Friday, July 31, 2009

Octopus Escape

Talk about morphing - a 600 pound octopus shape-shift itself to wriggle through a passageway the size of a quarter!

Via National Geographic.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Illustrative Jewelry by Mary Louise

More gorgeous work from Etsy's Mary's Treacle, this time an albino octopus cameo necklace with antiqued brass chain and lobster claw clasp.

From the shop description: The cameo was made by using a tiny print of my original illustration done in gouache. I backed it in wood veneer then covered it in Resin to protect it.

Artist Mary Louise offers free shipping on all Treacle jewelry. Visit her blog, The Sticky Vat, here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Octopus Prints

As follow up to the angry cuttlefish prints, continuing to express our love for hand printed cards and art, we present Michelle's Octopus print. You can purchase him and other paper goods at her Etsy shop Little Paper Dog.
It must be said that it helps that orange just happens to be this blogger's favorite color...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Brandi Milne does Sea Creatures

I've been a very negligent contributor here for the past few months, I admit ~ my whirlwind of a life gets in the way too often. But here's an offering that will make up for my lack of octo-love-gathering.

The Saddest Lullaby

There are myriad reasons to love LA pop surrealist artist Brandi Milne, but her brilliant paintings of tentacled sea creatures are what I'm excited about today.

Mermaid 3

Brandi's work is amazing to me - cartoonish, yet elegant, childlike and playful, yet dark. I get lost in her saturated, dripping world of candy and decay, and I like it.

There in Time

You can even get her brilliant artwork on a sticker for your iPod or laptop through the fabulous Gelaskins!

Let Them Eat Cake Laptop Sticker

You know you need this, right?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

1892 'Hideous Sea Monster Of The Deep'

Immense Polypus Met By The Steamship "Alecto" is an amazing steel-engraved plate from the SurrenderDorothy Library of Natural Wonders on Etsy.

From the item description: The stunningly detailed and totally wonderful captioned plate was found hidden away by a good friend & long-time serious collector of classically beautiful Victorian engravings.

Flying Jumbo Squid Invade California

Watch the video and read more here: 'Flying' Jumbo Squid Invade California...

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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Metallic Silhouette of a Tentacle

Jane E. Roberti creates these fabulous pieces of metal piercing in her studio in Chicago, and sells them in her Etsy Shop. Our squid hats are doffed to her for including squids as well as the ever popular Octopi in her collection!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I Love Teuthology

I Love Teuthology wearables on Neatorama: Giant squids, the only known predators of sperm whales, are strange and mysterious creatures that have captured sailors' wild imagination since humans first forays into the ocean.

If you are as fascinated with Kraken as we are or love reading "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" - not to mention if you actually study teuthology (yes, that's the study of cephalopods), then this is the perfect T-shirt for you.

Design by Nathan Mazur.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Holiday Tentacle Stocking

It's never to early to start planning for the holidays, and Etsy seller creeplings has just the thing in their shop: Tentacle Stockings, crocheted wonders of the deep.

From the pictured item description:
Handcrafted from the finest 100% acrylic yarn, this Tentacle is perfect for filling with a multitude of little gifts and candy. Holiday Tentacle Stockings come in a variety of deep-sea colors. This one has a white front and a black back with white pinstripes.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Wire Knitting Cephalopods

There are so many creative people out there. First a recycled chopstick octopus sculpture, now a knitted from recycled electrical wire octopus!
John Binet-Fauvel, of Wales, creates his sculptures from wire recycled defunct electrical appliances, making a bendable, posable, knitted piece.
You can see more sculptures in his Etsy Shop.