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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: 8/25/2011

Aug 25, 2011

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” — Joan Didion

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has aerial landscapes, driftwood horses, sacred rodents, food faces and curiously pink cheeks.


At the Karni Mata temple in India, rats live a charmed life. (And aren’t they adorable?) Fed and sheltered, these rodents are considered sacred by locals and are protected for the whole of their lives. (If you kill one, you must replace it with a rat made out of solid gold.) According to local legend, Karni Mata, the 14th century mystic and an incarnation of Hindu goddess Durga, implored Yama, the god of death, to restore the life of the son of one of her storytellers. Yama refused, and Karni Mata incarnated the dead son and all of the storytellers as rats, under her protection. [Via Love the Sepics]

Over time, I’ve become accustomed to oodles of in-flight photos in my Flickr stream. Perilously perched atop a cloud thousands of feet in the sky, jaded passengers can sip on a cool glass of ginger ale while taking in the topography of the world below through an iPhone’s lens. Artist Claire Johnson still finds the awe-inspiring in this rare point of view, leading to these elegant, painted aerials. [Via Hard Feelings]

I find these edible portraits by design group Ballo + Ballo to be quite clever. Octopus hair! [Via Mary and Matt]


In the early days of film, silent movies — in this case, Westerns — were advertised in a variety of ways, including lobby cards. Hand-colored to showcase concernedly pink cheeks and romantic rendezvous, these “eponymous artifacts were intended to lure pedestrians into the theater by advertising dramatic, key scenes from the movie.” [Via How to Be a Retronaut]


Heather Jansch’s horse sculptures are composed entirely from driftwood. My question: Would they float upon an open sea? [Via Booooooom]


Do you know of a forward-thinking art, style or design blog? Post it in the comments! And make sure to check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!

hand formed stoneware clay wabi sabi bowl
hand formed stoneware clay wabi sabi bowl
Art Deco Operculum Necklace. Tortoiseshell  Aquatic. Eyeballs. Shells.
Art Deco Operculum Necklace. Tortoiseshell Aquatic. Eyeballs. Shells.
SWIMMER - Porcelain figurine with gold swimsuit
SWIMMER - Porcelain figurine with gold swimsuit
Aromatic Cedar Log Dish
Aromatic Cedar Log Dish
Folk Art Matchstick House
Folk Art Matchstick House
black mohair bear
black mohair bear
vintage mexican portrait  folk art
vintage mexican portrait folk art


  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey said 5 years ago

    Great post; love the variety. Those horse sculptures are amazing!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    the horses are beautiful, but the rats freak me out!

  • Agent137

    Agent137 said 5 years ago

    Love these posts! I find the rats to be inspirational and I am loving those food portraits. So creative!

  • Shoppinggalpal

    Shoppinggalpal said 5 years ago

    pretty cool...pretty darn cool

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 5 years ago

    The horse sculptures are really cool! The mice freak me out....even if they look cute!

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef said 5 years ago

    I love the arial paintings and the driftwood horse is way too cool.

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 5 years ago

    Those topography shots are amazing...and the driftwood horse...oh my!! Beautiful post! Sending bliss. ~Jess

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    I've seen those horse sculptures before - beautiful. Great posts, all.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very cool.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Awesome! I am in love with those drift wood horses, amazing..

  • erachel

    erachel said 5 years ago

    Lovely post, I always see something inspiring in your finds. The horse sculptures look exactly like Deborah Butterfield's work, curious...

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 5 years ago

    I really love your today's post, Alison! My grandma used to feed the rats in her house and told them not to touch the food in the kitchen or in the storage. And they didn't :) I love aerial photographs! Here's one of my favorite ones:

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    omg. the aerial views with an iphone lens are amazing!!!

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 5 years ago

    I love all your photo's of the various subjects! I thought I was amazed by the aerial pictures, then movie posters, yes, and the mice, but the drift wood horse is so beautiful! Wow!

  • BackwardRevolution

    BackwardRevolution said 5 years ago

    Very interesting article! The horses are beautiful!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    Those landscape paintings are gorgeous!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 5 years ago

    Really interesting!

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 5 years ago

    Heather Jansch fan.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    great post!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    Super post! I just love the horse sculptures, amazing! Monica TheIDConnection Not sure about the mice or where they rats!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 5 years ago

    Super post! Love the horse sculptures! Not sure about the mice or are they rats? Ehhhhhh Monica TheIdConnection

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 5 years ago

    I'm not that keen on I love those photos! And the western posters are wonderful!

  • seule771

    seule771 said 5 years ago

    I liked this story about Karni Marta's temple in India, then I saw all the rats, mice feeding from milk dish and it frightened me. Someone might leave rats by my door or walking path. Folks do weird things around me, it worsen since I insist. Depicted myth is interesting.

  • amth13

    amth13 said 5 years ago

    They've got driftwood pigs at the Eden Project in the UK

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Those rats are amazing, oddly I've never been that fond of them - it's the tails! From the front they're cute though :)

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 5 years ago

    Great post!! Love the horses!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 5 years ago

    Thumbs up on topography and the driftwood horse! No love for rats. Ever have one chew through the concrete block foundation of your house and destroying the water heater? On a -16degree Christmas Eve no less. On my honor, it truly happened. Fact is always stranger than fiction.

