My @TwinPeaks fan art helps me hold on to the dream

We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream.

I process my obsessions through creativity.  And there is a lot to process as we have reached “the end” of Twin Peaks: The Return.

A Lynch fan since Eraserhead, deeply deeply influenced and inspired by The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet, I recall cutting out the news article about the pilot in early 1990.  It showed Ronette Pulaski walking across the railroad bridge.

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I recall the cultural shift when the show aired on April 8, 1990.  The camaraderie as the weekly episodes were inspected and analyzed voraciously.

Our family’s countless trips to North Bend and travelling to all the sites from the show.

Staying at the “Great Northern” (The Salish Lodge) and walking down to the falls.

Meeting the one armed man and the man from another place (the arm) on the streets outside of the RR Diner during the first Twin Peaks festival.  They signed our copy of Lolita- she is filled with secrets.

Drinking coffee and eating cherry pie at the RR diner.

Multiple trips, multiple times.

Being FREAKED OUT by Bob (to this day).  On a visit to Las Vegas Fall 1990, I saw Bob silhouetted by the lights outside, in front of the sheer curtains, sitting in a lounge chair.  He leaned forward and turned his head towards me.  I leapt out of bed.  JEEEEEEEEEZUS.

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My son recreating the Laura wrapped in plastic scene at the exact location in 2010.

Reading Laura Palmer’s diary a gazillion times and collecting every clipping, article, book, collecting, collecting.

Trading fan art on instagram.

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Buttons and magnets by @skyyedawl

Looking for clues in every other Lynch film.

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This new season was so much about my generation aging.  Beautifully aging.

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Aging is celebrated, honoured by Lynch.

I have wept for my own losses.  All the life markers experienced since that first episode aired.  (The log lady looking so much like my mother before she passed.)

We are like the dreamer who dreams and then lives inside the dream.

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The dumbest and greatest and deepest show.

ART.

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My illustration (2016) for Matthew Roy’s incredible speculative fiction novel could be renamed “GOTTA LIGHT?” (Episode 8 Season 3)

Burr, Washington, Jefferson, King George sock monkeys. Hamilton in my heart.

I had planned to be in New York City on July 28th this summer, sitting at the Rogers Theatre with my daughter celebrating, watching Hamilton, the Musical.  We would have just completed two days of sock monkey workshops at Graham Windham with children and families (Eliza Hamilton’s orphanage).  I was going to bring my sock monkeys of the entire main cast of the musical.

Sadly, fate/destiny/universe had other plans.  I didn’t get the gigs I expected to have over the summer and as of May, I found myself all of a sudden struggling again to get by.  Dang.  More setbacks and lack of consistent work made things even harder.

And so the tickets were sold and plans changed.  And I admit, I don’t think it hit me till today how truly heartbroken I am.  But that is OK.

What I get from Hamilton is not about going to the show itself.  It is about the creative process.  It is about art about history.  It is about the healing power of art.  And the tenacity of art.  I have been creating every day.  For I am an artist with no choice.  That is what I love about Hamilton and that dream hasn’t died.  The message of the creation of Hamilton lives in my heart.

So today, as part of my studio clearance, raising funds and letting go, I have decided to release 4 of my sock monkeys and regroup.  Start fresh.  Blast the soundtrack.  Surrender. And like Lin and Alexander, write my way out.

On my ETSY SHOP:


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My Alexander Hamilton sock monkey, I am pleased to write, lives with my daughter and he spent 4 months travelling to England, Sweden, Southeast Asia and across Canada…

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I will be collecting materials over the next while, and once my Fall work routine putters along, I hope to begin the cast all over again.

Check out:

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The sock monkey and the paper dress.

 I love making paper dresses!

Check out:

I’m obsessed with my paper dress

The bypoststreet paper dress

 The bypoststreet punk paper dress

My dress hangs there

I finally made one for a sock monkey.

Surprised that it took me so long!

Not sure why it is so satisfying, but it is!

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The classic sock monkey is made out of luscious work socks.

The paper dress dress is double sided with original chinamarker drawings (front portrait of a hedgehog on a rose and back- a Daniel Clowes inspired fan art portrait of Little Enid from Ghost World).

The monkey measures about 14″ high.

Proceeds support sock monkey therapy with local at-risk youth!

