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“Odd Things” by Erika Sanada

Erika Sanada is an artist based in San Francisco, USA.

Her concept is “Odd Things.” She want her audience to feel emotions that include excitement, astonishment and impact when they look at her artwork there are two reasons why she create , creepy and grotesque things. One is the memory of her childhood and the second is constant anxieties.

thefabulousweirdtrotters:

Tentacles Teapots by Mary O’Malley

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artmonia:

Watercolor by Katarzyna Jaśkiewicz

escapekit:

Beautiful Surreal Photography

Self taught Chicago based photographer Kyle Thompson work is mostly composed of surreal and bizarre self portraits, often taking place in empty forests and abandoned homes. 

(Source: kylethompsonphotography.com)

ceramichands:

Mallory Wetherell

The Complicated Process, 2010

Clay, Underglaze, Thread, Wax, 32 x 6 x 6 inches.  5 inches from wall

art-of-swords:

[ BOOK ] The Full Collection: Rare Historical Metalsmithing Books
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This complete collection includes 43 Rare Historical Metalsmithing Books in PDF format, and TWO entries in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande. 
VOLUME 1
A Manual of Electro-Metallurgy, By James Napier, 1860
American Watchmaker And Jeweler by Henry G. Abbott, 1896
An Introduction To Metalworking, By J. C. Pearson, 1904
Art Metal Work and Jewelry by Louis J. Haas, 1916
Brass Repousse for Amateurs by Gawthorp, 1902
College and Corpoorate plate, South Kensington Museum Art Handbooks, By Wilfred Joseph Cripps, 1881
Copper Work, By Augustus F. Rose, 1908
Decoration of Metals - Chasing, Repousse and Saw Piercing by John Harrison, 1894
Designs for Silversmiths, South Kensington Museum, 1871
Diamonds, Pearls and Precious Stones, by Marcell N. Smith, 1913 
VOLUME 2
Educational Metalcraft by P. Wylie Davidson, 1913
Electro-Plating (with numerous engravings and diagrams), Paul Hasluck, Editor, 1905
Enamels and Enamelling, By Paul Randeau (translated from German by Charles Salter), 1912
Gemstones and Their Distinctive Characters by G. F. Herbert Smith, 1912
General Letter Engraving for Watchmakers, Jewelers and Kindred Trades, by G. F. Whelpley, 1892
Gilding, Silvering and Bronzing, edited by Bernard E. Jones, 1918
Hall-Marking of Jewellery, Practically Considered, By George E. Gee, 1882
Handbook on Electroplating, Polishing, Lacquering, Burnishing, Enamelling. By W. Canning 1907
How to Enamel: Practical Enameling of Jewelry with Hard Enamels by Howard M. Chapin, 1911
How to Make Jewelry by George S. Overton, 1914 
VOLUME 3
Manual of Instruction in Hard Soldering, By Harvey Rowell, 1884
Metal-Work, Chasing and Repousse for Home Art Workers by Frank G Jackson, 1903
Mixed Metals or Metallic Alloys by Arthur H. Hiorns, 1912
Modern Letter Engraving in Theory and Practice, by Fred Holmes Rees, 1898
On The Theory and Practice of Art Enamelling Upon Metals, By Henry Cunynghame M.A, 1899
Practical Engraving on Metal, by G. A. Banner, 1899
Precious Stones: Considered in their Scientific and Artistic Relations by A. H. Church, 1899
Repousse Work for Amateurs by L. L. Haslope
Sheet-Metal Worker’s Guide, By W. J. E. Ceane, 1911
Silversmiths Handbook by George E. Gee, 1885
VOLUME 4
Simple Jewellery by R. LL. B. Rathbone, 1910
Soldering, Brazing and Welding edited by Bernard E. Jones, 1916
The Art of Enamelling on Metal by W. N. Brown, 1914
The Art of Enamelling Upon Metal by Alexander Fisher, 1905
The Art of Hard Soldering By Henry G. Abbott, 1895
The Jewellers Guide and Handy Reference Book by William Redman, 1883
The Jewelry Repairer’s Handbook by John Keplinger, 1902
The Polishing AND Plating of Metals by Herbert J. Hawkins, 1902
The Private Book of Useful Alloys and Memoranda for Goldsmiths, Jewellers by James Collins, 1871
Watchmakers’ and Jewelers’ Practical Receipt Book, 1892 
BONUS eBooks
Lost Wax Jewelry Making: The Build-up Technique - Complete Edition
A Modern Method of Creating Enameled Filigree Jewelry by Leon Hornstein - Complete eBook Edition
Doming Silver Beads, by Nancy Howland, 2008

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Ganoksin Project

art-of-swords:

[ BOOK ] The Full Collection: Rare Historical Metalsmithing Books

This complete collection includes 43 Rare Historical Metalsmithing Books in PDF format, and TWO entries in our random draw of Gift certificates from Rio Grande. 

