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Ivory Tower

Sybille Sterk

Joined July 2009

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This is an odd one. Although I just did a Dark Tower this has nothing to do with it nor with Stephen King. My son is doing his GCSEs next year so we had to do a lot of thinking about ‘academia’ and what to choose and where it might lead.

Even though I’ve been to university myself and got myself a degree, I’ve never been convinced that university and academia in general are for everyone. Our teaching methods and the way subjects are laid out don’t always work. Most of the things that really matter to me I’ve taught myself. I often find the way we teach stifling, illogical and hermetic. New subjects and ideas trickle through only very slowly and often knowledge is doled out rather miserly. Living in Cambridge just underlines this – the animosity and contrast between ‘town and gown’ is quite strong.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think universities should be banished, but I’d love to see them more open and open minded. Hence the image.

Lots of ‘visual clues’ in this one… do you get them all? ;-)

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Model
Grunge Angel stock 28 by Tigg-stock
Model page, Marco Storey

Stock
Vulture Silhouette by SweetSorrow-Stock
Vulture 3 by VenusStocks
Vulture 2 by VenusStocks
Stock – Open Book by GothicBohemianStock
Book 7 -Stock by Inadesign-Stock
Ye Olde Stock – Library by Pau-Norontaus
knot2 by nikita-stock
belt by nikita-stock
knot by nikita-stock
Falling Paper (no longer available online) by Faestock
Cape May Lighthouse 8 by Dracoart-Stock
Ostkreuz Water tower by enframed

Backgrounds and Textures
grass by frchblndy-stock
Grassy Stuff by FoxStox
TN Mountains 1 by bean-stock
Jurassic valley by CAStock
sky 40 by night-fate-stock
landscape 4 by night-fate-stock
remember by CKdailyplanet
Wind by CKdailyplanet
Oriental Textures Pk10 by inspyretash-stock
Odds and Ends Texture Set by Shadowhouse
Coffee Paper Texture Set by Shadowhouse
6 Faves Texture Sets, Set 2 by Shadowhouse

Brushes
Chinese Swirls and Vintage Flowers by Memorylastnet
17 Grunge Border Bars Brush Set by Shadowhouse
Compasses by flutterstock

All other images/textures/stock/brushes my own.


MCN: C6KCJ-UKVA5-L9YAE

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