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Michelle Kingdom

Posted in craft with tags on August 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Today I present Michelle Kingdom’s eccentric embroidery.


Beautiful Decay had a nice description. Excerpts:

Michelle Kingdom uses thread like paint in her highly expressive embroidery of peculiar situations. Her dense embroidery builds up layers of colors and textures, using each stitch to create intricate compositions. Although small in scale, each composition seems to hold endless mystery as it illustrates captivating narratives that are somewhat dreamlike in nature.


[Her] surreal work expresses truth and illusion, feelings of expectation and loss. They are small in scale but contain a large amount of emotion and depth. Each of her pieces depicts quirky, ominous scenes full of fun and color. However, we can feel a palpable sense of uncertainty as we are left questioning what exactly happening to the subjects.


She says: “My work explores psychological landscapes, illuminating thoughts left unspoken. I create tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity and self-perception.”

Michelle Kingdom

VeroS: Petraoleum Marine

Posted in craft, sculpture, sea with tags , , on August 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I always enjoy photographic evidence of new species discovered (the Earth is just an endless bounty of surprises, isn’t it?). My favorites are always the delightfully alien sea creatures. These sculptures could very well fall under that category.





Petraoleum Marine


Posted in craft, jewelry, you can't handle the cute with tags , , on August 12, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

LaliBlue creates adorable three dimensional necklaces featuring beloved fairy tale characters and other original creatures.

So much depth in a tiny piece!

The shop description says :
Handmade, childhood memories, classic tales, romantic jewelry, women’s accessories, vintage decor, tenderness,dreams, fantasy, dolls, circus, magic, dioramas … All this and much more will you find.

I love Pinocchio in the belly of the whale…

Alice falling down a rabbit hole…

And Miss Cauliflower (my favorite original piece!)


Poison Apple Cookies

Posted in cookies, craft, food with tags , , on August 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I admire talented cookie and cake decorators because, like any art, the creation process requires dedication and patience. But pastry artists earn a little extra respect because they have to possess the aforementioned qualities AND not devour their own art before it’s finished (a task I’m fairly ill equipped to handle…I’d probably try to eat a painting of a cupcake if it came out well enough).

So check out these high quality poison apple cookies by Angelica Made Me:


For those who haven’t seen the original animation, you’re looking at the tainted fruit the wicked Queen gives Snow White. This was one of my favorite images in the movie when I was young. I thought it looked so cool and I loved how the skull emerged out of nowhere with the drips.

See the step by step cookie process here.

Benjamin Shine

Posted in craft, installations, sculpture with tags , , on August 7, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Tulle isn’t just for prom and wedding dresses. Benjamin Shine uses this gossamer netting to construct large scale portraits with incredible dimension.




He can even show the movement of dance…

Or the complex variegated detail of aging human skin.

Hear him talk a bit about the work here.

Read a few quotes from an interview at my source.

Benjamin Shine


Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on August 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The enigmatically named “Seymour” is actually the work of Melbourne based artist Peter Kelk.

I was first drawn to his work via his excellent lowbrow sculptures.



But his portfolio also contains a number of pen and ink drawings, and paintings.



Invictus Designs: Tooth Fairy

Posted in craft, macabre, sculpture, toys with tags , , , on August 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Upon hearing the words “Tooth Fairy,” most of us probably conjure up sweet, fluttering little fairies. Invictus Designs has a different idea:


Yes, kids…all the times you thought this was visiting you in your sleep…


…it was really THIS!

Shhh…don’t tell the others.

Invictus Designs


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