Available on my ETSY site:

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I’m raising funds to provide free sock monkey therapy!

I am selling sock monkeys and sock birds on my ETSY site to raise for sock monkey therapy!

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100% of proceeds go towards me providing free sock monkey therapy workshops for local at risk youth in Vancouver BC Canada!

Sock monkey therapy creates a safe space for youth to dialogue while delivering valuable life skills and while generally lifting mood and spirit.

Check out BETSY GREER’s POST ON CREATIVE LIVE

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Orders includes a little surprise!

Love Katarina

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My special hand-sewn sock monkey kits now on Etsy!

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Sock monkey kits!

Now on my ETSY SITE!

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My special hand-sewn sock monkey kit includes:
• Pre-sewn sock monkey body (ready to stuff and assemble and personalize)
• Needle and thread
• Felt heart
• Button eyes
• A little worry bird (made from glove finger)
• How-to info
• Information about my local to global sock monkey therapy entrepreneurship program

(Stuffing not included)

Proceeds support my ability to deliver free sock monkey workshops to local at-risk youth.

Great items for engaging students, for hosting craft nights, for fundraising, for leadership skills building, employee engagement, professional development days, for gifts, for craftivism activities etc.

NOTE: INDIVIDUAL KITS PLUS BULK ORDER UP TO 5 KITS WILL BE PROCESSED IN 1-3 DAYS. LARGER BULK ORDERS NATURALLY TAKE LONGER.

Love Kat

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Craft: three birds, two monkeys, one tea towel. 

   This cozy sock monkey measures 18 inches tall and wears a tea towel dress and a little bird on her head.  Let her accompany you in your kitchen; she’s washable- so let her infuse your kitchen with magic as you wipe your hands on her dress.  The little blue bird adds an extra delight and spice.

Now available on ETSY: LINK

This adorable little monkey is accompanied by two birds.  He measures approximately 12 inches tall.  He’s super cuddly and a real good luck charm. His friendly demeanour is ready to soak up any anxieties and the birds will safely process all your worries.

Now available on ETSY: LINK

    

Recycled sock craft: dead crow. #Graphicnovel fundraiser. 

The crow guides my healing journey. It gives me the courage to enter the darkness of the unknown and to let go of fear. The crow reminds me to laugh, live and love fiercely as I embrace my life’s mission.  According to folk lore, finding a dead crow implies good fortune awaits.  I feel they also give us pause to celebrate the beautiful spiral of:

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As you may already know from previous posts, dead birds are a continuous visual theme in my graphic novel, Molly.  They are a metaphor for loss of freedom and the struggles the main character faces in her short life.

See: Dead messengers

 

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As part of raising funds for the graphic novel project, I have designed this loveable little corpse made from recycled materials.  Strangely wonderful to cuddle!

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Makes you stop, sit, meditate, smile and perhaps let out a big sigh.  And maybe even talk about death.

Available [made to order] on my ETSY shop: POSTSTREET

        
This is my original design.

Delightful local Vancouver artist: Amy Tom

I am delighted to introduce an extraordinary Vancouver artist, Amy Tom.  I was introduced to her through my friend Anne Banner, owner/curator of Vancouver curiosity shop and paradise: Salmagundi West.  Amy’s whimsical and magical style inspires me to no end!

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Check out her ETSY shop!

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I create postcards, magnets and art prints reproduced from my oil paintings and hand drawings. I am inspired by pop culture, literary characters and anthropomorphic animals, drawing and painting these themes in the Pop Surrealism style, with my own twist and wherever my imagination takes me. Everything in this shop is hand made by me in Vancouver and printed at a print shop in Vancouver. – Amy Tom

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"Ice Owl,"  November 2014, by Amy Tom
“Ice Owl,” November 2014, by Amy Tom
Amy Tom as Frida Kahlo with Anne Banner of Salmagundi West
Amy Tom as Frida Kahlo with Anne Banner of Salmagundi West

Custom portraits in my signature style.

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Custom Portraits

18×24 on newsprint

$85.00 USD each

(plus shipping)

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All portraits [unless otherwise specified] will be shared on my instagram.  

The portrait will be completed about 1-3 weeks after payment.

How to pay?

