Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Golden Gardens

Dreamscapes and Anthems for Magical Minds

pipe dreams


Monday, December 27, 2010

Maya Deren

"I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick."

Maya Deren (April 29, 1917, Kiev – October 13, 1961, New York City), born Eleanora Derenkowsky, was an American avant-garde filmmaker and film theorist of the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, poet, writer and photographer. Her social circle included Marcel Duchamp, André Breton, John Cage, and Anaïs Nin.

When Maya Deren decided to make an ethnographic film in Haiti, she was criticized for abandoning avantgarde film where she had carved her place, but she was ready to expand to a new level as an artist. The Guggenheim grant enabled Deren to finance travel to Haiti in 1947 and to complete her film "Meditation on Violence". She went on three additional trips through 1954 to document and record the rituals of vodoun. A source of inspiration for ritual dance was Katherine Dunham who wrote her master’s thesis on Haitian dances in 1939, which Deren edited. Afterwards Deren wrote several articles on religious possession in dancing before her first trip to Haiti. Deren not only filmed, recorded and photographed many hours of vodoun ritual, but also participated in the ceremonies. She documented her knowledge and experience of Vodoun in Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (New York: Vanguard Press, 1953), edited by Joseph Campbell, which is considered a definitive source on the subject. Deren filmed 18,000 feet of Vodoun rituals and people she met in Haiti. The footage was incorporated into a posthumous documentary film Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti edited and produced by Teiji Itō and his wife Cherel Winett Itō.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mood Board: The Loo #2

Grow where you're planted? That's the question! Although I'd like to move to the West Coast for a while, but I figure I'll be in Chicago for a while longer so I'm going to finish fixing up my humble abode. You may remember my last bathroom Mood board...and here's the latest bathroom inspiration.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Unica Zürn ~ Orakel und Spektacle

"Unica Zürn (1916-1970), a German Surrealist painter/writer made a series of psychologically intense line drawings that combine Surrealist automatism with the mania of Outsider Art and a certain residue of contemporary experiments in psychedelic drugs. Erotic and trancelike, the works depict fantastic chimeras, bizarre creatures with double faces that represent multiplications of herself, either repeated across the page or set in intricate dream landscapes of mystic animals and otherworldly plant forms. Unica Zürn's “hallucinatory chimeras” prime examples of the surrealist technique of automatic drawing." A Stone for Unica Zurn

An excerpt from:
Dark Spring by Unica Zürn

Each time, she finds herself tormented by her terrible fear of the rattling skeleton of a huge gorilla, which she believes inhabits the house at night. The sole purpose of his existence is to strangle her to death. In passing, she looks, as she does every night, at the large Rubens painting depicting "The Rape of the Sabine Women." These two naked, rotund women remind her of her mother and fill her with loathing. But she adores the two dark, handsome robbers, who lift the women onto their rearing horses. She implores them to protect her from the gorilla. She idolizes a whole series of fictional heroes who return her gaze from the old, dark paintings that hang throughout the house. One of them reminds her of Douglas Fairbanks, whom she adored as a pirate and as the "Thief of Baghdad" in the movie theater at school. She is sorry she must be a girl. She wants to be a man, in his prime, with a black beard and flaming black eyes. But she is only a little girl whose body is bathed in sweat from fear of discovering the terrible gorilla in her room, under her bed. She is tortured by fears of the invisible.

Who knows whether or not the skeleton will crawl up the twines of ivy that grow on the wall below her window, and then slip into her room. His mass of hard and pointed bones will simply crush her inside her bed. Her fear turns into a catastrophe when she accidentally bumps into the sabers, which fall off the wall with a clatter in the dark. She runs to her room as fast as she can and slams the door shut behind her. She turns the key and bolts the door. One again, she has come out of this alive. Who knows what will happen tomorrow night?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Zoophyte is the first vinyl 45 turns of Ödland. It celebrates the two years of existence of the group, on December 13, 2010, magic day of the Holy Lucie. Animal kingdoms and plant are studied in this disc, are confronted, exposed their respective strategies to preserve the life vis-a-vis chaos. On the first face, Cecidomyiidae is a species of scabious flies which reproduce at a tremendous speed, formant of fantastic families of famished females of sheets. Over the second face, one learns that the Flowering of the bamboos takes place only once per century at certain species to protect itself from the predatory ones, by submerging them under too full with food. At the XIXe century, one called Zoophyte the living beings which one could not distinguish if they were Animal or Vegetable. This disc of Ödland is located on this border, where mix the rites, the fight for survival and sexuality under the eye of Darwin. A vinyl invaluable, cordial, where Activité and Passivity are measured. Each of the 200 specimens is numbered and signed by the group.

metamorphosis delayed...

~ artist unknown

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ages Obel

Madeline Von Foerster

Madeline Von Foerster

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Coming Soon!

