Saturday, 14 January 2017

On the 12th Day of Christmas...

... this blogger gave to thee...
... twelve drummers drumming...
... eleven elegant vessels...
... ten pins for flair...
... nine dreams in Burton...
... eight days of Netflix...
... seven shoes to choose from...
... six party frocks...
... five gold rings!..
... four filmic covers...
... three low light lovelies...
... two sassy sweatshirts...
... an ode to 2016.

It's officially well past last day of Christmas, and as always the drummers are drumming again, if a little late. It's strange that music is the last day on the list, because it's the first one I start looking for every year, and by looking, I mean creating a new Spotify playlist for the year. Listening 2017 will be added to my lists any day now.

Some years this works better than others, sometimes I get obsessed purely with nostalgic listening of old favourites and ignore the list (like last year), others I barely listen to any of it and some years music just migrate into my obsessive playing routine. This year was the obsessive playing route, I've basically listened to the same dozen songs all year, interspersed with older offerings.

Made writing this years list easier...


... and for David, who my little sister still hasn't managed to convince into getting Spotify, here is all the tracks on a YouTube playlist as well. But unfortunately for him, he doesn't get to listen to Keaton Henson performing Comfortable Love, instead he and anyone else who is interested, gets to listen to Henson covering Elvis's I Can't Help Falling In Love. It's a fair compromise.



Rufus Wainwright "Take All My Loves (Sonnet 40)
Rufus wainwright and friends (including the late great Carrie Fisher) performing Shakespeare's sonnets to music... I think this is beautiful, but I have honestly been obsessed with this and Florence Welch's contribution to the album, which narrowly missed the list. This has been planned for this list since the start of the year, but I love both Wainwright and Shakespeare. Don't skip it, it's lovely!


The 1975 "UGH!" 
I really didn't like The 1975's first singles and I'll admit that stopped me listening to their album, which I will do now, because their second album, I really like, particularly "UGH!" which is just, for me, a fun song I play loud and try not to get caught singing and dancing around too.

James Blake feat. Bon Iver "I Need A Forest Fire"
I am, as I've probably said before, a really big James Blake fan, I'm also a really big Bon Iver fan (but we'll get to that later) and, honestly, I haven't managed to get into the album The Colour of Anything in the same way I did his first two albums and EP. But I'm a sucker for these two collaborating, their styles just seem to fit seamlessly together and that makes me happy.


Childish Gambino "Me and Your Mama" 
This isn't the Childish Gambino of 2015. This isn't the same sound from Sober or V. 3005. This is the bastard love child of Pink Floyd and James Brown, and the first time I heard it, I wasn't sure, but it's this funky, soul filled ear worm which worked its way into my brain!


Max Jury "Numb
Most Sunday mornings, I watch Sunday Brunch on Channel 4, I have done for a long time and before ad breaks they play various tracks from different artists. That's how I found this song. Random way to find a song you like, but since Radio One went to the dogs, if I listen to radio, it's Absolute Radio/Rock/80's/90's, so don't really get exposed to new music the way I once did. I know he was a bit of an idiot, but I miss the days of Chris Moyles and the crew and Jo Whiley and The Live Lounge before Ferne Cotton and Grimshaw!


Zayn "PILLOWTALK" 
Do I feel dirty for having an ex-One Directioner on this list? Actually, no, but I was a Robbie Williams fan when he left Take That, so I've got form. I was genuinely surprised by how much I both love and have played this song this year. It's been one of my go to starter tracks when I switch on Spotify and I'm actually seriously impressed that this song and that album came from a member of a band I seriously can't stand... sorry if you love them, I just don't! But I love this.


Bon Iver "22 (Over Soon)
Bon Iver has a new album out, so of course he's gong to feature on this list, and to be honest I could have filled half the list with tracks from the album. I love it (though my Bon Iver super fan sister who preordered the super dooper CD/LP combo, is still not sold on it yet) but honestly he cold sing One Direction songs and I'd probably still fall in love with it. I love the sound and tone of his voice and the vulnerability he expresses. Is it my favourite of his albums? No, but it's damn good. And if you have a minute, you should read Trever Hagen's open letter about his old friend and his struggle to create the album, it's beautiful and enlightening. Then go listen to Bon Iver's back catalogue, because it makes my heart hurt.


