Soon I will post some holiday goodies, but let’s see what non-celebratory things we have lurking on the desktop today…
Archive for inspiration
A lovely sculpture by Kate MacDowell:
Here is another one of those items I’d love to have if I had ANY space to put it. There’s something almost lonely, yet peaceful and beautiful about a moon body pillow.
This reminds me of a small dialog I had with a friend many years ago.
Me: Sometimes I feel like I’m on my own planet.
Friend: Yes, but you are the ruler of that planet.
I’d like to combine this with one of those celestial projectors that casts constellations on the walls (if anyone has a good suggestion for a fairly inexpensive one, please share!).
The company also makes a smaller size, which for some reason I find less appealing…though rather inspirational as an item I could make myself (I did make astronomy pillows when I was in college).
Though he sites MC Escher and Buckminster Fuller as influences, Dick Termes has developed an intriguing art form of his own: the Termesphere.
“Imagine that you are standing inside a transparent ball suspended fifty feet above the Grand Canyon floor. You are higher than some canyon walls and lower than others. You have paints and a brush, and you begin to paint what you see on the inside surface of the ball. You paint the north face, then the east, south, and west. Finally, you paint everything visible above and below you. You move your globe to safe ground and step out to observe your paintings.Walking around the sphere, you see that you have captured the entire three dimensional landscape. In fact, you’ve discovered the structure of your visual experience.”
Termes transforms architecture, landscapes and fantastical worlds in his imagination to spherical representations. They hang in space and roate on a central axis, powered by motors.
I am duly impressed with his combination of creativity, mathematics, theory and execution.
If you really want your mind blown, read his illustrated description of the 6 Point Perspective.
Apparently pop culture bloggers have invented and embraced the word “AMAZEBALLS” for use in juicy celebrity gossip. I feel that word is more fitting in reference to Termespheres.
See more here.
My friend Jim sent me the link to this House of Shelves, knowing that it is indeed the “perfect house for me.”
See? I don’t have too many books, collections, craft supplies, etc. I simply don’t live in a house that optimizes space properly.
My personal clutter is nothing that a few thousands shelves couldn’t cure (and my meticulous nature would ensure expert organization and presentation).
I’m not sure whether to thank Art of Darkness for introducing me to Alpha Stamps. I didn’t really need more craft supplies to lust after, but now I’m hooked.
The rubber stamp selection is amazing (and very reasonably priced).
Strange creatures, art, ephemera, alchemy, typography, filigree, gears and poison…things that make my heart sing…
Did I mention the incredible collection of collage sheets?
Nevermind that in my rabid seeking I’ve collected most of the images on this site in my archives over the years. There’s just something fantastic about seeing them out there for use!
Lovers and makers of vintage themed art…prepare to waste some time here.
On principle, I’m opposed to spending close to $2,000 for a simple dress. But this Celestial Combo Dress is giving me some ideas about what I might be able to make for myself…
I vow to make a celestial cocktail dress for under $20. It can be done.
I’m on a Haunted Mansion kick lately. The other day I decided I was going to make a collection of Haunted Mansion portraits (perhaps miniatures) to hang in my library…which currently has zero available wall space.
Tooling around with random searches I came across a Distant Creations post showcasing Richard Brigante’s Haunted Mansion collection.
WOW. I am seriously impressed. He has every type of collectible ever manufactured.
I think he should start a small museum. I’d go in a heartbeat.
See more photos of the collection here.
Does anyone know of a place that custom carves stone? I absolutely MUST get this engraved in a desk paperweight (a rock from my back yard).
I would probably have to go to a place that engraves tombstones. It would be worth it.