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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: August 19, 2010

Aug 19, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“It might interest you to know, speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world, that I am the sound of rain on the roof.” — Excerpted from “Litany” by Billy Collins

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has licorice ball gags, Swiss cheese face cage, elegant pompadours and rich velvet (never velveteen), and a glimpse into the occult, complete with miniskirts and a smoking bottle.












Appetizing, no? A solid dousing of fudge to the face à la Double Dare or the caress of an amorous licorice vine certainly provokes a range of associations: sprinkles-as-ants, profound stickiness, mouth watering, and a filth that cannot easily be washed away. Photographer Marcel van der Vlugt’s next project should probably involve some sort of pudding, wrestling, kiddie pool combination. Probably. [Via Haute Macabre]











These seemingly pre-Raphaelite portraits are the product of my new favorite photographer, Billy & Hells. I’ve mentioned him in this column before, but his work is worth reposting. Elegant, painterly and utterly divine. [Via Chateau Thombeau]








Prepare the Ouija board and your best miniskirt for we’re entering the weird world of the occult, as portrayed in a 1960s horror film. The fashion and interiors are ripe for encountering a spirit. Light as a feather, stiff as a board! [Via julia.]

Wanna give me some more artsy, style or design blogs to peruse? Leave them in the comments! And check out past installments of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere!


  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 6 years ago

    Amazing and frightening... all at the same time.

  • tangente

    tangente said 6 years ago

    I always look forward to these posts. Really fascinating photography.

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 6 years ago

    Fascinating as always!

  • whatnomints

    whatnomints said 6 years ago

    What the weird!? Love the originality of the photography. Sort of beautiful in an odd way. I also love how Double Dare was referenced - Takes me back :)

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 6 years ago

    I love the first set. They are incredible.

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 6 years ago

    Fantastic photography!Brilliant post as always!!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    Amazing images - truly beautiful selection ! Cheers !!

  • elinart

    elinart said 6 years ago

    Great photos! :)

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 6 years ago

    I love photographers that take a more active and less observational role. Interesting group this week!

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 6 years ago

    Cool photography!

  • KatHannah

    KatHannah said 6 years ago

    Creepy and gorgeous - love them.

  • HoundstoothDesign

    HoundstoothDesign said 6 years ago

    Yikes! Very cool though!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Amazing !!!

  • weirdamiga

    weirdamiga said 6 years ago

    Haha! mother of god...

  • lucycalhoun

    lucycalhoun said 6 years ago

    Very interesting photos!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 6 years ago

    So amazing! You do just have the knack for finding the most wonderous things, don't you:)

  • dutchpearl

    dutchpearl said 6 years ago

    Creepy!! :-)

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    I absolutely adore the Victorian, Gothic shots, super cool!!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Full on. Love it.

  • worldcoincufflinks

    worldcoincufflinks said 6 years ago

    Amazing creative, well done to the model for going through all of that.

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    Oh my favorite teenager does it again!

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 6 years ago

    Wow! A little scary but very beautiful.

  • LittleRedCottage

    LittleRedCottage said 6 years ago

    Gothic & the second set of photographs...very inspiring!

  • thesocialcellar

    thesocialcellar said 6 years ago

    Love, love, love the last set of photos! So creepy!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    The colors are amazing in Billy & Hells' photography.

  • SugarFlower

    SugarFlower said 6 years ago

    Creepy and amazing!

  • kambriel

    kambriel said 6 years ago

    Stunning, especially the timeless, haunting nature of the portraits by Billy and Hells...

  • CorvidDelights

    CorvidDelights said 6 years ago

    Stunning photography, and a great treasury collection. I love the theme. Great job.

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Interesting pictures!

  • OonaJamesStudio

    OonaJamesStudio said 6 years ago

    *stares in awe*

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Thanks for my daily dose of strange. Flying this out to my FB buds.

