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The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Posted in Books, medicine, wish list with tags , , on February 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration appears to be a very interesting book, though perhaps not altogether pleasant to thumb through. For me, this is not an issue, as fascination tends to trump aversion when it comes to how people process, depict and publish the daunting mysteries of an era.

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The Sick Rose is a visual tour through the golden age of medical illustration. The nineteenth century experienced an explosion of epidemics such as cholera and diphtheria, driven by industrialization, urbanization and poor hygiene. In this pre-color-photography era, accurate images were relied upon to teach students and aid diagnosis. The best examples, featured here, are remarkable pieces of art that attempted to elucidate the mysteries of the body, and the successive onset of each affliction. Bizarre and captivating images, including close-up details and revealing cross-sections, make all too clear the fascinations of both doctors and artists of the time. Barnett illuminates the fears and obsessions of a society gripped by disease, yet slowly coming to understand and combat it. The age also saw the acceptance of vaccination and the germ theory, and notable diagrams that transformed public health, such as John Snow’s cholera map and Florence Nightingale’s pioneering histograms, are included and explained. Organized by disease, The Sick Rose ranges from little-known ailments now all but forgotten to the epidemics that shaped the modern age. It is a fascinating Wunderkammer of a book that will enthrall artists, students, designers, scientists and the incurably curious everywhere.

The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration

Gelaskins: Jennybird Alcantara

Posted in art, technology, wish list with tags , , on February 6, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was browsing Gelaskins art and came across this design by Jennybird Alcantara.

I would love this Samsung Galaxy S III case so much! Sadly, due to medical bills, I can’t buy such frivolous indulgences…even if they are only $15.

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On the wish list is goes!

Anyone have Gelaskins on gadgets and devices? Which design?

Witch City Wicks

Posted in christmas, home, products, wish list with tags , , , on December 17, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Witch City Wicks has a lovely selection of wintery candles, perfect for the holidays.

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The scent mixtures are unique and enticing…
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And the presentation is beautiful.
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I love their “black” collection, of course.
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I must have a hundred candles at home…and I still want a few of these from Witch City Wicks!

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Guillermo del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities

Posted in Books, film, monsters, oddities, undead, wish list with tags , , , , , on November 9, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities has me drooling with anticipation!

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Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavors. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions.

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The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Does anyone have this yet???

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Halloween Countdown: Novel Creations

Posted in Books, craft, geek, halloween, wish list with tags , , , , on October 23, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Novel Creations is an incredible Etsy store for the discerning literary geek. There’s a selection of classic horror for the Halloween season (or in my case, all year).

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I have to get my hands on one of these…though not sure which I would choose. Perhaps this one:

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Novel Creations

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Halloween Countdown: Bat Pin

Posted in halloween, jewelry, wish list with tags , , on October 22, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I so terribly want this. There are others as well.

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However, I’m trying not to spend bits of money on myself, being unemployed due to illness and all. Maybe one of you will procure this treasure for yourself!

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Halloween Countdown: Yankee Candle

Posted in halloween, home, products, wish list with tags , , , on October 10, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Here are my three favorite offerings from Yankee Candle’s Halloween Selection this year (I was less impressed with the Boney Bunch new editions than previous years, actually)

Nice…
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Nicer…
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And finally…

I would absolutely display this all year. I wish I had a collection of them.
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Halloween Countdown: Skeleton Cultery

Posted in halloween, products, wish list with tags , , on October 7, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I peruse a collection of novelty goods sites each year, and this is one of my favorite finds so far: Skeleton Cutlery.

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You can pair this with Skeleton Table Sprinkles.

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Cool, right?

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Halloween Countdown: Villafane Studios Posable Pumpkin Limbs

Posted in craft, halloween, products, wish list with tags , , , on October 6, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Oh boy…the new offerings from Villafane Studios are going instantly on the wish list.

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From the website:
Bring instant life to your pumpkin with our fully poseable Vine Arms. Create characters just by bending and posing the arms and fingers. Have them hold objects or do positions. Use them with the Vine Legs and Replacement Stem and create figures without even having to carve. Add them to your carved pumpkin face and create a figure that entertains.

Buy the Vine Arms together with the Vine Legs and stem together and you can create a pumpkin character without having to carve anything if you want.

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Check out the demo:

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Jeff Hoke: Codex of Creativity

Posted in art, products, wish list with tags , , on September 17, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

When I came across a post on Phantasmaphile regarding Jeff Hoke’s Codex of Creativity, I began drooling covetously.

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Do you see yourself as creative? Creativity is often seen as something magical and mysterious. The Codex confirms and explores this heady notion in all it’s mystery. Whether you regularly make things or want to develop a new skill, the Codex affirms creativity as a given talent that we all have.

Drawing on examples from the history of art, science and philosophy, it illuminates the creative process through the analogy of alchemy. As each stage of the alchemical process introduces a new concept in creativity, the folio encourages you to act, reflect and harness your own uniquely mysterious talent through thoughtful exercises you can pursue at home.

The 24-page monograph combines ancient wisdom and symbolism with contemporary psychology and philosophy to examine how we perceive and re-create the world. Examples from other artists, writers, scientists and philosophers illuminate the step-by-step journey that leads from idealistic expectations to the wonder of manifesting a physical object. The result is a practical, accessible tool to develop and enhance your creativity. A do-it-yourself zoetrope model is included with the Codex. Beautifully designed with intricate details, It features animations that reinforce the concepts behind the creative process. Building the model also offers you a hands-on opportunity to practice your own creativity.

This project, for lack of a better way to put it, speaks to my soul. Art, theory, history, science, symbolism, alchemy…it has “Dana” written all over it. I’m fascinated by alchemical teachings and processes (currently working on a system of applying said principles to healing). I must have this.

Codex of Creativity

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