One-Stroke Dragon: Keisuke Teshima keeps ancient art tradition alive with dragon painted in one brushstroke

Japanese artist Keisuke Teshima is keeping a centuries-old tradition of dragon art, known as One-Stroke Dragon, alive in his homeland. The Kyoto-based artist performs the traditional technique using a calligraphy brush to create spellbinding patterns on the dragon’s body in one single stroke. In a country that honours the dragon for its legendary power, the single brushstroke method of the One-Stroke Dragon art form is … Continue reading One-Stroke Dragon: Keisuke Teshima keeps ancient art tradition alive with dragon painted in one brushstroke

Komrads APL create sneakers made from apple waste and recycled materials

A new wave of sustainable sneakers using a material of a fruity kind – namely apple cores and peels – has just been released by Belgian brand Komrads. Known as the Komrads APL, the eco-friendly sneakers are made entirely from fruit waste and recycled materials. The upper is made of Apple Eco Leather, made from at least 50% apple fibre – mostly apple peel and core. … Continue reading Komrads APL create sneakers made from apple waste and recycled materials

Animal Symbolism: Tiger

The tiger – with her adventurous spirit – roams the jungle with fluidity, grace, and majestic charm. Strikingly beautiful with her stripes, the tiger is the epitome of personal power, strength, courage, passion, sensuality, independence, determination, and perseverance. The tiger’s stripes, which are unique to each and every tiger, like the zebra are symbolic of uniqueness and individuality. Tigers embrace their individuality. Just as a … Continue reading Animal Symbolism: Tiger

The Chakra Files: Introduction to the Chakras

The Chakra Files is a series here on Life & Soul Magazine that will give you an explanation of each chakra and its associations, and information on how to balance your chakras The chakras are energy centres that are part of the subtle body or the energetic body. There are seven major chakras – the first of which originates at the base of the spine, … Continue reading The Chakra Files: Introduction to the Chakras

TheGreenAge: Helping people to make informed green, energy choices for their homes and businesses

Want to know what is the greenest way to heat your home this winter? How you can cut your bills and reduce your carbon footprint? Or do you perhaps want to know more about renewable energy in a way that is easy to understand? TheGreenAge is an energy saving advice portal for all things to do with “conserving energy” and making “the world just that … Continue reading TheGreenAge: Helping people to make informed green, energy choices for their homes and businesses

The Bee Hunter: Short documentary follows beekeeper tasked with capturing homeless wild honey bees

Veteran beekeeper Wisteria Fleming Loeffler has been capturing homeless wild honey bees for more than a decade. Short documentary The Bee Hunter follows the Portland-based beekeeper as she takes us on a swarm call. Driving across Portland in her Toyota truck with more than 10,000 honey bees housed in a temporary home of a makeshift cardboard box, The Bee Hunter gives a glimpse of just … Continue reading The Bee Hunter: Short documentary follows beekeeper tasked with capturing homeless wild honey bees

Falling Fruit: Open-source interactive map created by foragers helping people to discover free edibles

Falling Fruit, described as “a type of matchmaking service for urban foragers”, is helping people to discover free edibles throughout the world, recovering food that would otherwise go to waste. Falling Fruit’s interactive maps, that can be accessed via the non-profit’s website and mobile apps, document food-bearing trees, plants and other types of edibles in nearly 1.5 million locations across 111 countries and 6,340 cities. … Continue reading Falling Fruit: Open-source interactive map created by foragers helping people to discover free edibles

Massive Attack team up with climate scientists to help map the music industry’s carbon footprint

Bristol-based band Massive Attack are partnering with climate scientists to examine the impact of the music industry on the environment by helping to map its carbon footprint. Researchers from Manchester University’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research will analyse data from Massive Attack’s touring schedule with an aim to provide information and guidance to the wider music industry to reduce negative environmental impact in the … Continue reading Massive Attack team up with climate scientists to help map the music industry’s carbon footprint

Renata Flores: Indigenous Peruvian teenager saving an ancient Incan language through her singing voice

Peruvian singer Renata Flores is using her voice to save an ancient Incan language, Quechua. Renata Flores rose to fame at the age of 14 when she recorded a Quechua cover of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”. The second-most spoken language in Peru, native speakers of Quechua have suffered from discrimination and social stigma for generations, and today, many young people aren’t … Continue reading Renata Flores: Indigenous Peruvian teenager saving an ancient Incan language through her singing voice

Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World

Here’s a roundup of some of the stories that have captured Life & Soul Magazine’s attention this week: 1. 5 Indigenous And Native Activists Who Made An Impact In 2019 – Huffington Post profiles five Indigenous and Native activists who have had a powerful influence this year on their communities and in the world. 2. How quickly do fashion materials biodegrade? – The vast majority … Continue reading Microcosm of the Macrocosm: 7 Planet-Focused Stories from Around the World