Monday, August 27, 2007

Junk Faeries and goth...

I made some Junk Faeries this weekend to grace my Junk Bonanza booth. What a fun bunch!
Wow, looks like there are a whole lot more sweet and sinister folks out there than I realized. Hehe! What fun this swap is going to be!! I'm going to close the swap when it reaches 75 participants. That's enough to handle. So I'll only take about 10 more. Please respond to this post if you want to join in. Here's a blog button that those of you participating can post on your blog if you'd like. It was created by Angelina.
I started making some Halloween decor and it reminded me of a conversation I had with Crystal. We're going from Chris Brown's alt-country to goth here on ArtsyMama's blog. You get a little bit of everything, I tell ya:) I showed some pictures of her new shop Gothic Rose Antiques in Placerville, California here. I even heard from her that one of you went into the shop after seeing it on my blog. Cool! I "sat down" with Crystal to get into her dark gothic head a bit and here's what she had to say.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get involved with collecting antiques/oddities?
I've been collecting for years, the more unusual and older the better. It is in my blood - my uncle, my mother and my grandmother all collected and lived with the unusual....

How would you describe your style? How has it evolved?
Gothic decor for the darkly inclined. Dark romance and glamour with an air of wickedness throughout......................macabre delights!
What/who are you inspired by?
This started way back when I saw my first Vincent Price movie, The Pit and the Pendulum. From then on I was hooked.
What's a typical day like for you?
I usually work on an art project or two in the mornings then off to the shop.....When I'm not at the shop, I go hunting.....
When did you start your web site and online business?
About 8 years ago.
What prompted you to start?
I couldn't find a site like mine so I started one.

What was your motivation?
Since there were few offerings of antiques like mine, I thought it was needed and people would like it.
You just opened up a store, how do you think that will change things?
The new store in Placerville, CA is my second store so now I am busier than ever.

Who/what are your major influences and inspirations in your design?
All old Vincent Price movies, Dark Shadows ( I have all the old tapes and still watch them), cemeteries with 19th century headstones, dark forests, blood red roses, carnivals, and my own dreams..............
Does your home look anything like your store?
My home is very dark and cozy with all things that look like they come alive at the stroke of midnight!
Where is your favorite place to find treasures?
My favorite way to find treasures is when someone calls me and has something I want that they are willing to part with, other than that, it is hit or miss, now and then, one piece here and one piece there that fits into my genre..........


Anonymous said...

Very cool! I was heavily influenced by Vincent Price and Dark Shadows too! I loved Saturday afternoons with Dr Paul Bearer!!! Thanks for this great post!

Anonymous said...

Oooh! The Pit and the Pendulum was one of the first horror movies I saw. I loved it and became a huge Vincent Price fan. And of course, a Saturday without Dr. Paul Bearer was very dull. This was such a fun post! I do have one question - where did you get the 'bat girl' picture? She's gorgeous!!!

Blessed said...

hi there,

i have a site which i just created. I post all my hand made items there. I have limited contacts and relations in the united states.

i would be tremendously grateful if you could take some time to visit my site and link mine to yours

your time is greatly appreciated,
thank you,

L Melohn said...

Love the Junk Fairies!!! Wish i could go to the Junk Bonanza, but I don't live in MN anymore. Good luck! Not that you'll need it...your stuff is great!!!


Anonymous said...

Every single one of these pieces is fantastic!! thank you for the interview and for sharing some of my personal fav. halloween style...

Anonymous said...

Those Junk Fairies are fabolous Kari!


Donna Layton said...

I love your junk fairies!! What a great idea. Crystal's shop is amazing. Very inspiring for the sweet and sinister swap!

Lolly said...

I love your Junk Faeries! I bet you will be a huge success at the Junk Bonanza! I live in Virginia and there is nothing like that around here...sounds awesome!
I am new to the blogging but have been lurking for a few months reading all of your wonderful blogs and many of the other artful bloggers. You have inspired me and after several years of nothingness creative-wise, I am getting my craft back on with a vengeance! Yours was the first "artful" blog I found...and I was hooked! You are very inspiring and very talented!

MNScrapbookmom said...

Great post and link Kari. Thanks. I loved looking through this site. ¥

HopHopJingleBoo said...

oh! i love your junk fairy wands!! darn wish i go could shop at the junk market.. maybe next year!!! so happy to have you as my partner ..such a cool theme!!

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness - so fun!! I love her store. And I love that style especially around Halloween :o) I really love the fairies you made. They are so cute. I can't wait to see everything at your booth!