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News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere: November 11, 2010

Nov 11, 2010

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods


“The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time.” — Luis Buñuel

This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has chubby frosting trees, full-on making out, moss and pleasantly textured ‘shrooms, gaping mouths, and a knit that challenges any boring cardigan I’ve ever seen.















What do your dreams look like? If you’re artist Jung-Yeon Min, perhaps they’re filled with swollen frosting bags, intestinal backdrops or Dali-inspired trees made of rigatoni. In fantasy there is no absurd. [Via Boooooooom]





I’ve never gone mushroom hunting, but the call of the wild (er, as wild as fungi and moss can be) has finally wormed its way into my brain. I’ve heard that fall is the season for nomming on squeaky, luscious ‘shrooms, but I’ve yet to identify any myself (and I’m a tad bit scared of the poison/not poison crapshoot of the forest floor). However, the fine folks at Pattern People recently ventured into a secret glade in the Pacific Northwest, so I might just live vicariously through them. 







I dare you to find a more human act of affection than the kiss. Human to dog nose, mother to babe’s forehead, mouth on wet mouth — it’s an unfettered exchange that can be at times lusty, endearing or just plain sentimental. Whatever kind of electricity your mouth is transmitting, it’s a moment of comfort. [Via HUH Magazine]















Speaking of mouths…! This expressive (suggestive?) pottery by ceramicist Ronit Baranga presents the gaping maw of the human mouth in all its glory. The realism is startling, isn’t it? I’m oddly compelled by it. (Okay, not so oddly. I love it, alright?) [Via Beautiful Decay]





Now those are some killer knits. Designer Julie Eilenberger obviously lives in a universe that has no need for stuffy cardigan and pullover fare. (I want in on that world!) [Via I’m Revolting]

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!

Miniature Old Fashioned Distillation Flask
Miniature Old Fashioned Distillation Flask
Vintage Hand Carved Road Runner - Wood Carving
Vintage Hand Carved Road Runner - Wood Carving
TABLECLOTH hand EMBROIDERED linen blue work Lace with 4 MATCHING Napkins
TABLECLOTH hand EMBROIDERED linen blue work Lace with 4 MATCHING Napkins
Early Primitive Milking Stool
Early Primitive Milking Stool
I like you... a lot. Greeting Card.
I like you... a lot. Greeting Card.
No. 1
No. 1
Vintage Hand Carved Large Hanging Hand
Vintage Hand Carved Large Hanging Hand
Telechron School Clock
Telechron School Clock
Gray Shawl, Neckwarmer in Angora, Soft, Motif, granny squares, grey Crochet, Gift for Mom, Her, Winter Acccessories Christmas
Gray Shawl, Neckwarmer in Angora, Soft, Motif, granny squares, grey Crochet, Gift for Mom, Her, Winter Acccessories Christmas
Vintage Toledo Drafting Stool RESERVED FOR misha7xld
Vintage Toledo Drafting Stool RESERVED FOR misha7xld
Vintage 1970's Book Collection
Vintage 1970's Book Collection


  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 6 years ago

    I heart mushrooms! Love the knits, too! Thanks for another inspiring post!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wicked cool finds!

  • somethingaboutmeshop

    somethingaboutmeshop said 6 years ago

    wow, just awesome!!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 6 years ago

    WOW! Thought provoking and some-what provocative; original and AMAZING! LOVE the art by Jung-Yeon Min...especially the picture with the woman relaxing, lying back with head on the gigantic pool.

  • ashleysilvernell

    ashleysilvernell said 6 years ago

    Wow! Amazing work, thank you so much for sharing it. I love Ronit Baranga's mouth pieces.

  • CraftsByBabz

    CraftsByBabz said 6 years ago

    Those mushrooms are neat!!

  • BeatUpCreations

    BeatUpCreations said 6 years ago


  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    odd but beautiful :)

  • DreamsFactory

    DreamsFactory said 6 years ago

    Great article!Thanks for sharing

  • lisazain

    lisazain said 6 years ago

    there's a reason you are my favorite. the first time i saw that first Jung-Yeon Min piece i had to stare at it for long moments on end. amazing. xo!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 6 years ago

    Are you sure this isn't Keep it Weird, lol.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    I thought it was keep it weird too!

  • mistflowerphoto

    mistflowerphoto said 6 years ago

    Wow, so much to take in. I keep scrolling back and forth and each time I discover something new. I love the line "In fantasy there is no absurd". Thank you for sharing.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Likin' the lichens and 'shrooms.

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 6 years ago

    whoa... some of these images are absolutely beautiful, some are quite fascinating, and there are few that are a bit creepy. A wonderful collection, for certain. :)

  • inapaleplace

    inapaleplace said 6 years ago

    What was that? Awesomeness

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    sensational! love everything!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • CloakroomCreations

    CloakroomCreations said 6 years ago

    Marvelous stuff.

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 6 years ago


  • choisette

    choisette said 6 years ago

    i heart larry clark.

  • dherrera6

    dherrera6 said 6 years ago

    I want it all!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 6 years ago

    hooray for making out;)

  • janellelile

    janellelile said 6 years ago

    Yay! More mushrooms, fungi, and mosses!

