Latest Invocations – September 2014

Latest Invocations - September 2014

Shhhhhh! If we stand perfectly still they may not notice us. Oh yes, they're back and haunting your innocent dreams. Behold the latest invocations!

Be careful, it seems a smiling red devil has made a little girl cry, Jigsaw has shown it's feminine side and why are those twins staring at us?

What are you waiting for? Do you have a shop, a new movie, something to scream? It's time to join our sideshow and Post Yourself Now!

invocation.churchofhalloween.com
In: Communities, Interesting, Unearthed

Museum of Quackery

Museum of Quackery

Devious Displays of Quackery, Fraud, Deceit and Deception! The largest collection of medical chicanery and mayhem ever assembled under one roof! Sound like a carnival barker? A snake oil salesman? A sideshow shill? Well, you're close...

www.museumofquackery.com
In: Interesting, Oddities

The Order of the Good Death

The Order of the Good Death

The Order of the Good Death is a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality. It was founded in January 2011 by Caitlin Doughty, a mortician and writer in Los Angeles, CA.

The Order is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears- whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety and terror of modern culture are not.

The Order of the Good Death features the Ask a Mortician webseries.

www.orderofthegooddeath.com
In: Communities, Interesting

Nancy Michalak

Nancy Michalak

Inspired by the rich and diverse history of the folk art Scherenschnitte, a German paper cutting technique, Nancy Michalak's work melds this traditional artform with an innovative use of an underlying collage, adding color and dimension of her work. Additionally, colored paper is applied to the surface of the cutout creating a richness of color lacking in traditional technique.

Using silhouette paper and scissors, her designs are drawn and cut as one piece. The challenges of designing a piece is how much detail can be achieved as well as, the consideration of the impact of positive and negative space on the composition.

The scope and diversity of her work includes multilayer traditional valentines, holiday and seasonal themes and pictorial compostions of children.

etsy.com/shop/NancyMichalak
In: Folk Art, Interesting

The Thanatos Archive

The Thanatos Archive

Located in Woodinville, Washington, The Thanatos Archive houses an extensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century postmortem, memorial, and mourning photography dating to the 1840s.

The online version of our archive, hosted at www.Thanatos.net since 2002, offers a searchable database of over 1300 scanned images (as of February 2011), with new acquisitions being added on a regular basis.

www.thanatos.net
In: Interesting, Oddities, Resources

Corpus Somnium

Corpus Somnium

Corpus Somnium is a treasure chest full of bits and pieces of collected material that we gather together intuitively without any real purpose in mind. These individual jewels can be virtually anything that sparks our curiosity: images, texts, videos… all of them tiny points of light in this Great Web of Stories.

Corpus Somnium is a pool of raw materials culled from our daily experience. Each fragment may seem at first glance to have no intrinsic value of its own, but upon classifying these scraps with a set of quick labels, their hidden relationships begins to surface, and the chain of interconnections takes form. When looking at these patterns over time, narratives begin to take shape, stories come into being.

www.corpussomnium.org
In: Interesting, Oddities, Photography

Walter Potter

Walter Potter

Walter Potter was an English taxidermist noted for his anthropomorphic dioramas featuring mounted animals mimicking human life, which he displayed at his museum in Bramber, Sussex, England. The exhibition was a well-known and popular example of "Victorian whimsy" for many years, even after Potter's death; however enthusiasm for such entertainments waned in the twentieth century, and his collection was finally dispersed in 2003.

Also available is the book, "Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy" by Dr. Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein. Enter Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter's fantasy world of rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels and exemplary feline etiquette at the kittens' tea party... Here, perhaps for the last time, the collection is preserved and celebrated with new photographs of Potter's best-loved works.

www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Potter
In: Interesting, Oddities

Latest Invocations 07/14/14

Latest Invocations 07/14/14

Don't look behind you, it's creeping up and it likes to expose itself... That's right, the latest invocations have been exhumed!

Look here, there's candy corn in the yard! What's this? It's a bunny sawed in half! Oh dear, Jack's all puffed up!

What are you waiting for? Do you have a shop, a new movie, something to scream? It's time to join our sideshow and Post Your Find Now!

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In: Communities, Interesting, Unearthed

The Candy Wrapper Museum

The Candy Wrapper Museum

The Candy Wrapper Museum, where wrappers are to be enjoyed as art, nostalgia, and humor.

I began collecting wrappers in 1977 with an eye toward the unusual, ironic, and aesthetic, although I also collected "classic" but more mundane wrappers for posterity's sake. I haven't yet counted all the wrappers in my collection, but it's HUGE. It's stored in a stack of boxes nearly 4 feet high and about 1.5 feet x 2 feet wide.

As frightening as it may seem, I've eaten most of the candy in my collection, and yet I'm not (yet) overweight. I'm sure I owe this to countless intense walks and aerobics sessions. And no, I'm not a diabetic. Perhaps this can be attributed to good genes, although knowing my family, this theory is doubtful. Maybe it will catch up with me and I'll decompose all at once, like aged candy.

www.candywrappermuseum.com
In: Design, Interesting, Treats
I Will Pray
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