Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dragon Art, Draco or Jabberwocky? Mythical Beast released to 'KuriousThings' on etsy.com

Dragon Art, Draco or Jabberwocky? 
Mythical Beast released to 'KuriousThings' on etsy.com

Dragon 'KuriousThings' on etsy.com
As the Kuriologist, I'd been having two really unpleasant days on the computer....and when that happens I have to retreat & become creative.  In this instance it meant making a 'Dragon' - or Draco, or is it a Jabberwocky?



Now according to 'Alice in Wonderland' author Lewis Carrol, we should - “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! ...and this dragon has both teeth & claws!   It has six limbs - two wings, two front legs & two back legs.  

Therefore it is not a Wyvern. 

 Apparently, Wyvern have only four limbs.  Back legs & wings.  Which according to online experts (& lets face it we are ALL online experts these days), is what the dragons in Game of Thrones have, which according to 'some' means they are not dragons, but Wyvern. 

...or is it a case of 'all Wiccans are witches, but not all witches are Wiccan' 

, ie; All Wyvern are dragons, but not all dragons are Wyverns?

Don't even get me started on Behemoths, Basilisks, Hydra or Cockertrice?

Even the taxonomy of mythical cryptozoological beasts has to be correct these days..& I was just going for a 'ball-park' dragon like 'Smaug' creature. hey-ho.

Dragon by Kuriology at 'KuriousThings' on etsy.com





Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Halloween Curiosities and other Weird Bits & Pieces on eBay UK

Halloween Curiosities 
and other Weird Bits & Pieces on eBay UK






Ebay UK auction ENDS TODAY of useful Halloween Curiosities & other Weird bits & pieces.


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Etsy shop creed - adapted from US Marines Rifleman’s creed - Full Metal Jacket

Etsy shop creed – adapted from US Marines Rifleman’s creed - Full Metal Jacket





Sundays are always a strange day in the Kuriologist house.  There is a tenancy for The Kuriologist to go 'off-piste', a day for light lateral thinking? 

How I linked a US Marine Corps training creed to my creative art in my brain is anybody's guess!

However, a little history -  US Marines Rifleman’s creed

Major General William H. Rupertus wrote the original Rifleman’s creed during WWII, probably in late 1941 or early 1942. All enlisted Marines learn the creed at recruit training. The  original Rifleman's creed remains part of basic United States Marine Corps doctrine.

With utter respect & no offence intended to the US Marines &/or fans of the film Full Metal JacketHere is an etsy shop creed.

My etsy shop creed – ‘KuriousThings’

This is my etsy shop. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My etsy shop is my best friend. It is my shop. I must master it as I must master my life.
Without me, my etsy shop is useless. Without my etsy, I am useless. I must run my etsy true. I must trade straighter than my competition who is trying to pre-sell me. I must sell before he sells. I will…

My etsy shop and I know that what counts in commerce is not the visits we get, the noise of our social media, nor the comments we make. We know that it is the sales that count. We will hit sales targets…

My etsy is real, even as I, because it is my shop. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its complexities. I will keep my etsy clean and tidy, even as I am clean and tidy. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before my product inventory, I swear this creed. My etsy and I are the defenders of my creative lifestyle. We are the masters of our competitors. We are the saviours of my life, my creativity.
So be it, until victory is mine and there is no competition, but mine!

Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery by definition.  This is an entirely respectful, but light-hearted ‘tongue in cheek’ adaptation from the original – just for fun!

Etsy shop creed – adapted by 'Art of Kuriology' from US Marine Rifleman’s creed - Full Metal Jacket


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Zombie Cowboys & Horror Snails - Guest Artist on Kuriology blog


'Zombie Cowboys & Horror Snails' 
Guest Artist on Kuriology blog

 Brian Blacknick Long Beach, NY, USA


Zombie Cowboy - by Brian Blacknick

To diversify content of the Kuriology blog we are going to feature a guest artist from time to time.  
Artists who's creativity fits into The Kuriologist's perception of contemporary created objects for a  
modern 'Cabinet of Curiosities'.

Our first guest:- Brian Blacknick is from Long Beach, NY, USA

We were particularly taken by his Zombie cowboys, then we found his snails!

Thanks for taking part Brian, here are your questions.

