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Keep It Weird: Face Time

Jan 21, 2011

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

At a poetry release party last week, a cheery couple in sweater vests approached me by the bowl of clementines in the corner. They introduced themselves with, “We see you every morning on the G train!”. As I peeled back the zesty citrus, basking in the glow from the neighboring neon foundry, I simply could not pretend that I recognized them. The very next morning, I pried the crooning ear buds out of my canals, tucked the limp novel back into my bag, and looked up. Sure enough, two familiar beaming faces greeted me. Lulled by the persistent tide in this sea of humanity, I have become numb to the visages before me. And so, Keep It Weird gently reminds me to spend a little more time face to face.

Porcelain Altered Face Vase by wlabellepottery

Miniature Basket Monster Face by bazketmakr


Check out the Related Items below for more unusual portraits.

Past Keep It Weird Posts | Face Vases on Etsy

Hatching, Olive wood sculpture
Hatching, Olive wood sculpture
$750.00 USD
Birdgirl's Escape - Ceramic wall mask, Original Mask Art
Birdgirl's Escape - Ceramic wall mask, Original Mask Art
Storm Warning Contemporary Miniature Basket Angry Blue-Eyed Monster Face
Storm Warning Contemporary Miniature Basket Angry Blue-Eyed Monster Face
$240.00 USD


  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 6 years ago

    It is nice to have a small wake up call to tell you that a train ride is not always just getting you from point A to point B. Sometimes you need to look around you; some enjoy public transportation because of the different people you meet there. Thank you for sharing your story! On another note, the angry origami face mask is amazing! Hard to believe it is all paper

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 6 years ago

    Love the basket monster face!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    So cool! Reminds me of Tilly in New Jersey where I am from! =)

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 6 years ago

    love the silly faces.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Your story reminds me of my weired dreams full of strangers. Maybe I have met them before, on Facebook....

  • arteangel

    arteangel said 6 years ago

    Basket Monster face is one thing, Origami angry, is fantastic, and all the others and your story are great. Thank you

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Weird, yup! This is one of my favorite blog post topics :)

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

    I am off to look at basketmkr. Her basket face is fabulous

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    i have a mask phobia, so thanks

  • pointilleux

    pointilleux said 6 years ago

    I cannot get over the hanging wall sculpture, the third over in the first row. If I had the money, there wouldn't be a single doubt of buying that terrorizing, beautiful thing. Great article.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Faces do get blurred. I've seen faces that I don't remember where I saw them.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    So true, Michelle. Thanks for sharing this.

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    love the birdgirl

  • pollyannacowgirl

    pollyannacowgirl said 6 years ago

    Love it! I work at a huge corporation where I see tons of strangers every day. Instead of taking the huge effort to avoid eye contact and pass them by, I find it easier to just say, "Hi!"

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I've always found clown faces quite scary, but it's true we spend so long online 'talking' we never really see the faces of others

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Love the bottle opener

  • CoolStuffByDesign

    CoolStuffByDesign said 6 years ago

    Very cool! I love them.

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Scary and very cool. Thanks again!

  • coolstuffartgallery

    coolstuffartgallery said 6 years ago

    LOVE the Faces!!

  • seasonsart1031

    seasonsart1031 said 6 years ago

    Fun face picks!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    great fun some new shops I'm not familiar with thanks

  • vakvar

    vakvar said 6 years ago

    looks like my local supermarket- it gets scary, quickly, which is why we all tune out to the overload of humanity in the first place! Faces tell secrets.

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 6 years ago

    I love Mondaypie's bottle opener! Face time is good time.

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    Ha! LOVE that bottle opener!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    Keeping it weird is my most favorite! Love the funny faces, it brought a smile to my face!

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 6 years ago

    Watching that bottle opener gives me a headache, lol! But he is a weird kind of way :P

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Kind of sad that we don't know most of the people who live close to us, such is the price we pay for a technologically advanced and specialized marketplace. In poorer countries where not everything can be found for sale with a click of a mouse (phone call, etc), knowing your neighbors is a survival necessity as people tend to rely more on each other for assistance, help, services, and goods. Love these fun and surreal selections!

  • dogzillalives

    dogzillalives said 6 years ago

    Awesome finds.

  • KnottinPearls

    KnottinPearls said 6 years ago

    Love the faces, I wish I was weirder sometimes!

