HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my readers here in the US! I’m most likely taking a couple of days off to spend with my little family (of two). Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you on Monday!
The creator of Cirque Obscure recently shared his puppetry work with me, and these creatures are right at home here on SWS. One look at this, and I was sold:
The aesthetic reminds me slightly of Tool’s “Sober” video (one of my all time favorites), which along with NIN’s “Closer” helped open me up in my early teens to dimensions of dark surrealism beyond what I had seen as a horror-obsessed child.
Watch the trailer for the latest release. I can’t wait to see the complete film:
Dummies based on the darkly nuanced illustrations of Dutch artist Anton Pieck populate fantasy tableaux straight out of European fables.
From the source:
The original set of tableaus contained scenes from such popular stories as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales such as Mother Hulda’s Well and The Frog King. Some of the figures in the scenes were animated with early mechanical effects, and each scene had a voice-box or book that would tell the story associated with it.
Since its inception the collection of scenes continued to grow, building moments from stories ranging from Little Red Riding Hood to The Indian Water Lillies. Each new scene maintained Pieck’s signature style, even as the technology evolved, and even as older fairytale scenes were updated and replaced. Today there are a total 28 scenes, each culled from the fairy tale greats such as Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm. And just like the original stories, they continue to prove just a little creepy.
See the modern park here.
I missed this Afterschool Special growing up, but it’s truly a (temporary spray-on hair color covered) gem. I highly recommend it.
Terry, the leading man, transforms instantaneously in an airport bathroom from an awkward orchestra geek to the world’s most innocuous punk. Is the resulting appearance-based prejudice he encounters a warning for parents to keep their children from going down this “bad” path, or a commentary on a shallow, judgmental society*?
*They make a point of having Terry save the day for a sad little girl with leg braces…by somehow materializing a doll with identical leg braces…while at a horse stable, after her mother is denied permission to just “strap her to a horse.” I’m not kidding.
Only one thing is certain: the special is entirely ineffective, and quite marvelously fails, at any of its possible aims. In other words: watch this ASAP.
When I was little, I used to pretend the teabags in my mugs were fish, swirling them through the water to make them “swim” by pulling on the string.
Charm Villa has brought a piece of my childhood imagination to life with their goldfish teabags!
I’m surprised more companies haven’t done this. It seems like the most natural design idea in the world to me!
Shiro Cosmetics just had my eyes glued to the screen for 20 minutes. This is a cosmetic company with imagination, sense of humor, and seemingly awesome products. Check out the names!
From the company bio:
We’re proud to offer high quality, vegan, cruelty-free makeup which we blend by hand every day in small batches from our lovely little Portland laboratory. Our inspiration comes from the things we’re passionate about (which mostly involves our being giant shameless nerds), which we’ve used to create a wide range of unique, vibrant products and colors.
I can’t stop listing them! The moment I saw this brand, I did not leave my computer until I had browsed every single item.
And the most amazing title…
And on the inside of the container….
Wait for it…
If you’ve never caught this classic, it’s time you watch The Lennon Sisters performing Dry Bones. Adorably out of sync, but full of heart.