Who in your past had most influence on your creations today?
  • 'I was inspired by paleo artist Charles Knight and stop motion animator Willis O'Brien'.

How would you describe your own style of creativity?
  • 'I'd say whimsical with a bent for horror' .

Describe your designated creative work-space area?
  •     'My studio has a kiln, sand blast cabinet, air brush cabinet, work table & an area to photograph my artwork'.

When did you first sell one of your creations?
  •     'When I was in 5th Grade I sculpted a medieval castle that our teacher sold to an antiques dealer. The proceeds were used to buy our classroom pet'.




How do you schedule your work/family/leisure balance?
  •     'I have no specific strategy. When I've had enough of sculpting I find myself missing fishing and beach combing. Likewise I'll begin to feel the need to get back creating if I've been away from my work space for a time.

What type of ‘your’ art pieces give you the most satisfaction to create?
  • Recently I took part in a collaborative project called the Cult of Doll Almanac where 16 artists were asked to create a doll with an accompanying story. I was quite pleased with the character I created and his story titled " Death Rides the Trade Winds". 

Have you sold/exhibited your work via a ‘bricks & mortar’ gallery/shop?

  • Yes. Though I no longer do. I prefer selling my work via the Internet.

Five words you feel best describe your creations?

  • Hmmm let's see whimsical, unusual, fanciful, frightful, & imaginative.
Demon Horror Art Magnet by Brian Blacknick
Thanks for taking part Brian

You can visit Brian's etsy shop here
NB: Please be aware, does not ship outside of the USA

Friday, 13 October 2017

Kuriology : The Art of Cabinet of Curiosities - Oddities : How to establish Etsy & eBay Unique Selling Point ...

Kuriology : The Art of Cabinet of Curiosities - Oddities : How to establish Etsy & eBay Unique Selling Point ...: How to establish an etsy & eBay   Unique Selling Point (USP) and an Exclusive Niche Market  ( apparently, other sales platforms are a...

How to establish Etsy & eBay Unique Selling Point (USP) and an Exclusive Niche Market

How to establish an etsy & eBay Unique Selling Point (USP) and an Exclusive Niche Market 
(apparently, other sales platforms are available)


Kuriology creations:  Handmade, Exclusive & Original


File Blog Post Under :- Kuriology senseless mumbling & rambling thoughts.

Like most people, before I started to try to sell things on the inter-webbery line I did a bit of research.  However, obviously & clearly I may not have done quite enough? 
  • You have to have a Unique Selling Point...they said?
  • You have to find/create a Niche Market...they said?
  • You have to be exclusive & OOAK (*One of a Kind)...they said?
  • You have to be way, way out there...they said? 

Kuriology Reliquary Cabinets of Collectivity


Ok, cracked it....I thought?  Unique Selling Point...which one, I have several?
  • Cabinet of Curiosities, Wunderkammer, oddities which are hand crafted & from sustainable materials.
  • Ethical Faux Natural History Objects individually created, no two the same
  • Come on, I'm creating 'Rubbish Art'!   Hmmm, that does not sound right, 'Crap Art', no that's no better.  Creating Object d'art from recycled/re-purposed materials - better!
My Niche Market - 'in theory', would appeal to people who really like the individual, interior decor items comprising of the strange, unusual, different, weird, exclusive, & unique.  Those who wish to add the OOAK, diverse & contemporary bizarre to their own home Wunderkammer?  

Surely, I'm so 'out there' I'm almost on the other side of the Galaxy?
Ah, but is my 'Niche Market' actually so niche it is a Macro-Market or even Micro market?

Are there far fewer 'collectors' of Oddities for personal 'Cabinet of Curiosities' than my research had led me to believe - or are these collectors all collecting exactly the same things - so one 'oddities' collection actually pretty much looks the same as any other?

Therefore - not really so odd?

Part of the Kuriologist's own Cabinet of Curiosities Collection

I think I have the USP & niche market, but am I possibly simply selling on the wrong corner of the internet commercial street?

Currently my eBay gross sales exceeds that of esty at a ratio of '£10 on eBay' to every '£1 on etsy'.  

Etsy, perhaps not all it's quite cracked up to be for the *unique creator/artist seller*?

...or did I just miss the etsy boat?
Certainly considerable dissatisfaction is loudly expressed by some old etsy hands in the forums at the direction & flow of etsy in recent years?

