Talk about Creative Adoration. You know those gorgeous deer head mounts, most times made out of plaster and some versions have them covered in super soft chenile sweater knit, that are usually an ungodly price for the majority of us.
Johnny and Stacie have created this tiny, colorful flocked version, made of plaster and plastic resin, available in 3 vibrant colors, and all for a mere $25.
Via: Creative Adoration
While most all children have a favorite blanket or pillow or stuffed animal or some such other that they simply must have when they sleep — and most often finds its way as a travel companion in pretty much any other circumstance — Gilding’s youngest niece is the first child she has ever met that has an entire bedroom suite that must be towed in travel…everywhere. Needless to say, little arms can only carry so much, and Gilding’s arms aren’t much larger. This bauble then is simply perfect.
The Take Me Anywhere Suitcase Pillows by Oiive is handmade using natural linen and contrasting felt. Each pillow is uniquely accented with colorful cotton corners and an adorable, customizable with city or name of your choice tag for personalization. The overall colors are also customizable to match favorite colors of your little one — or yourself, you know you want one too — or to match your decor. And the handle makes carrying this little bundle of softness easy, leaving plenty more armspace for Gilding to carry the rest of her nieces traveling boudoir.
Look what goodies were found in New Orleans’ Craigslist (dates Feb. 14-19th).
Dome Top Barrel Back Chairs (set) $1000
Antique Full Bed & Matching Dresser $2900
Cool Lime RETRO Ethan Allen Side Chair $90
Antique Full Size Bedroom (set) $265
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…”
Certainly Gilding thought she couldn’t be wrong when her first thought upon seeing this was that its an asshole and the colon. Mr. Gilding said he didn’t see it (how the HELL can’t you see it!), but Gilding just knew — KNEW she tells you — that this is an asshole.
And low and behold, it is. But better. Its a bar. It is an asshole that holds lots of assholes.
From design group Atelier Van Lieshout, founded by artist Joep van Lieshout in 1995, the BarRectum, Arsch Bar, Asshole Bar, Bar Anus — while the translations sound different — takes its shape from the human digestive system and is a form that is “universally recognizable.” See, Gilding told you it unmistakably looked like an asshole. AVL said so themselves. The bar’s form actually starts with the tongue, continues to the stomach, moves through the small intestine, and exists through the anus. And while the bar is anatomically correct, the last part of the large intestine has been inflated to a humongous size in order to hold as many drinking buddies as possible. As for the anus, it doubles as an emergency exit.
Link: Atelier Van Lieshout
Gilding is feeling rather inspired by this amazing Brothers Dressler Chandelier for Swarovski showcased at this year’s IDS 09.
Brothers Dressler unique designs are based on a concept of rethinking our definitions of waste and value. To this end, they repurpose salvaged materials into original furniture, finding this to be a sensible response to the problems caused by excessive consumption.
This chandelier, one of five special Crystallized commissions made for the show, exemplifies the Brothers Dressler goal to create an atmosphere of beauty, rebirth, and renewal. Here, repurposing salvaged woods and objects has served as the central element for their creation. Quite an accomplishment when being adorned with dripping Swarovski crystals.
Pranksters in at least three states have pulled their latest stunts on the public using electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems. The newly hacked signs have put drivers on notice about Nazie zombies and raptors. Though, as expected, highway stafety officials are not amused.
Tuesday morning during rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., was the latest breach as hackers there changed the sign along southbound Interstate 255 to read, “DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES.”
A day earlier in Hamilton County, Indiana, the electronic message board in a construction zone warned drivers of “RAPTORS AHEAD — CAUTION.”
And signs in Austin, Texas, recently flashed: “NAZI ZOMBIES! RUN!!!”
In 2003, archeologists in Italy unearthed two skeletons thought to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old. The discovery was made just outside of Mantua, about 25 miles south of Verona.
The pair, most certainly a man and a woman, are thought to have died young, as it indicative by the state of their teeth, most of which are intact.
What makes this discovery so unique — “something special” — is that never before had a double burial been found in the Neolithic period, much less two people held in an embrace — “…and they really are hugging,” said Elena Menotti, chief archeologist.
Link: BBC News
Having a name said to be derived either from the appearance of smoke rising from the ground because of its whitish, blue-green color (quite a ghostly appearance when seen from afar), or, as according to Pliny, because the juice of the plant brings on such a flow of tears that the sight of it becomes dim with smoke, Fumitory, is well known in floriography for meaning hatred.
According to ancient exorcists, when the plant is burned, its smoke has the power of expelling evil spirits, it having been most famously used in the geometric gardens of St. Gall.
An herb, though most akin it to a weed, Fumitory is small and slender with climbing stems and clusters of spiking small flowers of a pinkish hue topped with purple or, more rarely, white. Flowering throughout the summer, the herb spreads rapidly and is reported to have smothered a wheat crop at Mudgee, in New South Wales. Shakespeare makes several references to the herb, and folk belief credits Fumitory with a special power to bestow long life.
Makes a lovely housewarming gift for someone who doesn’t want anymore guests.
As if she weren’t too totally cute herself, this doll house, which she saw in a neighbors yard, became the inspiration for her attic closet makeover. It’s bright and funky and totally adorable — pukingly so, in fact. But sometimes a little puke factor is just plain worth it.
