Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cuddly green octopus, keep away from pet crabs!


Eeek! There's been another sighting of a cute little octopus (or two). I found these ones turning over rocks in one of my Etsy Dark Side Team member's shops - FuzzyFreaks. I'm starting to wonder if this might be the distant rumblings of an massive octopus revolution. Does this mean the Simpsons might actually have been prophesying with the whole inclusion of the plan for galactic domination by Kang and Kodos?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Lucinda Octavio, Deep Sea Milliner," by Winona Cookie Creations

You really must visit Etsy Steam Team member WinonaCookie's enchanting collage gallery. I mean, seriously, how cool is this? (There's even whispers of a custom WinonaCookie collage featuring my bionic cephalometric radiographs!)


Lucinda Octavio, Deep Sea Milliner, by Winona Cookie Creations

From the item description (original artwork and story are copyright R. Szczerba 2009): Even as a small girl, Lucinda’s passion for millinery was immediately apparent. As a small tot, the lovely, quiet little girl put absolutely everything on her head and wore it about. Buckets, bowls, wastepaper baskets, lampshades – even pancakes were not safe from her deep need for headwear. Usually a rather solemn child, nothing brightened little Lucinda’s countenance like an unlikely object balanced precariously on her tiny head. As she grew, her efforts became more elaborate and she constructed origamically engineered masterpieces out of the New York Times and fanciful confections out of bits of lace, satin and felt. Her obsession with millinery was equaled only by her affection for all things aquatic, an affinity that became glaringly apparent when she perpetrated a swift kick in the shin against a distant but wealthy relative as he tucked in to an outsized lobster tail. [...] Lucinda immediately set to work creating hats that would allow the Octavios’ cephalopodic companions to accompany them anywhere, and what magnificent chapeaux they were! Elaborate gauges and pumps ensured Olive’s moist comfort, and the octopus proved quite indispensable as a hat-making assistant.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Face-to-Face with a Giant Octopus

Etsy Steam Team member TotusMel just sent in this epic video, Face-to-Face with a Giant Octopus:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Octobot and A Lady's Cephalopod in coral and silver

A fabulous Octobot from our very own industrialfairytale:



Visit Sarah's website here, and her Etsy shop here. See a sneak preview from her shop below:

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Complete with tiny glass suction cups

During a google image search for reference for a drawing, I ran across this beautiful thing. About $400.00 from www.plantationla.com.
According to them "Each octopus is a true masterpiece -- it takes an entire day for the US-based artist to hand sculpt a unique arrangement of slithering arms and suction cups."
Brilliant.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Steampunk Squidbot lamp

Etsy Steam Team member Tom Banwell pointed out this splendid Steampunk Squidbot lamp (version 2) by Etsy artist RiverOtterWidget!



The aquatic equivalent of Spiderbots, Squidbots were originally used by the Royal Fleet in maintenance of their submersibles. The Squidbots would swim underwater and shine light out of their tentacles while Fleet deep-sea divers repaired props & other submarine parts.This version could swim a bit faster and reverse itself in a moments notice using the propeller on top of it. Sometimes other bots would do the welding and other work, while the crew could focus on the positions of pirates and how to evade or capture them. It didn’t take long for the pirates themselves to figure out that Squidbots, like the Spiderbots used on airships, could be outfitted with explosives. They then would use them to their own dastardly ends, wreaking havoc on many Royal Fleet Ironclads. Designed by Jon Gosling of River Otter Widget studios, created as a one-of-a-kind functioning art piece in the steampunk style. Measures approx 8"tall x 8" wide depending on how you position tentacles. The 4 tentacles are positionable, and feature LED lights. It runs off of 3 AAA batteries which last a long time being LEDS, Also there are very strong magnets in the back if you wish to hang it from a metal plate instead of posing it on a table.

Oktapodi



You are probably following the Academy awards nominations, debating what deserves best picture, who deserves acting and directing awards. Maybe you even pay attention to the costume and makeup categories. But while you are all doing that, I'm following one category that is very close to my heart - Short Animated Films.

One of the nominees this year is Oktapodi - a short film about...yes....octopi. Escaping a Greek fish market, to be exact.

Oktapodi was directed by a group of graduate students at the French animation school Gobelins. Its won a good number of awards so far, leading up to its nomination for Best Animated Short.


Check out their website http://www.oktapodi.com and watch the film here - courtesy of the magic of http://youtube.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cthulhu Octopus Earrings



Etsy Steam Team member pinkwaterfairy makes these wicked little Cthulhu Octopus Earrings, embellished with tiny Swarovski vitrail crystals.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Tentacle Dress



First, there was a shirt.
Then there was a skirt.
NOW there is a dress!

Check out Etsy Steam Team member raygunrobyn's shop here.

The Moon Eater


Elizabeth Henry’s series of illustrations inspired by a nightmare she had in which a giant cuttlefish devoured the moon. I love pieces like these because — like a good children’s book illustration — they maintain that delicate balance between lightheartedness and menace.


