I can’t pin point the reasons why but I have to admit I am pretty obsessed with the concept of Dollfie. For those new to the concept it is a brand of vinyl doll, “a highly-poseable hybrid of fashion doll and action figure”, which come blank allowing it’s new ‘parent’ to create a totally unique personality in the form of a doll by either using off the shelf products of specialist artists… When buying a Dollfie you can even purchase a range of wigs or eyes from the website. Like many of the best things in life beautiful but creepy.
Tokyo-based artist photographer Hal has created the ‘flesh love’ series. His body of work explores the concept of worldly love through couples. in ‘flesh love’, hal pulls the lovers so near to one another that they transform into a single being – a vacuum-sealed pack of love. The artist wraps blankets the models with a plastic sheet in which he removes the air from to bond the lover together. Hal is able to capture several photos in the few moments the couple is sealed within the plastic encasement. The series is now available in a book compilation and an ipad application.
Personally I’d need a diagram to figure out how this could be used for ahem “sexy time” so I will let the artist Peter Jakubik explain in his own words:
Pony Girl Rocker is a toy for adults shaped as a woman attached onto the rockers similar to those of a rocking chair. The rocker ironically carries a memory of boys’ games on knights, riders, conquerors or warriors and pushes it into the field of adult fantasies. It could be a great wedding gift for a newly married couples who can make a use of it as a relaxation simulator to prevent the partnership malfunction. In the context of BDSM practices it can be used as a trainer for pony play sessions. In need of humiliation, unless your wife or girlfriend do not like a pony play, just use this toy. Pony Girl Rocker as a forgotten and again found toy as an object for adults. Old wooden surface is supposed to remind of forgotten old child’s toy found in the attic and upgraded to a fetish design object.
I’ve been meaning to post about the photography of Karen Hsiao for a while as it’s both fetishy and beautiful. I find the Blood Letting series particularly stunning, the artists statement for which is included below (the images are NOT from this series but more of a taster for her wider portfolio).
Karen Hsiao’s “Bloodletting” is a series of portraits dealing heavily with the human psyche and our perception of reality. Hsiao’s work has been described as ambiguous, dark, and unsettling. Influenced by her background and training as a painter, she uses a style of lighting based on the principals of Caravaggio’s chiaroscuro, creating a sense of drama and tension between the viewer and the subject. In each portrait, the subject bleeds from a part of his or her body. This “bloodletting” is meant to be a subtle reminder of our own mortality and vulnerability. At the heart of Hsiao’s photography is the issue of self-image; how we perceive ourselves and one another, our vanity, our obsessions, our self-loathing, and our delusions. These portraits are intentionally ambiguous, leaving it up to the viewer to decide what is real and what is fantasy.
Ok so I have a fairly high shock / OMFG level but these are some of the scariest scarifications I have seen for ages – beautiful but dark. Discovered it over at the ever awesome BME site…
So Eat Your Heart out sold come cakes at Torture Garden after being invited by it’s founder / owner David to do so. It was a strange environment for a cake shop – but one heaped in so much dark cakey inspiration we all came away with so much inspiration. I felt like such an old lady going home at 3am when people were still coming in but hey ho. I also met a really nice photographer there, Stephanie Woolf, who took some great photographs of us (below) and the night in general. Her London Insight blog is also worth checking out (though she’ll not be posting the TG story for a while so it’s worth visiting it again in a few weeks.
Here is a gallery of some more of Stephanie’s photographs she took on the night, or view the full Flickr stream here.
All images copyright Stephanie Woolf
The Riding crop scent (like all of ours, in our somewhat humble opinion) is right on the barrelhead. That wonderful worn leather aroma. This was a naughty name and we couldn’t resist. Heck, who knows what mischief you can get into with this one.
Monica Cook paints BEAUTIFUL and very disturbing portraits of women featuring niche sexual imagery such as genki genki (it involves bugs & insects) & the sexualized eating of food. Many of them also reflect the squid porn feature, which is this blogs most highly viewed post ever. To be honest if these were photographs I think I would be a bit ewwwwwwww, but as amazing paintings I adore them…