Archive for 2008

Step Into My Nightmare

Posted in food, humor, sculpture with tags , , on November 21, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I apologize in advance for the following image, and further apologize for the terrifying truth that Jar Jar is made of POTATOES. Yes, this monstrosity was served as a meal.

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I generally love innovative food creations, but this has simply gone too far.

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Horrible Sweet

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I love Horrible Sweet designs. They are exactly the kind of good-natured misfits I enjoy collecting.

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Cute? Not exactly. Lovable? Not to most. But as an eternal fan of contradiction, these sweetly horrible beings appeal to me.

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I want to tell them all it’s going to be okay.

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Have a look at some truly unique toy creations.

NY Chocolate Show

Posted in clothing, exhibits, food with tags , , on November 20, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I had a sneak peak of the NY Chocolate Show a few years back…it was almost too much joy for one human being to handle.

Part of this festival involves a chocolate fashion show, displaying various sartorial confections (I hope they are eaten afterward!). You can view a bit about the process of here:

One of the models actually fainted before the show and shattered her costume. A chocolate show is arguably not the best place for emaciated, sugar-deprived fashion elite. I’d enjoy the irony, if the whole thing weren’t so tragic.

Keith Carter

Posted in photography with tags on November 19, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The positive/negative photography process, first invented by William Henry Fox Talbot is a rarity in the modern art world. But it is a personal favorite technique.

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Images are created by placing an object on a piece of sensitized paper and exposing it to sunlight. Details can be stunning…

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And sometimes haunting hints of familiar shapes emerge from the shadows…

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This series of shadow pictures is quite lovely.

Sergei Aparin

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on November 19, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Check your notions of time, space and reality at the door, and give yourself over to the world of Sergei Aparin.

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His paintings are magical, dark, chaotic, beautiful surrealism at its best.

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I could study these endlessly and still find new stories…

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Go get lost in the galleries.

Writing With the Dead

Posted in design, macabre, oddities with tags , , on November 18, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Well I’m back in NY and preparing for a very busy few weeks, but I plan to keep up my regular minimum of two posts per day.

My lovely friend Skye recently informed me of designer Nadine Jarvis’s unique use of the deceased. You can now write with your loved ones…literally.

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This is a 240 pencil set made from the carbon of a cremated human. Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the deceased. You sharpen the pencil by putting it back in the box, and the shavings then occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings — turning the box into a new urn.

I almost wanted to save this link, because…believe it or not…I’ve gathered enough sites over the years for a Bizarre After-Death Novelties theme week. Maybe next month.

Hawhawjames

Posted in art, body decoration, oddities with tags , , on November 17, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Trust me when I tell you that you’ve never seen face painting like that of hawhawjames in your life. It manipulates the mind’s eye, skews perception and is simply all-around amazing.

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I never bothered to get my face painted at carnivals (a little flower or peace sign begged the question “Why bother?”). But if I could have come home looking like this, you better believe I’d have been first in line!

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There are hundreds of photos in his outstanding Flickr sets. You don’t want to miss them!