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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: March 4, 2010

Mar 4, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“A book reads the better which is our own, and has been so long known to us, that we know the topography of its blots, and dog’s ears, and can trace the dirt in it to having read it at tea with buttered muffins.” — Charles Lamb

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has the first film version of Alice in Wonderland ever made (from 1903, if you can believe it), angular fashions, amusing Internet-inspired book covers, creepy curios and Wrinkle in Time references.







Prepare to enter the land of bubble gum fantasies and clothing made of the elaborately folded foil wrapper discards (not literally, but the geometry is temptingly similar). Zuzana Kubickova‘s designs channel an iridescent meets power puff palette, the volume and sculpture of traditional kimono and angular futurist tendencies. Put it in the oven and you’ve got a glorious casserole. [Via TrendLand]








I love a home lined with tiny curios and treasures, and Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko‘s puppet and skull-filled pad does not disappoint. The anatomical models are also most excellent. [Via The Selby]









The persistent pyramid is an intriguing concept. These photo manipulations create junctures in the megacosm that bring to mind “wrinkling” and noble tesseracts (gotta love A Wrinkle in Time). [Via The Look See]






“Flickr: Food for eyes.” “Linkedin: A friend is someone who has the same enemies as you.” Have truer words ever been spoken? French graphic designer Retrofurs creates pithy (and tongue-in-cheek) translations of how humans use the Internet and social media, all via the concept of classic book covers. There are so many meta allusions to parse about the nature of entertainment, edification and connections…and they’re also pretty amusing. [Via Nothing Elegant]


So, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is coming out this weekend, and I’m quite excited to see the latest take on the Lewis Carroll classic (I have read and reread my mom’s old copy of Through the Looking Glass more times than I can count!). However, it’s important to note that there have been oodles of amazing interpretations of this classic tome, and this short silent film from 1903 (the first film adaptation of the novel, in actuality, and the longest film in England at the time) has captured my imagination. Eight minutes of the film have recently been restored from severely damaged prints, including the original colors. I think the damage to the film actually adds to the psychedelic, fanciful nature of the story. It’s a must see! [Via Fred Flare]

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!


  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    Love the strange fashions!

  • BlueCrushBeads

    BlueCrushBeads said 6 years ago

    So unique, this is why I love being part of etsy!!!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 6 years ago

    ...those angular nature photos are the asymetrical lipstick on the alice model...thanks for the trip 'round the rabbit hole...

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 6 years ago

    Retrofurs' art is so clever! Thank you for sharing Alison!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago you remember Alice thru the Looking Glass?...she gets to wonderland by pushing on her dressing mirror...i love the sepia tones of the playing cards...all great fashion-creation inspiration! thanks for intriguing article...

  • edor

    edor said 6 years ago

    I love Alice. hehe how did they make her shrink??

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 6 years ago

    Awesome! Great geometric shapes and inspiration :)

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Partial to the anatomicals and bent scapes.

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 6 years ago

    um WHAT love this ALOT

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Wow Alison, you ALWAYS

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    (Dangit.) ALWAYS find the most interesting things to post! I love those "classic book cover" designs about Flickr, etc.

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 6 years ago

    I wish I had a beer and those metal teeth to crack it open on right now. Bravo, Allison!

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 6 years ago

    Wonderful as always. Thanks for sharing the old film footage--haven't seen that in a long time!

  • BrightWall

    BrightWall said 6 years ago

    wow that is some pretty amazing perspective stuff happening in the those photo manipulation. great work!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 6 years ago

    this photo: reminds me so much of Return To Oz! Jack Pumpkinhead, and the evil Nurse Wilson/Princess Mombi!!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Love those social media remixes from retrofurs!

  • DapperPaper

    DapperPaper said 6 years ago

    wow, those retrofuturs' designs are SO smart.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pics!! lovely article!!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Strange and unique Art! Its Eye catching!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago

    Strange and unique Art! Its Eye catching!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    the photo manipulations are really effective! love the find you've included this week, especially emma's monster fish :) thanku!

