Invictus Designs: Tooth Fairy

Posted in craft, macabre, sculpture, toys with tags , , , on August 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Upon hearing the words “Tooth Fairy,” most of us probably conjure up sweet, fluttering little fairies. Invictus Designs has a different idea:

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Yes, kids…all the times you thought this was visiting you in your sleep…

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…it was really THIS!
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Shhh…don’t tell the others.

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Leslie Ann O’Dell

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on August 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Leslie Ann O’Dell uses photography and digital manipulation to create haunting portraiture, often with superimposed landscapes.

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All of her pieces seem to create a simultaneous feeling of strength and vulnerability in her subjects.
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Although most work incorporates photography, some pieces are entirely constructed/painted/illustrated from imagination.
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Dark, delicate, sensual, mystifying…
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Leslie Ann O’Dell

Image Odyssey: The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon

Posted in absurd, art, craft, sculpture, vintage with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My kindred spirit Cat referred to Spoon Theory today in a kind comment about my health. I immediately wanted to symbolically give her a special spoon, and the best way I could think to do so was with an image search for the most bizarre renditions of the final Hey Diddle Diddle lines.

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Even as a child, I thought this Mother Goose nursery rhyme was truly ridiculous. I guess all nursery rhymes are. But if you need a refresher for this one:

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Turns out anthropomorphized plates and flatware inspire a wide spectrum of artistic interpretation, both vintage and modern. Take a look!

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Lukas Brezak

Posted in art, cats with tags , on August 1, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Lukas Brezak paints plenty of things other than cats, but I’m going to focus on cats. Because…cats.

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Hypnotic…
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The following image reminds me of how I often wonder what my little darlings Dr. Morbius and Ms. Nimbus are dreaming. I have yet to dress them in teeny night caps (you might peg me for a cat dresser-upper, but no).
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Can you see the resemblance?
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He’s grown substantially (into a mushy sweetheart) since his kitten mugshot there, but I still see the fiendish eye gleam daily. Nimbus looks on with her typical nonchalance.
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Lukas Brezak

Cybele Young

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on July 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted many images of gorgeous paper cutting over the years, but Cybele Young has her own spin on papercraft: constructing miniature exact replicas of real world items, and juxtapozing them in a kind of dialogue.

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This tiny curling iron is brilliantly titled “It’s Worth It This Time.”
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She achieves such precise detail that it’s hard to believe these are made of paper.
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I wish I could see a time lapse video of one of these pieces being made. Wouldn’t it be great to witness plain sheets of paper turn into this before our eyes?
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Hikari Shimoda

Posted in art, japan with tags , on July 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Hikari Shimoda blurs the boundaries between cuteness and horror in her neon-spattered manga style depictions of children (often in heroic costume).

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She feels the ambiguity and fluidity of childrens’ identity makes them excellent subjects
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Some are sweet, yet slightly soul-less…
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And some paintings look like the fallout after an explosion at a toy factory.
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Here’s my favorite piece:
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Hikari Shimoda

Nana Akua’s Temari Balls

Posted in craft, inspiration with tags , on July 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I just browsed about 400 embroidered Temari Balls, and I’m blown away by this art form.

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Flickr user Nana Akua has uploaded a giant collection of these marvelous pieces, all crafted by her 92 year old grandmother (who, incidentally, has made over 500 balls).

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From my article source:

They are traditionally cherished as objects of friendship and loyalty. The bright colors symbolize luck and happiness for the recipient of the gift. And it isn’t only considered an honor to receive a Temari ball, but also to produce them. To qualify as a Temari ball artist, the individual has to display a high level of skill and technique.

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Temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year’s Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball.

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I’m so impressed with the flow of the designs, the skilled use of geometry and color…the symbolism. I want to make one of these for everyone who has stood by me (and continues to do so) through my health troubles. What a meaningful gift.

See many more and prepare to be amazed HERE.

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