[amor fati ☕️] vol.4 small heart tugs
AmorFati is a mood board of art, poetry, architecture, photography, and design that has personally inspired me.
Today’s Amor Fati is truly a medley of what has captivated me for the past week: new ways to tell time, light dancing on water, stylized flora, bodegas for mice, shooting stars, and quotes that peer into the soul.
A R T
Paolo Sebastian | Reverie
A visual insights designer at Nike by day, Gladys Orteza “spends her off-hours transforming otherwise dull stock market charts into brilliant landscapes. The dips and rises of companies like Ford, Tesla, Apple, and Disney become rocky gorges and distant city skylines.”
Cool kickstarter project about being in vs. on time. By tuning our awareness to the perennial cycles of the day, the moon, and the year, we can rediscover the original nature of time — and a more holistic way of living.
Clock on left: dawn, dusk, noon, and night.
Middle clock: Inspired by the ancient yin-yang symbol of non-duality, this subtle time piece guides you through the revolutions of the moon.
Clock on right: Winter Solstice at the top, Summer Solstice at the bottom, and Spring and Fall Equinoxes on each side.
P H O T O G R A P Y
“If you don't see the beauty around you, you're not looking hard enough.”
Fox Photos. Rainy Embankment. River Thames Embankment, London. 1929
"So you see that you cannot depend upon anybody. There is no guide, no teacher, no authority. There is only you - your relationship with others and with the world - there is nothing else.
"When you realize this, it either brings great despair, from which comes cynicism and bitterness, or, in facing the fact that you and nobody else is responsible for the world and for yourself, for what you think, what you feel, how you act, all self-pity goes.”
- Freedom from the Known by Christin Dim
There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt: swimming in the ocean while it rains, reading alone in empty libraries,
the sea of stars that appear when you’re miles away from the neon lights of the city, bars after 2am, walking in the wilderness, all the phases of the moon,
the things we do not know about the universe, and you.
- Beau Taplin
“Most of the time the universe speaks to us very quietly: In pockets of silence; In coincidences; In nature; In forgotten memories; In the shape of clouds; In moments of solitude; In small tugs at our hearts”— Yumi Sakugawa (landscapes by Sebastian Holmer)
A R C H I T E C T U R E
The "Japanese Garden" series combines classical elements of Japanese architecture with stylized flora to create scenes that perfectly capture the culture's desire for simplicity.
Turning public toilets into art. Toilets are a symbol of Japan's world-renowned hospitality culture. The Tokyo Toilet project will be redesigning 17 toilets throughout Shibuya with the help of 16 creators invited from around the world. P.S. The translucent toilet at the top turns opaque once used.
AnonyMouse wedges miniature shops and restaurants built for mice into busy city streets.
Soon-to-open spherical Apple Store in Singapore, which architecture studio Foster + Partners has built on the water alongside the Marina Bay Sands hotel.
D E S I G N
Lo-fi pixel art gives me major throw. Been loving MiniMoss’s work.
W O R D S
It is not to live that should be deemed most important, but to live well.
- Socrates, in Plato’s Crito
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
- Mark Twain
“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”
— Jorge Luis Borges
I want to write a novel about silence. The things people don’t say.
— Virginia Woolf
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Patricia is a curious human, product manager, virtual librarian, and carer of souls. Reach me on Twitter or LinkedIn.
I also write bi-weekly at Wellness Wisdom - a newsletter covering the mental health tech space + best resources to support your internal space.
beautiful!! thanks for this 😀