From Wikipedia: "The Koru Flag has been proposed as a secondary flag for New Zealand. It was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1983. It is claimed by some New Zealanders that the current flag of New Zealand is a reminder of British colonialism and does not truly represent their culture..." Read More
Today's koru is actually a fabric pattern I found on eQuilter.com. I love this website, and even more, I love her (and by she I mean Luana Rubin) enewsletters. Yes, she does the standard product based emails telling you about the latest sales, but she also sends out what she calls "creative nudge" emails which are filled with inspiring photographs and descriptions of her travels. Definitely worth checking out, even if you're not a quilter. (She even has a pretty great blog.)
This photo of what looks to me like an Australian tree fern (Cyathea cooperii) came to me courtesy of my cousin Nicole Blum from Rochester, NY. So cool to have my friends and family getting in on the action.
Mammoth tusk koru, likely from Sakha Republic in eastern Siberia, featured in a fascinating article on how Japanese scientists are hoping to clone mammoths within the next 5 years. (Can you say Jurrasic Park?)
Thanks to my friend Wendy for sending this my way!
Koru writer's bag design: I have to admit to being a little on the fence about whether this actually counts as "making" something since I didn't actually make the bag (yet), but I did make sketches, so I'm just going to go with it. (From 1/11)
This stunning image is from the article "Ancient Beauty" by Leah Eskin in this month's issue of Garden Design Magazine. Photo by Bryan Whitney. Check out the full article and be sure to have a look at the photo gallery while you're there (there's at least one other very cool koru to look at). (Found yesterday, 1/8 while purging old magazines.)