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Sad monster art dolls by Double Parlour

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Thursday 19 April 2012

Double Parlour is an art collaboration between Ernie and Cassandra Velasco, who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their art dolls have a vintage feel to them, but with a modern twist. Sad looking, young ladies carry monsters in their arms as pets. Monsters have arms that seem almost too long to hold up. Characters in fun, striped swimwear don’t seem like they’re having the least bit of fun. Yet, they are immensely fun to gaze at.

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Artist in LA LA Land: retro curiosities by Melissa Kojima

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Wednesday 18 April 2012

It’s taken me along time to figure out what I’m really good at as an artist. The evolution has finally led to artwork I’m proud to display and sell at a store called, Artist in LA LA Land. It’s a wonderland of fantasy and articulated paper dolls, like exotic animals seemingly escaped from the zoo riding high on penny farthing bikes, and blooming, flowerhead ladies in Victorian swimsuits bathing along the beach. It’s a place where the fun doesn’t stop for me, and for those who love retro curiosities and paper play.

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Ghostly illustrations by Lars Henkel

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By Melissa Kojima in New Illustration on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Lars Henkel has received awards and recognition from around the world for his vintage inspired ink and digital illustrations with a ghostly and ethereal look. Each illustration seems to be a glimpse through the fog or a clue to a mysterious past. This mysterious quality keeps me coming back for more, hoping to find the answers, but knowing the mystery is the answer itself.

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The Occulter: a vintage boutique in New York City

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By Melissa Kojima in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 April 2012

If you like vintage items that have history and mystery to them, you’ll love the Occulter. It is a boutique in New York City with an artful collection of photographs, jewelry, books, stationary and even black honey. All are contemporarily made, but feel like they were found in the attic of a haunted gothic house. If you’re not in New York, you can still do some armchair shopping at their online shop.

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New prints for sale by folk-artist Olaf Hajek

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Wednesday 18 April 2012

I am a long-time fan of Olaf Hajek. He has shown his paintings in galleries around the world and I couldn’t imagine owning one of his folk-art inspired pieces until now. Some of his circus art and flower heads paintings have been made available to buy for reasonable prices as prints on Thumbtack Press.

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Bizarre Vintage Toys at 50watts

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By Melissa Kojima in New Trends on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Vintage toys are full of curiosity. They make me wonder what it used to be like to be a child in a different era. But the a href=”http://50watts.com/Apes-on-a-Horse-and-More-Toys-from-the-Void” target=”_blank”>vintage toys I found at 50 Watts were a bit scary. Devils, guillotines and electric chairs. Oh my! I wonder if, in a few hundred years from now, some of the modern toys that kids play with will also have this strange quality to them too.

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Large ceramic dolls by Mariana Monteagudo

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Wednesday 18 April 2012

A friend told me to look up Mariana Monteagudo’s artwork. She recommended it because I have a tendency to be drawn to cute, yet creepy art. I was blown away by it. Her work consists of large, ceramic art dolls. I may be strange, but I thought they were less creepy and more cute. She’s a Venezuelan artist with a new show called, Humanoid, running at Space 2 in Bogota, Colombia.

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Woodland animals made by Emily Warren

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Tuesday 17 April 2012

Emily Warren is an amazing illustrator and paper mache artist whose muses are woodland animals and nature. She has been commissioned to create many things, including giant animal heads as decorations for an outdoor stage at a music festival. Most of her animals are trophy heads, but some are masks.

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