Moira from Grenoble, France

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Marina from Barcelona, Spain

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Adrien, Boston, USA

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Milena (5 years old) from Barcelona, Spain

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Marie-Pierre from Paris, France

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Nienke from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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The calendar next to Patti Smith at the Llibreria Proleg in Barcelona, Spain

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Coloring at the Fantastic ETSY market

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Ingrid from La Floresta, Spain

Lulú, Washington D.C. USA

Santiago, Washington D.C. USA


Silvia Bielas, Barcelona

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Visualizing time

It all started when the first men looked at the sky and watched the stars in continuous motion, uniform and repetitive. The observations of the natural world made them understand that all events occur within a cycle: the migration of animals, flowering, seeding, maturation, harvest and so on.

Cyclic time in nomadic people and early tribes comes from a deep interaction between nature and man to the point of determining the idea of totality. No event in history that does not arise from other events that have preceded and which itself does not become a source of other events.

Civilizations have adopted various methods, using the movement of the stars, to measure time. The varying success of this operation is more or less depended on the astronomical knowledge each culture achieved. Religion, historians and even politicians have influenced also this major issue.

The ancient Babylonians and Greeks marked a transition in the conception of time. However, is until the arrival of Christianity when the ideas of linear time emerged, which would be fundamental to the foundations of the Western culture and its idea of progress.

The representation of time that we see in our clocks and calendars currently is a general convention in the world. Humanity has had to spend many stages for centuries to make big agreements about the date and time in which we live.

The conventional calendars measure time in a linear and progressive way. The model is highly deterministic linear thinking, as well reductionist since it breaks down the total into smaller pieces, reducing interactions between them. The whole is composed of independent parts.

The linear model is now contradictory, since we know that our universe is basically made up of nonlinear systems in the physical, biological, psychological and social levels.

Studying and reflecting about this subject I started to draw circular calendars as a way to understand time and search new ways to visualize it. In my head, since childhood, when I think about next summer or next winter, I always visualized the year in a circle, like a train in a loop track.

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2012

The circular calendar allows us to see that time is not unidirectional (from
past to future), but bidirectional. In indigenous cultures man lives in a reality of continuous cyclical movement of nature and culture. The end of the year is the beginning of a new life and not the sum of accumulated years. From this point of view everything is connected, nothing is separate from the totality.

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2015

The Spiral model is the model of thinking of indigenous people, is the alternative to linear thinking model designed by the European rationalism and positivist philosophy, origin of the existing mental model in the Western world for centuries.

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2016

This is the fourth edition of a circular calendar that I have designed. As the symbol of the Ouroboros (A snake eating it’s own tail) the circular calendars represents the cyclical nature of things, the eternal return and other items perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they conclude. In a broader sense symbolizes time and continuity of life. It offers the vision that things never go away, just change forever.

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2017

I have designed the last two calendars (2016 and 2017) as coloring calendars. They make a nice decorative item and also an illustration that people personalize coloring it day by day.

I drew the calendar illustration by hand, line after line, finding interesting to visualize a full year in one single image. An artistic piece and a functional object at the same time.

I have printed 150 calendars this year. If you want to purchase a print of the 2017 calendar and start to coloring it, you are welcome to  visit my ETSY shop.

I will continue my research about time and calendars. If you share the interest on this subject and you want to exchange ideas please write me at: beatrizchamussy@gmail.com

Art on your phone

Our phones deserve a beautiful case. Yes, these little objects that invaded our life and changed our way of doing things in the last 10 years are not only useful but also a fantastic place to display art. I’m very happy to collaborate now with Case Station, a company from the UK that prints chic and great quality phone cases.

 

 

 

Cover illustration for a World Bank book

 

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“La mujer Mochila”, Original drawing, Ink on paper, 12 x 17 cm, 2007

Very happy to see one of my drawings on the cover of such an interesting book just published by the World Bank: “Cashing in on Education : Women, Childcare, and Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean”
A document about child care, female labor force participation and the importance of women’s participation as a way to foster economic growth, authored by Mercedes Mateo Diaz and Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy.
Read the overview and download the PDF here: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25082

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“Cashing in on Education : Women, Childcare, and Prosperity in Latin America and the Caribbean” authored by Mercedes Mateo Diaz and Lourdes Rodriguez-Chamussy.