Archive for macabre

Invictus Designs: Tooth Fairy

Posted in craft, macabre, sculpture, toys with tags , , , on August 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Upon hearing the words “Tooth Fairy,” most of us probably conjure up sweet, fluttering little fairies. Invictus Designs has a different idea:

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Yes, kids…all the times you thought this was visiting you in your sleep…

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…it was really THIS!
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Shhh…don’t tell the others.

Invictus Designs

Brian Smith

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on March 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Brian Smith is a gifted painter of tortured souls.

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Vaguely humanoid creatures are stretched, torn…twisted and tormented. He has a remarkable talent for painting agony.
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For me, his work evokes a kind of richly textured empathy; a visceral connection to the raw realms of physical and emotional anguish.
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Many of his subjects seem like lost souls at the mercy of forces greater than themselves.
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And he makes a hell of a Joker.
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Brian Smith

Davide De Agostini

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on February 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A while back, I went right-click crazy and saved a giant folder of
images by Davide De Agostini. His work can be unsettling to look at in some cases, but is nonetheless utterly compelling.

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I poured through these beautiful, macabre images and admired his ability to fuse warm aesthetics with chilling, haunted faces and bones.

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I’m reminded of Stephen Gammell pieces, brought to life with color.
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Oh Lordy, I’ve been here…
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Davide De Agostini

Halloween Countdown: The Creepshow- Sleep Tight

Posted in halloween, macabre, music with tags , , on October 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was going to make a pre-Halloween mix of murderous songs to post, but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. So here is a wonderful “rockabilly doo wop” ballad, by a gal who met an untimely end at the hand of her ex lover…and haunts him as her body lies hidden under his floorboards.

Halloween Countdown: The Doll Asylum

Posted in dolls, exhibits, halloween, macabre, toys with tags , , , , on October 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here we have a great reader submission: The Doll Asylum.

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From the staff:
Welcome to the Doll Asylum. We are a place for the old, the decrepit, the forgotten…the insane. We try to ‘fix’ those we can, and provide a place of refuge for those we can’t.
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´╗┐Founded in 1867 by German Dr. Hermann Reinhardt, the Doll Asylum’s purpose was to receive dolls who were abandoned, neglected, or most importantly, showing signs of psychotic or murderous behavior.

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´╗┐Doll Maker by hobby, Dr. Reinhardt thought he could bridge the gap between the inanimate and animate and stomp out the dark thoughts that lay beneath.

While no true success was to be had in his day, Dr. Reinhardt did establish a home for those unwanted creatures and in doing so, has protected society at large.

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We continue that tradition and throw open our doors to the public 4 days a year to show what his good work has wrought. We cannot guarantee your safety or mind or spirit, but we will have cookies.

Has anyone in Portland gone here?

The Doll Asylum

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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Allison Sommers

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on August 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Allison Sommers creates what I call “artistic anatomical animal studies” (and so much more).

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I love how she uses these hinged panels; it works wonderfully with her style.
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Some might find this morbid, but I find it beautiful. There is a delicacy and flow to her work that make raw, exposed anatomy appear elegant.
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Allison Sommers

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