Jamie T "Tinfoil Boy
I swear for the past few years there's been a Jamie T song in every 12 Days list. Which is weird because while I loved the first album and bits of the other, I didn't set out to listen to this most recent offering, I just happened upon it on the TV or radio. But Tinfoil Boy sounds like this excellent mix of Jamie T and the Arctic Monkeys, which is not a bad thing.


Panic at the Disco "Emperor's New Clothes" 
I feel like I was too old when Panic at the Disco first appeared. I was just starting uni, had dismissed the music I claimed to like because my peers did and was probably obsessively playing "Hey Ya!" by OutKast or whatever was loud and fun to drive too having not long past my driving test. Unfortunately, Panic at the Disco, I would have probably still classed as emo music my little sister liked, however, I am happy to say I really like them now and the video is awesome for this song, as is LA Devotee, which was the alternate... also helps that Brendon Urie is easy on the eyes. Yep, I'm that shallow that I watched the video because I thought he was cute.


Keaton Henson "Comfortable Love
Like Bon Iver, Keaton Henson is one of those artists that's voice, lyrics and vulnerability just kills me. Get him singing Justin Bieber and I would probably be thrilled and not feel that slightly queasy feeling I normally associate with Bieber songs. Comfortable Love, is heart breaking like most of his songs are, and if you can't listen to it on Spotify or CD (*cough* David *cough*) his version of Elvis's Can't Help Falling In Love is almost mournful, which is beautiful.


Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift "I Don't Want to Live Forever"
Do you know what I was doing when I first heard this song? Hanging up this years Christmas decorations. So this is the newest song to me and the last one which made the list. Now I do feel kind of seedy because of it's association with 50 Shades Darker, but I like Zayn, I like Swifty and I really like this collaboration, it instantly got stuck in my head from day one.


Catfish and the Bottlemen "Twice" 
Another earworm, this is the song I kept hearing this year and failing to remember to search out who it was by.  With a name like Catfish and the Bottlemen you would think I'd remember it!


Sia "The Greatest" 
Again Sia is one of those musicians who ends up on these lists year after year and I came late to the party with this song, only really discovering it in the last couple of months.



Pearl and the Beard "You"
So, I watched this random film on Amazon called Nina Forever, a self coined fucked up fairytale, and oh my good god, I can't even explain it! I can't even work out if I liked it or not, but if I said it's about a dead girlfriend reanimating through her exes mattress while he's having sex with his current girlfriend, then you can start to get a picture. Anyway, that is where I first heard this song and became obsessed! All while trying to work out what the hell I'd just seen!


Kina Grannis feat. Imaginary Future "Graceland
Years ago, I stumbled across a random YouTuber doing covers of Regina Spektor, Mumford and Son and lots of other people. I thought she had a beautiful voice and subscribed to her channel and watched as over the next few years she began to produce her own albums. I will admit, I'm not daft over her original songs, but I still love her covers and collaborations and this year I got kind of obsessed with her singing Paul Simon's "Graceland" with her husband Jesse Epstein from Imaginary Future. It was one of those songs my mum used to play us when we were kids and I always had a soft spot for it.


Pogo "Wizard of Meh
The little sister is responsible for this little mash up becoming part of my life. It's this weird mixture of irritation nostalgia and Mr Scruff. Creating mash ups and remixes of Disney films, Star Trek and one of my long time favourites, The Mighty BooshI love that he's taken some of my favourite pop culture items and made them into genuinely catchy and, if you watch some of the videos he features himself in, kind of hilarious. It's really worth having a search through his YouTube channel.


So that's it again another year and another twelve/twenty-one days of over. Let's, just hope 2017 is a little less crappy, even with the prospect of more Brexit and Trump drama... seriously 2016, did you really have to leave us that legacy?

Anyway, one last time, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

Good Luck in 2017!


Link || Rufus Wainwright Official Website | YouTube
Link || The 1975 Official Website | YouTube


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Listening: Nicey Nicey - Pogo

Friday, 13 January 2017

On the 11th Day of Christmas...