December 21, 2012

High Priestess ~ Lady Lavona
High Priest ~ to be announced

"The house of constipated reason must be infiltrated by art, by dreamers, by Vision. Find the others...find the others and then you'll know what to do" Terence McKenna

Related links: 2012, Mayan Prophecy: New Civilization, Quetzalcoatl

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

curiouser and curiouser...

1. Heller Gallery ~ Steffen Dam 2. Ruven Afanador ~ Evoluzione della specie 3. Laura Zindel Ceramics

Monday, November 29, 2010

Creative Claythings

I'm finally getting back into the pottery studio this Winter! I'm hoping to purchase my own wheel and kiln someday but meanwhile I'm renting space at my local pottery studio. Last time around I made some simple wheel thrown pieces and some hand built dishes inspired by Stonehenge. Eventually I want to incoporate the Ogham, form an ancient Celtic magical alphabet, similar to the Norse runes or Futhark.

related link: Ugly Jugs

Sunday, November 28, 2010

To whom it may concern,

It has been brought to my attention that people are photoshopping images found on my blog and elsewhere on the internet. The artwork below for example was something that I commissioned artist Nikki Pinder to do in 2007. She made a matching banner for my blog which at the time was called "Lady Lavona's Gypsy Soup". All artwork (commissions & collaborations) found on my blog, ect. with my name on it is owned by me and is protected under copyright laws the artist possesses.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

laTeeFah wRiGht, LadeePuPPette

"ShrouDed in maGic, tHis loa can be traGic! asK him a favour, good moJo to savOr..."

kil studios

Friday, November 26, 2010

reshaping my life...

Tina Imel Fine Art

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Javier Piñón’s 2010 exhibition of collages is built around depictions of the highly charged image of the earth goddess Babalon, her attendants, priestesses and their mystical terrain unfolding in a narrative of liberation, sensuality, death and rejuvenation. Together the female players act as warrior protectorates and elusive guards of mysterious natural rites, often in what appears to be an acts of sacrifice or sensual oblation. The densely rendered surroundings are a culmination of the singularly meticulous technical approach of the artist, carving and sculpting his original two dimensional source materials into optically accurate, air-tight backdrops that seem to heave and breathe with expectation.


Cabinet of Curiosities of Bonnier de la Mosson

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Coming Soon to Catbird NYC

I'm packing up another wholesale order of Supernatural Butterfly Specimen Necklaces for Catbird NYC. Just in time for the Holidaze!

A delicate butterfly wing rests in a tiny glass specimen vial (approx. 1.5 inches) and hangs on a bronze chain (approx. 30 inches.) Butterfly is a powerful symbol in myth and religion representing the Soul. Call upon the butterfly for guidance in transformation and happiness. She brings with her messages of change, joy, love, and freedom. Listen to Butterfly's gentle requests that we dance to the natural rhythms of life. Allow yourself to emerge from your cocoon transformed into a bright and beautiful free spirit! *Please note...no butterflies are harmed to make this jewelry. Specimens are obtained from a butterfly sanctuary where they are collected after expiring naturally*

Monday, November 22, 2010


This little guy is a Graveyard Spirit Doll. His name is "Monsieur Louis Noir" (aka Mr. Louis Black) He is stuffed with a combination of herbs, Voodoo Conjure Oil and graveyard dirt collected from the St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. He has an antique glass eye, coyote claw and tooth, an all seeing eye talisman, an "alleged" black cat bone (an occult curio that is usually a chicken bone...I would not harm a kitty!) He is approx. 8 inches tall... The St. Louis Cemetery is the where you can find the Tomb of Marie Laveau, the Legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Hoodoo Conjure magick is the "Folk" version of Necromancy. The purpose is to evoke dead folks to do your bidding. "Low Magick" if you will...Conjure Dolls can be used for Good or Evil. But don't forget about the Karma factor!

Louisiana Voodoo Queen Necklace

A thick 18" brass chain, closing with a large lobster claw clasp, holds a vintage brass address book with the state of Louisiana stamped upon it! The book measures just under 2 1/2" long. Just a few pages names are filled out on the many pages inside the book. A vintage style brass locket filled with "Low John the Conqueror Root" and a tiny vial of graveyard dirt also hang from the necklace. Low John the Conqueror Root when worn or carried, it is said to protect the bearer and bring good luck.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sympathy for the Devil

“Satan Malade,” from Les Diableries, c. 1861, hand-tinted stereocard (detail)

“Le Jour de l’An en Enfer,” from Les Diableries, c. 1861, stereocard (detail)

related links: Ellen Rogers Photography

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wool & Water

Wool & Water

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Ana Bagayan

Home is Where the Heart is? Ruin Porn

all I want, a sweet lover by my side...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Strange Dolls

Strange Dolls

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Talon NYC

Talon by Brooklyn jewelry designer Emily Hirsch. Silver, bronze, or glass vial-and-chains are individually cast. The Talon signature scent is an intoxicating aroma of tobacco leaf and newly opened orange blossom. It makes us think of sitting in our grandfathers’ old, worn in leather chair in a dimly lit, cozy room, surrounded by books, a scotch and a small branch pulled from the apple tree blooming outside. It’s a dark, tantalizing, warm scent. The aromatic properties of the Talon signature scent will help with anxiety, disappointment, fatigue, nervousness and tension.