3 options:

1. EMAIL TRANSFER VIA YOUR ONLINE BANKING TO:

britakatarina@gmail.com

2. via PAYPAL

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3. on ETSY

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Once you have placed your order, EMAIL YOUR PHOTOS TO ME 

CONTACT KATARINA: EMAIL

I will email a photo of the portrait and send the original.

Watch videos of my process at: VIDEOS/TUTORIALS

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Chris Zahner Makes Art (and I’m obsessed).

Chris Zahner. "Bitsy" 8 x 10"Acrylic and gouache on Rives BFK
Chris Zahner. “Bitsy” 8 x 10″
Acrylic and gouache on Rives BFK

About me.

I live in Brooklyn, New York and work in the art conservation field. Artwork has been an incredibly important part of my life and being able to preserve pieces for future generations is a real privilege. You should also feel confident that my choices in the materials I use when creating my own artwork will always have the longevity of the works in mind. 

– Chris Zahner

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My new obsession: Chris Zahner, Brooklyn based visual artist.

“I make drawings, paintings and collages specifically for people with good taste.”

Check out Chris on PINTEREST:

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on FACEBOOK:

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on Flickr:

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on ETSY:

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AMAZING STUFF!!!

About the work.

My work focuses on the idea of the underdog or the unlikely hero. It’s a celebration of outsiders, nerds, the socially awkward and the beauty found in those people. Much of the work is soaked in nostalgia because it provides me with an opportunity to reinvent these people’s lives. I choose my subjects from old yearbooks and discarded family photos turning bookworms into stars and the weak into bad-asses. 

The works I have for sale are completely original pieces, so all photos and papers used in my collage works are authentic, meaning they can only be used once. Each piece is created, photographed, listed, packed and shipped by myself.

– Chris Zahner

I just purchased the following coloring book on ETSY!!!

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All artworks are Copyright © Chris Zahner and may not be copied, distributed, downloaded, modified, reused, reproduced or otherwise used without permission.

MY ODE TO CHRIS ZAHNER:

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An ode to @Iamyokoo #portrait #inspiringartist

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18″ x 24″ China marker on newsprint

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Running a one-woman knitwear enterprise from home, Yokoo is an artist, a perfectionist and a ”total control” worker. She enjoys being a part of the entire process: thinking, designing, sketching, picking up the material, creating, photographing, promoting, trading and sending. She still gets butterflies every time she packages up a new order.

SOURCE

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Yokoo on ETSY

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ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE VIDEOS. IT’S A REMINDER TO ME OF WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:

Today on @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL, PHOEBE PHILO and a sock monkey!

DEC 2:

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X KAT THORSEN

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Phoebe Philo 18″ x 24″ China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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CHECK OUT MORE OF MY PORTRAITS AT:

PORTRAITS/STREET ART

ORDER YOUR PORTRAIT

Order your street art style portrait!

Many have been asking how they can get a street art portrait done by me!!!

Now you can sign up here via my ETSY shop to have your portrait done by me for $100 only! (plus shipping)

I do them in newsprint with china marker and acrylic highlights.

The original will be sent to you. I fold the newsprint when I ship it. Stickers of your portrait will be slapped up and prints will be pasted in Vancouver, San Francisco, Toronto etc! It’s addictive fun!

Once you sign up, you email me 3 photos and I interpret that way. I have creative license so just let go and enjoy the process! You can also include your favorite word or phrase or whatever you would like to tell the world as I blog the results! You’ll be tweeted, instagrammed, Facebooked, pasted, slapped etc. But you will own the original (18″ x 24″ china marker and acrylic on newsprint).

See more at:

TO SIGN UP GO TO POST STREET:

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On Becoming a Woman- vintage treasure. #graphicnovel research #Vancouver #coldcase

I found a glorious and heartbreaking book on ETSY at LOST BEAR STUDIO as I was searching for 1940s/50s items for my graphic novel research.

On Becoming A Woman by Harold Shryock, MD.

The information teenage women were receiving at the time regarding their physical, personal and sexual development was truly horrifying from my perspective now.  This is what makes this book one of the most frustrating and fascinating reads.  WOW.  Delicious and tragic.

And of course, the chapter on homosexuality:

ARGH!

BUT- what makes this book even more special are the margin notes by the teen, Laura H. [Full name is in the book, but for privacy, I’ll just use last initial].  It adds so much to the experience.  I wonder who she was.  Where she ended up.  What a window into this young woman’s life!

