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Sue Teller

Posted in absurd, craft, humor, video with tags , , , on August 31, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This woman is beyond awesome; a renegade in the stuffy old world of granny crafts, with more spunk and spirit than most people 1/4 her age. And it’s not just the fact that she seems perpetually hopped up on Mountain Dew. She’s a genuine badass.

I wish there were more videos, but alas, Mrs. Teller only came out with a couple of them.

(Thanks, Bettie!)

Afterlife Artwork

Posted in anatomy, craft, jewelry, taxidermy with tags , , , on August 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Afterlife Artwork sells unique CRUELTY FREE (the artist is very clear that no animals are harmed for the making of any of these pieces) anatomical jewelry, featuring bits and bones of many varieties.

The rattlesnake skeletons look great:
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Knowing that these creatures were already deceased is important to me (I get very upset when animals suffer for art of any kind). In this case, these displays become loving tributes to the gorgeous inner workings of our fellow critters. She is making use of that which would otherwise be discarded or rot, showcasing these miraculous tiny bits of nature.

Mini quail heart bell jars:
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Starfish and seahorse:
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Articulated rat paw:
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Afterlife Artwork

Brain Marionette

Posted in anatomy, craft, puppets with tags , , on August 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This incredible brain marionette seems to be attributed to Brock Davis (although I didn’t see it on his official website at first glance).

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Oh, what I would give to have this in the library at my house.

Doubleparlour

Posted in craft, sculpture, toys with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Doubleparlour is a husband and wife team, specializing in peculiar custom toys and sculptures. They exhibit all sorts of emotions; surprise, excitement, ennui…

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And some are interesting conceptually…
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Some are rather unsettling (the bellies that seem to be marked by an elaborate scarification process certainly jack up the creepiness!).
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Dustin Poche

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on August 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Dustin Poche is one of my favorite art doll makers. He works predominantly with paper clay and vintage textiles (which add an air of authenticity and depth to his creations).

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Poche’s first venture into the figure and sculpting world began with the restoration of 1920’s era boudoir dolls. He states: “I learned a lot while working with the antique dolls, but there was something missing in the end result. I imagined characters with more expressive faces, emotions, and gestures. To bring these characters to light, I realized I had to begin sculpting them.”
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I love his work with “mature” subjects. One almost gets the sense that they have aged naturally, though they always keep up a veneer of glamor.
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Dustin Poche

Brooke Weston

Posted in craft, sculpture, taxidermy with tags , , on August 10, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Brooke Weston makes interesting mixed media sculpture, in which animals house tiny worlds within them.
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From the artist bio:
Her work is primarily made from old taxidermy and almost all recycled material. Almost all of her pieces share the concept of small worlds and dioramas situated in objects. She gathers inspiration from antique fairy tale illustrations, amusement parks and artists like Bosch and Joe Coleman.
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It might be wise for every human being to take a step back and view him/herself as an empty bust. What would decorate the inside of yours?
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Perhaps there is a rare skin condition among deer that looks like a rash of villages and ships. (Kidding! I love the imagination here)
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Ah, come have a seat by the fire…in this goat neck.
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Brooke Weston

Anna Barlow Ceramics

Posted in craft, food, sculpture with tags , , on August 8, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Anna Barlow is one of my favorite ceramic artists. She creates decadent heaps of melting, oozing treats that seem to defy the laws of physics (obviously, treats really do defy physics otherwise I wouldn’t be totally up for dessert on a full stomach, which I often am. The regular stomach and “dessert stomach” are separate organs).

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In her own words:
I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed; the way they are assembled, displayed and then eaten. I am also interested in how food tells a story of the people and place it’s in. A full stand of ice creams could suggest a hot day or treats abandoned for some mysterious reason…

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Anna Barlow

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