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๐Ÿš€ Relaunch of our community, online meetups & more!

Published 28 days agoย โ€ขย 3 min read

Hey Reader, ๐Ÿ’™


Here's a quick round up of what's been going on at Curious Muse this week:

  • We're launching our community! [and why you want to be there]
  • Curious Bites:
    • Why are wedding dresses white?
    • Why do chefs wear tall hats (and when it all started)?
    • Victorian jewellery made from hair
    • Why do we dub our weaknesses with our 'Achilles heel'?
  • Recommendation of the week: Expressionists: Kandinsky, Mรผnter and the Blue Rider @Tate Modern (London)
  • Quote of the week from Van Gogh
  • Let's get social

๐Ÿ’™ Curious Muse community 2.0

This week, I'm really thrilled to announce the relaunch of Curious Muse community!

As we continue building a global community for the culturally curious, our goal is to provide maximum value to all our supporters. Whether you've watched our YouTube videos, signed up for our newsletter, or joined our closed community, your engagement is invaluable to us.

We've heard you loud and clear that you want more actionable insights, resources, and networking opportunities with fellow members. Weโ€™ve listened, and weโ€™re excited to bring you more of what youโ€™ve asked for!

If you're not already member, I invite you to sign up here for FREE. Currently, all Muse Lite members will have access to all major community benefits, including online meetups which we plan to launch later this year. Stay tuned for more updates on these events!

Hereโ€™s a quick tour of whatโ€™s available in the community (you'll be able access these links once you register):

  • ๐Ÿ‘‹ Introductions: introduce yourself and meet other members.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฌ General: engage in discussions with the whole community.
  • ๐Ÿ™‹ Ask the community: the place to go for support and advice about a specific challenge.
  • ๐Ÿ’ก Recommendations: share and discover links to cultural events, exhibitions, performances, films and more.
  • ๐Ÿ“š Resources: find and share useful books, podcasts, newsletter, and other favourite resources.

If you want to connect with others in the community, you can find them in the members directory. You can DM them without needing their email address.

We're about to reach the first 100 members of our closed community and I look forward to seeing more of you there. Let's dive in and see how we can grow together!

If any questions or feedback, you can always reach out to me directly there or by replying to this email address.

๐Ÿ’ก Curious Bites

๐Ÿ‘ฐ Why are wedding dresses white?โ€‹

Back in the ancient ages, white color was only worn by bereaved women who dressed it to symbolize their mourning and dark life. However, this culture was eventually ended by Queen Victoria in 1840 when she wore an unusual white wedding gown trimmed with Honiton lace on her wedding with Prince Albert. The Queen also enforced her bridesmaid to wear the same color and this was the first ever time in history that white colour was chosen for a wedding dress by the Royal and then the trend quickly caught up...


๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ Did you know if a chef doesn't wear this weird tall hat, he might get beheaded?โ€‹

Back in the 16th century, when King Henry VIII was enjoying his meal, the king was stopped by something weird, a hair inside his meal. The king got so furious that he ordered his chef to be immediately executed and the chefโ€™s life was then ended due to a small mistake...

๐Ÿ’ Would you wear a jewellery made from hair?โ€‹

In the Victorian era, there was a tradition of creating jewellery from the hair of loved ones. There were two types of such ornaments. From the hair of living people, curls and braids of strands were inserted into pendants and medallions, considering this a talisman for the person whose hair was in the ornaments. From the hair of deceased relatives, this was already a talisman for those who survived, and a sign of mourning and memory...

๐Ÿฆถ Ever wondered why we dub our weaknesses our 'Achilles' heel'?โ€‹

When Achilles was born, his prophecy foretold that Achilles' life would be brief, and he would die in the Trojan war. To avert this tragic fate from coming true, Achillesโ€™ mother dipped him into the sacred water of River Styx, which was believed to confer invincibility upon those immersed in its waters and consequently, Achillesโ€™ whole body became invincible. However, because he was held upside down by his heel, it remained dry and unprotected, and became his only vulnerability...

๐Ÿ’ก Recommendation of the week


โ€‹Expressionists: Kandinsky, Mรผnter and the Blue Rider (Tate Modern, London).

Expressionism was an international art movement that flourished between 1905 and 1920. It was celebrated for bold colour experiments and dramatic forms. The expressionists were modern artists after post-impressionism (1886), cubism (1907-08), fauvism (1905) and futurism (1909). The influence, or confluence, of Picasso, Matisse and the futurists can be seen in various works in the Tateโ€™s new show.

Learn more about the Blue Rider and its biggest figures in our video.


โœ๏ธ Quote of the week

Vincent Van Gogh on pushing yourself: "I am always doing what I can't do yet in order to learn how to do it''.


๐Ÿ’ฌ Let's get social

Want to get more social? Add me on Linkedin where I regularly post about the future of learning, technology and more.


Stay curious and have a great week! ๐Ÿ’™

Artem & Curious Muse team



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