Saturday, 18 November 2017

Black Friday? Cyber Monday? How about Sofa Shopping Sunday?

Black Friday? Cyber Monday? 
How about Sofa-Shopping Sunday?

The internet is not quite all just about likes, selfies, porn & cats caught on video.  It has unquestionably become the go-to place to browse & shop...especially for many time pressed individuals, & equally for  those who do not enjoy the 'push & shove' of shoulder to shoulder urban shopping, especially Christmas shopping.  But are the corporations & big business  squeezing the genuinely original, different & original to the very margins, even on the internet.

Kuriology sculptures on ebay.co.uk

Personally, I tend to do 99% of my shopping in front of a reasonable size screen, in a comfy chair, armed with copious mugs of coffee, snacks & my tobacco (Yes, I still smoke at home & I can't do that in shops!).  Definitely, an advocate of Sofa Shopping Sunday.











 Call me old fashioned, but I still like eBay auctions.  Although the belting bargain basement 0.99p acquisitions to be had a few years ago are fewer & far between.  The style of eBay shopping trends having changed away from auction format to that of 'buy-it-now'.  

I still crawl through the auction listings, basically because I cannot be bothered (with the type of things I'm looking for), of having to filter out 100's of 1,000's of often poor quality Chinese items in the Buy-it-now. That said, ebay seems to be regaining some of its former popularity.  Hopefully it has at last stopped trying to be just like Amazon & may encourage back some of the quirkiness & individuality which made ebay so much fun in the past. 



I've tried etsy & been monumentally disappointed with it.  The etsy expectation to constantly & I DO MEAN CONSTANTLY, tinker, fiddle, alter, change, adjust, & manipulate as a seller the titles, SEO & descriptions of the same product, again & again & again. 

There is something broken with the esty search methods. Many of the sellers which attracted me to etsy in the first place have either gone, left or are un-locateable under the morass of designed/ but Chinese-made bangles, beads, baubles, jewelry, & sugar/saccharine coated sweetness on etsy - sufficient to induce a diabetic coma just looking at it. Hurrrumph!











I seldom buy new tech, clothes, or new fashion items. Especially not 'designer' clothes made in their multiple thousands in far eastern factories by persons on weekly wages barely more than Western countries hourly minimum wage. I have never quite understood the mentality of paying more for an item of clothing for its label, where the punter is PAYING a huge multi-national company (which probably avoids its tax obligations) to advertise the corporate product for them - madness? 

Vintage, antique, obsolete & sometimes - the unloved = quirky, strange & bizarre are still items of choice for the Kuriologist both in their creation & acquisition.     

Saturday, 11 November 2017

What to make and Where to sell? Kuriology Art - Weird Stuff

  What to make, where to sell & who too?
Kuriology Art - Weird Stuff

For the last few years (more than a decade+) Kuriology sculptures were created 'not' with the objective or purpose to sell, but to meet a desperate need of being creative whilst the artist is/was disability housebound & with additional  family duties as a full time career to an elderly relative, and still is on both accounts. (NB. Except I now Have a Disability Service Dog to enable me to leave the house). 

To buy Kuriology Art on ebay.co.uk click on image


A huge number of Kuriology sculptures have now been created, never with an end consumer or client in mind other than solely for the artist them-self = me, The Kuriologist! 

Now primarily due to the need to create some space (hundreds & hundreds of sculptures occupy a LOT of space), some of the sculptures have/are being sold on.  Commercially, economically some of the Kuriology sculptures have been sold to-date at a rate which after commissions & costs, would barely cover an hourly rate for UK minimum wage.  However, income was never the original objective or purpose for creating Kuriology Art.  

Being someone who enjoys a bargain myself & who has won at auction the occasional item well under its actual worth, it is only karma that some of my sculptures should sell to a lucky few for far less than the man hours which have gone into the creation of the said object.  Listing an item at a 'come and get me' price well below cost, is what I believe is termed as a 'loss leader'.  The purpose to draw buyers into viewing & considering other further objects Kuriology has offered for sale at more realistic price (for the seller).  It can also be fun, entertaining & even nerve wracking for me watching a Kuriology item slowly creep up in bid price (or not).

Most Kuriology sculptures have been created just to please myself as the artist, just for fun (or some might say therapy). But now that more than a few dozens have been sold I have felt the insidious creep of beginning to try to second guess what is commercially viable.  What someone else may want to buy - Stop!

The short answer is I cannot.

To buy Kuriology Art on ebay.co.uk click on image


Sculptures I did not think would sell have whistled away quicker than greased lightning & things I thought would be snapped up, bid up at auction & even  fought over with frenetic bidding, have languished.  Bringing me to the conclusion as the Kuriology artist I should continue with my original purpose of creating - simply to please myself! 