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    i love those wonky rosebud lips, they make such a kickass expression!

  • JoshUrsoDesign

    JoshUrsoDesign said 6 years ago

    the altered landscape photos are captivating. i haven't seen photography like that in a long time. thanks!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 6 years ago

    wow love all of them

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Jessica and Erik's place looks a lot like mine! That's strange in itself. Wonderful variety in this piece.

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 6 years ago

    The photography is exceptional and stunning.

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

    Amazing as usual! Thanks for sharing :)

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 6 years ago

    The vintage-looking website art is very interesting. What a concept.

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 6 years ago

    Wow, awesome!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 6 years ago

    I loooove those sculptured dresses!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Amazing! Love the Alice video!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 6 years ago

    great post!!!!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 6 years ago

    Amazing fashion. do love the Alice video clip.

  • Lovefromthesand

    Lovefromthesand said 6 years ago

    very unique!!!

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 6 years ago

    Finally, it's true: the Internet and books can coexist harmoniously.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago


  • VintageinBohemia

    VintageinBohemia said 6 years ago

    wow, that middle section was creepy and I had to scroll real quick.. but cool too

  • bijouXstudio

    bijouXstudio said 6 years ago

    the photo manipulations are striking. thank you for sharing.

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 6 years ago

    wow! stunning pictures!

  • Tessella

    Tessella said 6 years ago

    im creeped out

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    I was just remembering a childhood visit to Storytown U.S.A. in Lake George, N.Y. They had a wonderful Alice in Wonderland area.

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 6 years ago

    cool article very trippy and textural images. I love the many interpetations of alice and wonderland...from books,animation,recent tv versions. Can't wait to see tim burtons masterpiece!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    What a great quote at the beginning of the article, it resonates with all of us bibliophiles out here!

  • corduroy

    corduroy said 6 years ago

    Really feeling this one. Zuzana Kubickova's stuff is fantastic as are the photographs, and I love the Retrofurs designs. Why can't everything look like those great retro book covers. And the terrasects are blowing my mind, maan! Seems a lot of people have begun doing things with chopping up photographs lately, and I love it. It'd be cool to do something like that with a pop-up photograph! WikiHow on how to make one :

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 6 years ago

    It's all good, Angster! Surreal, textural, delicious color. Thanks again.

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 6 years ago

    amazing and inspiring gathering of talent and creations here of your best yet! thank you xo

  • SiuTing1108

    SiuTing1108 said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 6 years ago

    holy cow, a Wrinkle in Time! i haven't read that in ages - I wonder if I can dig up my old copy?

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    great great great article Allison!!!!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 6 years ago

    fascinating, creepy ...

  • minouette

    minouette said 6 years ago

    Platypus services?

  • Schmutzerland

    Schmutzerland said 6 years ago

    I want to be in that moving picture!!! Holy Moly!!!! I have a huge art/history nerd high right now!!! This is why Thursday is my most favorite day of the week. Woo!

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 6 years ago

    went through a whole myriad of emotions just now: giggling (the skewed lipstick on the models just tickled me for some reason); to wow (anatomy photo) to morose (those mannequins look so sad!); to EEK! (that doll head is still creeping me out) to wow again! Most interesting and most inspiring! Thanks Alison!

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 6 years ago

    oops >

  • PoisonApplePotions

    PoisonApplePotions said 6 years ago

    Some of these items are creepy.... and I love it!

  • GreenGardenStamps

    GreenGardenStamps said 6 years ago

    Fantastic post - those photographs are amazing!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    An enjoyable afternoon read for me.:) Thank you for this visual, historical literary treasure trove.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 6 years ago

    suzana kubickowa's work is definatelly great.

  • AleBremerJewelry

    AleBremerJewelry said 6 years ago

    Retrofurs' art its so amazing!

