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Light Figurine

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on February 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Light Figurine caught my eye with stunning phoenix sculptures. The blue phoenix appears floating in flight.

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How gorgeous are these grand fire birds?
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But if you want something completely different…how about a snake in a purple hat?
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Or a snake in a straw hat? Until now, I’d never given much thought to the potential existence of chapeau shops for snakes. But the natural world is full of surprises, isn’t it?
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This one is simply called CAT SCIENTIST.
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Light Figurine

Calisto Jewelry

Posted in craft, jewelry with tags , on February 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Calisto Jewelry has a touching little story behind it, told by the daughter of the creator.

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About a year ago, my father (45) came to me and showed me a piece of jewelry he made out of scrap metal. The jewelry junkie inside me felt like my world had just turned upside down.

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I was full of surprise, admiration and love for my father who just lost his job but still remained a creative person that never stopped using his hands to bring some beauty and magic to the world.

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From that day on we’ve been designing different types of pendants, earrings and bracelets, all inspired by mythology, ancient cultures, Indian tribes, Celtic symbols, etc. My father is a real modern polymath: he draws beautifully with both hands, carves sculptures out of wood, used to be a tattoo artist for a while and now, he makes beautiful jewelry.

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There are some really stunning pieces in his collection, all of which are one of a kind (never duplicated), and he takes requests!

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Jordan Elise: Horrible Adorables

Posted in craft, plush, taxidermy with tags , , on February 17, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Jordan Elise makes delightfully unique faux taxidermy creatures she calls Horrible Adorables.

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I like her layered felt technique. Who would’ve thought to make animals out of multicolored felt, cut and positioned like scales? Now that’s imagination!

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Some of the eyes are eerily real, which (in my opinion) is a great design element.
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Wouldn’t one of these be excellent in a child’s bedroom? I wish I’d had a Horrible Adorable as a kid!
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Posted in craft, day of the dead, dolls, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on February 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across a Flickr stream with some beautiful doll modifications.

Bright and striking Day of the Dead figures…
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A goddess of destruction, here and there.
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A seductive Venus Fly Trap.
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They are even gorgeous while in progress.
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And lastly, my absolute favorite of the bunch. A gorgeous tribal priestess? Shamaness?
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She’s hypnotic.
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Marina Yamkoskaia: The Owls That Fooled the Internet

Posted in craft, plush, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on February 10, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A few weeks ago, I posted these adorable little creatures in a Desktop Goodies roundup.
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A helpful reader linked me to the Snopes article debunking the claim that these are indeed real animals (my sources said they were, and in this case I didn’t do any further research! I wanted to believe!).

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These babies are the work of plush artist Marina Yamkoskaia, and her other creations are every bit as capable of activating extreme cuteness aggression.

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So…much…CUTE…can’t handle…the…CUTE!
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Jellyfish Air Plants

Posted in craft, decoration, nature, sea, wish list with tags , , , , on January 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

PetitBeast invented a brilliant houseplant display using sea urchin shells to mimic the body of a jellyfish and growing plants as tentacles.

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These little sweeties hang in the air and give the illusion of floating/swimming through space. Each one is entirely unique as, with minimal care, it grows in its own fashion, delicately swirling and curling.

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Some versions come in kits of 3, which I think would look extra amazing.
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Would you hang this in your home? I give it two thumbs, um…eight tentacles up!

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Maude White

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on January 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you the expert paper carvings of Maude White, whose work ranks amongst the most delicate, intricate paper work I’ve seen. I’m flabbergasted by what she does with hair!

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Her artist statement is quite interesting:

I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively.

When I was a child I thought a great deal about hidden spaces. The intimacy, the hushed secrecy – I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred.

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When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas.

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I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. No matter how small my cuts the paper holds. There is a certain comfort in that, a comfort I enjoy. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper for what it is, and not considering it a stepping-stone to something greater, I feel like I am communicating some of the pleasure it brings to me. I am not creating for Art’s sake. I am creating for Paper’s sake, to make visible the stories that every piece of paper attempts to communicate to us.

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The shadow projections each piece creates are incredible:
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