... this blogger gave to thee...
... eleven elegant vessels...
... ten pins for flair...
... nine dreams in Burton...
... eight days of Netflix...
... seven shoes to choose from...
... six party frocks...
... five gold rings!..
... four filmic covers...
... three low light lovelies...
... two sassy sweatshirts...
... an ode to 2016.

So, you may have noticed that my 12 Days abruptly stopped a week ago, which was the 5th of January and officially the last day of 2016/17's 12 Days of Christmas. Truth is, this isn't the post I'd intended, I wanted to write a post showing some of the amazing fan art that has come out in reaction to the deaths of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (to really name a few) but in all honestly, even though it was planned to be a positive post, I couldn't get passed the feeling of being morbid to actually write the thing. And then, to be honest, I procrastinated trying to come up with a replacement post.

Nevertheless, the posts must go on, and so I am sitting at my kitchen table, freezing my bum off because it's cold and snowy and I've just destroyed my wardrobe, which I can't currently get into because of the pre-Christmas oh my god where the hell do we hide all the crap lying around the house? Answer, in front of my desk and ability to dress warmly. I think I need more coffee, so while I bung on the kettle, here are eleven beautifully raised, chased, spun and formed vessels from eleven talented jewellers and metalsmiths...
Origin, 2014 by Yuki Ferdinandsen
Hammer-raised Sterling silver 925 with Arare pattern 
(Height 17cm [6 5/8"] Width 36cm [14 1/8"] Depth 24cm [9 1/2"]) 

Yuki Ferdinandsen specialises in nature inspired, hand raised silver objects, chased with small raised bumps placed in precise patterns across their surfaces, to compliment and emphasis their forms. They're all beautiful and simple, and Ferdinandsen speaks about her process and love for her craft, in terms of rhythm:

"I enjoy every stroke, and every strike is followed by a step of the foot. This is work that never suffers from fatigue. I feel every sound of the rhythm of my ‘hammer’s dance’ in the whole of my body and within my soul.” - Yuki Ferdinandsen (Adrian Sassoon)
Spore Shaker, 2006 by Heather Bayless
925 Silver, a Silicone Ring & Spices 
(8.5cm [3.34"] x 7cm [2.7"] x 7cm [2.7"])

I first saw Heather Bayless's Spore Shakers, a few years ago, and I've been pretty much in love with them since. Inspired by mushroom spore prints Bayless made as a child, which would leave graphic patterns on the paper, revealing the gill patterns of the mushroom and leading to the idea for her spice shakers. Hand raised from a flat sheet of silver using a hammer, the gills and stalk of the shaker can be removed, filled with the spice of your choice. There's no denying their form, but I think even my mushroom hating siblings would agree this beautiful.
A Silver Pinecone Organism, 2007 by Junko Mori
Forged Fine silver 999
(Height 12cm [4 3/4"] Diameter 12cm [4 3/4"])


Another nature inspired design and designer... Junko Mori just creates the most beautiful, organic objects created from hand forged elements... the only word I have is, ugh! Her silver works such as this are stunning and I'm jealous.
Finger Bowl, 2014 by Adele Brereton
Britannia silver, fine gold Keum-Boo
(Diameter 14cm [5.5"] x 11.5cm [4.5"] x 6cm [2.4"])

Adele Brereton's Finger Bowl, is another piece hand raised from a flat sheet of silver, and it's a simple enough shape, but the beautiful keum-boo gold - a process where 24kt gold foil is fused to the silvers surface using heat to create a permanent bond - reminds me of a shoal of little fish swimming in a small pool. It especially reminds me of the work of Riuske Fukahori and his painted three-dimensional resin sculptures. It's gorgeous.
Sweet Squama, Vessel 1 by Yusuke Yamamoto
Hammer-raised and Chased Fine Silver 999 
(Width 15cm [5.9"] Height 8.8cm [3.5"])

