Sunday, December 27, 2009

Ryden and the Indians

Meet my very, very favourite book. I found him tucked away behind a big pile of not so interesting books on a recent op shop adventure into the slightly scary bogan areas around my house!

Isn't he handsome? I had to show you...

I think I like this headdress so much because it reminds me of Miss Khan. Actually, all of the lovely colours remind me of her outfits.

I was trying to figure out why it seemed so familiar and lovely to me... The bright colours, the shading, of course the subject and the story- but perhaps the best part is the striking resemblance to Mark Rydens artwork (or perhaps the other way around...).

Just look at the squirrel! This page instantly reminded me of the California Brown Bear. Which makes me smile...

Obviously Rydens style (and subject matter) is heavily influenced by children book illustration. It's just interesting to see the style being employed with a dark irony, giving the traditionally cute characters and creatures a cunning, creepy edge! It would be neato to frame some of these pictures side by side the Ryden prints, for the subtle contrast, but I'm not sure I could do that to my new friend.

Aaaah I do love his work so.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

That's right... I came, I saw, I etsied these bad boys up.

Mr Owl! Heart.

Don't hold it against me! It's not my fault that the sweet sweet exchange rate makes these things more available to me! Who am I kidding... I was bored and I had the birthday money! xx


Long time no post! I'm very very lazy and yet quite busy at the moment- not a very good combination when it comes to blogging, I'm afraid.
Here's a quick rundown of what's been a happening so that I can move on to the good stuff:

Been to Thailand
(See! This was an awesome installation outside the art gallery in Siam Square)

Moved house
Had a birthday
Bought a house
Been Christmas shopping, wrapping and shindig-ing.
Work work working!

There, boring and over with!

Moving on, I found a really old bunch of photos from an opshopping trek I did with some friends a few months ago (yes, months... sigh).
I'm not sure if I even got through photographing all my finds before I was swept up in all my laziness, but here are some of my favourites.

Some amazingly terrible cat mugs... Eurgh!

A book on vintage cheeses (hehe).

Okay, so it wasn't opshopped, but my bf bought me this AMAZING Kiki Smith book... It's beautiful and glossy and full of her wonderful prints, many of which I hadn't been able to find on google image search ;)

Ah, kitschtastic. I love the tacky covers and doggy glamour shots...

And I may have just picked this picture because it looks EXACTLY like my doggy.

One of my favourite finds, this Thumbelina book has beautiful 70's illustration. It's so colourful and bold, and full of intricate details that are just gorgeous.

Mooore fairytales... I especially love the animals in this Snow White book. They are totally tattoo-able!

Isn't this cover amazing? For such a basic school book as well...

A treasury of golden books! Good find, I say.

This book was the first of many Australian themed items I found on the day...

Scarves, diaries and teatowels, oh my!

I love bicentennial themed paraphernalia! So tacky and delicious. I think this swan is my favourite though, I was so annoyed, there was also this amazing gaudy serving tray from the same year, but they were asking faaaar more than I could afford.

Creepy horse shirt and vintage stickers.

Finally, this fantastic vintage globe was $20, but it's huuuge, and they cost far more than that new (and don't look nearly as awesome).

That's it for now, but I've got a few more posts up my sleeve, so I'll be around more than I have been.