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Category Archives: Ramblings
I confess that I haven’t read the book (its not out yet), but I’m flattered and excited to see my work used in such a fun and creative fashion. It’s hard to say no to a book about love and lucha libre.
Plus the video is really cute. Bonus points to anyone who can name the different sets used.
P.S. I am embarrassed that I had to look up both “freegan” and “yarn bombing”, clearly I am out of the loop on such things.
When I was a kid, I was totally into realistic paper dolls (Tom Tierney and Peck-Garde), but now that I am older, if not wiser, I find myself drawn to the more stylized and unusual. Larry Bassin and Kwei-Lin Lum are two of my favorite modern artists.
I love children’s books. Seriously, they make me all sorts of happy. The best ones, I think, are the lavishly illustrated editions of golden age of children’s book illustration. There was this perfect storm of printing technology meeting people newly interested in lavishing attention on their children meeting really talented artists and an obsession with fairy tales.
Truly, what could be better?
So, Chicago-born illustrator Virginia Frances Sterrett isn’t very well known, as far as I can tell, which is a pity. She only completed three books before she died at 31 from TB in 1931. Her stuff is both whimsical and otherworldly, with just a hint of art deco. And I’m all about hints of the art deco.
Dorothy Pulis Lathrop, born in 1891 and then died in 1980. I prefer her black and white stuff to her color illustrations, but she, like a lot of my other favorites, has a whole deco influenced whimsical thing going. She’s probably most famous for illustrating Hitty and Her First Hundred Years which is one of my favorite books. Despite the some pretty dated content, the book is still wonderful, but then… I do have a thing for dolls.
So, Kay Nielsen was Danish. His stuff feels somehow every northern to me. He had a somewhat tragic life, but he’s best known for his work with Disney on Fantasia. In his later years, he was quite poor and after his death no museum or library wanted his materials. Fortunately, his manuscripts and other papers eventually found a home at the University of Pittsburgh.
- T. Blakeley Mackenzie
Mackenzie was born in 1887, and died in 1944. He win’s my “artist no one has heard of who I adore” award. The poor guy hasn’t even got a Wikipedia entry. It’s a pity, because his stuff is amazing. He avoids the sentimentality that was so rampant in the early 20th century and instead makes things that are fantastical and… like almost everyone else I like… also a little off center.
So, these are a few of my favorites. Does anyone have a favorite one that I missed?
I don’t usually political on this blog, but today I am pretty annoyed.
I grew up surrounded by Native American culture, particularly Tlingit and Haida. When I moved to the Lower 48, I was shocked to discover that people seemed to have completely forgotten that Native American’s still existed in the world. Mainstream culture accepts depictions of Native American’s that it would never accept of Blacks or Hispanics or Asians or Jews, and it only takes a few depressing internet searches to discover this. Team mascots being the worst offenders.
And I’m pretty internet savvy. I have a freaking library degree, after all, but in my search for paper dolls to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, I have come up pretty blank.
I found these Iroquois paper dolls, both a man and a woman. The art is pretty simple, but they would be fun for a small child, I think.
The Alaska State Museum used to have a really cute one they passed out for free depicting several different groups costumes, but I didn’t see an online version of it.
So, I am putting out the call to my internet friends. Help me find attractive, non-stereotypical, free printable paper dolls of Native Americans. Ideally one’s that specify who they are depicting and don’t fall into the “generic buckskins trap”. Please? There have to be more than these.
There’s something beautiful and strong and simple and interesting about the fashion of the 1940′s… perhaps because of World War II and the change between the style during the war and the New Look that came after…
Or maybe I just love the chick’s hat on this pattern cover.
I’m not into steampunk literature or anything… but I really like these corsets… Not that I would wear them anywhere, but they just look neat.
- 3. 1950′s Pulp Sci-Fi
Um… Yeah… so there’s something about buxom blonds being stolen by aliens on strange planets that amuses me. This shouldn’t shock anyone.
4. NBC’s GRIMM
I don’t have a TV at the moment, so I’ve been watching a lot of HULU and, well, now I have the biggest crushes on about half the characters in this stupid TV show, GRIMM… It’s like CSI: Portland meets… Twlight Zone meets… I don’t even know what.
Yeah, I love it.
5. The Art of Aubrey Beardsley
So, I’ve been on this Aubrey Beardsley kick for a few weeks, ever since I came across an original copy of Yellow Book with the plates intact.
P.S. Not all of Beardsley’s stuff is safe for work… he had a thing for men with abnormally large… well… this is a family blog, so I won’t get into it… just be a little careful where you image search him.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been into on the web lately. Some of this stuff might find its way into a paper doll or two.
So, I am probably not the only person who watched the show “Gargoyles” as a kid. It was a cartoon and there were Gargoyles and like half the cast of Star Trek Next Generation did the voice acting.
I was meandering around the internet this weekend looking for gothic paper doll links for a post on…well… gothic paper dolls, because I am like that, and I found Gargoyles paper dolls.
I am totally absurdly abnormally pleased by their presence.
Sadly, the site looks pretty dead and my email to the “owner” to ask if I could post a pic as a link was not replied to, so I did it anyway. That probably makes me a bad person…. but dude…. Gargoyles paper dolls…
Did anyone else watch this show when they were a kid?
1. The Illustrations of Ivan Bilibin.
This one is from Vasaline the Beautiful. I seriously want to put her in thigh high boots and a short fur cape and a pair of pants and give her a sword. But I wouldn’t remove the skull. I love the skull. I wish I could draw skulls.
This image is from Blythe for McQ Alexander McQueen for Target and I love it. I love her face. She looks so mischievous.
And this is a Red Ridinghood Pullip, and I think she’s creepy and cute and sort of interesting. I might be on a little bit of a modern fairy tales kick. (And then I realize, I’m sort of always on a modern fairytales kick.)
3. Cybergoth Fashion
This image comes from Photobucket. I love the hair. I love the color. I am unsure about the furry leg things. Though I confess, I can’t really tell the difference between Cybergoth and Cyberpunk. Perhaps someone more in the know can enlighten me.
4. Art Deco Bridge Tallies
Seriously. And I don’t even play bridge. I don’t even know the rules of Bridge. I love these art deco tallies through. The movement and the dark lines and the flat color. Wonderful.
So, these are my current fascinations. Will they show up as paper dolls someday? Yes… Yes they will. How and when, I have no idea, but it will happen. It nearly always does. Besides, it’s been a while since I did a cyber/futuristic Marisole paper doll. She’s due for some crazy hair colors and platform boots.