A raised vessel, is formed from a piece of sheet metal, hammered repetitively from what will become the inside of the vessel, gradually working in concentric circles around your form, annealing (heating to soften) the metal at repeated intervals to allow the metal to keep its pliability until you have created the form you desire. Chasing, on the other hand is the process of creating depressions from the outside of vessel with a hammer to create decorative patterns. Yusuke Yamamoto's Sweet Squama Vessel is a great example of both of these techniques to create this faceted, almost geode like surface design. That's a lot of hammering.
Textured Bowls: Big Black Vase, 2012 by Grant McCaig
Silver
(unknown sizing)

On Grant McCaig's raised silver vase, it's his use to texture and colour which I really like. Darkened by most likely being dipped into a solution of liver of sulphur and water, which oxidises and blackens the silvers surface, I can't workout whether McCaig has textured his piece using silver dust/filings fused into the surface, or he's used enamel in a processes known as sugar coating. This is a process where enamel powder is under fired, allowing it to fuse to an enamel base coat leaving a gritty sugar like surface. Either way, the texture gives this piece of metalwork and incredibly earthy and tactile surface, which I find very appealing.
Milk Jug by Sarah Hutchison
Sterling Silver and Gold Plate
(14.5cm [5.7"] Height)

During, I think, my fourth year at uni studying jewellery, Sarah Hutchison was a guest tutor for the second and third years, whilst another member of staff was on maternity leave. Whilst I had little to no contact with her as a tutor, I always liked the ombré effect that she used on her work, the metal ribbons, which are a repeated theme in her work, seamlessly transitioning from gold plate into silver. It's a really pretty effect, which makes this a very attractive piece of metalwork.

Also, am I the only one who kind of thinks this looks like an eye, with the optic nerve and muscles around the eye ball? I think it's probably just me, and now my family, who see the resemblance to Eileen, my dad's anatomical model of an eye... and yes, it is called Eileen. My dad has a weird sense of humour.
Dandelions by Hyejeong Ko
Sterling Silver 
(15cm [6"] 15cm [6"] 15.5cm [6.1"] and 8cm [3.1"] 8cm [3.1"] 9cm [3.5"])

I honestly can't imagine having the precision and patients to create these dandelion inspired vessels. To create each individual flower, and - I assume - solder each one to not only the raised cuff, but to one another while retaining the integrity of the sphere. To create the flower head with such accuracy is incredibly impressive.
Beakers (Hare, Fox, Polar Bear) by Eileen Gatt
Silver and 18ct Gold
(Various Sizes)

These beautiful beakers where created by Eileen Gatt. Eileen was one of my tutors at uni, she was the person who suggested I fill my chess set pieces with either marble or slate powder suspended in resin, which helped give my set the weight and colour definition a chess set needs. For that I am incredibly grateful, and while Eileen no longer works at the college, choosing to concentrate on her business, but I still appreciate her help while I was there and I admire her work, most of which feature her lovely, simplified cast animal charms. They could so easily come off as twee or cutesy, but their simplicity prevents this, and I do like someone who sticks to a K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) aesthetic. Simple is good and elegant in my book.

Now, when you create a vessel there are a few ways to do this, raising and chasing are two ways of hand hammering your designs from a sheet of metal, another similar way is to have your vessel spun. Spinning is done on a lathe, and instead of removing material as is traditional on a lathe, a spinning sheet of metal is gradually forced over a wooden form, in the internal shape of your design. If you're going to get a piece spun, you send it to a specialist, your vessel is then returned to you and you can finish it as your desire. I honestly can't remember whether of not Eileen gets her vessels spun or hand raises them, however it's another really good option, especially if you intend to mass produce a design.
Oval Blackened Sinew Bowl, 2009 by Kevin Grey
Oxidised Britannia Silver 
(Approx. length 12cm [4.7"])

Linear, overlapping strips of blackened silver with a smooth raised inner lining creates something incredibly precise and tactile and has just put the phrase "crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside... armadillo!" shooting through my head, which is probably incredibly inappropriate when trying to describe a stunning piece of metalwork. But it's in my head now and if you grew up in the UK in the 1990's you may be having a small acid flash back which I apologise for.