Her Etsy shop is: http://lizzelizzel.etsy.com.

Via here.

Cephalopod Bling


For the cephalophile looking to fill the gaping hole in their collection of extremely gaudy jewelry Chuck Clemency presents this octopodal ring, from his Gem Treasures collection, for your consideration. Crafted from 14K gold it is bristling with 67 precious stones, 62 of which are diamonds. A must have for grandmothers or aspiring hip-hop artists hoping to encase themselves in pimpin’ ice.

Via Ectoplasmosis.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Fraternity for heroes opens this fall, including Owl-topus


From Etsy Steam Team member TotusMel comes info regarding a new series coming out from Arcana Comics in September called Hero House, about a superhero fraternity. One of the characters is the Owl-topus pictured above. More of Mike Dimayuga's art can be seen here.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Flapjack Octopus (w/ video)

This lovely fellow is the flapjack octopus or Opisthoteuthis californiana. Normally deep water creatures, this guy was caught ~1,000 ft (~333 m) from the surface, off the coast of California. He possesses very large eyes, which help him find food using the barest glimmer of light that reaches those depths. There really is not much known about their diet, lifestyle, or even distribution (although they've caught them off of California and Japan).

They think that these guys are benthic, but they do have two very distinct swimming modes. The first is pretty common to all octopuses and squids; jet propulsion. They can squirt out a stream of water from their mantle which pushes them head first through the water. The second swimming mode is less common among octopuses. They can use the flaps attached to their heads as fins to swim.

Enjoy this video our flapjack friend swimming about...



Via here.

Cordial Creatures

Squee! Look what I just couldn't resist buying from Etsy seller Wool & Water...

It's an articulated paper doll set by artist Amy Earles. She also has Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf sets. Can't wait to get the goodies and put them together!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Pink Squid Amigurumi and Greenish one-eyed Octopus


Searching the net for craft animal eyes ( which I still haven't made up my mind about yet) I found this pinky squid in the "Truly Outrageous" Etsy shop. It also has an octopus purple brother.
Then, from Octopus to Octopus, I fell on this one eyed Octopus in the PearsonMaron Etsy shop. Cute UFO isn't it?

Free Knitting Pattern: Ollie the Octopus

I hope the link works for you, if not register is free.

Owlishly's Amigurumi Octavio Octopus

I encountered this week this cute amigurumi doll in Owlishly' s Etsy shop. Owlishly (Mia Zamora-Johnson) sells these gorgeous Crochet Patterns with various creative amigurumi dolls. I must say I couldn't resist the temptation and am very happy with her professional and clear pattern.
By the way, I was convinced amigurumi is a Japanese name derived from the word "amigos" in Spanish (=friend), but big surprise, wikipedia taught me that it is "derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. This is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures.

Image © Mia Zamora-Johnson

Mariposa's "MC Escher meets Yellow Submarine"


I am pleased to join the cephalopod tea party team and hope to contribute and bring you some interesting posts.
The first one is a wonderful beaded Octopus on a 3D Star by Mariposas Schatzkiste, one of my favorite bead blogs. I especially like her beautiful geometric beads, haliotis, this octopus & 3D star and her teapot set.

Image © Mariposas Schatzkiste

The Squid and its Giant Nerve Fiber


Getting a bit more anatomical for this post, we present a series of very cool old squid dissection films. When choosing to view the clips, please note that these are scientific dissections using squid cadavers.

"The Squid and its Giant Nerve Fiber" was filmed in the 1970s at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in England. This is the laboratory where Hodgkin and Huxley conducted experiments on the squid giant axon in the 1940s. Their experiments unraveled the mechanism of the action potential, and led to a Nobel Prize. Long out of print, the film is an historically important record of the voltage-clamp technique as developed by Hodgkin and Huxley, as well as an interesting glimpse at how the experiments were done. QuickTime video excerpts from the film are presented by the Smith College Dept. of Neurophysiology.

Above image via here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Inky the Octopus

Susie Ghahremani has loads of darling little characters in her Etsy shop, Boy Girl Party, but my very favorite is Inky, the octopus.


Susie, whose work has appeared in places such as the New York Times and Martha Steward Kids, has a whole series of darling cephalopods in her shop. All totally worth a look!


And as a side note, please welcome our newest Blogger - Judith! She has been offering lovely links and comments, and we're pleased to have her join us in our Cephalopod blogging.

Images © Susie Ghahremani

Monday, February 2, 2009

Deanna Molinaro's "An Inconsolable Octopus"



You may wish to peruse Deanna Molinaro's An Inconsolable Octopus. Enjoy the pages of her whimsical tale here.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Kraken wrapped around a decorative bottle ready to sink ships, or take pirates to the other side....


The Kraken lurks in the depths prepared to protect what belongs to it....
NOT the happy little octopus like below, this one is serious business.

I discovered him in a fellow Crafty Vixen (on Tribe) member's shop. Her etsy shop is zoeowyn.