  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

    best use of masks: máscara contra máscara ("mask versus mask") by the luchadores in mexican wrestling.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    Keeping it Weird rocks! Always a great little peek into weirdness....hehe.... Thanks! Heidi

  • AtabbycatArts

    AtabbycatArts said 6 years ago

    Love Weird! The O face! Wonderful...

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i love the storm warning miniature basket. what a beautiful, modern take on an ancient tradition.

  • redreddesign

    redreddesign said 6 years ago


  • BlueSkyStudios

    BlueSkyStudios said 6 years ago

    Love it love it! Cool article and great items!

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 6 years ago

    Oh Tillie, the two funhouse faces painted in Asbury Park!! Now I can't find who posted the NJ msg... love the weird spotlight as usual :)

  • sistermountain

    sistermountain said 6 years ago

    In love.

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Michelle, when you're right, you're right. Well said.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    dunshee's 'Hanging wall sculpture' LOVE it with a passion...thank you.

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 6 years ago

    yesssss! keep it weird! i love the story behind this blog as well, that's so cool.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago


  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 6 years ago

    Faces have never been so weird!

  • windupgirl

    windupgirl said 6 years ago

    wow! birdgirl, faceit ring and the cash drawer are AMAZING! they are all great, but those are my def favorites :)

  • VeyCourtCottage

    VeyCourtCottage said 6 years ago

    The bottle opener is my favorite. Going to check the shops out!

  • 3sevens

    3sevens said 6 years ago

    I'd need to sell a few more items if I were to buy "The O Face". Great selection of stuff.

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 6 years ago

    Love your story , we should be looking more around us and not stay just in our capsule Love this unique finds

  • VintageBeach

    VintageBeach said 6 years ago

    Love that bottle opener..

  • kristytrance

    kristytrance said 6 years ago

    The weird stuff is always the most interesting!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 6 years ago

    Your story is so true, we get so caught up in our own little worlds and forget to look and see what's around us. This article wake me up! Cool finds!

  • jordamo26

    jordamo26 said 6 years ago


  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan said 6 years ago

    Love the faces!

  • barbaradunshee

    barbaradunshee said 6 years ago

    Michelle, you remind me that I'm aware when I re-encounter an UN-USUAL face and that USUAL-NESS is like an invisibility cloak. We've got to be sharp to catch those ones!

  • RubySkeleton

    RubySkeleton said 6 years ago

    Freakin AWESOME! I love the weird face creations =)

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Spending time face to face with famiy and friends is a blessing =) Good reminder!

  • LaBellaTerra

    LaBellaTerra said 6 years ago

    A startling reminder that it is easy to become blind to all the beauty that surrounds us.

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 6 years ago

    It's amazing what we see if we just take moment to look :)

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow said 6 years ago

    Love it! Probably one of my favorite keep it weird themes yet!

  • glusk

    glusk said 6 years ago

    never ever make eye contact on the train people are too freaky! love the bottle opener :)

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    The face vase is super cool!! Great finds!

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 6 years ago

    Really cool art. Keep up the originality.

  • MaryAliceFeltLikeIt

    MaryAliceFeltLikeIt said 6 years ago

    "Love it," said one weirdo to the other.

  • FrancesPhotography

    FrancesPhotography said 6 years ago

    Love the Origami Angry Mask. I also love your story - engaging and amusing!

  • lookmean

    lookmean said 6 years ago

    Faces are so creepy!

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    fantastic finds, love this weird series!

  • LarkinAndLarkin

    LarkinAndLarkin said 6 years ago

    oh, i totally love this.

  • Kallies

    Kallies said 6 years ago

    Excellent story... Look up and notice what is around you, you may be surprised!

  • travellingbeautifull

    travellingbeautifull said 6 years ago

    I was thinking only yesterday that people never look at each other any more - they hide in their own little apple-world. Much nicer to greet people and get to work feeling part of a community and the human race!!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Very interesting picks. Not always just another face in the crowd. :-)

  • LoveMaddi

    LoveMaddi said 6 years ago

    The bottle opener is very unusual, but i like it.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed your story, short and to the point, we all need to look around and see faces, give a smile or say Hi. Unique finds of various mediums, all are works of art in designers style. The Hatching, Birdgirl, The O Face, nice works. Always enjoy your finds, thanks for sharing. :)

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    I am old!! I still write letters and telephone people. I want to see your shiny happy faces-cranky ones too!! : ) : )

  • DreamReignDesigns

    DreamReignDesigns said 6 years ago

    this feature never disapoints! Just 'shows-ta-go-ya' that even something as powerful and individual as a face can be reduced to backround blurs if we don't pay attention... and that we can choose how important anything is by the simple act of 'seeing' LOVE the faces in this article!