Handwritten “owners” name on the inside, as well as some notes, underlining, & check marks she made on certain sections of the book that appeared to interest her which adds to the character to the book. – LOST BEAR STUDIO

Make sure to check out other items at LOST BEAR STUDIO:

Lost Bear Studio is my Collection of Vintage finds. I collect housewares, jewelry, decor & kitsch… I love art and all things creative, colorful, upcycled, repurposed & recycled… I collect a variety of quality vintage and antique treasures. My specialty items include home decor, housewares, storage items (tins, boxes, ANYTHING with drawers) & vintage accessories and jewelry. I collect items that catch my eye, and bring them to you, in the hopes that my descriptions will give you ideas you can utilize in your own home. – A. N. Fowler, Lost Bear Studio

Jocelyn Louise as Molly. Styled by Jay Fisher.

MOLLY- the graphic novel

Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  YES PLEASE!  You can donate via PAYPAL here: DONATE

Where @Etsy meets Realness. @annatfabulous and her Craftie Robot Messenger Bag by @robotgeek76

GOD, I LOVE ETSY.  Along with blogging, it has opened the world to artists.  I love posting on my ETSY shop, filling orders and spending hours discovering other artists.

When I discovered this Hunter S. Thompson messenger bag on the ETSY shop, Craftie Robot, I knew my daughter needed to have it.  Was I right?  WOW!

Anna T Fabulous at Daytime Realness, San Francisco, April 15, 2012

Get yours at:

All bags are made with 100% cotton canvas construction unless otherwise stated. For the bags I use high quality professional transfers heat pressed with a commercial heat press machine onto the messengers/laptop bags. The heat press allows the transfer to bond deep into the fabric and will last a very long time. The messenger/laptop bags are the perfect size to fit your laptop or several big, heavy books with a little room left for little knick knacks. Its a great messenger bag, book bag, diaper bag, laptop bag, backpack, or whatever other use you can think of. There is also a nice little zippered pocked found on the inside of the bag. Perfect to put your wallet, keys and cellphone. – CRAFTIE ROBOT

Make sure to also visit:

Wartime rationing and the 1940s house #graphicnovel research

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‘Because of the pail, the scraps were saved,  

Because of the scraps, the pigs were saved,

  Because of the pigs, the rations were saved,

 Because of the rations, the ships were saved,

 Because of the ships, the island was saved,  

Because of the island, the Empire was saved,

And all because of the housewife’s pail’

– Ministry of Food

Supersizers Go Wartime

The 1940s House

Coal House At War

Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE

Molly’s brother 1926-1963. Mental illness. Bowel obstruction. #Essondale #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER!

MOLLY- the graphic novel (model: Jocelyn Louise)

I am finding incredible primary sources on ETSY and am particularly impressed with VINTAGE BOOK LOVER.

I ordered vintage 1940s resources regarding Tuberculosis and intestinal disorders.

I was elated to receive a special gift of bowel disorder illustrations, which proved PERFECT for finishing today’s page about Molly’s brother, Joseph, who passed away at Essondale [where he was committed for 14+ years] due to pulmonary edema complications and intestinal obstructions.

I love reading the primary resources and building a picture of the family dynamics.

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Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful and very helpful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL by clicking DONATE

Delicious vintage book, with great art on the cover, just arrived in the post! Gotta love @Etsy!

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ be damned!  I judge!  And I love!  I ordered this book through SPACE 87 on Etsy.

SUPER RARE PAPERBACK: “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall. 437 pages.

Originally published 1928, this paperback Perma Book edition is from 1960 with amazing cover art! Probably the best edition in that respect and a great addition to your collection!

Historically significant novel with a lesbian theme.

Good condition, spine intact, pages are yellowed but not brittle. Very readable. Cover shows light creases. Scans make it look a little worse than in reality. 

– John Banks

Just visually and olfactorily, the book does not disappoint!  Let’s open to a random page and see what my eye lands on…

“Like a river that has gradually risen to flood, until it sweeps everything before it, so now events rose and gathered in strength towards their inevitable conclusion.” (p. 191)  Oh my!

Radclyffe Hall (born Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall on 12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) was an English poet and author, best known for the lesbian classic The Well of Loneliness… Published in 1928, The Well of Loneliness deals with the life of Stephen Gordon, a masculine lesbian who, like Hall herself, identifies as an invert. Although Gordon’s attitude toward her own sexuality is anguished, the novel presents lesbianism as natural and makes a plea for greater tolerance.

