The Haute List

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The Haute List

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Shadow Selves: Jason W. Blake for BloodMilk Jewels

by on Jan.20, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

Few artists in our time can capture the anachronistic mystery of our beloved BloodMilk Jewels, and convey the depths imbued into each individual piece in the collections. Jason W. Blake has created a mood of powerful longing and submission to the shadow self in this series of cabinet cards, featuring Crystal Lee Lucas wearing pieces from the BloodMilk Jewelry line.

Visit Jason W. Blake’s portfolio online, and follow him on Instagram.
Accept your shadow self and adorn it with BloodMilk Jewels.

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

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Shadow Selves: Jason W. Blake for BloodMilk Jewels

by on Jan.20, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

Few artists in our time can capture the anachronistic mystery of our beloved BloodMilk Jewels, and convey the depths imbued into each individual piece in the collections. Jason W. Blake has created a mood of powerful longing and submission to the shadow self in this series of cabinet cards, featuring Crystal Lee Lucas wearing pieces from the BloodMilk Jewelry line.

Visit Jason W. Blake’s portfolio online, and follow him on Instagram.
Accept your shadow self and adorn it with BloodMilk Jewels.

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

BloodMilk Cabinet Cards by Jason Blake

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Vegan Treats Fatally Yours Gourmet Box Set

by on Jan.18, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Vegan Treats Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box

The always coveted (and quickly devoured) Vegan Treats Fatally Yours gourmet chocolate gift box is available again! Vegan Treats has updated the design and its contents for this Valentine’s Day, featuring together forever skeletons on the box and brand new delicacies inside.

Each Ultimate Fatally Yours box will include 25 different handmade vegan chocolates and additional peanut butter “Better Finger” bars and peanut butter cups, a screen printed handkerchief, a dearly departed Vegan Treats coffin plaque, tear catchers to mourn the empty box upon consuming, and a fan memorial will help you keepsake your beloved box of chocolates. This year, there’s also a “My Vegan Valentine” chocolate gift box, with more hearts and less body parts for the faint of heart.

The Fatally Yours boxes are limited edition, and are available now to pre-order for delivery in time for Valentine’s Day now at Vegan Treats. com.

Vegan Treats Fatally Yours Gourmet Chocolate Box

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The Melancholy Visual Fables of Laura Makabresku

by on Jan.17, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Tree of Love by Laura Makabresku, 2016

I’ve been quietly in love with the work of Polish photographer Laura Makabresku for years. Her otherworldly photographs fall into that special category of things that feel too personal and precious to mention to another living soul. Or rather, that’s how I once felt about certain things I held dear: that sharing something intensely meaningful to oneself somehow dilutes it.

Seed by Laura Makabesku, 2016

Fortunately, I’ve long since realized that part of the joy of connecting with works of art, music, films, or even physical locations, is sharing them with people you feel will also enjoy them. There’s a singular pleasure to be had in watching someone else light up at the discovery of something from which you derive meaning. So here we are.

The Heart by Laura Makabresku, 2016

The Autopsy by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Lamentate I by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Laura Makabresku’s photos feel like frozen moments from dreamlike narratives with no beginning or end. There are ghost stories and love stories, folktales and fairytales, stories of witchcraft, deep friendship, immortal romance, crippling grief, forbidden love, arcane rites and rituals, magical metamorphosis, and endless combinations thereof. And one need not know what has happened before or might happen next in order to be moved by these affecting scenes.

Ravens by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Sanctification by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Lovers by Laura Makabresku, 2015

Wintersleep by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Makabresku tends to work in austere surroundings, often alone in the frame, but sometimes posing with or shooting her husband and other friends. She makes both props and active participants out of taxidermy mounts and pelts, plants and flowers, preserved insect specimens, live animals, puppets and sculptures made by fellow artists, and even her own blood and tears on her translucently pale skin.

Dark Rituals by Laura Makabresku, 2012

Untitled by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Lessons of Darkness by Laura Makabresku, 2015

Depending on my own mood and present circumstances, Makabresku’s photos speak to me differently each time I look at them, but the narrator of these poignant tales is always the same: an unearthly presence in the form of a velvety silence. It’s that special sort of quiet, like a nighttime landscape covered in a thick blanket of fresh snow, that’s so deep you can hear your own heartbeat. This unsleeping silence watches everything, but passes no judgement, a ghostly witness.