What has been really wonderful, is gaining some true fans of Kuriology Art & even Kuriology  Art collectors.  I'm told that a person who owns three Kuriology Art sculptures is - 'an enthusiastic fan'

.....but someone who owns five or more Kuriology sculptures....is 'a Kuriology Art Collector'.

I am delighted that I now have a number of both enthusiastic fans & several Kuriology collectors! 

Thank you!

To buy Kuriology Art on ebay.co.uk click on image


ebay.co.uk has proven fruitful, etsy, err, not so much.  Thesaleroom.com has been stunning in monetary amounts realized for individual pieces. Bricks & mortar galleries, as well as museum sales have slow ticked pendulously like a long case clock.  

Inquiries  to buy Kuriology sculptures have come from persons in France, Canada, USA & Japan.  Thank you, and I am sorry to have had to disappoint at this time overseas interests.  My personal circumstances are such I do not wish to overstretch myself in complexities of international taxes, duties, couriers, customs & excise.  That will inevitably change in hopefully  the not to distant future (watch this space, well, blog), but for now Kuriology Art sales will remain UK based.

The original title was 'what to make, where to sell it & who too'?

Q.  So what to make?
A.  That which enthralls, entertains, challenges & interests me as the Kuriology artist 

Q.  Where to sell?
A.  Through those portals which best suit my own limitations, requirements & time constants

Q.  Who too?
A.  Persons who appreciate the quirky, individual, different, unique....& that can be anybody!
  

Thursday, 9 November 2017

SciFi Art Decor - Day of the Triffids meets Little Shop of Horrors

Sci Fi Art Decor
'Day of the Triffids' meets 'Little Shop of Horrors' 

SciFi Alien Plant from Kuriology

As a teenager I voraciously consumed by reading nearly every science fiction & science fantasy book that I crossed paths with.  

Buying  a new pulp book each time a new title appeared on the book stand of the railway station newsagent in the under pass through which I went on my way to school

This was how I spent my earnings from my evening paper round (to lazy to get up early for a morning paper round), SciFi books, along with ten No.6 fags every day, the school boys cigarette of my time. I still have several dozens of those now quite tatty paperback books.

Moorcock, Heinlien, Herbert, Asimov, Clarke, Dick, Guin, Anderson, Bradbury, Niven, to name a few.  It was ever the likelihood that such consumption would have an effect upon both thinking & development as a teenager and does seem to have lasted a lifetime.

...as has the smoking, but Players No.6 cigarettes stopped production long ago.

Inevitable that in the Kuriology Art Laboratory of GM (gently manipulated) species, an alien plant or two would be created at some stage.

The good news, they don't need watering or feeding, don't grow any bigger & still look like they may might just consume your neighbors cat for lunch



The one in the video has been listed on ebay.co.uk.  At the time of writing it has bids & will sell.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Traditional Dark Demon of Christmas bound in chains by Christianity

Traditional Dark Demon of Christmas 
bound in chains by Christianity


Folk art, primitive art, outsider art - it all seems to me be reflective of usually ordinary people simply wishing to express their own creativity without the bounds, constraints or rules of conventional art or art establishments. Kuriology Art is Folk, Primitive & Outsider, creations made for the joy of being creative. 

I have always had a mild fascination with mythology & mythical beasts primarily from Greek & Roman mythologies.   Greek Satyr & their Roman counterparts,fauns, have always appealed.  Pan (or Celtic Cernunnos like horned deities) cloven hoofed, horned & a little on the dark side.  Depicted as Devils by abrahamic  dogmas & religions  that always felt to me on a bit of a power trip by those in positions of authority to try to sub verse & sub due older pagan religions & belief systems.   I have always had a problem with the bible ever since I learned as quite a young man it is just a book compiled by the Council of Nicea, a committee under Roman Emperor Constantine. The misery & pain inflicted upon humanity by dogmatic fanatics of this & other such books. Plus, we all know as fact that the camel was a badly designed horse drawn up by a committee, as was the Kangaroo, actually a mouse drawn up by another committee.

It is only in quite recent years I have learned of 'Krampus', a traditional Christmas Demon in primarily Germanic countries in Northern Europe.  Seemingly a hangover from deeper older faiths, subdued by Christianity.  Subdued to the point where the demon now wears chains.

This Christmas demon is however a modern social workers nightmare.  Where as Santa rewards children (& some adults) for good behavior over the year - Krampus is the opposite.  This dark beast with an enlarged tongue, horns coven hooves, runs around abducting naughty children either in a sack or in a woven basket.  Physical violence is part of the tradition by beating the children by spanking or with birch cane or canes, or even in some extreme depictions with a whip? 

