When I came across Japanese artist Mariko Kusumoto’s delicately detailed necklaces, I thought I was peering into another world. One filled with whimsy, lightness and magic.
At first glimpse, you would think these pieces are made from environmental treasures that were found in nature. Familiar forms of sea urchins, shells and flourishing anemones instantly came to my mind.
After all, they look so organic and ever- so fragile, like majestic organisms plucked from right under the sea.
Kusumoto is inspired by anything that may stimulate, inthrall and delight the senses, when creating her designs.
She does this by heating translucent fabric, then molding and shaping it into perfect, synthetic magical eye-gasms.
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The level of sophistication is near perfection, fit for a mermaid queen to wear and style.
If you had one of Mariko’s pieces, where would you wear it out first?
I recently came across this amazing photo of a crocodile skull engraved with hand made carvings of embellishments and a sitting Buddah..
Pretty amazing right? I know. It’s almost surreal!
The dedication this work of art must have taken is unimaginable. So I searched the web’s nooks and crannies to find the artist and give credit to this glorious art work. Low and behold I found“Bali Organic Arts”!
They source their skulls ethically, as mentioned on their etsy page and facebook, which is really great and comforting.
The best part? They are affordable!
They range from 300 $ and up, which is standard taxidermy pricing for something even basic. Needless to say, I’m keeping my eye on this company, they are very talented and unique!
What do you think about these skulls? Which is your favourite?
You can buy them from Bali Organic Arts! I don’t sell them.
I came across Dismaland today, created by talented and unique graffiti artist Banksy, and it was glorious.
A way to perfectly describe this magical place is a beautiful nightmare. An apocalyptic fantasy world where morbid reality shadows and looms over our favourite characters from our childhood storybooks and classic movies.
Though some parts may be creepy and even borderline horrifying, it offers a humorous satirical punk rock commentary on our beloved childhood memories and characters. Banksy made sure to handpick his fave artists to collaborate on the adult amusement park, with works showcased from Damien Herst and Jenny Holzer.
Obviously the first image that caught my eye was the one of Ariel, our cherished little mermaid.
Now for something more disturbing than a rippled glitch of a mermaid, a carousel butcher, hangin’ out. What’s up with those lasagna boxes? Wooden horse lasagna I suppose.
Nothing is more frightening than the idea of death, but somehow seeing this Grim Reaper riding along with that dopey grin gets me going.
And who can forget the epitome of princess femininity, Cinderella, who seems to have had one too many drinks at the ball before rushing home to meet her midnight deadline.
What are your thoughts on Banky’s Dismaland? I for one would definitely love the opportunity to prance around the park, maybe while blasting The Cure on my Iphone.