Although The Well of Loneliness is not sexually explicit, it was nevertheless the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK, which resulted in all copies of the novel being ordered destroyed. The United States allowed its publication only after a long court battle. It is currently published in the UK by Virago, and by Anchor Press in the United States.

The Well of Loneliness was number seven on a list of the top 100 lesbian and gay novels compiled by The Publishing Triangle in 1999.

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Vintage fur coat arrived. Very moving. Photoshoot soon! #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER!

MOLLY- the graphic novel

Today , the furcoat I purchased on ETSY from wolfman1377 Vintage Clothing and Accessories arrived!  As it is very close to the original found at the crime scene, I felt quite shaken thinking about a woman covering her dead children.

Here is a look at opening the box.

The next photoshoot with Jocelyn and Jay is in the works!  It feels quite humbling to experience the story revealing itself.

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Recall my previous post about A WOMAN’S FURCOAT.

… Covering the bodies was the celanese lining of a woman’s’ coat and a small portion of the fur collar.  In the hairs of the collar were hemlock needles, which indicated that needles were falling at that time.

Later from the scant clues, city furrier R.J. Pop. Fifteenth and Granville, laboriously reconstructed a duplicate of the coat of such accuracy that the original button, later found at the scene was identical to the one put on the duplicate.

Police say it was worn by a chunkily built woman about 5 foot 3 or 4…

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953
EVIDENCE BOX 2 item 13: Woman’s fur coat- large bag containing fur coat remnant plus lining

The coat discovered at the scene was reconstructed and featured in an article in The Vancouver Sun on April 20, 1953.  Initially it was described as an “oilskin coat” but it turned out to be a fur coat with its lining facing out.  “[The victims] were covered with a cloth later found to be the lining of a woman’s fur coat of the factory mass production type.”

The article described the coat as a “dark brown Coney (dyed rabbit) with leg-o-mutton shoulders, popular in 1943.”  “The lining of Celanese material (a synthetic fiber first spun in 1921) indicated the coat had been worn two or three years.”

The coat was described as size 16 and 40 inches (101.6 cm) long.   “From the length of the fur coat lining which covered the skeletons, police believe it was worn by a short, stocky woman about five feet three or four inches tall weighing between 125 and 135 pounds.”

Remnants of woman’s fur coat with Celanese lining in evidence box. Video capture from Babes in the Woods Task Force meeting at Vancouver Centennial Police Museum, February 2004. 

See also:

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Photoshoot 2 

A woman’s furcoat 

Vintage furcoat

 

Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novel project.  That’s wonderful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPAL here: DONATE


Vintage fur coat. Eerily perfect.. #graphicnovel #Vancouver

PROJECT FUNDED on KICKSTARTER!

MOLLY- the graphic novel

Today I purchased a vintage furcoat on ETSY from wolfman1377 Vintage Clothing and Accessories for use in the next illustration resource photo shoot.  It sends shivers down my spine as it is very close to the original found at the scene, including bakelite buttons.

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From photo by wolfman1377

ETSY ITEMSCRUMPTIOUS vintage 40s 3/4 length Bakelite button brown gray ladies rabbit FUR Coat size small

here is a great vintage ladies coat, 40s or early 50s, nice soft rabbit fur, browns and grays, two huge bakelite buttons,heavy shoulders, fully lined in gold tone satin, some fur lose on inside front panel right chest, some loss on inside 1/4 inch at collar, small section of lining could use few stitches, not noticeable when wearing but am asking less due to these issues, heavy and warm, a great vintage find, would look fab with jeans, measurements as follows with garment laying flat

bust 18″
waist 17″
hips 19″
length 38″

Recall my previous post about A WOMAN’S FURCOAT.

… Covering the bodies was the celanese lining of a woman’s’ coat and a small portion of the fur collar.  In the hairs of the collar were hemlock needles, which indicated that needles were falling at that time.

Later from the scant clues, city furrier R.J. Pop. Fifteenth and Granville, laboriously reconstructed a duplicate of the coat of such accuracy that the original button, later found at the scene was identical to the one put on the duplicate.