Especially given the number of 'oh so similar', almost identical jewelry makers, bead threaders & knitted 'this 'n' that' creators,(I genuinely found knitted poodle toilet roll covers that were gravely unfashionable & poor taste kitsch even when my gran had one in the 1970's) - but they sell.  

Then there is the designer created (but made in a factory in the far east) mass produced items.  Items I've disappointingly personally seen & discovered prominently on etsy or is it just still very early days for my particular individual work yet to settle in & find customers as unique & individual as is Kuriology Art?

If you came here expecting an answer to - 'How to establish an etsy & eBay Unique Selling Point (USP) and an Exclusive Niche Market' - I was actually pondering the question, not providing the answer!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

From a Tadpole of an idea to Rain Forest Frogs & Familiar Toads

From a Tadpole of an idea 
to Rain Forest Frogs & Familiar Toads

Kuriology Amphibious Frogs/Toads (available on etsy at 'KuriousThings')
The other day I posted about having created a frog/toad & I made a youtube slideshow I was so happy with the little fella.  Well he/she has friends now .


Kuriology Frog/Toad

Now I am told there are Frog/Toad collectors in the same way some folk collect piggy or cat figures.  Well these croakers (Actually they don't croak!) would be pretty unique in any collection, as each is very individually hand made. No two have turned out quite the same.

From a tadpole of an idea to frogs/toads.  They are about x3 bigger than a common UK frog & available to buy on etsy.   

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Are you ready for a Scary Halloween? - Mummified Hand, Anatomical Heart

Paleontology : Dinosaur is not dead, there is still life in old fossil

Paleontology : 
Dinosaur is not dead, there is still life in old fossil

Kuriology Trilobite Sculpture

Ah!  Now you may have come to this blog thinking that in some 'Jurassic Park' like manor some laboratory boffin had managed to extract DNA, MBA or 'what the *FIH' from some ancient amber encrusted species. 

Sorry to disappoint. But bare with me fossil hounds, look, see, there are Trilobites!

The in title 'fossil' reference is to 'me', a silver surfer of the inter-web. 

Why life in old fossil?
Well I think (only think mind?) I may have finally cracked Google+.  At least discovered how to post youtube videos, blog post & my etsy store inventory.

Now for kids under 30yrs it is 2nd nature, but this dinosaur has found it a real struggle.  Of all the social media sites Google+ has to be the most mind numbing complex & confusing of the whole lot.  I tried once before, no, twice before & gave up.  I know Google+ has circles (whatever they are), but I found myself simply going around them - circles.

Kuriology Trilobite Sculptures
Exhibited at Helston Museum
  

However, I seem to have finally interlinked:-


As for true Paleontology Fossil & Dinosaur fans take in these Kuriology created Trilobites & other beasties recently exhibited at Helston Museum in Cornwall, UK.  Soon to be available at the Kuriology etsy shop 'KuriousThings' 

video

    

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

The Kissing of Frogs & other Kurious-Things, so where's the Prince?

The Kissing of Frogs & other Kurious-Things, 
....so where's the Prince?

Having spent an entire day making youtube material, blogging, tweeting, etsy-ing, tweaking tabs & titles, & posting on forums, photographing, creating another social media website profile...I actually wanted to 'make' something tangible! 

Late last night all domestic chores were complete, Tik-ma-dog had had her last walk, elderly mother attended too ...sit down cup of coffee, watch TV.

Fidget, fidget, fidget.  No, I need to make something, & something I'd not tackled before.

Ta-da!

Kuriology Frog/Toad from Recycled Materals

Frog or toad, he/she this little croaker is quiet cute (if you like that sort of thing!).  I was so pleased with the little guy, it called for a solo youtube slideshow. (below)



Now it is true to say I kissed the frog/toad...but there was no puff of smoke, no thunder flash & no prince.  I'm seriously beginning to think fairy stories are highly over rated.  However, Me thinks this froggie fella & mates is definitely a future creation line for the kuriology etsy shop .  

That is if I find time to make more froggies in between making youtube material, blogging, tweeting, etsy-ing, tweaking tabs & titles, & posting on forums, photographing, & creating social media website profiles.

Stop. I now seem to have gone full circle.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Bones, Bog Rolls, & Bits - What does it take to create Kuriology Art?

