As I'm kinda rocking serial killer chic in my house at the moment with all the skulls, taxidermy and anatomical models, I like to balance it out with lots of blooms and greenery. This of course means I need vases, but its often difficult to find ones I like. I don't really like pretty vases (or pretty anything) so I generally go for vintage and particularly the fat lava variety.
But its good to mix things up a bit and I was bowled over this week when I stumbled across a gallery showing work by artist Dan Baldwin - amazing mixed media creations that also incorporate real taxidermy, toy guns, knives, dolls and lots of other things that are right up my staircase!
I was particularly taken with his vases and apparently he throws them himself! But don't get any ideas about throwing as the old adage 'you break it, you bought it' will cost you about £6K!
This got me thinking about customising your old vases or charity shop finds and it really wouldn't be that difficult to recreate something like this without the enormous price tag. You'd just need to give it a key by sanding if possible or a coat of PVA, then some undercoat and then get busy with the decoupage! Great way to spend a wet afternoon!!
So on the theme of vases I did a bit of digging and came up with a few gems. This ventricle vase by designer Eva Milinkovic really fits in with my love of all things anatomical, and no blood to clean up - bonus!!
And ladies your ovaries never looked so stylish than with this Uterus Vase by The Plug & Stephanie Rollin -Fallopian fabulous! But does it come in black?
What stylish interior would be complete without a dead bird or two? I think this ReBird Vase by Studio Toer is going on the Christmas list!
In keeping with my weapons theme there's the Helmet Planter made from original, used army helmets by artist Fred Conlon and available at Uncommon Goods.
Re-purposing old chemistry sets, apothecary bottles and test tubes works well and you can pick these up from boot and antiques fairs and we often have some in stock.
And even a pair of old boots look good!
These pair of Victorian hoof vases are certainly on my wish list, not many Buffalo in London these days tho!
That's not a vase its a space station!!!
And if your penchant isn't for plants then you can always use your vases for other things!! Anyone need a hand?
Dmitry Lukynov - http://500px.com/photo/911?from=editors
Lush Home - http://www.lushome.com
Dan Baldwin - http://www.danbaldwinart.com/gallery/2013
Studio Toer - http://studiotoer.com/rebird
The Plug & Stephanie Rollin - http://www.the-plug.be
Eva Milinkovic - http://shop.tsunamiglassworks.com/
Fred Conlon -
Kinsey Barnard Nature Photography - http://kinseybarnard.photoshelter.com/image/I0000f1lRSsK.Cgk
Live Auctioneers -
Home Made Modern - http://homemade-modern.com/ep22-the-death-star-vase/
Taxidermy Tabby by Amanda's Autopsies.
Fresh from the joys of a thousand crucified Ronald McDonalds in the recent Chapman Brothers exhibition, my obsession with small things got a boost this week with a tweet about the most awesome dolls houses I've seen in long while. Made by San Francisco based artist Jen Spectacular, the attention to detail and spooky narrative of her most recent project was influenced by Detroit's crumbling Victorian mansions - in short I not only want to own one, I'd quite like to live in one too!
Victorian gothic - dolls houses by Jen Spectacular.
Chapman Brothers ' the sum of all evil' White Cube Gallery, Hong Kong.
Spurred on by these miniature masterpieces I set about rummaging around at my local car boot to find the objects of my desire. Lo! and behold, I came across a nice little hoard including the smallest toothbrush in the whole world, a pistol and some very fetching spectacles (that a soon to be stuffed hamster will be sporting in the not too distant future). So, now to set about inventing some diabolical dioramas of my own - but as our name suggests, the occupants will have way more legs!
Some of my recent micro purchases.
To aid my cunning micro planning a cocktail or two was definitely in order. We decided to try Christopher's Martini Bar in Covent Garden. I opted for a shot of Junipero gin in my Vespa Martini and have to say it was one of the best I've ever had! However, the exorbitant price they charged means it'll be the gin I'll be revisiting not the bar!
Black Ink Soceity
Congress Of Curious People
Eat Your Heart Out
Heckler & Koch
Home Made Modern
Pop Up Cake Shop
Stuff And Nonsense
The Plug & Stephanie Rollin