Police say it was worn by a chunkily built woman about 5 foot 3 or 4…

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953
EVIDENCE BOX 2 item 13: Woman’s fur coat- large bag containing fur coat remnant plus lining

The coat discovered at the scene was reconstructed and featured in an article in The Vancouver Sun on April 20, 1953.  Initially it was described as an “oilskin coat” but it turned out to be a fur coat with its lining facing out.  “[The victims] were covered with a cloth later found to be the lining of a woman’s fur coat of the factory mass production type.”

The article described the coat as a “dark brown Coney (dyed rabbit) with leg-o-mutton shoulders, popular in 1943.”  “The lining of Celanese material (a synthetic fiber first spun in 1921) indicated the coat had been worn two or three years.”

The coat was described as size 16 and 40 inches (101.6 cm) long.   “From the length of the fur coat lining which covered the skeletons, police believe it was worn by a short, stocky woman about five feet three or four inches tall weighing between 125 and 135 pounds.”

Remnants of woman’s fur coat with Celanese lining in evidence box. Video capture from Babes in the Woods Task Force meeting at Vancouver Centennial Police Museum, February 2004. 

See also:

Photoshoot 1

Photoshoot 2

Many have been asking if they can still contribute to the graphic novelproject.  That’s wonderful!!!  The rewards will stay the same as on Kickstarter.  Take a look at the rewards on the Kickstarter site.  You can donate via PAYPALhere: DONATE

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!


Immersing oneself in history #graphicnovel #Vancouver @Kickstarter

PROJECT FUNDING HAS LAUNCHED on KICKSTARTER:

He brushed the leaves aside and uncovered the most baffling double murder Vancouver has ever had.

– The Vancouver Province April 15, 1953

I believe that to best  research a cold case one must immerse oneself in the history of that time.

I was elated to receive my order from dashalee3 on ETSY on March 25, 2011.  The retro 1940’s gift tags add to my 1940’s collection of materials that create the atmosphere I need for my graphic novel which spans the era 1925-1953, with the main year being 1947.

set of three retro vintage tags for scrapbooking, gifts, and crafts… background is from an original weather journal from the 1920’s… retro illustrations are original and taken from a 1943 Life Magazine… vintage rick rack as decoration and vintage seam binding for hanging… two vintage buttons complete the look… illustrations originally to commemorate the war effort for World War II

I highly recommend this lovely online shop that is filled with vintage treasures!

There are so many sources that I have collected.  Examples of some of my illustration resources are:

photos…

coloring books…

maps…

advertisements, etc.

To help fund this graphic novel go to KICKSTARTER!

Note: All backers will receive a mention in the book (if they so wish).  Take a look at the fun rewards available for various donation levels!  In addition, backers who donate $100 and above will receive a signed copy of the book when it is published!


Introducing the beautiful work of young artist, Alicia Love

I originally introduced Alicia Love on my art therapy site.  Go to: THE MAGNIFICENT EYE-BIRDS OF ALICIA.  Alicia is one of my pilot project students for my YOUTH ARTISANS site on ETSY.

Alicia stands out amongst all the talented young artists that I have worked with. She has a unique and natural approach to her painting that needs to be left undisturbed, yet Alicia will rise to a challenge to adapt and problem solve in any art medium. Her fragile beauty and strong spirit shine through in her work.

I am so honored to introduce and to exhibit her work at my next art event in June (details to come)!

Here are some previews:

      

You can support Alicia by purchasing her work on my ETSY site.  These 4 small pieces are currently for sale:

   

Fabulous vintage items arrived in the post from Dharmadejavu @Etsy for my #graphicnovel research!

I discovered a fantastic shop on ETSY: Dharmadejavu!  Re-cycled, re-used, re-loved.  Finding the following items was amazing!  Perfect source material for my graphic novel, which includes all the juicy issues round catholicism, unwed mothers, murder…!

My quick 5 min sketch, 6B pencil on index card
1934
1944. 2nd printing 1946

Visiting this ETSY shop is like walking through the ultimate vintage store and taking all the time you need!  Heaven!

APRIL 25, 2011:

UPDATE FROM Dharmadejavu!!!

” If any readers or visitors to your blog should find anything in my store Dharmadejavu I want to offer them a 10% discount. If they enter the coupon code “Katarina” at check out they will get 10% off of anything in the shop.”