Anyway, Kevin Grey has created a vessel which contrasts the harsh dark lines of a laser welded, hand cut silver strip exterior, with a smooth undulating inner bowl. It's monochrome, it's elegant and oddly, one of the things I like most is the incredible detail around the edge of the vessel. It staggers and changes dependant on where the outer strips hit the inner surface and it's perfect and precise and it sounds silly to enthuse over a joint, but it's the little things like this which really show care and attention.
Wide Open by Adi Toch
Silver with Colourful Patina
(Unknown Sizing)

Adi Toch's bowl looks beautiful enough, the silver given a rainbow patina using - probably - a live of sulphur solution, however, these raised hollow-ware bowls are part of something a little more special. Some of them are musical...

Adi Toch, Whispering Vessels 2016 from Big Hair Films on Vimeo.
Filled with sand, small gems, steel balls, pearls and other substances such as cloves, when the vessel is allowed to rock and the contents move, sound (and scents) are produced by the vessels, inviting the audience to interact with the unempty-able bowls and create their own music

Wide Open by Adi Toch isn't strictly part of the Whispering Vessels series, however I love the concept, and Toch's vessels are incredibly beautiful whether filled with sound creating substances or left empty, coloured, textured or left in their simplest finishes. They're tactile and I could understand being compelled to play with them. I figure if you make something which is supposed to be touched, make sound or played with, you should probably allow it.

Big regret of mine at uni was not setting up my degree show display how I wanted too, which was with my chess sets at tables with chair to invite people to play... it should have been interactive and I should have gone against my tutors desire to have everyone with the same plinths. Should have been braver, even if the space we were allotted would have made that harder. No point dwelling on it, it was a long time ago now.

But that's it, eleven vessels, eleven artists and eleven ramblings from me.

I'm also pretty sure I've said I loved every single vessel I've shown you, and I really need to find a new adjective when describing things, but I guess if I didn't love it I wouldn't post it!


Happy New Year! Part twelve tomorrow...

Fuck You 2016!


Link || Origin, 2014 by Yuki Ferdinandsen  via Koldinghus
Link || Spore Shaker by Heather Bayless via Design Boom | Official
Link || A Silver Pinecone Organism, 2007 by Junko Mori via eccentricKollector Tumblr | Official
Link || "Finger bowl" by Adele Brereton via Contemporary British Silversmiths | Official
Link || Sweet Squama: Vessel 1 by Yusuke Yamamoto
Link || Textured Bowl by Grant McCaig
Link || Dandelions by Hyejeong Ko via Daily Art Muse | Official
Link || Oval Blackened Sinew Bowl, 2009 by Kevin Grey
Link || Wide Open by Adi Toch via The Silversmith's Art | Official

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Listening: 11:11 - Rufus Wainwright

Friday, 6 January 2017

On the 10th Day of Christmas...

... this blogger gave to thee...
... ten pins for flair...
... nine dreams in Burton...
... eight days of Netflix...
... seven shoes to choose from...
... six party frocks...
... five gold rings!..
... four filmic covers...
... three low light lovelies...
... two sassy sweatshirts...
... an ode to 2016.

In 2016, I became slightly obsessed by pinning enamel pins. I have multiple jewellery boards on Pinterest, but pins always seemed a little too silly - and amazing - to be included on my brooch board. I thought maybe my peers from uni might think me a tad silly. Which is stupid because I've always loved enamel pins, and there is nothing, at all, wrong with a bit of silliness!

I love silliness and why not make your silly side and love or disdain for a particular film or book or whatever abundantly obvious by pinning it to your coat?