  • MadalinasCraftWorld

    MadalinasCraftWorld said 6 years ago

    ohh wooww.....that is all I can utter!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    ok, those photos are brilliant!!! amazing!!! I love them. they look original and make look twice and more. Great art!!! good luck. Have you heard of Hyeres Competition?

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    the fashion on top looks very Hyeres too! I love it.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    I love the stacked rings....everything else....well very avant garde..

  • mathildacraft

    mathildacraft said 6 years ago

    Ah so wonderful, TeenAngster! You find the coolest stuff! Love the Alice video! I have never seen it before! I love the listening cat and the black diamond seed rings! Absolutely amazing, though the teeth bottlecap remover is so FREAKIN' cool! Creepy, but cool! X3

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 6 years ago

    Wow, very cool.

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 6 years ago

    stunning pictures, very stylish! :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    The photos are amazing and the puppets are eerie!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed the old alice in wonderland video of 1903. Never seen it before. Interesting pictures as well. You find neato mixes. Thanks

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 6 years ago

    Although the puppets are rather bizarre, they are also intriguing, the listening kitten is quaint, My memories of Alice in Wonderland are from Vintage book photos and of course Disney

  • JosephineAndCole

    JosephineAndCole said 6 years ago

    This is hands down my favorite series on the storque! I love all the crazy, amazing goodness you bring us!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 6 years ago

    would pay handsomely for that toothy mouth bottle opener, oh yes.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Love the "book covers"!

  • shabbychicadee

    shabbychicadee said 6 years ago

    Andersen Pottery is so Beautiful . I own several pieces. manatee,sandpiper,snow goose,snow rabbit,seagull and many more.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    some of this could also be in the keep it wierd storque, cool

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 6 years ago

    Ditto: Can't wait to see Alice In Wonderland!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wow, very cool and interesting stuff!! Loved the video!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 6 years ago

    wow that is pretty amazing

  • madeofsherbert

    madeofsherbert said 6 years ago

    Love the quilted clothing

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Great stuff! Love the pyramid photos - interesting.

  • singlestitches

    singlestitches said 6 years ago

    Fantastic! :)

  • nicedaydesigns

    nicedaydesigns said 6 years ago

    Oh I love the book covers they are fantastic!

  • CenteredClayWorks

    CenteredClayWorks said 6 years ago

    Wow - I fell into the storque hole and passed some amazing things and ended up here to leave a comment. Great work!!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    weird but very cool!

  • yogiodie

    yogiodie said 6 years ago

    Pictures are awesome - your writing superb. Alice in Wonderland - one of my favorite books. Thanks for noticing. You are Alison the wonderful.

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 6 years ago

    This puppets really scare me...

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 6 years ago

    Really like all your etsy selections....but the photos from the blogosphere...not so much! Can't wait to see the movie..loved seeing the Tim Burton exhibit at MOMA, NYC

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 6 years ago

    I've seen it twice. Friday and Saturday! Love it, love the book, love the original movie and love the fact that nothing is impossible!

  • workingwoman

    workingwoman said 6 years ago

    I love this blog.

  • SiamOriental

    SiamOriental said 6 years ago

    I love the picture in this Blog very very beautiful.

  • SiamOriental

    SiamOriental said 6 years ago

    I love the picture in this Blog very very beautiful.

  • Vidalbuttons

    Vidalbuttons said 6 years ago

    Excellent pics! very inspiring!

  • florigamigirl

    florigamigirl said 6 years ago

    well I learned something about racoons today from this post!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    Great blog...lovely pictures..:)

  • elisajewels

    elisajewels said 6 years ago

    this stuff is definitely unique. it truly shows how inspiration takes time. the really good stuff out there takes good ol' fashioned hard work to be amazing.

  • kingsley171

    kingsley171 said 6 years ago

    Love the old Alice in Wonderland, thanks!

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