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    A lot of these remind me of the masks in the African art store where I used to work.

  • dinosaurdrygoods

    dinosaurdrygoods said 6 years ago the origami mask

  • squarepaisleydesign

    squarepaisleydesign said 6 years ago

    I love it! Love the bottle openers.

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 6 years ago

    Pretty cool!!! :o)

  • coconutcase

    coconutcase said 6 years ago

    i can't stop myself from looking at the people around me. i love to read, but on the bus i like to look around. on the train, i read more because we're underground and there is no natural light. but i like to look at babies and try to make them smile.

  • lesaet

    lesaet said 6 years ago

    great imagery and items - Keep It Weird - does it best!

  • Caracrass

    Caracrass said 6 years ago

    the faces with the four eyes (i have seen a few on here lately) screw up my eyes. i feel like there is a glitch on my computer or something. :P but, i love them! :)

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat said 6 years ago

    Oh,what a cool faces ! I love that poetry .

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 6 years ago

    It's all to do with focus - adjust that a little and see something different. Most of us are locked into a certain 'focus mode' - this article will make me try a little adjustment !!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    I totally love faces in art. I really love that basket with the face!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Very interesting picks.

  • kitschnkaboodle

    kitschnkaboodle said 6 years ago

    Lets face it: this is one of the coolest lists ever to be seen on etsy.

  • GrahamHeffernan

    GrahamHeffernan said 6 years ago

    That bottle opener was on an old Pink Floyd album cover called "Relics". It would be so cool to own!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great finds! I love keep it weird!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    Oh That ~ O Face by simplyshiple is really interesting!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    a face...can be one's autobiography... pages read pages still to be written... who will read it? a fab post Michelle ♥

  • sylvita

    sylvita said 6 years ago

    amazing works... however I will now have trouble sleeping tonight

  • crashandcarry

    crashandcarry said 6 years ago

    That four eyed bottle opener makes me dizzy!

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story, Michelle. Recently, I've had the thought that I should pay attention more to the people around me...because it seems that a lot more people remember me from the past than I remember them. oh-oh--that's a wake up call to be a more conscience person.

  • LoveShinyObjects

    LoveShinyObjects said 6 years ago

    Love it! I was at local Goodwill doing end of year drop off. Lady in front of me said "hi, how are you?" She really seemed to know me and looked familiar, but I couldn't place her. Turns out she was one of the receptionists at mom's retirement home around corner from me!

  • Lin222

    Lin222 said 6 years ago

    Wow, that WILTON bottle opener is really cool!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

    Wake up calls like that can be really nice sometimes. These faces, tho, are really bizarre!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    wow that origami face is amazing

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Great post. Sometimes we all need a little reminder that there's a whole world outside of our lives.

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 6 years ago

    Ha. So good. As always.

  • artizen

    artizen said 6 years ago

    I love sketching faces when Im on a train.. the glimpses of people between seats...often when people are reading or gazing out of the window they keep still for long enough to do a quick drawing...

  • PearlyNotes

    PearlyNotes said 6 years ago

    Love that bottle opener, hah ha !

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    Fabulously weird!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    Fabulously weird!

  • Visionaria

    Visionaria said 6 years ago

    I BiPolar painting is awesome, they are all definitely 'weird'!

  • whimsicals

    whimsicals said 6 years ago

    what a wonderful happening! and on the train!

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 said 6 years ago

    Oh my! Creepy and odd but very intriguing. Thank you for the story, sometimes we are in a world of our own.

  • FourCharms

    FourCharms said 6 years ago

    Extremely cool collection. I had to click on each one to find out what it was all about... each weird and wonderful in it's own way.

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 6 years ago

    I'm getting dizzy looking at the four-eyed face.

  • unmasked

    unmasked said 6 years ago

    It's always interesting to me that there are those who find faces "creepy". Personally, I can't get enough of them!.....

  • BurningHeartArt

    BurningHeartArt said 6 years ago

    Loving the faces! I've always had a fascination with faces and loved this!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    keep etsy weird!