VOLUME 1

  • A Manual of Electro-Metallurgy, By James Napier, 1860
  • American Watchmaker And Jeweler by Henry G. Abbott, 1896
  • An Introduction To Metalworking, By J. C. Pearson, 1904
  • Art Metal Work and Jewelry by Louis J. Haas, 1916
  • Brass Repousse for Amateurs by Gawthorp, 1902
  • College and Corpoorate plate, South Kensington Museum Art Handbooks, By Wilfred Joseph Cripps, 1881
  • Copper Work, By Augustus F. Rose, 1908
  • Decoration of Metals - Chasing, Repousse and Saw Piercing by John Harrison, 1894
  • Designs for Silversmiths, South Kensington Museum, 1871
  • Diamonds, Pearls and Precious Stones, by Marcell N. Smith, 1913 

VOLUME 2

  • Educational Metalcraft by P. Wylie Davidson, 1913
  • Electro-Plating (with numerous engravings and diagrams), Paul Hasluck, Editor, 1905
  • Enamels and Enamelling, By Paul Randeau (translated from German by Charles Salter), 1912
  • Gemstones and Their Distinctive Characters by G. F. Herbert Smith, 1912
  • General Letter Engraving for Watchmakers, Jewelers and Kindred Trades, by G. F. Whelpley, 1892
  • Gilding, Silvering and Bronzing, edited by Bernard E. Jones, 1918
  • Hall-Marking of Jewellery, Practically Considered, By George E. Gee, 1882
  • Handbook on Electroplating, Polishing, Lacquering, Burnishing, Enamelling. By W. Canning 1907
  • How to Enamel: Practical Enameling of Jewelry with Hard Enamels by Howard M. Chapin, 1911
  • How to Make Jewelry by George S. Overton, 1914 

VOLUME 3

  • Manual of Instruction in Hard Soldering, By Harvey Rowell, 1884
  • Metal-Work, Chasing and Repousse for Home Art Workers by Frank G Jackson, 1903
  • Mixed Metals or Metallic Alloys by Arthur H. Hiorns, 1912
  • Modern Letter Engraving in Theory and Practice, by Fred Holmes Rees, 1898
  • On The Theory and Practice of Art Enamelling Upon Metals, By Henry Cunynghame M.A, 1899
  • Practical Engraving on Metal, by G. A. Banner, 1899
  • Precious Stones: Considered in their Scientific and Artistic Relations by A. H. Church, 1899
  • Repousse Work for Amateurs by L. L. Haslope
  • Sheet-Metal Worker’s Guide, By W. J. E. Ceane, 1911
  • Silversmiths Handbook by George E. Gee, 1885

VOLUME 4

  • Simple Jewellery by R. LL. B. Rathbone, 1910
  • Soldering, Brazing and Welding edited by Bernard E. Jones, 1916
  • The Art of Enamelling on Metal by W. N. Brown, 1914
  • The Art of Enamelling Upon Metal by Alexander Fisher, 1905
  • The Art of Hard Soldering By Henry G. Abbott, 1895
  • The Jewellers Guide and Handy Reference Book by William Redman, 1883
  • The Jewelry Repairer’s Handbook by John Keplinger, 1902
  • The Polishing AND Plating of Metals by Herbert J. Hawkins, 1902
  • The Private Book of Useful Alloys and Memoranda for Goldsmiths, Jewellers by James Collins, 1871
  • Watchmakers’ and Jewelers’ Practical Receipt Book, 1892 

BONUS eBooks

  • Lost Wax Jewelry Making: The Build-up Technique - Complete Edition
  • A Modern Method of Creating Enameled Filigree Jewelry by Leon Hornstein - Complete eBook Edition
  • Doming Silver Beads, by Nancy Howland, 2008

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Ganoksin Project

TODAY IS MY DAY TO JOIN THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING! As an offering, I present authentic Texas Barbecue and after-dinner Cuban Coffee!

seananmcguire:

WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY.

YOU HAVE BROUGHT BBQ.  THAT IS EXCELLENT.  YOU ARE NOW FAVORED OF THE BIRTHDAY, AND MAY REMAIN EVEN WHEN YOUR OWN DAY IS DONE, PROVIDING YOU DO NOT EVER.  EVER.  TAKE THE LAST CORNER PIECE OF CAKE WITH ROSES ON IT.  THOSE PIECES ARE RESERVED FOR THOSE WHO DWELL IN SHADOW.