The Hunger by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Cabinet of Souls by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Butterflies by Laura Makabresku, 2013

Suffused with incredible vulnerability and tenderness as well as boundless sorrow and suffering, these enigmatic fragments feel like part fantasy and part nightmare. They are achingly beautiful memento mori, expressions of the fragility of our hearts and minds, of a longing to connect more deeply with the natural world. The photos don’t have to portray things that I’ve actually experienced in order to resonate on a breathtakingly personal level. They are visual depictions of feelings for which there are no words.

The Two Sisters by Laura Makabresku, 2014

The Two Sisters by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Lovers by Laura Makabresku, 2017

I considered reaching out to Laura Makabresku for this piece, to inquire about her process and personal symbolism. But the more I think about how and why I enjoy Makabresku’s work, the less I want to know about what goes on behind the scenes. Let’s allow this sorceress to work undisturbed behind her curtain.

Laura Makabresku and Ovate, 2016

Find Laura Makabresku: Website // Flickr // Facebook // Instagram // Behance

 

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The Melancholy Visual Fables of Laura Makabresku

by on Jan.17, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

Reposted from | Go to Original Post

The Tree of Love by Laura Makabresku, 2016

I’ve been quietly in love with the work of Polish photographer Laura Makabresku for years. Her otherworldly photographs fall into that special category of things that feel too personal and precious to mention to another living soul. Or rather, that’s how I once felt about certain things I held dear: that sharing something intensely meaningful to oneself somehow dilutes it.

Seed by Laura Makabesku, 2016

Fortunately, I’ve long since realized that part of the joy of connecting with works of art, music, films, or even physical locations, is sharing them with people you feel will also enjoy them. There’s a singular pleasure to be had in watching someone else light up at the discovery of something from which you derive meaning. So here we are.

The Heart by Laura Makabresku, 2016

The Autopsy by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Lamentate I by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Laura Makabresku’s photos feel like frozen moments from dreamlike narratives with no beginning or end. There are ghost stories and love stories, folktales and fairytales, stories of witchcraft, deep friendship, immortal romance, crippling grief, forbidden love, arcane rites and rituals, magical metamorphosis, and endless combinations thereof. And one need not know what has happened before or might happen next in order to be moved by these affecting scenes.

Ravens by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Sanctification by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Lovers by Laura Makabresku, 2015

Wintersleep by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Makabresku tends to work in austere surroundings, often alone in the frame, but sometimes posing with or shooting her husband and other friends. She makes both props and active participants out of taxidermy mounts and pelts, plants and flowers, preserved insect specimens, live animals, puppets and sculptures made by fellow artists, and even her own blood and tears on her translucently pale skin.

Dark Rituals by Laura Makabresku, 2012

Untitled by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Lessons of Darkness by Laura Makabresku, 2015

Depending on my own mood and present circumstances, Makabresku’s photos speak to me differently each time I look at them, but the narrator of these poignant tales is always the same: an unearthly presence in the form of a velvety silence. It’s that special sort of quiet, like a nighttime landscape covered in a thick blanket of fresh snow, that’s so deep you can hear your own heartbeat. This unsleeping silence watches everything, but passes no judgement, a ghostly witness.

The Hunger by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Cabinet of Souls by Laura Makabresku, 2016

Butterflies by Laura Makabresku, 2013

Suffused with incredible vulnerability and tenderness as well as boundless sorrow and suffering, these enigmatic fragments feel like part fantasy and part nightmare. They are achingly beautiful memento mori, expressions of the fragility of our hearts and minds, of a longing to connect more deeply with the natural world. The photos don’t have to portray things that I’ve actually experienced in order to resonate on a breathtakingly personal level. They are visual depictions of feelings for which there are no words.

The Two Sisters by Laura Makabresku, 2014

The Two Sisters by Laura Makabresku, 2014

Lovers by Laura Makabresku, 2017

I considered reaching out to Laura Makabresku for this piece, to inquire about her process and personal symbolism. But the more I think about how and why I enjoy Makabresku’s work, the less I want to know about what goes on behind the scenes. Let’s allow this sorceress to work undisturbed behind her curtain.