  • andrea0503

    andrea0503 said 6 years ago

    The images are really stunning, especially Jung Yeon Min. Alison, your articles are by far the most intriguing!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Wowsa...the mouth pottery is fantastically uncomfortable. Thanks for my daily dose!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Fan-freaking-tastic as always, Alison. Thank you! I think our brains are running on some odd, parallel creative plane...

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    I am IN LOVE with all of these works of art. Thank you for introducing me to these. Tons of new favorites here!

  • 6eisha

    6eisha said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the deep surreal (and for introducing us to Julie).

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 6 years ago

    Love Jung-Yeon Min, wow! My husband's paintings border on internal organs as well though he doesn't see it. Also love the smooches and Ronit Baranga's work.

  • TinfenaStudio

    TinfenaStudio said 6 years ago

    amazing artwork, amazing finds!

  • MaidOfClay

    MaidOfClay said 6 years ago

    I had a pure visceral response to Baranga's mouth bowls - almost like a falling feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was repelled but also couldn't look away. Absolutely brilliant work. I got the exact same feeling from Jessica Harrison "flesh chair"

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 6 years ago

    Ronit Baranga's ceramics work is incredible. Glad to now be aware of their work.

  • brienna

    brienna said 6 years ago

    Extraordinary and inspirational, thank you.

  • AsLuckWouldHaveIt

    AsLuckWouldHaveIt said 6 years ago

    Impressive variety here! Very interesting finds!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    Fascinating photographs - reminds me of the Keep it Weird series! Thanks for sharing.

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague said 6 years ago

    spot on the weird note... however wow, that kid making out with the dog is really, really creepy.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Another fungi & moss fan here. Found lots of never before seen (by me) 'shrooms/fungi in the woods this fall but they are to admire only. So rare, ephemeral and extraordinary. Love the Michelin man cardi!

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique said 6 years ago


  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 6 years ago

    Yes, for a moment I thought this was the Keep it Weird feature...! I do love the mouth pottery and the knitting..... off to check out in more detail!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Amazing! =)

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp said 6 years ago

    wow - i was going to skip right to the comments just to say jung-yeon min is a genius and then i saw the ceramics by baranga... and all i can is... whhhhaatttt - so cool.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 6 years ago

    wow~ speechless....

  • iowajewel

    iowajewel said 6 years ago

    love the kissing part, here is hoping everyone's weekend is full of it!!!

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 6 years ago

    fabulous! By the way, I'm a huge fan of Cathy Cullis. ~Mandy

  • dahliasoleil

    dahliasoleil said 6 years ago

    Wow...that is an amazing display of art.I hope the dog brushed his teeth before he kissed the

  • skydesign

    skydesign said 6 years ago

    Daliesque, I love it.......

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 6 years ago

    you had me at frosting trees and making out.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    You find the greatest things! Thanks for always delivering the fun stuff!

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! love the textures and beautiful oddities!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 6 years ago

    This world sure is filled with such weird and delightful things.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    Chills and beyond ~ fluid and thought provoking each series of photos led beautifully into one another !

  • riorita

    riorita said 6 years ago

    These artists are amazing! Some Brilliant artists!

  • diorama4mama

    diorama4mama said 6 years ago

    "But I've discovered macrame! It's helped me find myself. I'm gentler now and more creative." - LuLu Fishpaw, Polyester Thanks for the cool stuff.

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    I'm fascinated by the mushroom forest photos.

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 6 years ago

    you rocked this segment ..OK! I love the ceramics, the kissing, the knits. thanks!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Love the mushroom photos and the surreal artwork. Thanks for sharing!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 6 years ago

    Alison, you have the best column on Etsy. I always look forward to your eclectic and topical reports. -Victoria

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    amazing work!

  • AWishForYou

    AWishForYou said 6 years ago

    those mouths make me shiver . . . although their message they deliver the fungi reigns supreme . . . but that dog looks less than keen !!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Thought provoking images. Thanks.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Always something interesting from Alison. Do you think that yellow sweater-jacket would make my butt look big?

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful in the weird way.

  • Frankenkitty

    Frankenkitty said 6 years ago

    Fantastic artworks! Many of them are really gorgeous. My dreams are usually bizarre, as I think many people's are. I tend to dream about famous people a lot. One that comes to mind was meeting the Fonz, who was dressed as Evel Knievel, and Janis Joplin, who was sober, and a crafter, if you can believe it. :-)

  • depuis

    depuis said 6 years ago

    I know I can always count on Alison to analyze and illustrate the aesthetics of beautiful-ugliness, or what some people call odd.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    these pictures where all incredible. but a couple where a little disturbing. the little boy kissing the dog is the strangest to me.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    thanks for creating such a unique collage of beauty! putting those images together is an art form to itself! xo

  • DeviantDecor

    DeviantDecor said 6 years ago

    Wow, some really awesome stuff! I especially love Ronit Baranga's pieces - they are simply AMAZING! Great stuff, thanks for the post <3

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 6 years ago

    Love love love mushrooms and the photos are beautiful, I heart woodsy images. And now I'm hungry for wild shrooms. Miam. Those mouth ceramics ...freaky but fantastic ! Thanks for the inspiration, Val

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 6 years ago

    Great stuff.. I love kissing, although I haven't been kissed like that in forever. The artist jung-yeong min's paintings are truly thought provoking.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love the mushroom photos! I always went mushrooming with my grandparents.