My question is, where the hell are all my pins from when I was a kid? I'm positive I have a lovely old enamel Winnie the Pooh somewhere, but can I locate it? Nope, just a couple of charity badges, but maybe there'll be a couple of new ones to collect from day ten's offerings...
Is it weird that the fact that the Sad Ghost Enamel Pin is lurking around in amongst sprigs of plant is part of the reason I like this so much? I find something incredibly endearing about it. Designed by The Sad Ghost Club, this is a great company who create comics, clothes, accessories, stationary and prints which help to promote positive awareness of mental wellness. Another nice thing about this company, is that the money from all purchases goes towards funding talks and classes to help your people understand and learn about their mental health, and on some particular products 100% of the profit is donated to a mental health charity. That's nice and I love the sad ghost.
Of all of the cloud pins in the world, I pick the one wearing underpants to keep the thunder and rain away. The Thunderpants Cloud Enamel Lapel Pin by Nutumeg and Arlo does however present one fundamental question? If the cloud is wearing pants, and we can assume that this is to stop the rain and thunder, does that make rain wee and a thunder clap it letting rip? If so, it would explain why he's so happy, and hopefully make us all want to use an umbrella.
On day eight, I said I was a die hard Gilmore Girls fan. I also drink far too much coffee and talk too much after I've drunk too much coffee, so can I be an Honorary Gilmore Girl? If so can I also have this Rhubarb Paper Co. pin to prove it?
Festive pin time! I love this little BAH Humbug Enamel Pin duo by RockCakes, I genuinely don't think it could get any simpler, or cuter. I want this for next Christmas, when I'm running around getting frazzled and want everyone to get lost. 
As part of my Christmas, my sisters bought me a Pugicorn pin. Thus, I couldn't resist 'Pugosaurus Rex' which is the long lost cousin of the Pugicorn, created by illustrator Sophie Corrigan for The Cupcake Pug Company's, "Pugs In Fancy Dress" series of pins. So if you're into fancy pugs, you can choose between the Pugicorn, Pugosaurus Rex, Pugrantula, Pugtato, Pugachu, Jungle Pug or a Fruglet. Ridiculous and adorable, I've still not found a place for mine to live.
The Pyjamas for Life Enamel Pin by Veronica Dearly from Not on the High Street is pretty self explanatory. I'd spend all day in my pyjamas if I didn't need to leave the house or seem even lazier. They're just so comfy and in the age of skinny jeans, why wouldn't you want to be comfy?
On my windowsill, I am successfully keeping five cacti alive. There are also a few pots of African violets in the kitchen,two Christmas cactuses in the dining room (one of which is a cutting from my great grans plant which is now at my grandparents, it's huge, ancient and mine is about to flower for the second time this year! Yay!), there's also  a bonsai I have no idea what to do with and an aloe vera which is a damn diva and I'm pretty sure it's going to die soon... at its own hands or mine. I'm not sure how I've accumulated so many plants, but their still being alive is more down to luck than anything else. There are also two terrariums in the shed, I would bring one into the house if there was space, so until I have my own place and can steal it, I may have to settle for this lovely Terrarium Lapel Pin by Finest Imaginary.
Any fans of The Craft? If you are you'll recognise the iconic quote on this,We Are The Weirdos, Mister, enamel pin from Punky Pins. Any fans of The Craft have an opinion on  the announcement of a possible sequel twenty years on? First of all, how on earth is it twenty years since The Craft! Secondly, I'm against it, and seeing Fairuza Balk (Nancy from the original 1996 film) is, I would be too... she still scares me.
Another name that film pin? Anyone? Bueller? Seriously, what is your damage Heather?
I love Heathers, it's probably one of my favourite movies, Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are perfect in it and only slightly murderous. I also like that the Dear Diary pin by Sarah Hell looks like something from the Simpsons, Lisa Simpson obviously taking o the role of Veronica Sawyer... I'm not sure who'd be J.D.
Let's end the post with a cocktail. My cocktail of choice, if I'm honest is a frozen margarita, but seeing that's not always available and a pain in the bum to make well at home, my usual tipple of choice is a G&T. Some may say this is a little basic, or even hipster given the resurgence in bath tub gins, but I just like the taste! But the enamel Gin Pin by Katy Pillinger Designs is even better for me, because it's yellow.

So, if you see any good pins, feel free to share and if you'd like to see more pins, have a look at my Pinterest board: Pin It!

Hope you enjoyed these ones.

Happy New Year! Part eleven tomorrow...

Fuck you 2016!