HERE IS YOUR NOISEMAKER.  HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT.  HERE IS YOUR CARRIAGE, DRAWN BY UNSPEAKABLE HORRORS FROM BEYOND THE VEIL OF TIME ITSELF.  YOUR LEAD HORROR IS NAMED “POOKY.”  POOKY LIKES APPLES, AND HUMAN HEADS.

HERE IS A BAG OF APPLES.  HERE IS A SCYTHE.

HAIL TO THE BIRTHDAY.

We’ve extended our search for a transgender contributer

bisexual-books:

We’re looking for another contributer to join us here at Bisexual Books! 

When Ellie and Sarah started this blog a year ago we had no idea if anyone would even care about bisexuality in literature.  Well, besides us.  We were grateful to bring on Evan last fall but we still want to expand!

Sadly we can’t pay you.  This is a labor of love.   However, you’ll be joining three kick-ass bisexuals who are passionate about the power of stories and information to improve the lives of real people.

Now down to business.   

We feel like we’ve got this cis thing covered, so we’re looking for a transgender bisexual to join our motley crew.   We’re using transgender as an umbrella term here so as long as you identify as trans in some way, that is good enough for us.  

 What else are we looking for? You must:

  • Be a reader, i.e. you must read a lot.  You self-define what this means.
  • Have the time to put up one review or analysis of at least 3 paragraphs once a week or more
  • Have time to add cool things of interest to the queue a couple times a week
  • Speak and write in fluent English
  • Be over 18 (since we review erotica here)

Some things would be neat but not required:

  • If you regularly read adult fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction)
  • If you read in another language than English
  • Members of historically disadvantaged communities encouraged

Interested parties should email us at bisexualbooks@gmail.com  Tell us a little bit about yourself including your age, location, and preferred pronouns along with a writing sample.   This could be a review of a book, or an analysis of something relating to bisexuality.  Anything you’d like.  We want something that tells us who you are and why you are awesome :)

New deadline is April 30th.  

Please help us share this as widely as you can

Ten Women I Have Been Warned Against Becoming:

1. The Girl Who Takes Up Too Much Space, always, her shoulders too wide in stairwells, her hips too big in doorways, her voice too loud in classes. This woman does not understand the art of crumbling, of curling herself tight like the spiral of a fern, soft, delicate, unwilling to reach out the ivy of her fingers to grasp onto what should rightfully be hers. This is a beast, an elephant, a moving mountain and she is capable of flattening you, she is capable of ruining you, she is capable of making you feel as small and insignificant in her life as she is supposed to be. You are this woman’s footnote to history, you are her side note in song lyrics, you are constantly interrupted by her with a witty joke you wish you thought of. I asked what the problem was with being a steamroller instead of a sunflower and I was laughed down.

2. The Beautiful One, the long hair or the slim waist or the pretty eyes or the lips like bowstrings. This woman looks good in everything because she’s confident in whatever you put her in. She’ll cut her hair short on you no matter how you like it, she’ll wear high heels and step on your opinions, she’ll look hot as hell no matter what size she is. See, the reason you can’t trust her is because women like this don’t need your permission, they’ll do as they please and get away with it. They’ll say no to you, over and over. Teach your daughters that beautiful means dangerous, teach them to distrust women who love themselves. Equate beautiful with vapid, equate pretty with stupid, take their power from them. Say they’re vain for their makeup, refuse to see them without it. These women are snakes, they are serpents. I said maybe the problem lies with you being unable to control yourself and was told to get off my pedestal.

3. A Bitch. Women are supposed to be ladies in the street but will tear skin under sheets. I’m told: Never raise your voice. Speak gently. Submit. Hold your opinion against your lips and when you admit to it, make sure it comes out as a butterfly wing suggestion. Don’t disagree. Don’t undermine someone else’s authority, regardless of whether or not they deserve your respect. Someone touches you, just move away from them. Don’t hit. Don’t talk back. Be like the ruins of Rome, only beautiful if you can’t hear your quiet death.

4. The Needy One. I have heard how others spit when they talk about how she gave you everything and you shoved it back down her throat until she choked on it, until she came back crawling and asked you what she did, until her palms and knees were scraped for want of just a little affection - never be this woman, I’m told, because she’s a joke and the joke is that she dared to have more emotion than you did. The truth is, I’m told, the one who cares less in a partnership is the one who wins. I didn’t know this was a competition.