  • underthepyramids

    underthepyramids said 6 years ago

    Oooh ! Preraphaelite & Occult ! Two of my favourite things ! Thanks for a bunch of beautiful finds ! Δ Δ Δ -mathyld-

  • saltatelier

    saltatelier said 6 years ago

    cool photos licorice looks tasty;)

  • underthepyramids

    underthepyramids said 6 years ago

    Oooh ! Preraphaelite & Occult inspired ! Two of my favourite themes ... Thank you for sharing these beautiful finds ! Δ Δ Δ -mathyld-

  • Lambert

    Lambert said 6 years ago

    The swiss cheese/aloof model picture is eye catching to say the least :)

  • CupcakesandPinups

    CupcakesandPinups said 6 years ago

    Striking Images!!! Love it.

  • FreshEra

    FreshEra said 6 years ago

    made me smile and cringe - different and interesting. Bravo.

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 6 years ago

    I always loved the Billy & Hells photography. :) So gorgeous!

  • darkponydesigns

    darkponydesigns said 6 years ago

    Hmmm...very Edgar Allen Poe/Alexander McQueen/sprinkled with Baroque. Thank you. Now I don't feel so weird for reading "The Raven" to my children at bed time last night :-) Autumn is in the air, ever so quietly creeping in under the door... xoxo Robin

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 6 years ago

    those photographs are AMAZING!! so inspirational. It's really hard to photograph your beauty products and that is really creative. And thanks for including my soap :)

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 6 years ago

    Amazing photographs, and I love the juxtaposition between modern in your face vs. 'old fashioned'. Thanks!

  • minusplusminus

    minusplusminus said 6 years ago

    love the photo collection here +++!

  • angeldogdesigns

    angeldogdesigns said 6 years ago

    adding Billy & Hells to my list of new favorite photographers as well, so inspiring...

  • IrenaSophia

    IrenaSophia said 6 years ago

    Beautiful photos from Billy and Hells, I'm in love!

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 6 years ago

    Cool photos - a whole range of emotions. Thanks!

  • BeachMusings

    BeachMusings said 6 years ago

    interesting, very interesting!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago


  • MaximumBlinds

    MaximumBlinds said 6 years ago

    What a great introduction to your blog - Thank you!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago


  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 6 years ago

    oooo creepy. yet hauntingly fabulous! i always look forward to these posts.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 6 years ago

    The Pre-Raphaelite imagery of Billy & Hells is mesmerizing. I have a John Waterhouse print in my bedroom and can't get enough of it! I am honored to have my dinnerware here, too- thank you!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. Now I know what to do with the yards of vintage wine colored silk I've been hanging on to.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 6 years ago

    oh so in love with Billy & Hells...fabuleuxxx!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    The Billy & Hells portraits are gorgeous!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 6 years ago

    lovely finds as always, love the colour scheme of all the finds as well!

  • dollybirddesign

    dollybirddesign said 6 years ago

    Blown away with this one :)

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 6 years ago

    the portraits and room vistas are arrestingly beautiful. this victorian inspired view of characters is fascinating --and especially relieving in this fast paced techno-centric world we now live in. wonderful-- thanks alison!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    INTERESTING THANKS for sharing

  • JoannasPhotography

    JoannasPhotography said 6 years ago

    Very interesting selection of photography. Beautiful and in it's way creepy. Still- makes very good piece to read & see! Thank you:)

  • mintdestash

    mintdestash said 6 years ago

    Loving everything - so thought provoking.

  • Domni

    Domni said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting new photogs to study! =)

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 6 years ago

    Portraits are jaw dropping! grotesque in some way..thanks for sharing!

  • floorartetc

    floorartetc said 6 years ago

    Bizarre and yet Beautiful. Amazing photographers. Billie

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical said 6 years ago

    I love the portraits!! Their expression and colours on the background are so stunning :D

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 6 years ago

    Fascinating shots from Photographer Marcel van der Vlugt's :D It's quite provoking as well..

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 6 years ago

    beautiful photos! so interesting yet creepy crawly. i am in love with the Twig Necklace Thirteen - what a stunning piece of jewelry. love it!

