The Outlander Apothecary

Posted in TV with tags , on July 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve never seen the Starz series Outlander so I can’t attest to its quality…but I CAN fawn over these apothecary still frames which are unbelievably awesome.

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This is everything I love about the apothecary aesthetic (is that even a thing? It is to me). I’ve been oddly fixated on painting a room in my house teal lately, and this isn’t helping.

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Do watch Outlander? Is it worth seeing?

Meredith Woolnough Embroidery

Posted in craft, nature, sea with tags , , , on July 2, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Yes, this is embroidery!

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Meredith Woolnough sews intricate leaves, coral and other forms found in nature on her sewing machine with a special fabric that dissolves in water, leaving only the gorgeously fragile skeleton of the design.

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I love the way she mounts them on a crisp white background to show the subtle shadows.

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Meredith Woolnough

Jan Svankmajer’s Final Film

Posted in animation, film, stop motion with tags , , , on July 1, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

The legendary Jan Svankmajer is crowdfunding what is to be his last feature length film (hopefully not…a girl can dream).

Synopsis:
A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They’ve met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations…

The campaign has already reached its stretch goals, which makes me so happy. See much more here.

Redd Walitzki

Posted in art, nature, surreal with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been following Redd Walitzki’s work for years and was under the impression that I had already posted about her (oops!).

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Her portraits are ethereal, fluid and sensual, yet somehow wild…unbridled.

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Each piece is done on an intricately designed laser cut frame which, unlike traditional frames, serves as an actual part of the image itself. I love the unique uncontained effect this technique creates!

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These pieces are even more lovely in person. Definitely check out her work if you get a chance.

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We Interrupt This Blog for a Serendipitous Kitten Rescue Story

Posted in announcement, cats, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , on June 29, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

In an utterly surreal event, THIS ran under our car in the middle of moving traffic on a gigantic highway yesterday. It was the very last place one would expect to find a kitten, as there were no wooded or residential areas for many miles. He was all the way in the left lane, and undoubtedly seconds from being roadkill. We screeched to a halt and scooped him up. He’s 7-8 weeks old, one pound, around the size of an adult fist.

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He has a shockingly sweet temperament for a feral, and checked out fine at the vet. We have a black and white cat already, and this fellow is black AND white. Fate, right?

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I’ll never forget the site of Casey emerging from under the car holding this fellow as traffic frantically whooshed by in all directions. He opened the door and said “I guess we have a new kitten.” “Um…I guess so!” I said…already completely in love (can you blame me with that face?).

Name ideas, anyone?

Seiji Kawasaki: Wooden Food

Posted in craft, food, sculpture with tags , , , on June 28, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I couldn’t find an artist homepage for Japanese wood sculptor Seji Kawasaki, but I did find a great Instagram (which I was almost reluctant to follow because I feared while scanning my feed I’d think “Oh great, more pictures of peoples’ boring food.”)

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The textures and hyper-real presentation he achieves are pretty incredible, no?

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Just a Little Pulp Art for Your Sunday

Posted in art, comics, horror, retro, sci-fi, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve always wanted to post a bunch of great pulp art here, but it’s an overwhelming thought since my pulp archives contain thousands of images. How does one even choose?

Well, another blog I follow recently posted a bunch of images (some of which I had, some not), so here are a few choice cuts!

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