It has been a long while since I had a chance to feature a shop, so I am very happy to get back in the swing of things with a delightful Etsy shop called Strange Studios. Artist Lisa Snellings brings to life the most hauntingly adorable collection of poppets I have come across in a long time.
Now what is so Gothic Victorian about these little guys? Have a look. Many remind me of adorable harlequin-like Italian puppets one might find in Grandmother's keepsake trunk in the attic, or sitting quietly in an obscure little antique shop. One can easily picture one of these little figures sitting on a bedside dresser in the bedroom of a 19th century child, a quiet little friend and favourite companion.
Each poppet has its own distinct personality and an almost childlike gaze from beneath little pointed hats. Their whimsical robes with ruffled collars make them all the more endearing, while subtle, and not-so-subtle accents make a more pointed statement. In some cases, macabre, such as the Mouse Skull sculpture, to the darkly thought-provoking Gas Mask Poppets, these little characters can really touch even the darkest of hearts (speaking from experience here, as you know).
Now for those who have more than their fair share of dust collectors and are fresh out of room in the curio cabinet in the foyer, Ms. Snellings' lovely little creatures are also featured as art cards and prints just demanding a new home in an ornate frame and a prime location where they can be a part of the family.
Personally, I recommend at least one of each. Who doesn't need a wonderful image on their wall, like a tiny doorway to a fun, shadowy, imaginative world where poppets fly on raven's backs, or talk to wee birds in a snow drifts while a diminuitive statuette of a poppet in bee clothing stands nearby as if having just stepped through that door to keep you company.
So treat yourself and spend some time with Strange Studios' lovely little friends and see which ones wordlessly speak to you. I promise you will not be disappointed. I have included a link to her Etsy shop below, as well as one to her website and blog, where you can learn all about the Poppets and the artist.
Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Strangestudios?ref=seller_info#
Artist Website: http://poppetplanet.com/
Enjoy! And remember M'Dears..... Keep it Spooky.