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab said 6 years ago

    hmmm so Poland makes acid and vodka. keep those bottles separated ;)

  • backyardcolorado

    backyardcolorado said 6 years ago

    Grossed me out ..but couldn't take my eyes off of them. Excellent outlook and vision!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Interesting art

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 6 years ago

    I love the last photo by Billy and Helis. It looks very neo-classical.

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    Acid rules! I was made in Poland too ;)

  • debbiechoo

    debbiechoo said 6 years ago

    Wow. Interesting.

  • lunaticart

    lunaticart said 6 years ago

    Postraits made a big effect on me!!!

  • 2treasurehunt

    2treasurehunt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Portraits.

  • k1000art

    k1000art said 6 years ago

    Beautiful photos! Great !!

  • Silvia66

    Silvia66 said 6 years ago


  • professorlonghair

    professorlonghair said 6 years ago

    Am I missing something? These posts are getting more and more boring. They are always photography and fashion getting to be mostly always around the same themes! I'm not impressed. What about beautiful illustration, sewing, wood, paper, erm....anything else other than photography and fashion. Actual craft and style?!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    love those photos of the reclining ladies, they totally remind me of my favourite artist Rosetti fabulous!

  • hildes

    hildes said 6 years ago

    Fun and interesting!

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 6 years ago

    Dripping honey all over someones head and photographing it = genius.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    outstanding and strange

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 6 years ago

    OMG, I am now a fan of Billy & Hells. Incredible photography. I can't stop staring at the beauty they created in those photographs. Thank you for the time spent creating an interesting article and pics.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    Yikes! You found some really interesting pictures. I bet that was hard to do! Very strange...

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 6 years ago

    Astonishing pictures!

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Kinda creepy.

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

    great photography! Strange items....

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 6 years ago

    ai caramba!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 6 years ago

    These are absolutely stunning! The imagery in both sets is remarkable and breathtaking. Ten times over and again, thank you so much for sharing these! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 6 years ago

    Wow!!! What am I looking at? Very original and very spooky!

  • Absurdious

    Absurdious said 6 years ago

    Wow!!!! What am I looking at? Very original and very spooky!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    whoa nelly these are amazing photos

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Wow. I love those bottom photos. The mood that they create is great, and the middle photographer's work looks like paintings. Love this stuff! :)

  • jwhitney100

    jwhitney100 said 6 years ago

    I love them (almost all of them, well at least half).

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    wow those Billy & Hells photos are amazing!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago


  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 6 years ago

    As always your posts are superb, these images draw you in and evoke all kinds of different emotions. Thank you

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 6 years ago

    Interesting journey as I scrolled down!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    photo's are awesome enjoyed my peruse down the page filled with so many emotions, look forward to these on thursdays. Thanks..........!!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 6 years ago

    Spectacular works! The spilling over the heads is scary, but beautiful. I have always thought I looked better in clothing from another century, and Billy &Hells have proved that others do also!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    First set: Grotesque yet beautiful photography and artistic at the same time... Stirred emotions of feeling frightened but could not look away... :s The sprinkles as ant's was most alarming, I hate ants! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    the imagery won't leave my mind for a while... does etsy cover therapy? just kidding...

  • AdornmentsNYC

    AdornmentsNYC said 6 years ago

    wow - amazing, inspiring stuff! Martin - Adornments NYC

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    super creepy. Love it!

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 6 years ago

    I've been waiting for 1960s schlock occult to hit the mainstream- all the bloggers I follow are mad on it! Guess everyone's still high on wolves and triangles. How can we capitalise- er, I mean...offer like-minded product on it though- what's the best tag for work that fits the vibe? schlock occult? 60s horror? romantic satanist? Oh no that's my friend...

  • 1elegantlady

    1elegantlady said 6 years ago

    JUST WOW!!!

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 6 years ago

    I'm all for creep and kink, but I find some of van der Vlugt's photos to be literal and woman-hating. On a site like Etsy -- 90+% women -- it's unexpected. For our community, this collection, if it were to be included, needed some editing. The only false note ever (and perhaps only for me) in one of my favorite style blogs in the universe.

