Image Odyssey: Discontinued Cereals of the 70’s and 80’s

Posted in 70's, 80's, absurd, food, humor, image odyssey, retro with tags , , , , , , , on August 19, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

It’s SO hard to narrow down my search results for this image odyssey. There are legions of bizarre and beloved crunchy, sugary relics to be found. Let’s start with some collages by Like Totally 80’s, where you can also find original commercials. It was all about toy, video games…and doughnuts. Lots of doughnuts. (Click images to enlarge)

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What kind of cold hearted freaks could look at Gizmo and cancel this cereal? Look at those eyes! I’d eat a box that’s been sitting around since 1984 if this creature asked me to.
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Who remembers Body Buddies? I had these as a kid. I think I believed they were healthy because of the deceptive name (and those awesomely strong kids on the box). Dear World, please notify me when sugary corn puffs become healthy. Thanks.
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Barbie? No wonder this failed. Everybody knows she has black coffee and cigarettes for breakfast.
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Poor King Vitaman didn’t reign for long.
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These were before my time, but I’m sad to see any monster cereal go.
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I’m not sure what prompted anyone, ever, to think that grape flavored grains and marshmallows was a good idea. This has to pass…committees and stuff.
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I’m sure this got discontinued because no one wanted to bother writing the name on a grocery list. Still, the premise of a robot who shoots out sweetened morsels when tickled was gold.
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It’s not cereal, folks. It’s a cereal system, which sounds undeniably sophisticated.
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If someone handed me chocolate food…filled with chocolate…I’d be calling him Mr. Wonderful too.
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Albane Simon

Posted in anatomy, art, retrofuturism, skulls and skeletons, vintage with tags , , , , , , on August 18, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Is there such a thing as “whimsically apocalyptic?” After seeing Albane Simon’s collages, I’m inclined to believe there is.

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She does a great deal of work for musicians, using vintage source material to create a delightful surreal, retrofuturistic vibe.

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From the artist bio:
Imagine a world where linear time has lost all relevance. A place where past memories and future visions dance in a familiar present gone awry, this is where nightmares collide with lucid clarity.

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I’ve been on a little alchemy craft kick lately, so I’m especially fond of this alchemical art inspired whiskey ad.
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Ghost Light Gallery

Posted in art, automata, nature, sculpture with tags , , , , , on August 16, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I saw a light up sculpture from Ghost Light Gallery on Instagram and was immediately sold. Her beautiful creatures are often softly illuminated, articulated with moving parts, or they share secret worlds within them.

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Her two dimensional work is also quite lovely.

In reference to her pieces, artist Jamie Winn says:
As an artist I have constantly struggled with the burden of creating “relevant” art. I’ve done my best over the years to allow myself to become vulnerable in the public’s eye while at the same time attempting to seem somehow mysterious, as I’m sure most women do. Many of the things I have created are deeply rooted in my childhood and have mostly been visible through my automata work.

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I strive to create things that force the viewer to use both sides of the brain- appreciating the obvious artwork and then through the moving mechanisms, attempting to discover how it is working. I’m trying to push the boundaries of self discovery both for my art appreciators and myself. That is my goal.

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Her Instagram contains work I didn’t see in her online portfolio, so don’t miss it!

New Lover’s Eye Pendants on Etsy!

Posted in craft, jewelry, shewalkssoftlyetsy with tags , , , , , on August 15, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

For those who may want something a bit more low key than the bejeweled Lover’s Eye pieces in the store, I’ve added a series of them without any beading. Find them on Etsy here!

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All items can be fully customized.

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Juan Jose Surace

Posted in art, monsters, sea with tags , , , , , on August 13, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

How about some marvelous monsters and other strange goodies? Today I bring you the captivating creatures of Juan Jose Surace.

At least on my computer screen, these are showing up very small, so definitely click to enlarge. You don’t want to miss the details of these…aquatic bereaved.
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…or this fellow.
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Livia Martin: Broken Things

Posted in sculpture with tags , , on August 12, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Check out these pieces in Livia Martin’s Broken Things series.

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These silk screened plaster sculptures appear to be ceramics/china melting onto the table. I love how she extends the patterns!

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I wish there were more closeups on her site, but you get the idea.

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Agne Gintalaite: Beauty Remains

Posted in decay, photography with tags , , on August 11, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

One of my favorite things about art in general is its ability to reframe the utterly mundane aspects of life in a way that enables us to find beauty where we least expect it. I bet if I asked you to name something beautiful, “Lithuanian garage doors” wouldn’t be first on your list. But Agne Gintalaite saw something in these often ignored structures and created the Beauty Remains project.

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In her own words:
I have always been attracted by a peculiar phenomenon of late socialism, large garage areas, called ‘garage towns’ in Lithuanian. Spanning extensive areas, these garages were part of the social fabric…Clearly, such garages were not just a matter of convenience, but rather homes for cars, which in turn were not so much a means of transport, but rather mechanical pets, that required time, attention and an array of extraordinary tools to fix them.

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By documenting these objects that are, most likely, about to disappear from Lithuanian society, I wished to communicate to the viewer the ambivalent, aesthetic, but also human significance of these garage doors.
Beautifully [painted], these doors do not need be explained to the beholder. It is the fascinating play of colour and texture that I attempted to capture with my camera.

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But in doing that I found myself documenting human dignity: the dignity of the garage owners, elderly, definitely not rich people, who, by sticking to their property, garages, literally maintain their ground in an urban landscape on which big businesses increasingly make claim.

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Agne Gintalaite

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