Monday, June 28, 2010
And now for something completely different... Strange Studios
Oh heyyyy, I wasn't expecting people to actually find and follow this, especially since these are pretty much the ramblings of a shopaholic, so yay! And thanks :)
One of these days, I'm going to do a post all about robots, which will include some steampunkish stuff, because I love both and recently found some cool things while searching "robot watches" on Etsy. But that's really a note to myself, since chances are, I'm going to forget in about two hours.
I usually don't search out figurines, but author Neil Gaiman tweeted about poppets based on his novel The Graveyard Book. (If you're a fan of his, and you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it. Written with a young audience in mind, but still amazingly Gaiman!) That tweet led me to Strange Studios, aka artist Lisa Snellings. Of course, being American, I had no idea what poppets were ("...puppets...?"), but I quickly figured out that they're little figurines! Really cute ones too.
What I LOVE about them is that even though the faces may not be detailed (two dots for eyes, maybe some blush if they're lucky), their clothing and surroundings are. Two of my favorite "collections" of hers are the Alice in Wonderland set, and of course, the Graveyard Book set. The Red Queen's scepter is made of beads! The artist even took scenes from The Graveyard Book, like Bod reading, and the Danse Macabre (favorite favorite!). She has a LOT more in her shop, but Alice is another fave, solely because of her hair.
You can really admire the artistry because each poppet is hand-cast or hand-sculpted, then finished and painted, all by Snellings. So if they're not on sale, they can be pricey, but they sure look like they're worth it!