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Eva Jospin

Posted in nature, sculpture with tags , on January 20, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Bill, for sharing Eva Jospin’s large scale cardboard cutout forests.

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They’re rather like meta-forests, made from the wood that once comprised trunks and branches…deconstructed, formed into products…then cut, glued, arranged and layered to resemble their original form.

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From the Source:
The forest – an incarnation of nature in the wild – is above all the setting in traditional storytelling of tests of courage, and can be a gloomy or initiatory place. The forest is also where one encounters oneself. This walk through the forest initiates the visit to ‘ Inside’, which is also an inner journey.

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To look at a forest is an optical experience that challenges the typical laws of perspective in western representation. Facing visually the depth of a forest means to forget the horizon, it means to get lost. And is not the danger of getting lost the only risk tied up to that natural labyrinth that is a forest?

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Eva Jospin

Natasha Cousens (AKA Aiko)

Posted in nature, sculpture with tags , on January 15, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Natasha Cousens (AKA Aiko) creates gorgeous faux taxidermy sculptures, adorned with flowers and thorns.

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These lovely animals begin as sketches and take many months to create. She uses fiberglass, resin, ceramic, wood and artificial flowers in the construction process.

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She highlights the natural beauty and elegance of woodland creatures while bringing an element of fantasy to each piece. I don’t care for real taxidermy (if it involves the intentional killing of animals), but I would love to have one of these in my home!

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Natasha Cousens

Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Posted in anatomy, antiques, art, Books, craft, ephemera, nature with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Alexander Korzer-Robinson transforms antiquarian encyclopedias into stunning shadow boxes, as if to three dimensionally vivify the rich content between the pages.

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His use of vintage materials and handpicked images is akin to the process of memory itself; simultaneously selective and reconstructive.

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From the artist statement:
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience.

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These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.

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Alexander Korzer-Robinson

Desktop Goodies 12/14

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, creatures, humor, japan, monsters, nature, photography, skulls and skeletons, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Hypnokitty says…you will read the entirety of this post…
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I’m not sure if this was a recurring character or a one time thing, but it’s very unusual art for a motor oil ad.
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The bow really makes this.
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I love this kid.
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I previously considered my own cats to be pretty well prepared, but I was quite mistaken.
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The most projectile vomit I’ve ever seen in an antique colorized photo.
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It’s funny…because it’s true.
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I’m surprised this never happened to me when I was deep in my heavy metal phase.
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Nature is incredible.
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Ian Anderson

Posted in art, creatures, nature with tags , , on November 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Ian Anderson paints fine art pieces that highlight oppositional environmental forces.

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We see the struggle and contrast within nature, of ideology and technology, in depicted in striking detail.

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Read an interview with him over at Redefine.

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Halloween Countdown: Desktop Goodies #2

Posted in art, Books, craft, halloween, macabre, monsters, photography, retro, toys, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Who had these as a kid? (Thanks for reminding me of them, Colleen!)
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Not sure if this is what The Weather Girls had in mind when they belted out “IT’S RAINING MEN! HALLELUJAH!”
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Side note: if you haven’t seen the video for It’s Raining Men in a while (or ever), I highly recommend you go enjoy the neon chaos at the cardboard weather station.

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There’s something I really love about this. Perhaps the simplicity.
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Why didn’t I think of this? Next year…
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That Pumpkin.
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It looked so much cuter in her head when she thought she wanted to look like a doll.
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I wish they still sold these!
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Gorgeous Green Man.
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The shading on Cruella is absolutely impeccable.
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I feel this has meme potential. Why don’t more memes involve vintage monster illustrations?
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Poor kitty…
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Pixers Forest Wall Murals

Posted in decoration, home, nature, wish list with tags , , , on August 24, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The website photos have large, obtrusive water marks so I could only find a couple from other sources, but Pixers’s “forest after rain” murals are some of the most beautifully atmospheric wall decorations I’ve ever seen.

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Although the weather does affect my mood, I’m partial to the foggy, cloudy murals on the site because the hazy glow is much more dreamlike. The crisp light of the sun shows everything in sharp detail, but in the obscured distances beyond the fog…all possibilities exist at all time.

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See more HERE.

Happy Father’s Day…Have Some Pregnant Seahorses

Posted in nature, photography, sea with tags , , on June 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

In honor of Father’s Day, I present this collection of pregnant seahorses (as some of you may know, the male seahorse carries the babies).

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Next time you have a disagreement with your dad, you can say “At least you didn’t have to birth 200 of me out of your gut.” That is how the seahorses roll.
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I love that this one looks like he’s sitting on a balance ball.
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If you want to watch a video of seahorse birth, you can see an example of this (mildly obscene looking) miracle of life here.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Wild Ones: Insectopia

Posted in bugs, creatures, nature, photography with tags , , , on June 5, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’d like to share one of my favorite boards, containing nature photography that will leave you utterly awestruck. You will see outrageous acts of mimicry…

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Posing and theatrics…
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Unusual coloring…
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Creatures that look like they were painstakingly designed and painted by a brilliant artist.
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If you click, prepare to spend a little time at the Insectopia.

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.”

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