See all the before and after images at Doe Deere Blogazine.
Author of the Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, brings to literature his foot fetish and misogyny.
Fitzgerald is most famous for his foot fetish, but even that completely pales in comparison to the sheer amount of dickery he heaped upon his wife and got off on. He credited his wife’s vagina with his only truly successful book and by the time he was writing The Great Gatsby he discovered that sleeping with other women and excessive drinking made him just as creative. Eventually she started an affair with a French lieutenant, which he was fine with because she left him alone until she said she was going to leave him, at which point he locked her in their house and forced her to break off the affair. He would later state that he had orchestrated the affair just so he could base a character off his wife’s suffering. Eventually she went batshit insane, would practice ballet all day and night, wrote a tell-all book, and checked into an asylum.
This is neat. Perhaps Gilding will make one of her own while she lays in her sick bed tomorrow recovering from a root canal. Her first ever root canal by the way. Quite a scary thing.
This particular box, a more simplistic version in nature of a curious cabinet, is the creation of LD Henson. Having an acute fascination with New York City at the turn of the century, this box took over a year to complete as the artist sealed, then painted, and added images one, two, or a handful at a time.
Entitled New York 1900: Memories I Never Had, the box represents a scrapbook, in box form, of things the artist never experienced.
The images themselves are either printed in black and white and then antiqued with a paint wash, or printed in various sepia tones. Furthermore, the images cover a wide range of subjects, from architecture and street scenes, to fashion, art, sports, music, even food. In total, there are 50 images. Falling within the narrow range of dates 1890 to 1903, LD Henson strictly held to the turn of the centruy concept, and include such favorites of the artist’s as a 1902 Mucha drawing (good tastes), a 1901 Outcault cartoon, and a 1903 Gibson sketch.
A detailed register of each image within and its vitals can be found here, as well as closeup images of minute details otherwise not seen unless in the overview images.
Link: LD Henson on LiVEJOURNAL
Never knowing the true nature to Lewis Carroll’s and Alice Liddell’s relationship which inspired Carroll to write the immortal Alice’s Adventures, there will always be rumor and speculation. Provoked talks of Carroll’s pedophilic bent have traversed time as if time has never passed. Scholars, literary critics, translators, and readers alike have tried to unlock the mysteries behind Alice’s Adventures. Are they just another ordinary fairy tale meant for children’s fancy. Or were they in fact written for adults, setting forth the conundrums of metaphysics — dreams, allegory, or a well coded mathematical puzzle.
In Alice on the Stage Carroll wrote: “What are you, Alice? How to describe you? Utterly inquisitive, with a zest for life which is only characteristics of a happy child when everything seems new and nice, while Sin and Sorrow are just two empty words which mean nothing.”
In Vladimir Clavijo-Telepnev photo illustration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Vladimir made it a point to express photographically the intangibles of emotions, mood and inner feelings of a small heroine put in her imaginary fairy tale country. Vladimir’s artist statement describes: “The project is about to convey a fragile image of a girl-cum-woman so characteristic of the puritan world which used to surround Carroll through a sensual albeit mystical style of Russian symbolism characteristic of the early last century.”
Keeping in mind the Victorian England association with the cult like attraction of a woman — her supposed ambient status to protect the world from callousness — and that of the child, especially young girls, who were revered as gentle creatures as near as God’s messengers, he brings further closeness to Carroll — who was also fascinated with photography and took countless photographs of his young girl friends in the style of tableau vivant — with Vladimir’s own use of still-life motifs — roses, books, threads of pearls. Each detail is chosen to convey either additional or different meanings within the photo, much like Carroll’s book based on complex mathematical and logical associations.
The romantic and somewhat melancholic image of a young girl is performed in the Russian modernistic style; an air of sorrow is translated through figure and posture. The landscape, costume, and composition convey the search for the lost ideal and symbols of the idealistic world of children’s dreams are set against the harsh reality of the actual existing world. Vladimir’s monochromatic photo technique with the use of sophisitcated color nuances emphasize these motifs.
Vladimir’s own artist statement goes into greater detail the function and meaning behind these photographs, his technique, and the history of the Russian modernist movement that has so influenced his personal style.
It is well known that Gilding is a particularly enamored of Atomic Terrier’s sculptural works — and of that, particularly partial to his fey sculptures. Of lately, AT has been spending his time sculpting a wicked dragon — even though the Gilded Duo has had a particularly fun time poking fun at the skinned chicken appearance of the dragon’s body (See Jan. 13, 2009 post). Funnier still, shortly after this sculpt, AT made a cockatrice (See Jan. 31, 2009 post).
But while AT toils away in his studio at his dragons, Gilding found fellow scultping artist on LiVEJOURNAL. Creatures From El are series of ceramic beasts and other ferocious things. Some are recognizable mythical creatures while others are obviously inspired by lore and yet others are from imagination’s whimsy, Ellen’s ceramic creatures are brightly colorful — a brilliant contrast to some of her otherwise scarier or icky creatures — and extremely detailed leaving both nothing and everything to the imagination.
The piece featured here is entitled Food Barer. Chosen for its intricate detail and unique vision, this is but a small example of the works that can be seen from her LiVEJOURNAL page, Creatured From El.