Archive for 2008

Alchemical Quilting

Posted in antiques, craft, inspiration with tags , , on September 17, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The National Museum of American History has this incredible Solar System Quilt on display.

This Solar System quilt was made by Ellen Harding Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, in 1876. It is 89″ long and 106″ wide. The wool top of this applique quilt is embellished with wool-fabric applique, wool braid, and wool and silk embroidery.

The design of Ellen’s striking and unusual quilt resembles illustrations in astronomy books of the period. Ellen used the quilt as a visual aid for lectures she gave on astronomy.

Wonderful work, Ellen!

One day, I’m going to make a quilt using the classic alchemical imagery depicting the origins of the universe. My fingers will be very sore. Here are some of the basic stages of universal origin that would comprise the embroidered quilt panels (excuse the way I clumsily pasted them together).

My fingers will be very sore…but what an heirloom!

Log Light

Posted in home, inspiration, products with tags , , on September 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I’m amazed that the Organic Log Light costs $575. It looks like something I might have made in elementary school shop class.

However, I’m now inspired to make a more elaborate version of this lighting structure. It has the potential to be a cool piece. I’d aim for tangles of wood resembling actual fire logs, and a more realistic flame configuration.

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The Museum of Bad Art

Posted in art, humor with tags , on September 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I’m so glad someone decided to establish the Museum of Bad Art. I’ve seen thousands of examples in my lifetime, so I have no doubt this site could grow exponentially. I hope it does.

Onto the highlights…

Ah, the impeccable pointillist impression of George, and its “meticulous attention to fine detail.”

Mama and Babe is touted as a “celebration of color and contour.” On what planet, I have no idea.

Meet Peter the cat. Is he upset? Angry? Existential? No, he is clearly disgruntled. Most likely because of his anatomically incorrect legs.

To be fair, I’m not a painter so I can’t rightfully insult anyone’s work. But in all aspects of life, I tend to enjoy how lovingly some monstrosities are made.

Take a peek in the museum, if you dare.

My Pet Neuron Postscript

Posted in craft, Dana projects, plush, toys with tags , , , on September 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Allow me a childish moment, if you will. Months ago I made Sparky, my pet neuron. I just found out that Giant Microbes (a company I love dearly), now makes THIS!

Let’s take a look side by side, shall we?

Sparky:

Giant Microbes Brain Cell:

It’s not like they ripped me off. The plush neuron is simply an idea that has reached it’s proper time for creation in the order of the universe.

The child in me pouts at the fact that I seem to be forever JUST ahead of this order. I make strange products, only to discover that someone else has independently created a nearly identical product…and is reaping serious financial benefit as my version sits happily on a shelf or wall, reaping dust and the occasional entertained smirk from visitors.

Eric Joyner

Posted in art, Books, robots, wish list with tags , , , on September 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Eric Joyner has a penchant for painting two of my very favorite things: robots and donuts. Even better, robots and donuts TOGETHER, larger than life!

Can I please live in these fictional worlds? I’ll take the possibility of imminent destruction by robots if I can have mountains of dounuts.

Is it strange that I “relate emotionally” to this fellow? I like to be left alone with my treats.

Joyner also has a short animation, in which some of my favorite paintings come to life:

I need this book in a major way.

This combination of imagery does something wonderful to me on a fundamental level.

Alex Schomburg

Posted in art, comics with tags , on September 15, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I just saw a post featuring Alex Schomburg on what will undoubtedly become a new blog addiction: Golden Age of Comic Book Stories.

Although Schomburg draws in many styles, these are among my favorites.


(Currently enjoying the above image as desktop wallpaper)

Can’t wait to see more Golden Age Comic Book Stories!

The Sensory Deprivation Skull

Posted in furniture, home, introvert with tags , , on September 15, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

And I thought the Introvert Sweater provided privacy!

At first glance I took this for a desk accessory of some sort. Little did I know, it’s a sensory deprivation chamber!

Worries about maintaining adequate oxygen levels aside, I’d like to spend a few minutes meditating in here. At the very least it would make an interesting conversation piece when friends and family visit, only to find a giant skull in the corner.

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Sweet Lord: The Chocolate Jesus

Posted in art, installations, sculpture with tags , , on September 15, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Cosimo Cavallaro’s Chocolate Jesus came up in conversation recently, prompting me to re-explore Cavallaro’s work.

Here is the illustrious Chocolate Jesus (made safe for work, though a simple google image search calls up many original pictures)


(Incidentally, if anyone ever told me I’d be editing chocolate Jesus private parts…I wouldn’t have believed it)

Cavallaro also has a series of Sweet Saints.

And some rather unnerving installations involving cheese.


(Click the link above for better cheese detail)

His Candy Chair is very well done too.

Cavallaro’s sculptures and photos are well worth a look, starting here.

Subterranean Lakes and Rivers

Posted in photography with tags on September 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I post a lot of art. But nature can clearly rival, if not surpass, the creations of human beings.

Environmental Graffiti posted 10 Incredible Underground Lakes and Rivers.

The structures and reflections are breathtaking.

Some are colorful and dreamlike.

Check the source for more photos and descriptions.

Julie Kuceris

Posted in photography with tags on September 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

This amazing photo by Julie Kuceris looks like a human soul rubbed off on an inanimate object.


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Something inexplicable draws me to this little island of cliche womanhood, too. Perhaps the color scheme.


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Some other stand out photos can be found on her Photoshelter page.

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