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The Isidore Tarot Deck

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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Isn’t this darling! My mundane Bethalynne was commissioned to make a tarot deck based on her collage pieces. Now I feel like I should explain collage art as some people view this as original artwork. Not quite. Collages are taking small pieces from a variety of sources and putting them together to create a new image. Additional hand done ink work fleshes out the collage and then the final collage is stained with color. Bethalynne’s original reference was Une semaine de bonté or A Week of Kindness, which were a series of collage style graphic novels by Max Ernst in 1934. Bethalynne’s pieces are based mostly on the work of J.J. Grandville, her favorite, and a variety of Victorian era illustrations and art. For her it is a process of taking something from the past and reinventing it into something for the present. Whatever the case, we at the Attic Shoppe are all very proud of this new deck -which, honestly, is very different from her first two tarot decks. Each card is very closely based upon the symbolism of the Rider-Waite deck. She has a potential publisher for the deck -a group that originally sought to commission it- but whether they take it or not is still in negotiations. If they pass, it will become realized through self publishing this spring. No worries tarot lovers, it’ll be around.

The Call of Cthulhu

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Bethalynne Bajema
Artwork by Bethalynne Bajema – Model is Rachel Finan

The Call of Cthulhu
H.P. LOVECRAFT

(Found Among the Papers of the Late
Francis Wayland Thurston, of Boston)

“Of such great powers or beings there may be conceivably a survival . . . a survival of a hugely remote period when . . . consciousness was manifested, perhaps, in shapes and forms long since withdrawn before the tide of advancing humanity . . . forms of which poetry and legend alone have caught a flying memory and called them gods, monsters, mythical beings of all sorts and kinds. . . .”
—Algernon Blackwood.

I
The Horror in Clay

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age. (more…)