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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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Beep Art

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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Johannes Schulz

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.

Emily Bawn Zombie Invitations

Posted in craft, design, undead, wedding with tags , , , , on September 11, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Emily Bawn does a killer (pun intended) job on this zombie bridal shower invitation:

Look at the classy yet spunky macabre detail! Emily says: “I wanted to have the feeling of formal grace at a first glance, but then upon closer inspection a transformation from elegance to the grotesque with the details of body parts and the macabre.”

Even though this was done for a bridal shower, zombie invitations are surely great for all kinds of non-wedding related events.

Check out the happy couple:

Emily Bawn

Hush Pod

Posted in design, furniture, home, introvert with tags , , , on September 10, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

This chair by Freya Sewell looks very inviting to me.

It’s another piece of introvert furniture (for those who don’t want the Sensory Deprivation Skull). Perfect for curling up and reading A Guide for the Extra Woman

Mizukagami Water Mirrors

Posted in decoration, design, home with tags , , on July 29, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve seen countless decorative mirrors, but very few do creative things with the design of the mirror surface itself.

Would you want one of these in your house? I rather like the illusion.

A few more photos and a tiny bit of info at the source.

Scrabble Tiles

Posted in design, home with tags , on May 16, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I can’t read the text, but I love this product. Scrabble tiles for kitchen and bathroom!

What would you spell if you bought these tiles?

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Novel Posters

Posted in art, Books, design with tags , , on March 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

What a great idea (especially for the art and literature geeks out there…like me). Novel Posters really put the writing on the wall (*groan*).

Pride and Prejudice:

These posters are made solely from the full text of the novel, from beginning to end. As of now, it’s a Kickstarter company. I hope they get plenty of funding!

Great Expectations:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

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