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Mijn Schatje

Posted in art, dolls with tags , on January 26, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Mijn Schatje digitally paints beautiful, porcelain-skinned little girls. Usually just the disembodied heads (but we find the occasional body or neck).

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These little innocents always possess an otherwordly glow.
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Their eyes are sad and deep…
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Years ago there was a fascinating controversy surrounding her work because she was accused of using photographs of dolls as the basis of her vector art. I can see how some people who make a living through art would get incensed (if she didn’t ask permission from the doll creator), but I feel she was unfairly blasted. She may have used doll photographs as a starting point, but her work clearly shows her own imagination and ingenuity. Art isn’t simply the creation of something out of nothing, but the ability to transform.

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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #1

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, art, bats, cats, comics, craft, day of the dead, dolls, ephemera, halloween, horror, macabre, monsters, photography, sculpture, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Don’t know the origin of this, but I love the extra written touch.
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This kid’s face is not exactly what I’d call “joyful.” At least the trees are happy.
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Awesome.
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A very intricately done Day of the Dead hanging bat!
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This seriously looks like she’s wearing her sister’s skin.
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A little macabre for a greeting, no (that pumpkin is crying actual tears while getting murdered). What’s with the gleeful spectators? Is this some kind of Gladiatorial event for squash and…elves?
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The source said this is a real Victorian postmortem, but I have trouble believing it’s not doctored. Still…maybe the photographer was just really, REALLY late.
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Gorgeous custom Monster High doll!
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I wish this item hadn’t been taken down for sale/display. I would’ve done a feature post on the crafter of this fine wooden witch carving.
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At first it looks like a strange pose, but my black cat Dr. Morbius does this gravity defying move all the time.
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So long kiddies…pleasant dreams…
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Desktop Goodies 9/9

Posted in 80's, absurd, Books, candy coated nightmares, dolls, ephemera, humor, monsters, photography, retro, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

McDonald’s Icecapades…how was this not traumatizing for children (or was it)?
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This looks like the Codex Gigas.
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And then we have the Holy Bible, which apparently has a wider readership than I had suspected…
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Seduction for Dummies (*groan*).
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Make sure you order a DIET soda with this to save calories.
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Puts things in perspective, no?
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So true…
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A dinosaur’s preferred travel method.
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I wish I did!
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I couldn’t find an artist for this image anywhere. Any ideas?
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Ah, finally a realistic series.
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Pants on fire!
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KriSoft

Posted in art, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on June 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

KriSoft, aka Christophe Goussault, is a French illustrator and paper mache sculptor.

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As a child, he dreamed of creating a store filled with toys and games, and it’s clear that hos work maintains a kind of childlike wonder and imagination.
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But he also incorporates a great deal of nature and metamorphosis in his creations.
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He says “The need to make people dream is an essential thing for me.” I feel he succeeds!
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Engelmech

Posted in craft, day of the dead, dolls, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , on February 11, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across a Flickr stream with some beautiful doll modifications.

Bright and striking Day of the Dead figures…
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A goddess of destruction, here and there.
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A seductive Venus Fly Trap.
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They are even gorgeous while in progress.
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And lastly, my absolute favorite of the bunch. A gorgeous tribal priestess? Shamaness?
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She’s hypnotic.
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Mahlimae

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on January 18, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Mahlimae is a group of dolls crafted by Nicole Watt.

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From the artist bio:
Nicole is an internationally exhibited self-taught mixed media sculpture artist living and creating in the wilderness of Southern Tasmania, Australia. Her exquisitely simplistic and charming characters blossom from a magical world long forgotten; a world hidden in the shadows of imagination where the wind blows wild, the trees groan with ancient secrets born from the whispers of the fae.

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Her work is inspired by ancient folklore, the mysterious beauty in the darkness at the heart of a forest, and the energies which radiate from worn, tattered fabrics. Within the subtle expressions of her creations secrets and stories are hidden. Each piece is carefully hand sculpted and designed using gathered natural materials. The final works are pulled together by a common theme of possibility, a longing for connection, and an aim to intrigue.

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Who knew that faces with NO features and black dots for eyes could be so expressive! These deceptively “simple” creations manage to evoke all kinds of feelings. That takes talent.

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Holiday Desktop Goodies 12/18

Posted in absurd, advertising, candy coated nightmares, christmas, dolls, ephemera, food, humor, kitsch, monsters, photography, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

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I think a series of all of the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts would make an excellent ornament collection.
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This image is just perfect: happy tan lady with happy man, angry pale lady, pale lady’s partner not-so-inconspicuously eying her sunkissed rival. Don’tyou want a sun lamp now?
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Amazing relationship advice from the folks at Dormeyer: use tears to manipulate your husband into purchasing household items. Maybe if I fake a sense of victimhood I can score a toaster this Christmas.
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A man who knows what he wants (even the big Kewpie is looking at him like “Seriously, dude?”):
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Holy hell…
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How to traumatize birds:
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And by “Merry” I mean “there are bodies in the basement:”
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This drenched, freezing Yeti standing in a flood may be the most depressing card ever.
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The pudding has broken out in fluid filled pustules.
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And now for the piece de resitance (don’t gloss over this one. Take in every detail):
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