Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

At the Nickelodeon: Genuine: A Tale of a Vampire (1920) by Robert Wiene

Genuine: A Tale of A Vampire directed by Robert Wiene (director of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) in 1920 has a somewhat convoluted story...but the sets by Expressionist artist César Klein and the costumes are fantastic! I have been trying to find out who's responsible for the modern soundtrack, but to no luck - if anyone knows the artist, please leave a comment!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

At the Nickeldeon: Poe meets Redon meets Maddin

Picking up on yesterday's Edgar Allan Poe/Odilon Redon post comes this extraordinary short film by Canada's Guy Maddin entitled "Odilon Redon or The Eye Like a Strange Balloon" (1995)

Monday, October 7, 2013

In Memorium: Edgar Allan Poe

On the 164th anniversary of his passing... here is a collection artwork inspired by the literary genius of Edgar Allan Poe by Odilon Redon (one of my all-time faves). Charles Baudelaire's mid-19th Century translations of Poe's works for the French reader proved to be an incredible influence to the artists of the Decadent movement.** Poe's writing is now in the public domain, so if you click on any of his works below, you will find the noted work in full.

inspired by Poe's most famous work, "The Raven"...

"The Raven" by Odilon Redon - 1882

Inspired by Poe's poem, "The Bells"...

"A Mask Tolls the Knell" by Odilon Redon - 1882

Inspired by Poe's poem, "Lenore"...
"Lenor appears in front of the black sun of melancholy" by Odilon Redon - 1882

"Lenore" by Odilon Redon - 1882

Inspired by the "The Masque of the Red Death"...
"The Masque of the Red Death" by Odilon Redon - 1883

Inspired by "The Tell-Tale Heart"...

"The Teeth" by Odilon Redon - 1883

Friday, October 4, 2013

At the Nickelodeon: Put on your Fancy Face! (1936)

Constance Bennett offers make-up tips from the 1930s (and gets nagged by her maid Mary)

And some additional tips from the time... just for fun

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Goodbye ETSY!

Babil & Bijou is saying goodbye to Etsy!

Due to the changes announced by Etsy in their Town Hall Meeting today, we have decided to leave the site after 7 successful years. Babil & Bijou takes great pride in offering one-of-a-kind, handmade items that are personally made for our customers. Now that Etsy is encouraging their sellers to use factories and implement drop shipping, we feel it is time to make a clean break.

To clear our the shop, we are offering 50% OFF our current Etsy listings. Please use coupon code: closeout50 to apply the discount at the time of purchase.

Moving forward, we will be selling on our own website:
(re-launching shortly).

Please see our shop announcement to sign up for our newsletter or keep in touch with our work via your favorite social network. Thanks for 7 amazing years! We hope you will continue to support independent artisans as you shop the Etsy marketplace.