Sunday, August 31, 2008

Maggie Taylor

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! First Edition, signed copies of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland: Illustrated By Maggie Taylor are still available!

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Be sure to visit Maggie Taylor's website for more Magical Surrealism!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Growing and Learning!

I FINALLY started taking my pottery class! Since I have a bit of experience, I was allowed to skip the first 4 weeks of hand building! I knew exactly what I wanted to make for my first project...Tea Bowls! I made a variety of sizes to start off with. I need to feel them out with my own hands...make sure they feel quite comfortable while sipping tea. Tea Time is a sacred thing after all! The clay we use is a white clay. I want to see what the clay looks like after firing, so I just used a clear glaze. I'm hoping for a raw earthy feel...but clean and modern at the same time. We'll see how they turn out!
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Official Home of the COC Street Team!

As you can see, I'm doing a little remodeling around here. Special thanks to the lovely and ever patient Leila Marvel for helping me put my banner together! I sent her over a dozen natural history images and nearly drove her crazy trying to manifest my vision! As always, Leila came through! Thanks Leila! xoxoxo

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I found Leila on Myspace many moons ago where she has an amazing online gallery called the RED HEART CULT. I fell in love with her Graphic Design work and asked her if she could create a banner for my Etsy shop and Myspace page. She loved the idea...I sent her an image library to give her some food for thought...she took the ball and ran with it! We have been buddies ever since. She even opened her own Etsy shop, Red Heart 13, where she sells exquisite odornments, relics, and Memento Mori, and now does Graphic Design commissions too! My how she's grown! Naturally she's the first person I thought of when I decided to start my own Etsy Team! I will be hosting Etsy's Cabinet of Curiosities right here, every Friday! I will feature a seller from our Team every stay tuned!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Season of the Witch!

I can't wait for Summer to be OVER. I'm an October I looove Autumn! Halloween and Dios de la Muertos, these are things I love all year round! Besides all the fun and festivities, I actually take this time of the year quite seriously. It's Samhain, the Witches New Year! And this Fall I will be introducing some BEAUTIFUL handmade Witchery to my for the discriminating Witch! Witches are even on the runway this season! Luella has brought a bit of Magick and Folklore to the mainstream, I love it! I can feel it coming...I get totally charged this time of year! Bring on the Fall!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Heads Up!

I'll be listing these Black Forest Relics (Antique-circa 1950's) in my Etsy shop tomorrow morning! The last batch (see below) sold the same day, so don't wait if you want one! xo Lavona
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Amy Leonard * Under Glass

Amy Leonard creates the most incredible assemblages inside large glass apothecary jars and domes. Each one emits a soft magical glow...yes, they light up! You can view her entire light catalog HERE.

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*Found via Serenity Now

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Black Forest Relics

I have added some new Black Forest Hunting Relics (Antique-Circa 1875) to my Etsy shop! I nearly doubled over when I found these at an Estate Sale this weekend! I also got a beautiful Victorian tufted red velvet loveseat...lucky me!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Toad Briar

Let me introduce you to Kim Parkhurst's whimsical world, Toad Briar. She creates Art Dolls and sculptures, Old Fashioned Teddy's and Paintings...if you love fairy tales n' such you will really love her work! My favorites are her mounted Faerie Specimens!
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Shop Update!

I've added some jewelry to my Etsy shop! xo Lavona

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* Back by popular demand...the taxidermy crow claw pendant. It's smaller than the huge ones I've sold in the past, those were Raven claws.*

Monday, August 11, 2008

Laurie Brown

I knew my bird foot fetish had become potentially dangerous when I discovered Laurie Brown's line of jewelry. Her work is soooo amazing, a Wunderkammer of found natural objects immortalized in silver and gold! Tiny seahorses, shells, bones, bird feet, acorns, coral branches...oh, desire! She also casts larger pieces, you can view her gallery of art objects, jewelry, and works in progress on flickr. Her jewelry is available in her Etsy shop!

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Geoffrey Gorman

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"A broken bent tree branch, bleached from sun and rain, makes me think of weathered bones: fingers, legs, backbone, and hip bone. Old stained strips of cloth act like bandages and clothing, hiding and holding it all together. Sculpted wax covers the frame and joints of wood. Found and lost objects assembled into curious and evocative shapes is what excites me.
When I am making objects, I think of model airplanes made of balsa wood, then covered in thin transparent paper. Or I see decoys and shapes made to attract wild animals. I visited a museum in Alaska that had drawers filled with toys that had been put together, used and collected from previous cultures. I also think of a forest of tall, dark trees covered in moss and moisture, a silent, meditative place." Geoffrey Gorman

Decadence and Decay

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Image found via Sparrow Salvage...a beautiful blog...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Lucy Harvey

Lucy Harvey has moved her blog, the format is so much better for viewing her work. If you are not already familiar with Lucy, she's an amazing assemblage artist! Her current body of work explores objects in medico/magica religious belief systems. The objects she creates look like ancient, supernatural amulets and talismans. Visit her flickr photostream to view photos from her Museum visits! Visual bliss...

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"Divination Tools"

Friday, August 1, 2008

Adele Mildred

At first glance Adele Mildred's work reminds one of artists such as J.J. Grandville or Sir John Tenniel. But after browsing through her gallery you'll notice that she explores much darker themes...and things can get a little bloody! I love her attention to detail, notice the hand embroidery. Miss Mildred's costume and millinery work ain't too shabby either. She's quite the fashionista, mixing her own designs with vintage finds...always looking fab! Her designs have found their way into the wardrobes of LA's Lowbrow elite. Styling photoshoots and videos for the likes of Pop Surrealist Queen, Liz McGrath!

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