meditation and the continuation of the spindle’s work series

I’m back in that place I was in when I first moved to Wisconsin where I’m more-than-a-bit angry with recent past events, spend a great deal of my time reading–which isn’t a bad thing, but I always end up re-reading the same fanfics over and over (specifically A Farm in Iowa, Chocolatey Goodness, and Domestic Piranhas), which is also Not A Bad Thing–and spending the rest of my time rearranging/cleaning/organizing my environment to try and sort out my own head-space.

And to fill in the holes that were made by what’s made me angry.

…I suppose it’s better than when I was really angry while I was still employed and was obsessively watching Sherlock fanvids.  And not the happy, fun ones; the ones that involved the end of Series 2. <–This is me trying to be not-spoilery.

It really is quite the THING.

So, anyway, aside from the dramatic whining (’cause I can totally pull of a turbo-sulk when I want to), I’ve been working more on the spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement series.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: the Mirror
2012

the Mirror is, again, a Snow White piece.  For some reason, the Queen was really in my head for this part of the series. *shrugs* I’ve always been interested in the way that the Mirror is personified (and in Snow White and the Huntsman, which I haven’t seen yet, is anthropomorphized).  In my favorite version of Snow White with Diana Rig as the Queen, the Mirror actually has three faces and is kinda a dick, yet I like the idea of the Mirror as something almost Dorian Grey in its manifestation:  it appears as corrupted as its Queen.

Also, there’s some influence going on with infected/corrupted dungeons in .hack and Diablo III.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: the Queen’s spell-strings
2012

the Queen’s spell-strings plays with the portrayals of the Queen from Snow White (any version) as a witch and how, in some types of witchcraft, spellwork can be integrated into knotted strings.  In this instance, the darkness that the Queen wants to bring to Snow White situated amongst the light Snow White believes she is living in.  There are bits and pieces integrated into the “spell-strings” that reference particular parts of the fairytale:  the raven that is one of the sacred birds that watches over Snow White while she is not-dead, raw metals that reference Snow White’s protectors, Snow White’s name to make the spell reference her specifically, and an Asian-themed bit of cinnabar that references when the Queen tries to kill Snow White with a poisoned comb.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: Jorinda
2012

Jorinda was turned into a bird.  She was caged and sung to be released.  Joringle, who is always elsewhere, has forgotten about her again–or, at least, he had forgotten about her in the one I remember from when I was small; forgot about Jorinda until she sang to him–in an Snow Queen-esque moment of mental manipulation.

Jorinda and Joringle always seemed like cardboard hero and heroine; hence, Jorinda’s depiction as a bird made of abaca and embroidery–’cause, can a fairytale get more “subjugation of women” than caging the female character in a bird-cage–without the William Burroughs‘ references.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: cthulloid treasure
2012

cthulloid treasure is a riff on The Little Mermaid but with a distinctly Lovecraftian bent cross-bred with folklore about ningyo (i.e., Japanese mermaids).  Yet, as often happens with me and my inspiration, I am draw to the portrayal of ningyo from popular culture sources:  namely, The Mermaid Saga, a Japanese anime and manga series.  In The Mermaid Saga, eating mermaid flesh can provide longevity, or it can turn the person that consumes it into a monster.

Monster-hood is more common than immortality.

Combine this idea with a kind of Lovecraftian (or, in reality, Syrian) Mistress of the Deep (She Who Swims in Darkness or some such thing), and you have the inspiration for cthulloid treasure:  something mysterious, grotesque, and from another world of understanding with spray paint golden scales that shine like the sun.

spindle’s work, Zellandine’s denouement: sub-text
2012

Really, what does it look like.

Think about it.

Embrace your inner-12-year-old boy.

I’ll wait.

*insert the Jeopardy theme song here*

A vagina dentata but woven on a circle loom.  Really, given what is always sub-textually present in fairytales and what modern fairytale writers have done with that sub-text, it was bound to happen in this series.

I swear I wasn’t really trying to be snotty with that last description, but it really is what it looks like and that’s how it ended up as part of this series and not something else.

What can I say?  I’m a sick, twisted deviant on occasion.

Oh, while I’m thinking about it, there’s an opening at the ARTgarage for Bonnie de Arteaga‘s front gallery exhibit; it’s Friday from 5-8.

Courage.

A cultural anthropologist’s observation of visual culture in action. Or, I went to Kitsune Kon and bought a bunch of ears.

So, catching up on what I was going to squee-splode about last week.

Weekend before last, I went to Kitsune Kon in Appleton. It was a lovely time at a small Kon; it wasn’t nearly as overwhelming (or as spread about) as ACen is, so there’s that.

Okay, the costumes are a bit better at ACen, but that has more to do with a larger amount of people, so the so-so costumes kinda get buried in the really fantastic costumes. Although, there were several really nice costumes: a Sailor Pluto (which is always kinda the rarest of the Sailor Scouts to see), some creepy Silent Hill-esque medical creatures, a Vash with a truly lovely coat, and a Wolfwood replete with ginormous gun-cross. My favorites, by far, were an incredibly tall Castiel who didn’t really respond in any way other than to do the Cas Nod of Acknowledgment (I swear I saw a Crowley wandering about too) and the cutest little 7-year old dressed as Kiki replete with GiGi (that’s the little, black cat).

It was really nice. And, I bought a bunch of ears.

These are kinda prosthetic ears made by Madqueens Jody Tonn. They basically hook around your ears and stay there. I wore them most of the day, and they were plenty comfortable. Madqueens was assisted by here lovely shop-neighbor Jeff Jacobs of It is Vapor.

These ears and pirate bunny hat are by Pawstar. <–All their stuff is super cute.

…I kinda wandered around wearing the cat-ears-kitty-kitty with the fae ears. I’m weird like that.

This is Kuma-chan from Ouran High School Host Club. I call him “Mr. Flootie.” <–Like, from Gail Carriger‘s The Parasol Protectorate series. ‘Cause he’s all disapproving.

…if he bopped around with a couple of single-shot pistols and would bring me proper tea, that would be fine too.

I got him from Anime Fan Zone.

Gnome got himself this grunty. It’s the grunty from the .hack manga series rather than the video games or anime. (Official site is here.)

Grunties are cute and cuddly. Except for the Noble Grunties; they’re pretentious dicks.

I didn’t manage to get the name of the shop that sold these, but I did get the card of a shop that does really fantastic buttons of characters from different tv shows. <–Specifically, the Doctor Who buttons.

This was made by one of Gnome’s students: Kitsune Kon was her first exhibiting con. I’m going to be receiving a commissioned piece from her soon.

Okay. That’s it for now.

Courage and cake.