30th Aug 2011
Mary Shelley Art & Accessories
Today is Mary Shelley’s 214th birthday and to celebrate, we crept into the cobwebbed corners of cyberspace (in the dead of night) in search of some gothic goods:
Based on a portrait of her by Richard Rothwell, dated 1840, Natasha Morgan has hand-sculpted a wicked Mary Shelley doll (above).
Her gown and many layers of petticoats are hand-sewn from vintage, new and salvaged fabrics, and her blouse is made of cream Habotai silk.
Oh, and the red thing between her hands (in case you were wondering) is Percy’s heart! It’s one-of-a-kind, and will set you back £180 from Etsy.
This super cool vintage Frankenstein poster is from J. Searle Dawley’s film adaptation, dating way back to 1910. It features a terrifying Charles Ogle in the role of the monster, in cool monochrome. If I were you I’d bolt (sorry!) off to buy one now, especially as it’s only £15 from Born Fighting on CafePress.
If you’re after a more modern twist on the old tale of the monster, feast your eyes on this more-sweet-than-scary mini LEGO necklace. Frankenstein’s monster, dressed in a rather dapper red suit, can swing from your neck for only £7! From weglet at Etsy.
This last one I’m not so sure about. What do you think, is it cool? I’m imagining a darkened room filled with these Frankenstein candle holders throwing terrifying shadows across the walls.
Maybe you could prepare a banquet of wild beasts and red wine on a long table with these as the centrepieces. Preferably alone, for dramatic effect. With some form of opera music playing at full volume, of course. Sound like your ideal night? They’re £5.63 by CollectibleCandles at Etsy.