And if you're in the mood for some spooky (or some bizarre) music, listen to "Dark Matter," a playlist created by the wonderful (and ever-strong) Kelly Ann Mount.
RHONDA'S ORIGINALSRhonda's Originals offers vintage, Victorian folk art ,,, in the form of paper goods. Indeed, her shop is chock-full of downloadable patterns, of paper dolls and holiday decorations. Her Marie Antoinette collection is delicate and detailed, but is still just as recognizable as Rhonda's other work--from the nostalgic-looking Christmas line, to the more steampunk-themed Halloween decor. I appreciate that Rhonda's work has character and history, details and imagination. Her Halloween dolls, especially, are appropriately spooky, in an old-fashioned way. And since Rhonda's a generous soul, she's offering three individuals the opportunity to win a free download from her shop! (You may find the giveaway below.)
For the past couple of years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know Mary, the crafter behind My Hideaway. Mary and I "met" after being paired together for an ornament swap, and I can say with ease that she is a dear "blogger friend." I cooed over the felt ornament she crafted me, and later found myself eyeballing her other felt creations. Truth be told, I own one of her bird brooches, and have been eyeballing her hedgehog ones for some time. Mary is a wizard with felt, really, and--in addition to her animal and flower brooches--you can find illustrated and embroidered journals in her shop. And while I'm drawn to Mary for her wit and her creative eye, I'm interested in her work for its cheery neatness.
Words, thoughts, dreams, and fears have to go somewhere, right? Thus, it seems appropriate to scribble down some haunting memories in a journal by Crimson Hollow. The shop, which specializes in journals and muslin bags, offers a variety of hand-stamped goods. Edgar Allan Poe gift tags? Yours. Wedding dress muslin favor bags? Available. And, of course, there are always coasters and candle holders. But no matter the item, you can rest assured that Crimson Hollow will supply you with a quality product, one with bold, hand-stamped image. And, luckily for you, Crimson Hollow is offering a 20% off coupon! The code, "Friday" is good until Oct. 31.
MARIELL AMÉLIEI was haunted by her images when I first saw them. And now, two years later, I'm still haunted by Mariell Amélie's work. It's a healthy fascination, though. I spend time wondering how Amélie--who was raised in "a rural place, a small island above the arctic circle"--manages to make every one of her images enticing. Though the few I've shared here are more about solitude or spookiness, Amélie has a vast portfolio. Some of her clients include Purified Footwear, FIASCO,and Kirsty Ward. And though the London-based photographer does commissioned work, she also schedules regular, inspirational visits to her hometown. Her self-portraits are honest and fragile, and her portraiture can be both solemn and mystifying. A bit ghostly, you might say.
DRAWING IN DARK
We may not know her true age or her real hair
color, but we do know one thing about Indianapolis-based Mab Graves:
she's a pop-surrealist artist whose work is inspired by fairy tales and
classic literature. Her work is "grimmsical:" whimsical and grim, pink
and shadowed. (That said, the artist's bio lists her favorite colors as
"glitter and clear. And every color.") In her own words, Mab describes
the pop-surrealism movement as "a marriage between surrealism and pop,
usually with a
heavy amount of symbolism and a splash of irony. You will find widely
varying styles and themes, but it is usually a visual story with a
twist. It’s not in any way abstract. It’s often highly illustrative,
edgy and clever."
Remember to use your 20% off coupon to Crimson Hollow by Oct. 31!
* ALL IMAGES USED WITH PERMISSION