Bones, Bog Rolls, & Bits! 
What does it take to create Kuriology Art?

Art of Kuriology Resources Store Room
The Kuriologist is 'old skool', brought up on childhood television diet of Blue Peter.  

Yes, I was one of those kids who could take a 1970's plastic washing up bottle, some sticky back plastic, combined with a pair of Valerie Singleton Knickers & John Knoakes Underpants (get down Shep!) and create a fully functioning Lunar landing module & space station, - well almost! 

What it did teach me was to look at everything (& I mean everything) & consider what it 'might' be useful for beyond its original purpose or function.  The current trend for recycling & re-purposing is definitely nothing new.   

However this does also mean that I try quite hard to throw away as little as possible.  It also means having a necessity for a dedicated area for 'stuff', 'bits & bobs', really potentially useful 'thingey-me-bobs' (thingymagigs to some) & of course essential 'wottsits' 

- the Kuriologist has a room for such treasures....

Boxes of essential miscellaneous stuff - for sculpture  

The 'ROOM' is The Kuriologist  essential resource center.  It is my very own Hogwarts Harry Potter-esque - 'Room of Requirement', but things have been known to enter the Kuriology room & have never yet seen the light of day again.

But without the boxes, & boxes & boxes of 'stuff' garnered from Carboots, Charity shops, neighbours (yes, they kindly contribute), flea markets & our own Kuriology household crap, I could not create Kuriology reliquary - 'Cabinets of Curious Collectitvities' 

Art of Kuriology - Reliquary Cabinets of Curios Collectivity

To create these assemblage mix medium table top size Wunderkammer reliquaries takes almost military planning & months of building up material stock to use.  I have to decide I am going to make at least several at a time.  Boxes & boxes have to be transported downstairs for use as my own creative art 'pick n mix'.  You see, somethings look like they might work until you actually 'try it', in-situ in the actual sculpture.

  • NB: Toilet roll tubes, always a useful resource.  Although in this household they have to be sourced two at a time. The mere handling of one brings Tik-ma-dog at pace - she likes ripping them up! So one toilet roll tube for me, one for Tik.    

As an artist/sculptor/crafter one can never have enough resources to draw upon

Oh, & I just found this. What is it?  
Don't know, but it could be useful, - I'll pop it in the room!


Sunday, 8 October 2017

BREAKING: No competition to Steven Speilberg & is not a BBC Documentary

:BREAKING: 
No competition to Steven Speilberg 
& is not a BBC Documentary 



 Made originally for my etsy shop profile page

No matter how much I tinkered & twiddled, & had one sided arguments with the computer, it would not load up onto etsy. - So I put it on youtube instead.

(*blows raspberry at etsy video up load)


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Are Foreign Fairies Responsible for Shortage of Elf-ordable Housing?

Are Foreign Fairies Responsible 
for Shortage of 'Elf'-ordable Housing? 

Kuriology created 'Elf'-fordable Fairy Starter Homes

Made almost entirely from recycled materials, these eco-friendly 'Fairy Cottages' are created by the Kuriologist, in Cornwall.  The 'Pixie dwelling' examples above made from recycled glass jars, cat food boxes, scrap costume jewelry, garden twigs & printed paper.  

Anyone who follows this blog or my twitter account, will be aware I regularly walk my Disability Service Dog on minor hikes locally in my bit of Cornwall.  My dog & I have a couple of local coffee spots, where 'Tik-ma-dog' has worked out the charming waiting staff are frequently armed with dog biscuits. One of our 'Coffee Spots' is at historically important heritage tourist attraction.  You approach the premises walking through a stretch of pretty woods.

Throughout this summer for no other reason than mischievous fun on my part (& entirely without permission), I have been placing some of my experimental prototype tin can 'Fairy Houses' in these woods.  This is my Social Housing Project for indigenous local Cornish Fairy Faye-Folk.

To be honest this Cornish heritage site is probably dead boring for kids, in particular little ones.  I just thought the little woodland cottages may bring a little magic, joy & interest to some 'ankle-biters', if they spotted a real ''Pixie Cottage' in the woods beside the path.

Kuriology Fairy Cottages deposited in local Cornish Woodland

I've placed over half a dozen of these little Fairy dwellings in the woods over the summer months.  On each return the previous placement had disappeared...until recently!  There was a rather sad, dilapidated, abandoned looking cottage, peeling paper, lost shingles & faded print work....the fairies had clearly moved out!   