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 6 years ago

    Those translucent mushrooms are incredible! Inspiring too..Love that mossy greenness. xoxo, Gina

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 6 years ago

    Wow! you did a great job here! Fantastic finds, this is what I call a real art! Thanks for sharing!

  • SimpleAspen

    SimpleAspen said 6 years ago

    Ahh the images of the Northwest! We just finished ou Farmer's Market season selling Chantrelle mushrooms. Because what goes better with photography than some wild mushroom? It certainly helps when one of us works in wildlife and sees wild mushrooms everyday.

  • saralunafiberspot

    saralunafiberspot said 6 years ago

    love this news from the Craft and Style Blog. It,s always full of soulful work. A lot of this work really pushes the edges of what is art, what is a painting, what is a sweater, but I must say that the most daring work of all are the mouth clay pieces. Having just watched a DVD about Francis Bacon, I saw connections regarding the mouth. I found out that he is obsessed with the mouth and many of his paintings are figures with a head and no other feature than a fearsome mouth. Its a powerful thing to do, to be able to distort reality so much that it reaches in and grabs your gut. Congratulations and praise to all of these artists

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Great article! as always :)) Thanks for sharing !

  • brienna

    brienna said 6 years ago

    Oh Alison, this is absolutely stunning! I'm completely captivated by Jung-Yeon Min and Ronit Baranga! What an inspiration, thank you so much for introducing me to such wonderful minds.

  • adatine

    adatine said 6 years ago


  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Amazing work really like the mushrooms, I agree about the russian roulette of mushroom picking!

  • Earleyimages

    Earleyimages said 6 years ago

    amazing artwork

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Creepy neat (the dish set with mouths and fingers) ! And the photograghs of the kisses...brightened my day! Great images for first thing in the morning. I'm inspired. H a a !

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 6 years ago

    A fungus among us? No Us among the fungus..;) Very weird, very cool, very very!

  • RPotterStudio

    RPotterStudio said 6 years ago


  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    wow, how do you find all this stuff! So cool

  • AnnaLela

    AnnaLela said 6 years ago

    Wow...what a great finds here.

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss said 6 years ago

    Amazing!!! and loving the make out sessions ;)

  • MiniatureRhino

    MiniatureRhino said 6 years ago

    i'm not gonna lie, sometimes i kiss my cat like that...

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    That was amazing...way too cool.

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 6 years ago

    wonderful! and so beautiful! the kid kissin a dog is cracking me up:) so cute!

  • trottinette

    trottinette said 6 years ago

    Out of the ordinary, love it !

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 6 years ago

    crazy interesting. wildly inspirational. and a little gross.

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 6 years ago

    crazy - wild - beautiful

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    fascinated by Jung-Yeon Min's work. great post :)

  • hcogren

    hcogren said 6 years ago

    hate most of this... let's keep stuff that's not rated G in the "keep it weird" category. I'm all for forward thinking, but some of this is a little offensive.

  • KatieMarieHorn

    KatieMarieHorn said 6 years ago

    Jung-Yeon Min's work is amazing. Very haunting.

  • jessamae22

    jessamae22 said 6 years ago

    wow, that is just stunning

  • snookumsandme

    snookumsandme said 6 years ago

    The bowls with mouths are... WOW! It's all wonderful in a strange way. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • lisaschamess

    lisaschamess said 6 years ago

    hcogren, offensive = weird. huh. i knew there was a reason i liked being weird.

  • lisaschamess

    lisaschamess said 6 years ago

    @hcogren, so offensiveness = weird. huh. i knew there was a reason i liked being weird.

  • kljmayfield9

    kljmayfield9 said 6 years ago

    Pure weird! Totally weird! Just...weird! Love it.

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much!

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye said 6 years ago

    Seriously, you always pick the coolest stuff! Those mouth bowls are freaking me out.

  • MiuAndUmi

    MiuAndUmi said 6 years ago

    I'm with nickiefrye, those mouth bowls are ookie. Thanks Alison for keeping it weird. Love the kissing photos best of all!

  • Alterity

    Alterity said 6 years ago

    Are you kidding (to the spam post above). Really?

  • elizabethkelly

    elizabethkelly said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the work of Ronit Baranga - absolutely beautiful work. I'd never seen her stuff before. Julie Ellenberger's knitwear is amazing too - pretty off the scale. A great collection you put together here!

  • artlife

    artlife said 6 years ago

    such rich imagery!

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 6 years ago

    Amazing and Inspirational!

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 6 years ago

    Awesome ! This collection is beautiful !

  • annamariapotamiti

    annamariapotamiti said 5 years ago

    Simply stunning! All of it- Starting with Cathy's work-

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