Laura Makabresku and Ovate, 2016

Find Laura Makabresku: Website // Flickr // Facebook // Instagram // Behance

 

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Plant Magic Made With Love & Ceremony: Sister Spinster

by on Jan.13, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Imbuing bouquets with symbolism and meaning, and encouraging self-care and empowerment through wild blooms and floral abundance, Liz Migliorelli of Sister Spinster is a is a western herbalist and magic maker whose work with flowers and their essences has been compared to poetry—haiku, in particular—”distillations of experience into pure and simple elements, intimate observations that become the crystallized hearts of wild and natural things.”

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Migliorelli believes in affordable, accessible, community-based health care and the healing power of plants, and came to the herbal path through her own healing crisis as well as a frustration with the loss of ancestral wisdom and privatization of health care in the United States.

Disenchanted by sterile doctor’s offices, she believes in the healing that comes from our own gardens, the local land and our kitchens. She is devoted to encouraging others to find empowerment through self-care and harm reduction, to find healing in a cup of fir tip and strawberry leaf tea, and to find magic in the simple practices that connect us to the Earth. “We are not separate from the earth,” says Liz. “We are in constant relationship with the plants. Honor that. Always come back to the plants.”

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Liz’s work as Sister Spinster Apothecary is manifold: she creates and sells flower essences, elixirs and scents, teaches classes and workshops (including: “Winter Wellness”,  “Botanical Beauty,” and “Spice Rack Remedies” among others currently), and provides herbal consultations for various health problems, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or energetic.

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Among her vibrational remedies, one will find find mystical sounding potions consisting of various floral essences and corresponding gems in a base of wild-harvested rose and honey infused brandy; formulas to strengthen the third eye, for connecting to abundant and divine nourishment, and certainly, for crossing into the wild and dancing with the unknown.

If you’d prefer not to ingest your flower magics, there are fascinating options for which to scent your person with them at Sister Spinster. Mignorelli offers a unisex collection of essences and essential oils–Spirit Scents— which are olfactory and energetic interpretations of the Major Arcana of the Tarot.  From this collection you can choose from such archetypes transmogrified into fragrance as The Lovers, The High Priestess, or The Wheel of Fortune, all of which are created to inspire healing and transformation that engages the body in both subtle and profound ways.

Find Sister Spinster: website // facebook // instagram

 

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8 1/2 Balloons with Del Norte DAY 18

by on Oct.18, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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Visit www.gothtober.com and click on DAY 18 for an avant-garde cinematic EVENT!

Spoiler alert: It has BALLOONS. I guess that’s not much of a spoiler, since the word “Balloons” is in the title. Duh.

There’s a Columbian balloon man, and a professional tumbler who looks kind of like a kid… wait… that IS a kid! It’s a kid in Los Angeles!

The score is original, played with a real theremin and real cello. It gets more and more ominous the more you watch, we may never know how that balloon man feels. The alienating effects of modernization are felt in this arresting film, Fellini surely would agree.

For anyone who participates in Gothtober every year, it’s absolutely the kind of pressure some artists dread. Taking part in Gothtober means you are expected to deliver some kind of art, while facing intense public scrutiny, on a constricted schedule, while simultaneously having to deal with your own day-to-day obligations, work and personal relationships! Can you feel the angst?

We think Del Norte had some good fun, with much success!

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Day 17 with Christine Panushka

by on Oct.18, 2016, under Syndicated from the Web

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Visit www.gothtober.com and click on DAY 17 to see animation by world famous animator, Christine Panushka! This piece is called “Greed” it involves some pumpkin-type character/creatures, and a certain dynamic that is all too familiar in today’s society. Perhaps this dynamic has always prevailed, but it does seem that lately it’s more pervasive. However, not to worry, as you can see, greed can only go so far, it has an end, just like everything else. But what happens next? Hmmmm!

This author (Head Candy Corn of Gothtober.com) would like to point out that Christine Panushka has been my mentor for 30 years. The guidance, patience, and teachings from Christine as my instructor and mentor over the years has helped me to be the artist I am today. With Christine’s support, I have grown up to lead and take part in projects that not only push my own quest to learn, but to delight in collaborations that help my fellow artists push themselves to make art.

I am not the only one who feels this way, there are hundreds of us. She has built armies of animators, instructors, artists, and film makers, so here’s a 21 Pumpkin salute from Gothtober to Panushka Power!

Find out more about Christine Panushka by visiting her Wikipedia Page! Wow! 

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