Seventh Ink is the home of Matthew Johnson (who should totally do shirts for The The). Johnson does wonderfully designed pins, patches, shirts, etc. The size chart on his shirts make no sense, unless that’s a straight measurement across the front. I’m tempted to find out, because…
Haunted Harvest, $28
Altered Vivification, $28
Enamel pins will probably be out again next week, but for now, you can jump on the trend with some cool stuff:
Candy Corn Enamel Pin Set, $25
Graveyard Shift Pin, $10
Just want something purty for your walls? These could only be better if they were printed on black velvet:
Happy belated birthday to my sister, Ivy. Her birthday is either on the 21st or the 24th. She had the temerity to birth her first son within 3 days of her own birthday, so now I can never remember which day is which, no matter how many times she tells me. There’s a package on the way. No, really.
The Creeping Museum (with a physical, if small, location in Portland, Oregon
Jenna Barton’s Mysterious Critters
London Necropolis Railway
The Seashell Graves of Comfort Cemetery
Skull Drawer Knobs from Catacomb Culture
How To Make Friends With A Ghost. Favorite treats are kinda gross.
Dolls were known for 30 thousand years. However, before they made their way into children’s hands as toys, they served magical and ritual purposes for adults. They were objects of cult, amulets, fetishes, tools that served to accomplish specific goals. They protected, healed and cared about their owner but could also become causes of misfortunes and illnesses. Using dolls, people could connect to the spirits of their ancestors or to their gods, they participated in magical rituals to aid daily life and bring bad luck to enemies.
In my work, I refer to these original doll roots. I look for inspiration in fairy tales and legends, folk tales and amazing stories in which the fantastic world, full of invisible beings, permeates the visible world of people, animals and plants. That is why Horka Dolls dolls are not quite animals and not exactly people, though they are created in their likeness.
Horka Dolls are peculiar things with soul, surreal beings that join elements of realism and fiction and because of this evoke extreme feelings, from awe to fear. They are a kind of homunculi or golems, where in lifeless matter a seemingly human particle of life lies enchanted.
I hang a heart on the button. It is in that moment when a doll is born. Then I sit still and gaze at it for as long as it takes until it reveals its name in a whisper.