Continuing the saga of Lois, the Corpse Flower, she finally bloomed and crowds went wild with anticipation of checking out her stench before she collapses back into dormancy......I had the opportunity to visit one last time and experience the stank full on. Let's just say that 5 minutes of it was more than enough and I won't be missing it any time soon. In order to preserve her memory though, I did come up with an alternative: Above is my little 'homage' to Lois. I'm thinking some charms, pendants and cameos will be cropping up in the near future...and no, luckily, these won't stink. ;)
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
A super rare occurence is happening in my town. The blooming of the Corpse Flower at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Named 'Lois', there are only 29 documented bloomings of this massive flower, which when opened, emits a smell reminiscent of a dead cadaver. Hence, the name. Scientifically known as the Amorphophallus Titanum, the plant thrives in the rainforests of Sumatra, and blooms every 1-3 years. With the largest inflorescence of any plant, the Corpse Flower casts an ominous and foreboding site -reminiscent of something you'd find in the Land of the Lost, or in a prehistoric period with ginormous vegetation. What caught my attention was obviously the buzz about the smell, and the size of the plant -standing somewhere between 6-7 ft tall, leaves with the inside color of deep dark purple and an enormous spathe that shoots straight up, erect like a spear...(also been called "Devil's Tongue"). Currently, 'Lois' is still waiting to bloom. In my city of H-Town, the buzz has been fanatical. Throngs of people have come out to see if the blooming has started, and currently nothing yet...but the anticipation is growing steadily day by day.... I'm hoping she'll open one of these days, because like I said, I'm actually looking forward to the experience of smelling rotting flesh. Weird, maybe, but it's the chance of a lifetime to witness a miracle of nature, and I'm not missing out by any means.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
These are nothing short of AMAZING. Paper sculpture taken to the highest level. Los Angeles native, Jeff Nishinaka's career spans more than 28 years with works that encompass impressive commercial clients as well as the fine art you see here. A student of UCLA and graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design, his portfolio is astounding. The actor Jackie Chan also happens to be one of his close friends, and to this date owns the largest collection of his stuff. Pretty sweet.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
I came across these 'shoes' on Etsy...more like sculptures than anything else. I'm reminded of a few things I hold a fond appreciation for: Veggie subs, Chinese New Year, Masquerade Balls and Flying Spaghetti Monsters. Pretty sweet. SoleSensations is the culprit behind these fanciful creations. Not too sure if they are meant for wearing, but they definitely get 1st prize in the 'totally unique' department.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I've always harbored a fascination with cryptozoology -specifically speaking, the Mothman legend. As an established UFO researcher, John Keel made an amazing and unexpected discovery when he visited Point Pleasant, VA one day, long ago. A myriad of people have claimed to have witnessed the creature, and tales of MIB and other strange events fall alongside it. The legend still lives on, and the mystery remains: Mothman: a messenger for Doomsday or an Angel of Death, or perhaps a UFO all along? Ever since I saw The Mothman Prophecies film and read the book, tingles up my spine still take hold from time to time. If I ever have a conversation with Indrid Cold, I'll be sure to blog about it...that is, if I'm still around. (yeah I know....pretty grim)
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Now available in the shop
I've always loved the EGL Goth styles and these cameo necklaces are my latest creations taking inspiration from them. There will be tons more available in a variety of colors -each piece is hand-molded from scratch, hand-assembled and painstakingly put together. The small bat-wings are left matte to offset the shiny blacks. I love all things Victorian and I feel these necklaces would fit nicely into this dark aesthetic, along with stuff for fans of Steampunk. Each cameo is unique and each setting is also hand-molded. The lady in the second picture was made from a mold off an original victorian pin in my jewelry collection. I can't wait to incorporate some more ideas soon. This is just the beginning.