Archive for 2008

Dia de Los Plush

Posted in craft, exhibits, plush with tags , , on October 9, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

If I were anywhere near Phoenix, AZ, I would definitely attend the Dia de Los Plush at Red Hot Robot.

I’m going to have to seek out more Dia de Los Muertos art because I’ve always loved it. This is the first time I’ve seen the tradition celebrated in plush!

I hope to see pictures posted afterward.



The Apocalypse: Fun for the Whole Family

Posted in absurd, film with tags , on October 9, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

There’s been much speculation about the approach of 2012 by everyone from scientists to UFO enthusiasts. I’m going to ignore it and skip straight to a true mark of absurdity: Nickelodeon’s 2012 movie…for kids.

Take a moment. Let it in.

The action-adventure storyline revolves around a family who goes on vacation in December 2012, just as the Mayan calendar is coming to a close.

Ah, we can even capitalize on the alignment of the cosmos! Can we look forward to 2012 Doomsday Playsets? One can hope.

(Thanks to Matt P. for sending me an article that referenced this film)

Karl Persson

Posted in art with tags on October 8, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Karl Persson gives life force to nightmares. I’ve chosen work-safe images, but the gallery on his site contains a collection of twisted, tortured scenes that tap into the deep recesses of the human psyche.

Shock value alone does nothing for me, but Persson manages to capture something primal; sadness, desperation and an imaginative horror that seems to be pulled directly from a bad dream.

If you only love happy, pretty things…beware.

Vertigo Tarot

Posted in art, products, tarot with tags , , on October 8, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

By the time I first discovered Dave McKean’s stunning Vertigo Tarot, it was already out of print and only available from individual sellers for hundreds of dollars. I was thrilled to find that the deck is getting re-released next month!

I’m so glad that the deck contains the full 78 cards and can actually be used. I’m a big fan of the tarot, not in any supernatural sense, but as a rich visual representation of archetypes. Placing these archetypes in the particular context of one’s life often gives way to new ideas, meaning and insight.

The deck is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Jamie Noel

Posted in craft with tags on October 8, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I’m really impressed with Jamie Noel’s hand crafted circus themed “interactive” jewelry. Look at what she does with the classic Zoltar fortune teller:

It’s actually WORKS, with a tiny built in drawer containing fortune cards (and it comes with refills)!

The Jack O’Lantern King Locket is one of the most incredible pieces of handmade jewelry I’ve ever seen. Go explore it!

Her Etsy shop contains all kinds of jewelry wonders: puppet shows, acrobats, animals. Amazing!

Ben Tolman

Posted in art with tags on October 7, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Ben Tolman’s work combines ornate, Hieronymous Bosch style scenery with the feeling of antique medical diagrams.

It’s a winning combination in my opinion.

All of his work is best viewed very large because the intricacies are incredible. The size I have posted omits entire worlds in the details! The gallery on his site allows for close zooming.

Betty Boop for President

Posted in animation, vintage with tags , on October 7, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

I try to keep personal politics out of SheWalksSoftly. We’ll just say that posting the 1932 cartoon Betty Boop for President has to do with my interest in vintage animation (along with the atrocious “isms” we may or may not have overcome in the past century).

She sings “I’ll give you all a great big kiss when I am president” and states her groundbreaking worldview:

“What this country is in need of
Is a lot of hi-de-ho,
Boop-a-doop and chocolate ice cream.”

If you dare preview Boop’s proposed utopian society, let this play past the three minute mark. Proceed at your own risk.

As she strikes her cutesy poses and winks repeatedly at the audience causing a public sensation, I’m certainly not reminded of any current Vice Presidential candidate. At no point does Betty mention war, hockey or the word “maverick.”

I’m a HUGE fan of Mr. Nobody, Boop’s opponent.