Thursday, January 19, 2012

Quoth the Raven Nevermore

Today (18.01.2012) one of the greatest writers ever would turn 203 years if still alive... yes, I am talking about the brilliant and outstanding Edgar Allan Poe.

Edgar A.Poe by mediagraffitistudio

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the best known American writers, he earned immortality through his tales of mystery and the macabre. His writings are often connected with mystery, death, madness, returning form the grave, ghost etc. He also wrote detective stories combined with fiction. However, he is best know for gothic stories such as "The Raven" with the most famous quote from his works "Quoth the raven nevermore"

Vintage Letter Tiles by thisgoodday

His other famous works include "The Fall of The House of Usher", "Black Cat", "The Tell-Tale Heart" and many, many more. His characters are often mad, die or have near death experiences. His works are gloomy and dark.

Book Purse by spoonfulofchocolate

One of my favorite stories by Poe is "The Oval Portrait". It's is a short but very thought over story, which includes many elements within just few pages. It includes the most prominent elements in Edgar Allan Poes works such as unreliable narrator, death, supernatural forces and twists, in this case in a shape of a oval frame and tale within a tale, those all elements are used to play with the reader. The portrait itself is a neatly presented element which plays an important role in the story. The tale has double meanings and, as in other Poe’s writings, we can almost never be sure which one is the true one or if any is. The irony of this particular tale leads the reader to a conclusion that the supernatural elements used here are just an illusion.

Art Print by EphemeraAndMore

If you're interested in reading more about his works from a more academic point of view I really recommend a series of articles from Poe Studies (founded as Poe Newsletter in 1968, and issued as Poe Studies 1971-1985). You can easily access them as e-text versions of articles printed in selected volumes at The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

You can also find jewelry in memory to Edgar Allan Poe in my shop at MageStudio
Edgar A.Poe earrings

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

LEGO: not just a toy

In one of my first articles here I wrote about an awesome lego-photo-artist, I found out recently that there is more to explore in this field and I would like to take you on a trip to LEGOland and show you that LEGO is not only a toy and perhaps its primary purpose stands in a shadow right now as this simple toy became, may I say, an oldschool icon of popculture. It became a great material for art, jewelry and many more, thanks to its simplicity and colors.

Photo taken from here

To start our trip let's focus on history for a bit (but not too long, I don't want to bore you). What I've learnt on LEGO offcial site is that they are on the market almost 80 years (80 years! and still children consider this to be one of the greatest toys!) The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well"- that tells it all. ;)

LEGO logo made from LEGO by Bartosz Kurek

Recently I came across really interesting home adjustments (which made me to write this article in the first place) and as I began to look for more there seemed to be infinite amount of works I could find, so I am only presenting you a bit of what I found and I encourage you too look for more, maybe you will stumble upon something even better. I've read several articles on LEGO made into furniture and here you can see the most interesting in my opinion:

The LEGO kitchen by Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti:

LEGO bedroom by Nathan Sawaya:

LEGO as bricks by Jan Vormann:

However, you might find those as too much and not really practical as I am sure it would be uncomfortable to sleep in a LEGO bed... unless you are also made of LEGO :D
Here are some more useful objects made of LEGO:

LEGO lamp by Daniela Pavone:

LEGO camera by Cary Norton:

LEGO wall clock by Alba :

If that's not enough for you there are more everyday use stuff like these:
Star Wars LEGO USB by Pete Lever


LEGO Journals by Millie

And of course you can find innumerable amount of jewelry and accessories:

Star Wars LEGO cufflinks by Gen X Boutique

Red Blocks LEGO cufflinks by Michelle

Green Blocks LEGO earrings by Alba

Heart LEGO necklace by cutehearts

And last but not least, I saved something for the ladies for the end of this artcile... something that all women love, yes, SHOES!

LEGO Stilettos by Finn Stone

I do not own any of the photos in the article, I found them on the internet and in other articles.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

I know it's already 2nd of January (I'm late with updates as always) but I hope you all had great New Year's Eve and that 2012 will be much better than 2011 :)

I had the best New Year's Eve ever! :D I was at my friends and we had some kind of cosplay party, the main theme was "conspiracy theory". I was dressed as Danna Scully :) We watched They Live (1988), great movie to begin the year of the end of the world.

Did you know that today is the Clean Off Your Desk Day?
My desk is clear... more or less ^^'

BTW, I made new dice jewelry :) I hope you'll like it:

For more details visit my shop: Mage Studio