To be fair these little creations were NEVER intended for the outdoors.  However, I hope they will have brought a smile to the faces of any who spotted them among the ivy or beneath the ferns in the woods.

I've made a few of these pixie/fairy/elf/brownie/Faye cottages now & have a basic format.  I've offered them for sale on eBay with moderate interest.  

When I create the next batch of 'Fairy Cottages' I'll list them on my etsy shop/store.

So until next summer......

Pixie Property by The Kuriologist



Friday, 6 October 2017

You have to love Canadians, Americans & the French...don't you?

You have to love 
Canadians, Americans & the French
...don't you?

Whoa! 

 cursory meander through my blog stats revealed that the vast majority of my visitors are Canadians, followed by USA Americans & from France. 

 Actually, that makes sense as these are the countries which seemingly have the strongest interest in 'Cabinets of Curiosities', Wunderkammer or 'Oddities', as I believe our American cousins like to call them. 

Now I feel kind of guilty, as with the interest being shown from countries across the world,
currently my Kuriology Art is only available to buy to residents in the UK.  This is only whilst I find my feet with the selling platforms I am using.  

Patience, in time I will make Kuriology Art more widely available.

But, as if to rub salt into the wound - (I'm mean like that - Bad Kuriologist)  Here is some of what was added to the esty Kuriology shop last night.  I say 'some', because there were sales this morning.


Kuriology Her
mit Crab in Murex Shell

Kuriology Faux Hermit Crab

*NO actual hermit crab was harmed in creating of this artifact.
You really want to get a scary creepy crawly crab for your oddities 'Cabinet of Curiosities' collection, or just to give the 'other half at home' the shivers, but you are not overly keen yourself in having a real 'dead' crab at home,... 





Kuriology Coco de mer
Kuriology Faux 'Bum Nut' or 'Coco de mer'


Oweer! 'Coco de mer', or as it is sometimes affectionately known the 'love nut' or 'Bum nut'. The oversize nuts are highly prized for, Errr, their suggestive similarity that some see, to that of female genitalia body parts. 

The over collected species ''Lodoicea maldivica', a type of coconut from around the Indian Ocean has ended up being added to the CITES agreement in the protection of endangered fauna & flora. 





Kuriology Faux Chambered Nautilus

Kuriology Faux Chambered Nautilus Pompilius

*NO actual Chambered Nautilus pompilius were harmed in the creating of this artifact.

I know.....You really want to get an iconic chambered Nautilus for your oddities, 'Cabinet of Curiosities' collection, but you are aware that the Nautilus is being over fished & is under consideration as being added to the Endangered Species list - dilemma, you are after all an ethical shopper & are concerned about environmental impact! 


There you have it, latest Kuriology inventory available for sale (unless you count the Kuriology  items on sale on ebay)

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Why you should GET STUFFED! - Yes, great original & unique stuff on etsy

Why you should GET STUFFED!
Yes, great original & unique stuff on etsy! 

Here's a few of what 'KuriousThings' are offering....



Witchcraft Heart Curse 

Witchcraft Cupid Heart Curse Fetish Item

This witchcraft Cupid Heart Curse Fetish from Kuriology on KuriousThings on Etsy ,could be viewed simply as a weird collectible novelty. Just an anatomical bit of fun for Halloween, a prop for a creepy ghost story telling or as an addition to quirky 'cabinet of curiosities'.






Fairy Cave, Pixie Cavern or Unicorn Poo?

  Fairy Cave, Pixie Cavern or Unicorn Poo? 

You decide what this faux Amethyst Geode is!  This Kuriology creation is made primarily from re-cycled materials & unlike a lump of rock, this won't gouge divots in your polished furniture. 

This big sparkler will catch the light & twinkle away. Absolutely lovely in candlelight.




Kuriology Faux Taxidermy Octopus

Kuriology Octopus Kraken Cephalopod 
Faux Taxidermy Specimen

Surely, has appeal to steampunk enthusiasts, natural history buffs, cabinet of curiosities oddities collectors, possibly even taxidermy fans....something for the Man cave? 

...or enough to give 30,000 leagues Captain Nemo nightmares? 


Just three completely unique & individual Kuriology creations available at 'KuriousThings'