Feng Shui can also benefit those of us who live in apartments, the first step being to focus on your Feng Shui apartment entrance. Mapping the bagua onto your floor plan will play a vital role for us here. Since there are a variety of apartments available out there, the practice of Feng Shui may slightly differ from place to place depending on the type of apartment that you have.
It's important to keep in mind though, that even if there is a vast variety in apartment style, the basics of Feng Shui will still apply to any given space or location.
If you are living in an apartment building, you have to keep in mind two very important things. The first thing is the building entrance and the second thing is the Feng Shui apartment entrance. Map your bagua tool with the north side aligned to the wall with the main apartment entrance. This will prepare you for applying any given Feng Shui cures and improvements you may want to use to energize and activate your life areas. Your entrance will need to be free from clutter and be generally inviting, inside and outside your door. Less clutter will allow more energy to flow into your apartment. In Feng Shui, the position of the entrance to any room or space is very important, it can either block energy or allow it to flow in.
When looking for the best location for an apartment, you have to avoid those which are in a raised structure. How would you know if a given apartment building is sitting on a raised structure? This is easy to determine because these buildings usually have a parking lot at the ground floor, making it seem like the apartment building is raised from the ground. Because of the fact that these structures are not grounded, it can be a possible venue for bad and stagnant energy.
Most apartment buildings have pools located in the penthouse or the top level of the building. This is not a good Feng Shui sign because it signifies that everything else is below water. Feng Shui strides to keep the balance between all five elements as well as the Yin and Yang, so making one element dominant above the other is a big no-no.
If you have an option to live in an apartment located in the lower floors rather than the upper floors, keep in mind that the lower the apartment is or the closer it is to the ground, the better. The chi will travel a long way before it can reach an apartment in the upper floors, but to help, you can keep your lights open or hang a plant outside your place to assist the chi to flow in.
Another popular kind of apartment style is a studio apartment, which is not conducive to Feng Shui. Although, when using the bagua map aligned with your Feng Shui apartment entrance, mapping out the nine life areas will be pretty straight forward. Meaning, it'll be a lot more obvious where you should actually place any cures. Ideally, different areas should be divided and the boundies should be properly set. A studio apartment means that all the areas are molded into one main living area. If this is the case, then you can use dividers or curtains in making boundaries of the different areas in your apartment. It is most important to divide the bedroom from everything else.
If you are out apartment hunting, you have to keep in mind that the ideal apartment is a location where there are no garbage disposal or dumpsters located nearby. Apartments which are too close to the stairs or elevator are also not recommended as well as apartments which are located at the end of a long hallway.
Remember, you can use the Bagua to help as your Feng Shui apartment entrance map. Simply lining it up like a floor plan in your apartment, starting at it's entrance (align this wall to north on the map) to know which directions the different life areas will relate to in your environment, and start feng shu-ing!
Romain de Tirtoff, better known as Erte, had a long and illustrious career that transformed both the art fashion industry in which he produced fine original art for as well as the broader culture of the time of his widespread popularity. Erte original art experienced two distinct periods of great cultural appreciation and popularity- the first during the 1920s with his introduction of his art deco styling that would later go on to define the generation, and later in the 1960s as he introduced art deco resurgences which modified his earlier aesthetic theme.
Erte first became famous in the 1920s and early 1930s for his work as a fashion designer. He designed over 240 covers for Harper's Bazaar during his career working for them. Today, these covers remain highly collectible for fashion aficionados and art collectors alike. His covers reflect a high end fashion design eye and convey the art deco aesthetic for which Erte is credited for creating. Some of Erte's most famous covers include the June 1933 cover which libraries a tan, tall, thin woman lounging on the beach in a swimsuit, and his November 1920 cover which depicts a ballerina with a flamboyant skirt in red and yellow.
Erte's most famous and best known piece of original artwork is his Symphony in Black. Depicting a tall, slender woman painted in black, dressed in avant garde fashion and holding a dog by a leash, the Erte original painting has been reproduced in various paintings, sculptures, and prints since the time it was created. This image remains so iconic due to both its artistic value and sleek lines as well as its fashion forward attitude and its ability to capture the essence of the era in which it was created. Today, serigraphs and prints of this image likely remain Erte's most collectible artistic work. A number of other Erte Paintings have also become quite collectible and famous due to their originality, skill, and ability to capture the ideology of a generation.
While most Erte paintings focus of the female form, one of his more famous paintings The Wave expresses the organic water form of sweeping ocean waves. While it does portray a woman, she is on the exterior or the round work and small in scale comparison to the waves themselves. Although this work does not focus on a woman and there are no clothes depicted, Erte's eye for fashion still remains paramount. The painting demonstrates the same art deco aesthetic as his fashion works and still has a very fashion quality quality about it, even without the use of garments. Other Erte paintings, however, do focus on fashion as the key ingredient. Famous works including A Queen, the Woman & the Devil, Aphrodite, Cirse, and Flames of Love all highlight the fashion design itself.
Equally famous to Erte painting are Erte bronze sculptures. These original bronze sculptures most often depict a sensuous and elegant female form with beautiful draped clothes. Erte's eye for details and art deco fashion aesthetic are played a refining roll in his sculptress. His original sculptures are often have a whimsical and flamboyant quality, echoing his fashion designers for the stage and his work for the top fashion magazines during his early career. Erte's most famous bronze sculptures include Le Belle du Nuit, an evening in 1921, an evening in 1922, The Mermaid, Venus, Femme De Luxe, Daydreams, and Moonlight.
Source by Amit Kothiyaal