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Ellen Rixford

Posted in automata, craft, puppets, sculpture with tags , , , on July 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Ellen Rixford creates mixed media puppets, sculptures and automata that are fun, beautiful, imaginative and full of character.

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One of my favorites in her portfolio:
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I haven’t seen many artists do cloth portraits of this type, but I think it works!
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Ellen Rixford

Henry Hargreaves: A Trip to the Moon…In Icing

Posted in antiques, craft, film, food, photography with tags , , , , on July 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Artist/photographer Henry Hargreaves has combined two of my favorite things: silent films and cake (well, technically cake frosting, but still). He recreated the iconic image from George Melies’s 1902 film Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

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The original:

Henry Hargreaves
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Kintsukuroi

Posted in craft, home, inspiration, japan, wish list with tags , , , , on July 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Kintsukuroi is a concept very close to my heart. Like these pieces, my body bears the marks of having been broken and put back together again (multiple times). Oh, the stories a few inches of skin can tell!

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I find these items breathtaking, and would very much like to create one or have one in my home. Upon reading about this technique and philosophy, I was reminded of a thrift store statue I purposely bought in a broken state (despite the urging of a well-meaning shop owner to opt for one in better condition); a angel holding a bird whose wing had broken off. Though no more than half an inch was missing, the entire meaning of the statue changed with that broken wing. The bird was not dallying for a moment in the midst of carefree flight as originally intended, it was being cradled, protected, healed by a benevolent protector.
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As I continue to move through my (still unspeakably slow and challenging) physical recovery, I rejoice in the lines on my flesh that saved my life and the metaphorical gold within them. I am not broken…I am Kintsukuroi, right?
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Take time to love the imperfect, the discarded, the reconstructed and overlooked treasures around you (or ON you!). As Leonard Cohen once sang “There’s a crack in everything…that’s how the light gets in.”

The Lysine Contingency

Posted in anatomy, craft, jewelry with tags , , on July 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was quite taken aback when I saw The Lysine Contingency, because I have, in fact, crafted almost every single one of these jewelry designs (right down to the settings and chains) on my own in previous years! Great minds!

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All of their designs are just my style. I think I’d wear absolutely everything in their catalog.
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Dinosaurs! I’d forgotten all about dinosaurs in my own hobby creations!
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The Lysine Contingency

Rogan Brown

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on July 15, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Rogan Brown has a beautiful series of intricately cut paper sculptures called Outbreak, celebrating the fractal patterns of the microscopic natural world.

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In his own words: I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.

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I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.

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I always enjoy art that draws inspiration from nature, whether it is hyper-real, surreal or entirely fictional in a way that evokes recognition of natural structures. Rogan does a stunning job with this, doesn’t he?

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Rogan Brown
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Sean Ayerst

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on July 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m really digging these glass bird skulls by Sean Ayerst. I love his color choices in this first one.

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These would make perfect little paperweights (on my desk, anyway!)
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A google image search did not reveal many glass bird skulls on the market out there. I wonder if Sean is selling these beauties.

Retro Atomic Sci-Fi Kitchen

Posted in craft, decoration, home, retro, retrofuturism, sci-fi with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Ceramic artist LuRu’s Retro Atomic Sci-Fi Kitchen is a truly awesome, completely handmade renovation.

Look at these incredible tiles!
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Despite working with a small space, LuRu really rocked this theme. There’s even a sci-fi “stovescape!”
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Yep…I’m completely in love with this tiling.
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See many more pictures here.

TomTov

Posted in craft, sculpture, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on May 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

What a fun find! TomTov makes amazing little creatures, crafted around real seashells. How creative he is with his incorporation of shell shape!

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Awww…
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Look at this lonely fellow. Don’t you just want to pick him up and tell him it’s going to be okay?
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Smile!
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TomTov
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Aris Kolokontes

Posted in craft, monsters, sculpture with tags , , on May 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Aris Kolokontes has a gallery of wonderful monster sculptures and busts. Look at the texture he achieves here!

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They appear…lifelike.
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Aris Kolokontes

Mealy Monster Land

Posted in craft, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on May 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today’s one of a kind, bug-eyed art dolls come from Mealy Monster Land.

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Caption for this guy, anyone?
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Amazing…
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For the Halloween lovers there are many pumpkin heads.
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And some frazzled snowmen to keep the yuletide…interesting.
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Mealy Monster Land

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