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Julie Alice Chappell

Posted in craft, creatures, nature, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on May 13, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Julie Alice Chappell describes herself as “Portsmouth Artist/Painter/Photographer/Creator of miniature worlds and subversive taxonomies exploring themes around the exploitation of nature.”


These gorgeous creatures are made of old Nintendo consoles! (Hopefully broken ones…I love the idea of re-purposing).


Julie Alice Chappell


Posted in animation, geek, technology, video, video games with tags , , , , on June 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t own a gaming console of any kind, but I’m digging the trailer for this game, done in the style of 1930’s cartoons.

From the source: Studio MDHR, which developed the game, is aiming to launch later this year on Steam and Xbox One. It’s a great catch for Microsoft, which is trying to build a catalogue of unique and interesting games beyond the Call of Duty and Halo fare. The studio also hopes to release the game on the Sega Master System. Yes, the console that was released back in 1986. It would be the complete package, with a box, cartridge, and game manual.

The game follows the same style of early animation. Studio MDHR is taking the time to use actual cells and is inking by hand to create that classic effect. The music for the game is also live recorded Jazz, none of that MIDI stuff.

Any gamers out there? Would you want to play this?

Thanks for the link, Bettie!

Sky Factory eScapes

Posted in nature, products, technology with tags , , on March 17, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

After being bed/housebound for the past few years due to illness, an eScape sounds divine right now! I wish it were affordable to explore the world this way (until I get back IN the world!).


Sky Factory eScape™ is a digital cinema virtual window that brings the dynamic beauty of nature – image, motion and sound – to interior environments.


A high-tech illusion, eScape features a wall-mounted commercial-grade LED LCD screen embedded in a full-size casement window. Sky Factory utilizes the most advanced RED Digital Cinema™ camera to capture hours of Sky Factory’s proprietary UltraHD nature content.


Explore the whole scene index here.

Gelaskins Surprise

Posted in art, products, technology with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

It took a lot to make me switch my phone wallpaper to something other than my cats back home in NY (whom I miss dearly). A wonderful SWS reader, Denise, gifted me the Jennybird Alcantara Gelaskin I posted about!

Gelaskins are every bit as cool as they look on the website. I put mine on my clunky phone case instead of on the phone directly, because I am notoriously clumsy and this phone is likely to shoot out of my hands like a projectile at any moment.

Look at the subtle stickers on the top and bottom that blend with the wallpaper download (I purposely left the Talk app icon on the top…it looks like the deer is talking). Very cool.

Thank you so much, Denise!

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.


On the wish list is goes!

Anyone have Gelaskins on gadgets and devices? Which design?

The Predicta Meteor TV

Posted in retrofuturism, technology, vintage with tags , , on August 20, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Here we have a counter offer to the modern flat screen set: The Predicta Meteor. Fully compatible with modern technology!


The Meteor is for those seeking a television that’s on par with the elevated aesthetic of their living space. Its departure from the rectangular form of the classic Predicta TV breaks into new design territory — pushing the envelope of television design and materials.


This product is about style. The aircraft-inspired legs and struts lift the design. Their unique form gives the base a forward-facing bulldog stance, while the mass of the solidly anchored set appears to hover.


The hand-built hardwood cabinet and legs are finished in hand-rubbed gloss black lacquer and accented by a maple top and grillwork. The 24-inch screen pivots on a polished CNC-machined brass collar, complementing the fine woodwork of the cabinet below. An acrylic-faced shadow box with polished brass back plate, bracketed by a pair of sculpted brass “air intakes”, provides depth behind the lighted dial channel selector.


Would you ever trade your modern set for this sweet retro style? I confess, I’d love to have one of these…not as a main set, but perhaps as a library/office addition.


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Posted in fashion, jewelry, kitsch, technology, vintage with tags , , , , on July 11, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I have a strange love for the kitschy goodness that is Bakelite.


One of the first plastics made from synthetic components, Bakelite was used for its electrical nonconductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, and children’s toys. Bakelite was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 1993 by the American Chemical Society in recognition of its significance as the world’s first synthetic plastic.


My favorite pieces, without a doubt, are the clocks, radios…or any combination thereof.

catalin tombstone

I’d like to own one of these one day.



Online Bakelite Museum

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