Link || Sad Ghost Enamel Pin by The Sad Ghost Club
Link || Thunderpants Cloud Enamel Lapel Pin by Nutumeg and Arlo on Etsy
Link || Gilmore Girls Enamel Pin by Rhubarb Paper Co. on Etsy
Link || BAH Humbug Enamel Pin by RockCakes on Etsy
Link || 'Pugosaurus Rex' petite enamel pin by Sophie Corrigan for "Pugs In Fancy Dress" series from The Cupcake Pug Company
Link || Pyjamas for Life Enamel Pin by Veronica Dearly on Not on the Highstreet
Link || Terrarium Lapel Pin by Finest Imaginary on Etsy
Link || We Are The Weirdos, Mister Enamel Pin by Punky Pins
Link || Dear Diary Enamel/Lapel Pin inspired by Heathers by Sarah Hell on Etsy
Link || Enamel Gin Lapel Pin by Katy Pillinger Designs on Etsy

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Listening: Mojo Pin - Jeff Buckley

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

On the 9th Day of Christmas...

... this blogger gave to thee... 
... nine dreams turned Burton...
... eight days of Netflix...
... seven shoes to choose from...
... six party frocks...
... five gold rings!..
... four filmic covers...
... three low light lovelies...
... two sassy sweatshirts...
... an ode to 2016.

Happy whatever day this was supposed to post! Which I think was Monday...

One thing that didn't happen for me this Christmas was I didn't see Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. There are certain movies I watch ritually at Christmas, some are obviously festive Scrooged, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, It's A Wonderful Life and White Christmas, others are less traditional, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and A Long Kiss Goodnight. But generally on Christmas morning, when we were all getting ready, I would watch either Raymond Brigg's Father Christmas or The Nightmare Before Christmas.

It's part of what makes Christmas, Christmas. And, while my love for Tim Burton films has waned over the years (too much live action and definitely too much Johnny Depp) my love for Jack Skellington and Burton's drawings has never disappeared. What I also love is how other artists have taken on the Burtonesque drawing style and created mash ups of different iconic stories and genres such as Disney.

Thus day nine is showcasing three different artists interpretations of Disney stories in the dark, expressive and eccentric style of Tim Burton which frankly should lean more Grimme fairy-tale than Disney fairy tale...
Snow White Burton by rebenke 
What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | Bambi by Andrew Tarusov
What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | Beauty and the Beast by Andrew Tarusov
What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | The Little Mermaid by Andrew Tarusov
Burtonized Princess: Aurora by SilverTallest 
What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | Pinocchio by Andrew Tarusov
What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | Sleeping Beauty by Andrew Tarusov
 What if Tim Burton directed all Disney classic movies? | Dumbo by Andrew Tarusov
Merlin Burton by rebenke

Three artists Andrew Tarusov, Rebenke and SilverTallest each have their own ways of interpreting the Burton style, with their wide staring eyes, elongated limbs and pointed features. Some paying a little more homage to Disney, such as SilverTallest's Aurora and her art nouveau curls, others a little more to Burton and the macabre. But all taking their inspiration from both styles, whilst retaining their own.

I like them all, but I particularly like how Dumbo by Tarusov, looks like something you'd find lurking in the halls of the Hotel Cortez in American Horror Story: Hotel. 

So, very creepy indeed.

Now remember, before you go to sleep and thinking towards the New Year...


...A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true
Walt Disney's "Cinderella"


Corny I know, but you're singing along in your head now too, aren't you?

Happy New Year! Part ten tomorrow... (I'm determined to have it out later tonight!)

Fuck you 2016!


Link || Snow White Burton by rebenke on deviantArt
Link || Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Dumbo by Andrew Tarusov
Link || Classic Disney Characters Reimagined In The Beautifully Eerie Style Of Tim Burton from Design You Trust
Link ||  If Disney Movies Were Directed By Tim Burton by Julia Reinstein on Buzzfeed
Link || Here’s What Your Favorite Disney Characters Would Look Like If Tim Burton Created Them by Bibiñe Barud on Buzzfeed
Link || Burtonized Princess: Aurora by SilverTallest on deviantArt
Link || Merlin Burton by rebenke on deviantArt

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Listening: A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes -  Ilene Woods or Lily James (depending on your Cinderella preference)
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