  • LockandSpoon

    LockandSpoon said 6 years ago

    I love this post!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Creepy but great!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Absolutely amazing post and photography!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Ack! I was a little afraid at first, but the work of Billy & Hells calmed me down. I stopped abruptly on their work and just stared.. and stared... and STARED. Wow.

  • neile

    neile said 6 years ago

    "I also happen to be the shooting star, the evening paper blowing down an alley, and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table." I love that Collins poem! Thanks for reminding me of it. (you will always be the bread and the knife)

  • VintageJewelryEtc

    VintageJewelryEtc said 6 years ago

    Beyond breathingly beautiful and totally soul, love, loved it!

  • klydevintage

    klydevintage said 6 years ago

    So dynamic! These really grab your attention!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    WOW! I LOVE, love, love this article. So mesmerizing. Thank you so much for sharing. Billy & Hells is utterly amazing.

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    spooky and awesome. beautiful photography! great work!

  • emmjeyessvintage

    emmjeyessvintage said 6 years ago

    The food photos are amazing. Notice how the models mouth and nose are covered in the majority of them. Is that intentional? Without the nose and mouth, we have no sense of taste. Very thought-provoking blog post.

  • Artenchantedstudios

    Artenchantedstudios said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love it. Especially the images that evoke inspirations of age old film noir. Or Hitchcock gone wrong with food. Or a darkened remake of Little Red Riding Hood with the pre-raphaelite photos. Fabulous inspirations!

  • BabaMoon

    BabaMoon said 6 years ago

    Wow some those are pretty creepy lol! But the pre raphelite images are amazing. They all are, even the ones that creeped me out :). Fab article!

  • siragwatkins

    siragwatkins said 6 years ago

    Maybe a little off the scale for weird, at least the first batch. The pre-Raphealite photos are gorgeous, and I love the Victorian furniture.

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 6 years ago

    fantastic photography, so visceral.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    Light as a feather, stiff as a board... I loved playing this at sleepovers. I know it worked! ; )

  • littlejerryjewelry

    littlejerryjewelry said 6 years ago

    These are truly amazing photographs! I absolutely LOVE them, especially the ones by Billy & Hells.

  • RiesingsRockers

    RiesingsRockers said 6 years ago

    Just discovered your blog yesterday. I'll be checking for it in the future. Great images.

  • FoundDays

    FoundDays said 6 years ago

    Would love it if you stopped by my art blog:

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 6 years ago

    I have had a few amazing evenings in my youth with a Ouija board. I bought one in the 70's and my daughter now has this vintage board.

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 6 years ago

    Wow and Wowsers

  • PrimaryRedux

    PrimaryRedux said 6 years ago

    Love the first few photographs, how the addition of a powder or thick liquid or whatever all that stuff is, how it alters the normally recognizable human visage.

  • PureSin

    PureSin said 6 years ago

    Flawless love the sprinkles!!!

  • CheersToJuly

    CheersToJuly said 6 years ago


  • ForbiddenWorlds

    ForbiddenWorlds said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the Billy and Hells portraits - they really do look like their from another era!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Fabulous shots!! So very editorial.

  • gleighdesigns

    gleighdesigns said 6 years ago

    Abolutely stunning! Inspirational and so original! Beautiful, thank you for sharing these unique images

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    I guess we don't all have to love editorial fashion photos

  • alteredbeauty

    alteredbeauty said 6 years ago

    Stunning images!

  • DblRainbow

    DblRainbow said 6 years ago

    I like the black licorice made me think of that movie "The Matrix" for some reason. I also had a Ouija Board back in the 70s and for some reason it was usually pulled out at slumber parties and we girls would always try to bring back JFK for some reason. and when that did or didn't work we tried to bring out Lizzy Bordon LOL

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago


  • isewcute

    isewcute said 6 years ago

    The photography here is the most unique I've seen in awhile!

  • LoveYouSo

    LoveYouSo said 6 years ago

    cleverly disturbing. disturbingly clever.

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  • CurtisEliseDesign

    CurtisEliseDesign said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! The covered faces are beautiful. They have a Bjork-esque look which I love. And the Billy & Hells photographs have a great balance between the antiquated tone and the contemporary image quality. Great collection!

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