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Image Odyssey: The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon

Posted in art, vintage, sculpture, craft, absurd with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My kindred spirit Cat referred to Spoon Theory today in a kind comment about my health. I immediately wanted to symbolically give her a special spoon, and the best way I could think to do so was with an image search for the most bizarre renditions of the final Hey Diddle Diddle lines.

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Even as a child, I thought this Mother Goose nursery rhyme was truly ridiculous. I guess all nursery rhymes are. But if you need a refresher for this one:

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Turns out anthropomorphized plates and flatware inspire a wide spectrum of artistic interpretation, both vintage and modern. Take a look!

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Cybele Young

Posted in craft, paper, sculpture with tags , , on July 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted many images of gorgeous paper cutting over the years, but Cybele Young has her own spin on papercraft: constructing miniature exact replicas of real world items, and juxtapozing them in a kind of dialogue.

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This tiny curling iron is brilliantly titled “It’s Worth It This Time.”
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She achieves such precise detail that it’s hard to believe these are made of paper.
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I wish I could see a time lapse video of one of these pieces being made. Wouldn’t it be great to witness plain sheets of paper turn into this before our eyes?
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Cybele Young

Nana Akua’s Temari Balls

Posted in craft, inspiration with tags , on July 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I just browsed about 400 embroidered Temari Balls, and I’m blown away by this art form.

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Flickr user Nana Akua has uploaded a giant collection of these marvelous pieces, all crafted by her 92 year old grandmother (who, incidentally, has made over 500 balls).

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From my article source:

They are traditionally cherished as objects of friendship and loyalty. The bright colors symbolize luck and happiness for the recipient of the gift. And it isn’t only considered an honor to receive a Temari ball, but also to produce them. To qualify as a Temari ball artist, the individual has to display a high level of skill and technique.

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Temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year’s Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball.

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I’m so impressed with the flow of the designs, the skilled use of geometry and color…the symbolism. I want to make one of these for everyone who has stood by me (and continues to do so) through my health troubles. What a meaningful gift.

See many more and prepare to be amazed HERE.

Quantum Creative Glass

Posted in bugs, craft, creatures, sea with tags , , , on July 23, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Okay, immediate bonus points for the name. Quantum Creative Glass has some amazing glass blown creatures.

The cephalopods are fabulous…
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And you’ll find some intriguing land-roaming species, too.
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100 Days of Rainbows (#lovewins)

Posted in art, craft, food, photography, sea, soapbox with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

You won’t find too many standard rainbows on this blog, simply because I gravitate toward the darker side of art. But the recent US Supreme Court decision for nationwide marriage equality warrants a special celebration.

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Julie Seabrook Ream, a dedicated mother and artist who could never pick a favorite color, has endeavored to make a rainbow collage every day for 100 days.
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These collections newly frame the most mundane household objects. Anything can be art in the right hands.
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Julie Seabrook Ream

Soapbox side note:
While I’m ashamed to live in a world where race, gender, sexual orientation (or other arbitrary factors determined by the dominant power structure) has any bearing on an individual’s rights or happiness, I’m heartened to see that human beings are evolving enough to begin dissolving our self-created boundaries. Congratulations to the LGBTQ community on an embarrassingly long overdue victory!

Salavat Fidai

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

When I was a child, occasionally I’d experiment with “shaping” my pencil point in different ways (which involved simply flattening or rounding one side more than the rest).

Salavat Fidai takes the possibilities of pencil points to a whole new level.

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He is a master of miniatures (as evidenced by his other work in different categories on his site as well…but the pencils are the most impressive!).
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You’ll find iconic buildings and familiar pop culture faces. In other words, the very largest…rendered the very smallest.
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Michael Hacker: Brainwashing Machine

Posted in absurd, anatomy, art, craft, home with tags , , , , on June 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

If only illustrator, comic and poster artist Michael Hacker would paint my washing machine! What a perfect vision this would be upon opening the laundry closet doors.
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I rather wish I could just pour some detergent into my brain and give it a good cleansing when there’s too much grime built up. Wouldn’t that be great?
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His two dimensional art is full of fun, lowbrow goodness, too.

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