5. The Cock Tease, certified stripper, how dare that girl look like that and not want me to sleep with her. Lust is always personified as a lady in red with a dress slit up her thigh. Lust is sinful because it’s power, it’s not asking for attention - it’s demanding it. I’m told she is the worst kind of woman, that looking good is supposed to be some kind of shame on her kin. I’m told not to leave the house in such a short skirt, not with a shirt so low, not with a lace back, not with high heels, not dressed like that. My lipstick can’t be too red, my hair can’t be too mussed, I can’t just “turn someone on like that and then leave them wanting.” I mentioned that instant gratification actually ruins our psyche and was told that being led on was “exhausting.” I said that there was a difference between purposefully tricking someone into liking you and just being attractive or friendly. I was told there’s also a difference between coffee and tea but both result in caffeine. I said, “I’ve been turned on in class by the girls I talk to but I didn’t expect anything from them,” and they said, “It’s different, you’re not a man,” but couldn’t explain where that difference was.

6. A Slut, obviously ruined by another person’s touch. It doesn’t matter how many people she’s actually been with, it’s all about the rumors she carries with her. Easy. Harlot. You’ll still try to get with her, you’ll still take her into your bed and kiss her and say things you don’t mean - but you’ll defame her name when you talk to your buddies. My father used to say “A slut is fine for the night, but the virgin is who you take home and marry.” Maybe he didn’t know he was teaching his daughter to hate her sexuality. Maybe he didn’t know that every time she’d be kissed, her whole system would shake until she felt ready to combust, shame and self-hatred shivering against her spine. Maybe he didn’t know she’d disconnect emotions and sex because he always told her, “Boys are different, they won’t care about you.” Nobody said to her that it was okay to experiment. See, the funny thing is, I’m a dancer so I know exactly where my center of gravity is. I know how hard I’ll fall in each direction. Yet out of fear of getting hurt, I won’t let a single person inside of my bed.

7. The Soulmate. Never love romance more than you love being cynical. Never show weakness, never like pink, never think maybe you might find someone nice and settle down with them. Someone will find you, I was told, And if you’re lucky, he’ll put up with you when you start getting old. Never be the woman who believes in happily ever after, never be dumb enough to think maybe someone could love you after all of your mistakes. It has nothing to do with whether or not a family is important to you and you’re in a good place where a relationship would make your life better - you’re not a princess. You don’t get married, you settle.

8. The Girl With Strength, who can outrun everyone and who is stronger than her boyfriend. “See the thing about boys,” says my daddy, “Is that you have to let them win.” I sat at home and read stories about Artemis and wanted to become the huntress, too. I wanted to howl at the moon, I wanted to slay the beasts that bested me, I wanted to rule my kingdom with bloody fists. But girls are never athletes, never supposed to be “built,” regardless of the fact civilizations were constructed on our spines and we made homes in war by the steel of our ribs. Never be strong. We are supposed to wilt.

9. The Lady CEO: because if you choose work over family, are you really a girl? How dare you fight your way to the top through every pair of eyes that bore through your blouse, through every meeting where you were hushed by the sound of someone else talking, through every time someone called you “sweetie,” how dare you yearn for something. Is your husband the stay-at-home one? I can’t imagine how that is going. He’s not a real man, after all. I don’t give it long before the divorce. How dare you decide you’re happy being single. Don’t you know you’re supposed to bear children. Where is your honor? Where is your wisdom? Who cares if you are the leader, the best suited for your position, the quickest-thinking, the one who makes the hardest clients come back again. Don’t you see? Across history, women have been terrible at success. They always lose their man in the end. (When I said, “I would rather be a famous author than a mediocre mother,” I was told, “No, don’t worry, you’ll be a fine mommy.”)

10. THE GIRL I AM: FIRECRACKER AND DON’T YOU FUCKING FORGET IT I’LL RIP YOU TO SHREDS AND I WON’T FUCKING REGRET IT I’M NOT YOUR PRETTY GIRL I’M NOT YOUR ANYTHING I’M PERFECT, MOTHERFUCKER, AND I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE UP WHAT I’M DOING. I DON’T WANT TO BE “LADYLIKE” THAT LITERALLY MEANS NOTHING I’M NOT GOING TO STOP STANDING UP AND DEMANDING WHAT’S COMING TO ME. I’M GONNA BE SOMEBODY. I’M GONNA MAKE THEM REMEMBER ME. I REFUSE TO BE OVERSHADOWED IN HISTORY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CREATE BUT YOU MADE ME A DRAGON YOU PUT ME IN THE FIRE AND WHEN I STOPPED BURNING I LEARNED HOW TO GLOW DON’T THINK YOU CAN STOP ME YOU CAN’T TAME A TORNADO.

- In respectful response to a poem tilted, “Ten men women have warned me against becoming." /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)

likeafieldmouse:

Monotropa Uniflora

"Also known as the ghost plantIndian pipe, or corpse plant. 

Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll. Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, more specifically a myco-heterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees. 

The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.

The plant is sometimes completely white but commonly has black flecks and a pale pink coloration. Rare variants may have a deep red color.”