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amazing taxidermy

on one of my august adventures, i stumbled across this amazing case of taxidermy. it was part of circus world & was the only case of its kind there. it had a splendid assortments of creatures. i’ve always been a little terrified & delighted by taxidermy. there’s something endearing & peaceful about a taxidermy animal. most are in a natural position, looking confident & proud.

taxidermy box

i’d like to think someone enjoyed or loved that creature so much they want to keep the animal with them even after it has passed. however, it’s most likely the animal is a prize. a trophy. not loved for the comfort, companionship or happiness it brought the human. but instead an award to show how skillful the human is with a weapon. hunting seems to help lesser men feel superior. and taxidermy is the reminder to the rest of us.

but as mentioned before, i have an affinity for vintage taxidermy. the animals look so elegant & regal. i was fascinated with this lovely display. it was filled with so many exotic creatures: a snake, baby alligator, albino ferret, a squirrel, a turtle, a parrot, a moth & oh so many birds. it’s magnificent! i could have stared at it for hours. there were so many lights reflecting in the glass i couldn’t capture a good shot. but, you’ll get the gist.


100 years of type

this morning while looking through etsy i found this strikingly, beautiful wood type print. wow! what a lovely little display of wood type. and the sales of the poster go to a good cause. check out all the goodies in print museum’s etsy shop. they have a wonderful selection of letterpress goodies including some collectible type specimen books, ink, wood type blocks, type necklaces, an¬†amazing 3 color circus poster & more. oh etsy, how i love you.

greek icon

as i mentioned my mom visited us last weekend. she brought me a present. and man, oh man! it’s beautiful. it’s a gorgeous, old, sterling silver, greek icon. it’s the perfect gift for an icon collector like myself. the intricate metal border is divine. i also love mary’s halo. it almost has a lace pattern or doily effect. another attribute to this icon is the elongated hands and face of mary. the artist made jesus’ head tiny but his body looks bigger. plus he has this scrawny leg sticking out that makes me smile. i would’ve loved to talk to the artist. ask him or her what images they looked at for inspiration. how they decided the position of mother & son, how did you choose their clothing & where did the detailed, delicate halo come from? i’m guessing they didn’t take a perspective class but spent hours & hours practicing custom, ornate patterns & borders. either way, it’s amazing & i love it. whomever the craftsman (or woman), they did a fine job. i’m hoping to capture a few more photos once i have her mounted on the wall of icon amazingness. stay tuned!

andrew bird performing

i am a huge admirer of andrew bird. honestly, i think the man is a genius. every time i listen to his music i am in awe of his passion & brilliance. he’s one of those artists that makes me want to be better at my craft. his many layers of instruments, whistling & singing are mesmerizing. and if you’ve ever seen him perform live you will be amazed watching him loop little snippets with every instrument he has. it’s mind-blowing!

you may ask how does music inspire letterpress printing? his music is one of the main soundtracks of the studio when i have control of stereo. but i guess it’s more his personal drive & passion that’s inspiring.¬†andrew bird makes me push a little harder, experiment a little more, challenge myself with projects i know will be difficult. he makes me want to explore my passion more. embrace it until i am exhausted. and for that, i thank him. plus, his music is a great comfort to me when flying…