Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Where to buy the Curious, Weird, Unusual & Strange?
Not to mention Unique & Affordable -eBay of course!
As a collector myself, I sometimes have difficulty sourcing the type of items I like to buy. Also finding things at the realistic prices that my meager disposable income will allow me to purchase is also a problem. Being restricted in my mobility & living in a mainly rural area with atrocious public transport links, the internet has been one of my main sources to acquire items.
Ebay for all its faults, policy changes & corporate idiosyncrasies is still a 'go to' place for me. It is also where I sell most of my own art creations which I'm letting go in order to downsize the sheer volume of my kuriology collections.
Here are 'some' of the art creations here at the Kuriology Art Laboratory we have released for sale onto ebay.co.uk this January 2018.
NB: Some objects have already sold at the time of this blog post. Likewise some items shown are already draft listings on ebay, but not yet released.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
Curious Oddities Released
from Kuriology Art Laboratory for 2018
Christmas 2017 has been & gone & New year celebrations are over.
Now it is time for serious collectors of weird 'stuff' to get back to focusing on what is really important. Obtaining strange & wonderful further acquisitions for their collections. To assist in this quest we are continuing to release creations from our Art Laboratory in Cornwall (UK).
|Some of the Kuriology Art released on ebay.co.uk on Sunday 7th Jan 2018 |
Click on picture to be taken to Kuriology ebay listings
Over the 2017 festive season at the Kuriology Laboratory we scraped out a few petri dishes, rinsed out test tubes & wiped out a few crusty flasks. Tossed the resulting residue into a beaker, gave it a stir, - just to see what developed.
What this really means is experimental tinkering & fiddling with some new Kuriology creations - all whilst bingeing on television box sets over Christmas (Primarily Game of thrones season 7), armed with obligatory snacks & box of chocolates & jelly babies (I like Jelly Babies, originally called 'Peace Babies' after WWI.)
Over the coming year expect a few Kuriology #DeadGothic figures.
These Kuriology creations are Inspired by a combination of
- (i) Latin American 'Day of the Dead' figures
- (ii) Voodoo dolls &
- (iii) Traditional Witchcraft poppets.
- (IV) Gothic Victorian characters
These are a good dose of gothic macabre/steampunk-esque, shamanic/witchcraft fetish figures. Each individually hand crafted. No plastic molds here!
NB:Also our Kuriology cryptozoolgy creatures continue to be developed & created.
In the meanwhile, enjoy this youtube slideshow of some of the Kuriology laboratory releases
Friday, 5 January 2018
Kuriology blighted by aliens or a glitchy computer in December. So a belated Happy New Year 2018
Kuriology Alien Taxidermy
Kuriology Alien Taxidermy
Were we attacked by aliens?
As December 2017 progressed, so our Kuriology computer struggled more and more with gliches and gremlins.
A Windows routine update end of November, beginning of December wiped out access to windows movie maker. Things just went down hill from there & became progressively worse
Fortunately, we had already planned not to list any further Kuriology sculptures for sale in the three week run up to Christmas. The need to deal with Christmas, in particular, needs of an increasingly frail & utterly dependent elderly relative, coupled with a temperamental computer meant some things had to go on hold. Some thing had to give - Kuriology blog being one of them.
We carried out various procedures, pseudo voodoo rituals & mock exorcisms over the computer. Tinkered with it, threatened it & swore offensively at it. More practically, we ran various software repair packages.....& eventually a modicum of computer normality was achieved. Even a convoluted method to sometimes access windows movie maker returned -.... sometimes?
The good news, Kuriology is back for 2018 & with more curious & weird sculptures being released for sale primarily via ebay.co.uk
|Some Kuriology items being listed on ebay.co.uk as of 7th Jan 2018|
NB: We still have listings on Etsy, however sales were very slow in comparison to eBay. At a ratio of just £1 of sales on etsy to every £10+ realized on eBay. To be fair Etsy remains primarily a North American sales outlet. Kuriology hope/intend to venture into some international sales later this year.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Is Combination of UK Tory Chancellors Budget, Brexit & Corporate Black Friday = Poisonous to Small Indie Creators?
Kuriolgy Laboratory created steampunk spider
There I was ticking along quite nicely gradually building up sales in a definitely positive way in steady build towards the Christmas season. I was releasing the back catalog of personal
sculpture creations built up in years of being disability housebound. Not so much a business as a downsizing on the accumulated result of creative therapy.
Quickly a precious handful of enthusiastic return buyers had been gained since starting to 'sell off'. Auction items were generally increasing in the amounts realized.
For the first time in years things were looking roses for the Kuriology Art Laboratory creative process.
It was like someone had unplugged the Kuriology computer. Views plummeted, pre-auction end bids dried up. Off-sight sales froze! Gallery sales ground to a screeching juddering halt.
Who? What? How had the brakes been slapped on?
|Bird on driftwood|
Casting around in various indie creative chat rooms & forums a pattern began to emerge in the already expressed opinion from other diverse creators & indie sellers.
- (i) Sales for indie (independent) creative persons seemingly often ground to a near halt just prior to Black Friday as buyers switch their attention to massive price slashes the big corporations & multi-retailers dangle as carrots on high price tech items (made in China)
- (ii) In the UK, after years of Tory strangulation of the UK economy by austerity, suppressing wages, punishing under 30yr olds, persecuting the poor, disabled, weak & disenfranchised....the threat of UK Chancellors autumn budget & negative effect it has & would have upon most peoples dwindling available spending power.... whilst Tories absolutely insist on staunchly defending & still lining the pockets of their friends in the banks, corporations, big business tax dodgers, & super elite wealthy.
- (ii) Plus......the uncertainty of Brexit on horizon?
Many people seem to carry out equivalent of holding their breath, but with their wallets.
|Anatomical Heart Curse Fetish|
Independent creators & sellers seem to take a hit. On etsy the startled cries from some were loudly expressed in forums as sales dried up quicker than a puddle in the Sahara Desert .
Old etsy hands made reassuring noises - 'this always happens' - just before Black Friday. Sales will then pick up - they say. The hiatus in sales only temporary?
For UK sellers, the added pressure of people waiting with baited breath to see how the Tory government was going to yet further punish the average person with this Chancellors budget.
Squeezing with the normal conservative government disregard of the effect of their osmotic one way process of extracting money from the majority to the financial benefit of an already wealthy minority 1%.
Not so much a 'Trickle down', more conservative policy of the majority surviving on the crumbs that fall accidentally discarded from the banquet table of the over indulged wealthy minority. Ever the way it was with Conservative policies & principals - persecute & punish the poorest, placate the rich & elite. Not so much the conservative 'nasty party' - more downright bloody Evil party...
- The Kuriologist could never with a clear & principled conscious vote conservative - Ever! (I still remember the abusive years of the evil witch Margret Thatcher)
|Kuriology Paper Snake|
Then there is the question of a Brexit effect...the absolute mess created by, initiated by, overseen by, caused by, instigated by = the internal Machiavellian back stabbing within the conservative party itself - lets not even go there...just yet?
So is combination of UK Tory Chancellors Budget, Brexit & Corporate Black Friday = Poisonous to Small Indie Creators?
Probably? Possibly? Inevitably?
Who knows but you can cast your vote by bidding HERE!
Saturday, 18 November 2017
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.
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, 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!
|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
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.