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Naomi Kizhner: Energy Addicts

Posted in design, jewelry, macabre with tags , , on September 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Naomi Kizhner has designed a parasitic series of jewelry. These creatures of metal and glass (in theory) feed off the energy of those who wear them via pincers that reach through the body into the spine where they draw upon electrical nerve conductivity.

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The line will not be going into actual production (I’d say this is fairly obvious, but one never knows in this society. Most of us already encounter plenty of welcome parasitism from mass produced objects).
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See more here.
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Starstuff Clothing

Posted in clothing, design, fashion, space, wish list with tags , , , , on May 28, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I am SUCH a sucker for galaxy print clothing (or galaxy printed ANYTHING I guess). Starstuff Clothing now has a kickstarter campaign to vastly expand their range of items and significantly lower the price.

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The company designs T-Shirts, Dresses, Tank Tops & Socks that feature the natural splendor of the Universe itself. They only use real celestial images, and the result is excellent. Even better, the threads themselves are dyed in their process, so these products don’t contain the characteristic stiffness of some printed shirts (I’ve certainly ordered a few from other companies and been sorely disappointed by that!).

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I really look forward to seeing the ladies’ t-shirts and dresses!

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Beep Art

Posted in design, home, retro, vintage with tags , , , , on March 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

If you are into bold domestic expression, Beep Art might have something for you.

This was the image that brought me to their site (I am a sucker for mid century atomic design, though I’m NOT generally “bold” in a brightly colored wall sort of way):

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These are some of the more eye catching, unique wall details out there, for sure.

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They also make great retro inspired laptop/ipad/etc. skins.
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Spine Vodka

Posted in anatomy, craft, design with tags , , on September 12, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Johannes Schulz created a vodka bottle with a 3 dimensional spine and ribcage running through it.

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The product is intended to represent the drink “having a real spine to it.” But I think it’s a great design, no matter what the bottle contains.

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Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Pysanky: Ukrainian Decorated Eggs

Posted in craft, design, easter with tags , , on April 7, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

While I don’t formally celebrate Easter (unless you count my obscene love for Cadbury Creme Eggs as a celebration…which I do), I love nothing more than the combination of great art and symbolism.

Pysanky are a Ukrainian tradition; eggs elaborately decorated using batik (dye resistant designs “written” in wax).

Every time I see these eggs I am awestruck by the thought, care and time dedicated to each one.

From Wiki:
Many superstitions were attached to pysanky. Pysanky were thought to protect households from evil spirits, catastrophe, lightning and fires. Pysanky with spiral motifs were the most powerful, as the demons and other unholy creatures would be trapped within the spirals forever. A blessed pysanky could be used to find demons hidden in the dark corners of your house.

Pysanky held powerful magic, and had to be disposed of properly, lest a witch get a hold of one. She could use the shell to gather dew, and use the gathered dew to dry up a cow’s milk. The witch could also use bits of the eggshell to poke people and sicken them. The eggshell had to be ground up very finely (and fed to chickens to make them good egg layers) or broken into pieces and tossed into a running stream.

The cloth used to dry pysanky was powerful, too, and could be used to cure skin diseases. And it was considered very bad luck to trample on a pysanka–God would punish anyone who did with a variety of illnesses.

There were superstitions regarding the colors and designs on the pysanky. One old Ukrainian myth centered on the wisdom of giving older people gifts of pysanky with darker colors and/or rich designs, for their life has already been filled. Similarly, it is appropriate to give young people pysanky with white as the predominant color because their life is still a blank page.

Girls would often give pysanky to young men they fancied, and include heart motifs. It was said, though, that a girl should never give her boyfriend a pysanky that has no design on the top and bottom of the egg, as this might signify that the boyfriend would soon lose his hair.

And just for the fun of it…the cookie version!

Read about the folklore and meaning of different symbols here. And if you want to try your hand at one of these creations, Learn Pysanky seems to have a wealth of information and tutorials.

Has anyone ever made these?

Zim and Zou

Posted in craft, design, paper, retro, sculpture with tags , , , , on January 25, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Brace yourselves, folks. I’m about to post something exceptionally rare for this blog: neon colors. Zim and Zou have won me over with their outrageously skillful paper sculptures.

This color scheme actually reminds me of my wardrobe as a child of the 80′s…before I wore more dark apparel than any human reasonably should.

And speaking of the 80′s, be sure to explore the closeups in Back to Basics to remember our prized devices of yesteryear.

See more sets of work here.
Originally seen on Alter Ego

Kirill Rozhkov

Posted in art, design, sea with tags , , on January 22, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Artist Kirill Rozhkov designed a set of H.P. Lovecraft themed designs to be used for carpets (I wish the link listed where there are actually installed).

Here is how these designs translate into floor and wall decor…

These should also be made in Cthulu area rugs for home use.

See a few more photos from this project here.

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