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 6 years ago

    Wonderful creativity here!

  • LoveBeachDays

    LoveBeachDays said 6 years ago

    I try to make it a habit to stay aware of whats going on around me but it's easy to get distracted in a big city. People watching is an awesome way to get inspired and start new projects. Thanks for the post :)

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    Every face tells a story..............!!!

  • cindywolfquilts

    cindywolfquilts said 6 years ago

    I used to ride the train to work everyday. I spent the time reading and people watching. I love trying to figure out somebody's story. The faces in this blog caught my attention right away, especially the Wilton bottle opener and the origami mask. As a group, they look terrific together!

  • ShopMichL

    ShopMichL said 6 years ago

    Such a great thought & story, and wonderful collection! The porcelain face is my fave, brrrr, creepy. (I do love me some creepy.)

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 6 years ago

    Love the Altered Face Vase...and Love...Keep it Weird!

  • floodplainstudio

    floodplainstudio said 6 years ago

    Perfectly stated, Michelle. Thanks for this thoughtful post♥!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Love all the wierd stuff - it's so much fun!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Very Interesting items!

  • gothB4play

    gothB4play said 6 years ago

    When these very talented Artists did a Freaky Face Off they went all the way and beyond with the Weird and the Wacky. Great selections Michelle!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 6 years ago

    so's the little things that wake us up. Love the antique masks!

  • sarahmerrill

    sarahmerrill said 6 years ago

    I just love the Keep it Weird collections! Thanks for this one- very interesting. I love Birdgirl's Escape.

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 6 years ago

    As always, great stuff Michelle, keep on keeping it weird.

  • Witchey

    Witchey said 6 years ago

    Hey, man, whatever helps you keep it rad. I totally love your stuff. Its always interesting to me to see faces portrayed abstractly in art. You seem to capture emotion very well in your art, and I appreciate that. It shows that you are not just a crafter, you are an artist.

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • JansCreativeWhimsy

    JansCreativeWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Love the colors and the masks!

  • CrudeThings

    CrudeThings said 6 years ago

    fun, i love all the odd faces on etsy :)

  • CrudeThings

    CrudeThings said 6 years ago

    fun, i love all the odd faces on etsy :)

  • RareSpecimens

    RareSpecimens said 6 years ago

    Excellent! Great faces.

  • oldframes

    oldframes said 6 years ago

    Lets FACE it, I Love it.

  • mosaicmache

    mosaicmache said 6 years ago

    Faces, schmaces! This is in your face!!

  • CatzCatzCatz

    CatzCatzCatz said 6 years ago

    Catzcatzcatz...keepin it weird on etsy since January 11th of 20-dickety-11!

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics said 6 years ago

    Grrrrrrrreat faces...

  • 609East

    609East said 6 years ago

    Great lead in to a fabulous collection, bravo!

  • Redabe

    Redabe said 6 years ago

    Let's face it. These are all great items. My favorite is the bottle opener. Great story!

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Love the bottle opener!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    I love pieces with faces, I think they add intrigue to a piece any time they're used. Some great examples here. :)

  • PrettyNeurotics

    PrettyNeurotics said 6 years ago

    LOVE the altered face vase! So beautiful and creepy!

  • ScatterbrainTies

    ScatterbrainTies said 6 years ago

    I love the "keeping it weird" series!

  • bobbidiboo

    bobbidiboo said 6 years ago

    I love keeping it weird!

  • bobbidiboo

    bobbidiboo said 6 years ago

    I love keeping it weird!

  • carolforsythca

    carolforsythca said 6 years ago

    What a fun theme, cute art. And a nice way of expressing the point. Thanks for a well thought out article.

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    Expressive faces, in tactile forms, greetings from various forms of sculpture! we have to always remember the planes of the face as we illustrate and sketch as students

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 6 years ago

    very weird but very cool:)

  • JKdesignsMe

    JKdesignsMe said 6 years ago

    Lots of Fun!

  • Guitarpickman

    Guitarpickman said 6 years ago

    puppets scare me

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    weird, creepy ,gross... but kind of interesting.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Weird but not regretsy weird. lol !!!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    getting in some face time!

  • rosivintage

    rosivintage said 6 years ago

    Hilarious, fun faces!

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld said 6 years ago

    This is a great post... thank you for sharing...

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