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 5 years ago

    Neat post! Love the old movie cards!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    the horse works are incredible! thanks for a great round up :)

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 5 years ago

    The rats remind me of fairy tales. Not the princess-y ones but the other ones, with witches and giants and magic spells and rats.

  • blevison Admin

    blevison said 5 years ago

    Good stuff, Alison! Love it all.

  • Babetteworld

    Babetteworld said 5 years ago

    Alison, I've been mesmerized by that 'blue lava' photograph by Wendy Crockett for days!!! I keep going to her shop to stare- so I'm so happy to see you've shared her amazing photograph!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Great photos!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 5 years ago

    Interesting stuff about the rats. I like the horse sculpture.

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 5 years ago

    the mice/rats remind me of Tori Amos' video for "God"

  • TheOologist

    TheOologist said 5 years ago

    Wow! Those horse sculptures are inspirational! As for the rats.............a truly mesmirising story!

  • blancahelga

    blancahelga said 5 years ago

    Oh, crazy amazing histories!

  • magdamagda

    magdamagda said 5 years ago

    Well the rats are certainly photogenic (I am in India but I've seen them only on tv...and people drinking milk after them) The horse sculptures are amazing! Heather Jansch is one supertalented artist!

  • Trenza

    Trenza said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous horses! Wonderful finds

  • longwinterfarm

    longwinterfarm said 5 years ago

    Fascinating! And I love love rats, probably the most intelligent animal I've ever kept as a friend. So wonderful to learn about a place where they're valued!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 5 years ago

    beautiful horse sculptures!! Love the bowl of rats too, they are kind of cute! (kind of)

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    The rats ruined my sandwich...

  • minouette

    minouette said 5 years ago

    Love the octopus face! Would like to see the rat temple, though despite liking individual rats, I confess that large numbers of them make me a wee bit squeemish. I'm sure the driftwood horses would float upon the sea. Great post as always! (By the way, 'Love these pics' is mysteriously identified as 'Love The Sepics').

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop said 5 years ago

    Love the horses ~ especially the 2nd one!

  • JKstarin

    JKstarin said 5 years ago

    If you love the driftwood horses shown here, then look up Deborah Butterfield! (Ms. Jansch might want to...) Deborah has been creating hers for many years and is well known for them in the art community!

  • roseandlotus

    roseandlotus said 5 years ago

    The driftwood horses are just amazing!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Great Article!!! Amazing story and photos of the sacred Rats!! Love the driftwood horse sculptures and very Cool paintings....those overly dramatic Western movie prints made me laugh...

  • keibers

    keibers said 5 years ago

    Great read. :D Those little rats are so cute! <3 I love Eastern cultures and learning about them and I respect India for the way they respect their animals. :) Also those cards - haha! Glad I'm not the only one who draws men with flush faces, hehe :D

  • slowe

    slowe said 5 years ago

  • shavingkitsuppplies

    shavingkitsuppplies said 5 years ago

    You continue to find the most amazing, inspiring things, Alison.

  • lavalamplavalamp

    lavalamplavalamp said 5 years ago

    I like that rats, but I am glad they are there instead of here. Very cool movie posters and aerial views! Parker

  • MadisonStreetVintage

    MadisonStreetVintage said 5 years ago

    Awesome article

  • nicolesweavingart

    nicolesweavingart said 5 years ago

    I hated rats (the tail, you know) until I held my first one. I was hooked from then on! They make excellent pets for kids, and they actually want to be with you!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 5 years ago

    The food portraits remind me of one of my favorite painters — Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Food + art = An Italian tradition!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 5 years ago

    fabulous as always alison... and i have to say that i'm touched and heartened that the often maligned and misunderstood rat has at last found a safe haven-- if only in one small part of the world!

  • FiliGraceJewelry

    FiliGraceJewelry said 5 years ago

    The horse sculpture are just.... wow.... awesome!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 5 years ago

    The mice are disturbing.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Had 0 clue rats had charmed lives in some cultures of the world even iron carvings on gates and such. Enoyed the wooden horse and old photos too, once again thanks for gathering up info and pic's for an interesting blog post. Sorry rats bother me tho, think it's the farm thing they wreck havoc on buildings and barns.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Very interesting !

  • ChakarrJewelry

    ChakarrJewelry said 5 years ago

    The horse sculptures are amazing!!!

  • woodbeedesign

    woodbeedesign said 4 years ago

    Everything is so cool.

  • HelloSprout

    HelloSprout said 4 years ago

    I'm not so sure about the rats, but the horses are great!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 4 years ago

    Those aerial-view paintings are the coolest! I want a paint-by-numbers kit like that!

  • SanneK

    SanneK said 4 years ago

    Check out the site! It's a great design blog. :-)

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  • theRainbowYarns

    theRainbowYarns said 4 years ago

    Really amazing art!

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