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The Black Sea at night, Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, 1879

The Black Sea at night, Ivan Aivazovsky, oil on canvas, 1879

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asylum-art:

High Society Art Dolls by Alexandra Koukinova

Exquisitely detailed brocade patterning and rich costume fabrics are joined together in these elegant art dolls by Russian artisan Alexandra Koukinova.

These ladies have been attired in striking early art deco fashion style, something you’ll hardly expect to encounter these days! The look gives me a strong nostalgic feeling, similar to the kind you get when you see old black and white films with flickering noise and a staccato framerate.

Alas, the male fashion of that period appears to be of the more mundane suit and optional hat variety, which leaves the exhibition here exclusive to the fairer sex. One final note – the source for the specimens featured here is not readily apparent, but you can find their section tucked away in the Museum section

Full range of rather excellent outfits.

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whereart:

Alexandra Koukinova - The Butterfly | Carnival suit Art Deco | Biscuit porcelain. 

Velvet with silk pile. Silk with special texture. Panne. Natural silk fabric of special texture - atlas and chiffon. Boa of feathers of marabou. The bodice is decorated by compound ornamental embroidery, multi-colored velvet thread, beads and strasses. 

The silk cloak in the form of wings of a butterfly is decorated by application. The headdress is decorated by an antiquarian beaded band, strasses and feathers of an exotic bird. Gloves of thin lacy mesh are decorated with gold lace. Shoes of real silk fabric with leather heels made on special technology, they are trimmed with silk cords, pastes and antiquarian decorative elements. The mask, is executed in a form of a butterfly of silk guipure, painted be hand and decorated with gold laces. Hand painting of a face. 

LE 12; 24 inches tall

After admiring Burnet moths lately, I have been having ideas of developing a Fae character for my vague novel ideas, who dressed in an eccentric, Burnet mothy way. My friend linked me to this saying it reminded me of my ideas about that! It’s great, and very fitting, and I think this is a lot more mothish than it is butterfly-esque!

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allegoryofart:

The Sisters on the Balcony, Caspar David Friedrich, c. 1820

allegoryofart:

The Sisters on the BalconyCaspar David Friedrich, c. 1820

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juliedillon:

Scholars’ Tower: This is another piece I did for Imagined Realms. This is actually an old sketch from 2006 that I went back and colored, which was a lot of fun. When I said I was putting lots of cats in some of my pictures, I wasn’t joking. ;) 

juliedillon:

Scholars’ Tower: This is another piece I did for Imagined Realms. This is actually an old sketch from 2006 that I went back and colored, which was a lot of fun. When I said I was putting lots of cats in some of my pictures, I wasn’t joking. ;) 

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"We think of men as antiheroes, as capable of occupying an intense and fascinating moral grey area; of being able to fall, and rise, and fall again, but still be worthy of love on some fundamental level, because if it was the world and its failings that broke them, then we surely must owe them some sympathy. But women aren’t allowed to be broken by the world; or if we are, it’s the breaking that makes us villains. Wronged women turn into avenging furies, inhuman and monstrous: once we cross to the dark side, we become adversaries to be defeated, not lost souls in need of mending. Which is what happens, when you let benevolent sexism invest you in the idea that women are humanity’s moral guardians and men its native renegades: because if female goodness is only ever an inherent quality – something we’re born both with and to be – then once lost, it must necessarily be lost forever, a severed limb we can’t regrow. Whereas male goodness, by virtue of being an acquired quality – something bestowed through the kindness of women, earned through right action or learned through struggle – can just as necessarily be gained and lost multiple times without being tarnished, like a jewel we might pawn in hardship, and later reclaim."

Foz Meadows (Gender, Orphan Black & The Meta of Meta)

Look at your stories - don’t just count who gets to be the hero and the villain (what kind of hero? what kind of villain?); count who gets the redemption arcs.

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fuckyeahvintageillustration:

The Electricity Fairy, a poster design by David Dellepiane for the ‘Exposition International d’Electricité’ held in Marseille in 1908.
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I can’t help but reblog this for reasons it fits a ridiculous idea I had for the fae related story I am trying to develop.

fuckyeahvintageillustration:

The Electricity Fairy, a poster design by David Dellepiane for the ‘Exposition International d’Electricité’ held in Marseille in 1908.

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I can’t help but reblog this for reasons it fits a ridiculous idea I had for the fae related story I am trying to develop.

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Puffins, Isle of May

Yesterday I had an utterly spectacular outing to the Isle of May, a small island on the River Forth. Despite living on the Forth all my life I’ve never been there, and didn’t even know until recently that boat trips actually go there at all. It exceeded my expectations in every way! It didn’t feel like it ought to be on the Forth- the dark cliffs and the sense of remoteness and all the wildlife made it feel like it ought to be somewhere in the remote Highlands.

And Puffins! This was the first time I have ever seen one of these characterful little birds in my life. I was hoping to see them, and well.. as the above photos show, there was little chance of missing them on an island so full of them as this! Three hours was not enough, I already want to go back there!

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tinymediaempire:

The National Poster Retrospecticus At The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, August 9th 201418x24” four color screenprint

tinymediaempire:

The National Poster Retrospecticus
At The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, August 9th 2014
18x24” four color screenprint

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modmad:

scienceofsarcasm:

Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”

I would love to know what this means.

This story makes me happy. 

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non-volerli-vittime:

This is where I want to die. On a comfortable lounge with sheer curtains moving in the breeze.

non-volerli-vittime:

This is where I want to die. On a comfortable lounge with sheer curtains moving in the breeze.

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pleatedjeans:

Seal with a data-logger on it’s head. [x]
"LOOK! LOOK! I’M A NARWAL!"

pleatedjeans:

Seal with a data-logger on it’s head. [x]

"LOOK! LOOK! I’M A NARWAL!"

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steampunktendencies:

St Pancras 
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questionableadvice:

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

I am amused by the mental image of 19th century men starting the day with a hate filled ten minute attack upon suitable bedroom items.

questionableadvice:

~ The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness; Being a Complete Guide for a Gentleman’s Conduct in all his Relations Towards Society, by Cecil B. Hartley, 1860

I am amused by the mental image of 19th century men starting the day with a hate filled ten minute attack upon suitable bedroom items.