The Avalon scent is fresh and innocent. The slightly grassy, herbal, earthy sweetness of tuberose combined with the honeyed aroma of jasmine makes us think of a picnic in the grass on a warm California spring day. Choose the Avalon scent if you are looking to guard against grief, indecision, jealousy, fatigue, sadness, shyness, suspicion and tension.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Black Spot Books

The Black Spot Books


Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Witch of Kings Cross

ROSALEEN NORTON (1917-1979) artist, occultist and witch was born on October 2, 1917. Rosaleen Norton first attracted controversy when she was expelled from the Church of England Girls' School, Chatswood, at the age of 14 for producing 'depraved' drawings of vampires, ghouls and werewolves thought likely to corrupt the other girls. In August 1949 she exhibited a series of pagan, sexually explicit drawings at the Rowden White Library, University of Melbourne. Police raided the exhibition, which included such works as Lucifer, Witches' Sabbath and Individuation, and Norton was charged with obscenity. The charges were dismissed after she provided the court with detailed explanations of her occult symbolism. Known as 'The Witch of Kings Cross', she openly proclaimed her dedication to occult beliefs and the 'Great God Pan'. She was falsely accused by the tabloid press of holding Black Masses replete with animal sacrifice. Despite the fact that at the time, witchcraft was still illegal in the area (the British Witchcraft Act of 1735 had been repealed in England in 1951, but would only be repealed in 1971), Norton openly declared herself to be a Witch. On the basis of a series of confiscated photographs of simulated ceremonial rituals, she was charged in 1956 with 'engaging in unnatural sexual acts'. The tabloid attention surrounding Norton had intensified in the late 1950s, whilst tourists were actually coming to the area in search of her. She tried to explain her beliefs to interviewers, emphasising her faith in pantheism.

Her work was influenced by British vorticism and has been linked stylistically to that of Norman Lindsay, for whom she occasionally modelled and her contemporary Austin Osman Spare. Norton derived much of her imagery from a type of psychic exploration based on self-hypnosis and from what in occult circles has been described as 'wanderings on the astral planes'. Aside from her paintings, she made charms and did spell casting for people to supplement her income. According to her biographer, Nevill Drury, "Norton's esoteric beliefs, cosmology and visionary art are all closely intertwined and reflect her unique approach to the magical universe."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CocoRosie ~ Grey Oceans

CocoRosie released a new album in May...where have I been!? (Thanks Angeliska!)

“Journeying inward, into the forest-dark ember, led by crystal light,
the voicing of whales and ancient souls passed, we embarked;
slipping with muddy foothold, on a destination-less ride through
darkened waters filled with starry-eyed daughters. We have had
many guides, some dead ones, some alive, some sisters with names
pronounceable, others, just an inkling, the last heat of summer, seeping
up, out of the evening sunned soil in september. We close our eyes,
to hear the decoration, a burnt out corn field, a sad place to remember,
the story of a heartless crow, his countless cackles haunting, his mission,
misogyny. We dual waves, heavy laden with salt, of foisted female identity,
underlying, trinity is crying, she mourns so sweetly. Heavy on our hearts,
the weight of time; the earth who lost her balance and fell into the snowy depths of industrial mucus.” ~ CocoRosie

Monday, September 27, 2010


"Tasseomancy is a continuation of what was a bare bones neo-gothic folk duo. Formerly known as Ghost Bees, Sari and Romy Lightman have begun to experiment with heavier, ambient sounds, influenced by death ritual, hebraic song, war drums, ancestry and myth. The sisters recorded their second full-length this winter with producer Taylor Kirk and accompanying band, Timber Timbre. It will be released sometime before the next thaw." via Folk Radio UK

Swan Bones Theater

Revered member of Etsy's Cabinet of Curiosities, Kelly Louise Judd...

"Swan Bones Theater is the title I gave to the fragile shadowland where I can play freely with different characters and scenarios, seeing what strangeness occurs between the two. I live in Kansas City, Missouri with my beau and two wonderful, shaggy muses: a dog, Wynsome, and a cat, Hildegarde. I have a small forest in my yard with a secret garden, and windows that look onto my overgrown cottage garden and potager garden; I will spend hours staring into these for inspiration. I love folklore, ghost stories, Victorian literature and art, psychology, Northern Renaissance art, animals, and nature, all of which have an evident influence on my work."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Timber Timbre


"I've got war paints, the skulls of saints, don't you want to see 'em
The blood of popes, and Tyburn ropes from the Black Museum
I've got Frederick Delius' finger, Wordsworth's tattoo
I'm going to love you with everything,
and I think you're going to love me too
I've got all the magic I need, all the magic I need."

~Richard Thompson~