Jessica Joslin and Conjurer’s Kitchen: Morrigan

Posted in craft, food, sculpture, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on December 3, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Two gifted creators of curiosities, Jessica Joslin and Conjurer’s Kitchen have teamed up to produce a delightfully intricate chocolate sculpture of Joslin’s “Morrigan.”

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Last year, the talented Tonya Hurley gave me a piece from Conjurer’s Kitchen, and I can attest to the supreme quality of their work. I could not bring myself to eat my chocolate raven skull; it was simply too pleasant to look at. I’ve kept it as a sculpture.
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Handmade from white chocolate, this exquisite piece of edible art comes beautifully packaged in a black box with a small print of the original sculpture.

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You can purchase your chocolate Morrigan here in the US and here in Europe.

Bigert & Bergstrom: Mikrokosmos

Posted in art, installations, photography with tags , , on December 2, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Swedish art duo Bigert & Bergstrom offer an innovative way to look at photography in their installation entitled Mikrokosmos.

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These spherical photos, vividly real yet oddly alien, are illuminated from the inside. I love the way pieces of tiny worlds are joined together in conglomerates that resemble molecular structures suspended in space.

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Choccywoccydoodah

Posted in cake, craft, food, sculpture with tags , , , on December 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

After the holiday weekend, food might be one of the last things you want to look at, but trust me…these cakes from Choccywoccydoodah will be an exception. These are are some of the most unique, quirky, finely crafted cakes in the world.

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Their website does contain ready to order items, but the bespoke cake gallery (where all of these images come from) showcases the highlights of their talent.

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Unfortunately, my dreams of one day gracing an event of my own with one of these masterpieces will most likely never come to fruition, as the shop is located in the UK and does not ship to the US.
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But I can look and admire…
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Voodoo doll pile in a bell jar? YES PLEASE.
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See You All on Monday!

Posted in announcement, thanksgiving with tags , on November 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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!

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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:

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Sprookjesbos, The Fairytale Forest

Posted in anthropomorphic, destinations, dolls with tags , , on November 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Before the Efteling theme park (the largest in the Netherlands) was opened around these works, ten delightfully unsettling fairytale scenes graced Sprookjesbos.

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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.
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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.
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I’d love to see a full photo collection of the pre-Efteling lanscapes.
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See the modern park here.

The Day My Kid Went Punk

Posted in 80's, absurd, humor, TV, video with tags , , , , on November 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I missed this Afterschool Special growing up, but it’s truly a (temporary spray-on hair color covered) gem. I highly recommend it.

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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.

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