Inexplicable hearts I
Inexplicable hearts I

And now, a post-Valentine’s gift brought to you by the angel of Mixed Media Art. Wear it in good health. What is the appropriate response to this? Should one say “thank you”? Or even “Thank you?” Lift up one’s top and give the giver a show, in a general mardi gras celebration of love and […]

Bear with me here.
Bear with me here.

The sad thing about this first guy is not so much that it’s a teddy bear made out of shells…now, that in itself is sad, because teddy bears are by their nature cute and cuddly, and making one out of cold, sharp-edged crunchy things that, when they break, become even sharper is a bit of […]

Won’t you buy my shells?
Won’t you buy my shells?

It’s just another day in the shell market. Across the busy square, vendors ply their hollow, unsatisfying trade. This WAS the biggest fishmarket in the world, but when the clams stopped flowing, the market dried up. Now, they sell the empty husks of shrimp, piles of those sharp little crab claws, the ones that aren’t […]

Minimal Effort Kittens
Minimal Effort Kittens

Come on! Don’t be shy! It’s a bright, beautiful day, just like you! Turn around, let’s see your smiling face, little kitten! Ooh. Never mind. So, what we have here is, well, there’s a certain degree of inspiration. Spotted shell, spotted cat. Brilliant. I can’t see anything wrong with the concept. Except…except that it calls […]

All the Shell Art
All the Shell Art

Shell art is a dominant thread in the world of Thrift Horror. We do not know what drives elderly craftsmiths and pre-schoolers, jaded high schoolers and tourist trap hucksters, to glue pipe cleaners and cowries together and call it art. But we thank them for their contributions. Unfortunately, or perhaps magically, shell art is “done.” […]

Off the Coast of Brick-a-Brack
Off the Coast of Brick-a-Brack

“Captain, the crew’s talking among themselves, they say that no good’ll come from this voyage. They’re saying the ship’s a’cursed.” “Belay that kind of prattle. The HMS Conchiolin is the prettiest ship on these eastern seas. T’ain’t no ship as charming as she. Why the day she first set sailed, they said, ‘That’s a right […]

Of dubious provenance
Of dubious provenance

What? Another Christmas Clown? Oh, yes! Nothing goes with Christmas like clowns! Clowns and Christmas are like…spaetzle and Easter, or slide trombones and Arbor Day. Inseparable! Have pity on this little guy. Girl. Ovoid. Life’s not been kind to it. His feet are little flat pancakey flippers, barely fit to keep it from falling forward […]

Sailing the Shell Art Sea
Sailing the Shell Art Sea

Avast, ye great shell-faced dogs, steer the ship leeward, and smartly now! Thar be cowries on them thar shores! Oh gods, now I’m going to have nightmares about ghastly pirates with bleeding serrated mouths, floating around on a half a clam like a warped alternate dimension’s version of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.But with skull-faced shell […]