Clearly the threat of being put on Santa's naughty list is not enough of a deterrence for 'some' kids - to the point where they are threatened with abduction & torture to behave....interesting!

In recent years 'Krampus' has been undergoing what some may call 'Disneyfication'.  He is being made 'cute', cuddly & simply a little misunderstood.  Personally, I prefer the depiction of a demon that frightens the crap out of people.

Just saying 

*Oh, the folk art Krampus in the slideshow is available at auction on ebay.co.uk   

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Where To Get Really Bizarre and Weird Secret Santa Gifts This Christmas

Where To Get Really Bizarre and Weird
Secret Santa Gifts This Christmas

 Unusual & Different Christmas Gift Ideas from Kuriology on ebay.co.uk 

Most of us have at one time been stumped when faced with getting a gift for someone which requires being something really unusual, completely off-the- wall, bonkers mad & utterly strange 

....especially for Secret Santa!

Then there are the people we need to get gifts for who already seem to have 'nearly everything.  Not to mention - 'The Collectors'....whose tastes are, well sometimes a little strange & may be teetering on the edge of what is socially acceptabile.

Kuriology has Good News for gift givers!   In all probability their target gift recipients won't yet have acquired weird & wonderful, quirky & bizarre creations from Kuriology.

...and sometimes those of us who actually  like the peculiar, strange & quirky need to reward ourselves.  Socks, ties & underpants are completely practical, but what was really wanted was something strange....say like a triffid, or trilobite or a big turtle?   

Bizarre Gift Problem sorted.... 

Paper Nautilus

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Why you should NOT whittle your stick over your boots (This is not a euphemism)

Why you should NOT whittle your stick over your boots.
Making a 'Stang'  (This is not a euphemism) 

Kuriologist, Stang & Tik-ma-dog dressed  for a previous winter solstice Montol Festival
(What is Montol?  Think ritual procession in the 1970's film 'Wickerman' & your getting close)

Last night I decided to whittle my next seasons 'stang', something I generally like to do around the Celtic Samhain festival.  

However last night the need to whittle was a reaction to my utter frustration at the last couple of days computer usage.  The horrible impact of the dark sorcery arts of Microsoft wizardry casting their computer spells through forced updates upon my computer.  These enforced updates have caused misery, havoc & chaos, deleted programs, made files inaccessible, programs crash & other such pain. I have had to create some very convoluted frustrating work rounds to complete what were previously very simple computer tasks.  Curse you Microsoft.

(NB: I hate Windows 10 more passionately,  than I despise Windows 8, & I'm not impressed with that previous Microsoft regression & their utter aloof contempt towards their customers).

In fear & trepidation each morning I turn on the computer to discover what will Microsoft no longer allow me to use my computer for - Windows Movie Maker already a casualty = no more simple slideshow creations & I, like many others on the inter-webbry cannot find a simple, 'emphasis on simple',  program to replace it. 

So last night  I decided to strip the bark & whittle my 'stang'.  It is a satisfying, but messy process. Strips of bark & wood shavings cascade under the blade as I like to relax, kick off my boots & watch/listen to television whilst stick whittling.

Each year I have a new staff (stave, rod,  stang).  During August - September whilst out walking Tik-ma-dog I start casting my eye over suitable branch growth before the Autumn.  You would be surprised how difficult it is to find just the right long, straight-ish & forked length of growth of both correct length & girth.  I prefer an at least elbow high stave-stang.  By the end of the year it will have worn down by some 4 inches (10cms) or so through usage.  Tik-ma-dog & I tend to do a lot of solitary 'bimbling' (Navy slang) around the Cornish countryside & coastline.  

My preference is for Sycamore wood.  In Cornwall, sycamore are sometimes referred to as 'weed trees'.  They do pop up all over.  It is sustainable, regrows quickly when cut, peels beautifully with a blade of its bark, leaving white wood (once scraped of pithy under bark).  The wood then when seasoned for a week or two, rubbed down with wire wool & brown boot polish leaves a delightful pale honey glow to the wood. 

So last night I whittled.  This morning after sitting at computer during 1st round check of ebay listings & etsy, twitter, tumblr, etc.etc.  the sudden realization the clocks had gone back an hour.  My computer had automatically reset the time.  Which Is why my head was an hour out sat at the computer.  British Summer Time first brought in during WWI & fiddled about still further during WWII (British Summer time, its just something we Brits do).

Tik-ma-dog was now doing a minor River Dance jig at this stage so it was imperative to get her out for her walk. Rushing downstairs thrust my foot into my walking boot &..... well you get the general idea.

Which is Why you should NOT whittle your stick over your boots!