Saturday, November 29, 2008

Literary Tentacles

20,000 Leagues under the Sea (pop-up)

Following the release of his spectacular Moby Dick: A Pop-Up Book, paper-crafting genius Sam Ita gives Jules Verne’s engrossing undersea story, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, an equally unique and amazing presentation. Ita literally takes graphic novels into another dimension with breathtaking designs that pop, flaps that lift, parts that move, and art that astonishes. There’s nothing like it out on the market.

You won’t believe your eyes as you join Captain Nemo on an unforgettable adventure: submarines, sea monsters, and even the lost city of Atlantis (complete with ancient artifacts, temples, and columns) rise from the page as if emerging from the waves. Take a 3-D look inside Jules Verne’s visionary submarine; sit with the sailors at their lobster-laden table; pull a lever to move the diving gauge; and face a giant squid as its slippery tentacles attack the Nautilus and her crew.


Baby's First Mythos

Spawned from the mind of horror king and Origins award winner C.J. Henderson, Baby's First Mythos is a lavishly illustrated tome that blasts your child's soul as it teaches them their ABC's - Mythos-style! A foreward by Dr. Robert M. Price, Ph.D., professor of both theology and philosopy, founder & editor in chief of Crypt of Cthulhu, executor of the Lin Carter estate, current head of Lovecraft's KLM club (the worlds first professional sci fi/horror club).

Friday, November 28, 2008

Crooked Critters - Plush by Lana Crooks

Mr. Money Bags, sculpture and photo © Lana Crooks

Someone recently showed me Lana Crooks art book, and I was completely blown away by her amazing soft sculpture. And what is her favorite topic? Cephalopods! Made in all sorts of themes and looking soft and cuddly, there's an octopus with a skull, a peg legged squid contemplating the sushi made from his missing limb, a squid hugging a plush diver, and oh so much more!
Stop by her blog: http://crookedart.blogspot.com/
For info about shows, and lots of images of new plushes.

You can also browse her website: http://www.crookedart.com
The Ambergris Express, sculpture and photo © Lana Crooks

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Octopus at Curtain Road in London

Octopus at Curtain Road

This giant octopus was spotted in the Shoreditch area of London. Inflatable and made to catch passing wind drifts, the octopus moves in sync to appear as if it's alive and grappling the building.

Via MAKE.

Homage to Cuttlefish and Tea

Tea is, very probably, my favorite beverage in all the world. I spotted this mug at a faire I was vending at and forced friends to watch my booth while I scuttled giddily over to purchase myself one. They are made by Chandra Beck, of Ezme Designs.

And, if you're like me, and think that jelly fish are almost-not-quite-but-very-nearly as excellent as cephalopods, you can pick up a matching jelly fish cup called the "Ursala" to have a lovely oceanic set.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Rarely-seen Magnapinna Squid with "Elbows" Filmed

Magnapinna Squid (video still)

A Shell oil remotely operated vehicle in the Gulf of Mexico caught footage of this amazing squid on 11 Nov 2008! See video here.

Based on analysis of videos not unlike the one captured at the Perdido site, scientists know that the adult Magnapinna observed to date range from 5 to 23 feet (1.5 to 7 meters) long, Vecchione said. By contrast, the largest known giant squid measured about 16 meters (52 feet) long. And whereas giant squid and other cephalopods have eight short arms and two long tentacles, Magnapinna has ten indistinguishable appendages that all appear to be the same length. "The most peculiar structure is that of the arms," said deep-sea biologist Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. Referring to the way the tentacles hang down from elbow-like kinks, Robison said: "Judging from that structure, we think the animal feeds by dragging its arms and the ends of its tentacles along the seafloor as it drifts slowly above it."

A Magnapinna squid swims about 11,090 feet (3,380 meters) underwater off Oahu, Hawaii, in 2001:
Magnapinna Squid

Pocky



So, swimming in my Sea of Beads is Pocky, my latest foray into beaded geekery. Made with size 15 seed beads, Pocky is only 3 inches long. Each leg is about 1 1/2 inches.

Estee's House of Fine Squid Hats

Tentacle Purple

Mantled Down


Flickr artist mikest hosts "Estee's House of Fine Squid Hats: Cephalopod Über Kopf." Mantle can be made in contrasting colors, and two of the tentacles double as cozy mittens! See more of his tentacular hats here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikest/tags/squidhats/.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Octo-Duchess!

Here at the Cephalopod Tea Party we're planning to scour the inter-webs for all things octopus-ish, squidly, and tentacled for your enjoyment.

Therefore, behold the Octo-Duchess in all her glory!

There are many reasons to love Austin photographer Darla Teagarden, but in my opinion, this picture is at the top of the list.

Darla makes all her props and does all the art direction for her amazing photos. Her work can also be seen in the shop of one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Louise Black.

This portrait, aside from being simply stunning in its concept and beautifully executed, has given me the inkling of a costume idea that could come to fruition if I ever have an excess of time and money.

Oh, my kingdom for a corset with tentacles! One can dream...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Suction Cups and Tentacles

Welcome to Cephalopod Tea Party, a blog dedicated to a love of tentacled sea creatures! Some people shop for certain themes, when they feel like splurging a bit - some people look for kittens, or birds, or horses, or bunnies...

Well here at Cephalopod Tea Party, we look for octopuses and squids and cuddlefish and nautilus! And we want to show what we find to everyone else who shares our fascination with tentacled mollusks.

Enjoy!