Art in a new form - Paper

    Peter Callesen brings a new form of art into the realm of every day life. A large part of his work is made from A4 sheets of paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances.

    He feels that since it is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today, we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for his creations, he has found a material that we are all able to relate to.

The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping.

In a sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts. The A4 paper sheet is neutral, open to fill with different meaning and it gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of his works.

Paper Art

Source : Peter Callesen's website

Night sky tidbits - Why do satellites never fall to the earths' surface?

Continuing from May's Newsletter...

Newton's laws explains : the acceleration of each body is equal to the sum of the gravitational forces on it, divided by its mass, and the gravitational force between each pair of bodies is proportional to the product of their masses and decreases inversely with the square of the distance between them.

But for those of you who don't speak science...

There is only one main force acting on a satellite when it is in orbit, and that is the gravitational force exerted on the satellite by the Earth. This force is constantly pulling the satellite towards the centre of the Earth.

The speed of the satellite is adjusted so that it falls to earth at the same rate that the curve of the earth falls away from the satellite. There is a perfect balance between the gravitational force due to the Earth, and the centripetal force necessary to maintain the orbit of the satellite. The satellite is perpetually falling, but it never hits the ground.

Interesting Fact:
The first fictional depiction of a satellite being launched into orbit is a short story by Edward Everett Hale, The Brick Moon.

Source: Wikipedia

Night Skies

Organic fruit and vegetables? What is this and why is this becoming more popular?

Organic farming is based on the idea that a healthy environment significantly benefits crops and the health of those consuming them. It's about respecting natural ecological balances and maintaining the health of the soil and the ecosystems in which crops and livestock are raised.

All organic food is produced according to strict organic standards. These standards cover all aspects of food production i.e.

  • Soil fertility
  • Crop rotation
  • Animal husbandry / welfare
  • Environment protection
  • Wildlife promotion
Organic farms are visited at least once a year by an inspector from a certifying body, to check that the standards are being met.

Good reasons to go organic:

  • It tastes great
  • It's good for the environment
  • It preserves the fertility of the soil
  • It improves water quality
  • It's good for wildlife
  • It promotes animal welfare
  • It's good for you
  • It doesn't use ingredients that are genetically modified
  • It supports the rural economy because it is more labour intensive
  • It is a sustainable agricultural system for the 21st century

Visit Ganics for more information on organic fruit and vegetables, download some recipes or order your own veggie box to be delivered to your home each week.


Sweet honey from Honeywood Farm

On the edge of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve in the Langeberg Mountains just 3 hours from Cape Town, lies a family farm that offers you more activities than you could ever fit into your well-deserved holiday.

Honeywood Farm itself is run and managed by John and Miranda Moodie who meet all of their guests with a warm smile, open arms and heart and a story or two up their sleeves.

When looking at the availability of accommodation, you have quite a few options to choose between. You could get a romantic weekend away with your loved one, stay with a couple of friends in a chalet or bush camp or camp with a friend or two alongside the river.

The farm is over 10 000 hectares and the guest cottages are widely-spaced, so if you do not enjoy sharing close proximity with other chalets' occupants or would prefer not coming into contact with any other human being your entire stay, then this is the place for you to try. Seclusion and privacy is guaranteed.

The surrounding area is one of magnificent beauty and is a vista of lovely spots to view or visit. Activities can range from docile to active (watching the sunset with a glass of wine and your favourite companion, a walk in the forest up the stream, art courses, beekeeping courses, birding, horse riding, mountain biking, hiking and guided nature rambles) depending on the type of person you are or the type of holiday you wish for.

The owners have also made a major effort in eliminating all the alien trees on the property. The indigenous forest and pristine fynbos makes for the perfect wedding venue, where the guests can feast on home grown, locally sourced food made with care.

Visit Honeywood Farm for more information on this private green wonder.

Honeywood Farm Photos: i-shoot photography

Hot News

The Pixel Zoo

is hiring in Jozi!

The Pixel Zoo, a specialist design agency offering a broad range of design services in both traditional and new media, is canvassing for potential candidates for the new opening of Project Coordinator for Web Design and Development in fast-paced Johannesburg.

Do you know of anyone who might be perfect for the job?

Visit their website for more information on the company or to contact them directly with your cv.

Emielke Photography
Emielke Photography

Emielke is one of Cape Town's most committed and enthusiastic young photographers. Her style is understated and simple, but her work ethic is dedicated and professional.

Emielke Photography

Her portfolio ranges from high fashion to documentary, including lifestyle, kids, beauty and travel.

Emielke Photography

She has just recently shot international football stars for Pepsi Nigeria, an exclusive stock shoot for Old Mutual, and ads for Levis and Parmalat.

Call Emielke on 083 232 4568 or visit her website to view more of her photographs.


Kniphofia Praecox

Kniphofia Praecox
(Red Hot Poker)

Family : Liliaceae

Description : Indigenous rhizomatous perennials to 1.5m, with stark yellow, orange to red whirls of petals on a long stalk.

Flowering time : Winter

Conditions :

  • Full sun
  • Average water
  • Evergreen
  • Good drainage
  • Copes with some frost

Brain Teaser

We all love a chance to test our own brain capacity with brain teasers. Try see if you can figure out this one...

Brain Teaser
May's Teaser Answer :
"Neon Lights"


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