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Cirque Obscure

Posted in craft, puppets, video with tags , , on November 26, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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:

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All of these puppets have a distinct darkness about them; a sense of emptiness, melancholy…they are the misunderstood and the damned.
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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:

Cirque Obscure

Martha Rotten

Posted in craft, jewelry, wish list with tags , , on November 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve just been browsing Martha Rotten’s Etsy store, and I came across some interesting jewelry bits.

My favorites (which I hope to add to my collection one day) are the clock hand earrings and necklace.

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There are many variations of bone, straight, curved and otherwise.
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And the occasional Confessional Cuff.
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Mer-babies are a rather underrepresented part of the Mer-kingdom…at least in jewelry.
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See more at Martha Rotten.

Karine Jollet: Anatomical Fabric Sculptures

Posted in anatomy, craft, sculpture with tags , , on November 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Karine Jollet creates amazing fabric sculptures, many of which are anatomical.

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In her own words:
Fabrics are materials that came naturally to me as an analogy to our own biological tissues: bones, fibers, crystals… I start with old bed sheets and shirts, embroidered handkerchiefs and second-hand fabrics that I cut up, put the fragments together, pad them and then sew them by hand. In this way I reconstruct different body parts (arms, legs, heads) and several organs and bone structures.

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Observing anatomy fills me with wonder and respect. In my eyes, there is nothing morbid in anatomy; I can only see beauty and the wonderful complexity of forms and of vital functions.

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My sculptures are white to remind us of an invisible universe, far away from our own world, a dimension of unity and purity. White allows me also to connect all sculptures among themselves, to create a line of connection beyond the singularity of each work and recreate the complexity of the universe they remind of.

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I love the idea of using household fabrics to construct models of human anatomy. She does a beautiful job, managing to balance the visible seams of the fabric with the precise design of bones and organs.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (Link Treat Bag Part 2)

Posted in art, clothing, craft, decoration, exhibits, halloween, monsters, music video, video with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Jon Neill deserves his own post for his fabulous carvings (but alas he will have to share it with some links). Incredible designs:

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And now a few other links…

The Blood Curdling Blog of Monsters (a plethora of posts about masks)
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Pinch Me Boutique
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My Favorite Spooky Socks This Year (wish-listed!)
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Le Chat Noir (Exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery showcasing artwork featuring black cats).
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This video is utterly bonkers. They…turned Halloween up to 11.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, everyone!

Halloween Countdown: Link Treat Bag, Part 1

Posted in comics, craft, decoration, halloween, home, horror, monsters, retro, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I always gather months worth of Halloween items to post, and am unable to fit them all in by the time the big day rolls around. So here are a bunch of assorted goodies!

INCREDIBLE “Crash Landing” Lawn Decorations
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Gorgeous Miniature Halloween Village
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Giant LEGO Vampire
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The Muppets Holiday Haunt Book
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Handmade Macabre Shadow Boxes (Thanks for the submission, Janice!)
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Haunted Halloween Appetizer Plates
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Giant Skull Chair (Thanks, Colleen!)
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And a perfect zombie pumpkin by Ray Villafane.
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Halloween Countdown: DIY Bat Mobile

Posted in craft, decoration, halloween, home with tags , , , on October 29, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I didn’t realize I had a few bat posts back to back in my draft folder! We’re so used to seeing “Batmobile” in reference to our favorite winged crime fighter, that we tend to forget about the bat mobiles. Here is a handmade one for the home, of rather epic proportions.

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I admire the patience and effort that went into the construction. It was made with sewing frames, acrylic paint, thin sheets of compressed foam, string, fishing line, and electrical tape. Well done!

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Some other decorations were also featured in this post.

Halloween Countdown: Cretur Fetur Bats

Posted in bats, craft, halloween with tags , , on October 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Among a fine selection of other critters at Cretur Fetur we find a variety of needle felted bats (all modeled after actual chiroptera subspecies)

Red Bat:
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Pallid Bat:
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Island Flying Fox:
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Honduran White Bat:
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Which is your favorite?

…and here are some bonus jack o’ lanterns:
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Cretur Fetur

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