obsessions

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." ~ William Blake

Jul 28, 2011 10:50pm
Aerial view of Central State Hospital in Indianapolis (I live in Seattle, but was born and raised in Indianapolis), c.1921Growing up in Indy, there were so many stories about Central State. Closed in 1994. Great example of a Kirkbride building. My obsession with these buildings started at an early age.

Aerial view of Central State Hospital in Indianapolis (I live in Seattle, but was born and raised in Indianapolis), c.1921

Growing up in Indy, there were so many stories about Central State. Closed in 1994. Great example of a Kirkbride building. My obsession with these buildings started at an early age.

Jul 28, 2011 5:33pm
Jul 28, 2011 4:46pm
Jacket, c.1890’s, from the North Dakota State University Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection. Love the shape of this garment; the details (buttons, embroidery, fur) are spellbinding.

Jacket, c.1890’s, from the North Dakota State University Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection.

Love the shape of this garment; the details (buttons, embroidery, fur) are spellbinding.

Jul 28, 2011 3:13pm
Diadem in the shape of a mermaid, by Rene Lalique - so very beautiful.

Diadem in the shape of a mermaid, by Rene Lalique - so very beautiful.

Jul 28, 2011 3:00pm
Illustration by Sir John Tenniel, from Through the Looking Glass

Illustration by Sir John Tenniel, from Through the Looking Glass

Jul 28, 2011 2:51pm
A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika. - Dorothy Parker
Jul 28, 2011 1:38pm
One of my idols, the amazing Edith Head

One of my idols, the amazing Edith Head

Jul 28, 2011 1:14pm
Inspiring! Detail of some gorgeous embroidery/beadwork from the Drexel Historic Costume Collection.

Inspiring! Detail of some gorgeous embroidery/beadwork from the Drexel Historic Costume Collection.

Jul 28, 2011 1:06pm
Nightbreed. Such a great movie. Cronenberg was wonderful and haunting as the shrink/slasher Decker. Midian is where the monsters are.

Nightbreed. Such a great movie. Cronenberg was wonderful and haunting as the shrink/slasher Decker.

Midian is where the monsters are.

Jul 24, 2011 6:31pm
Theda Bara, vamp.

Theda Bara, vamp.

Jul 24, 2011 4:10pm
"Anatomie des Vanités" exhibit, 2008 Erasmus House (Brussles, Belgium) featuring a 17th century anatomical Eve

"Anatomie des Vanit├ęs" exhibit, 2008 Erasmus House (Brussles, Belgium) featuring a 17th century anatomical Eve

(Source: morbidanatomy.blogspot.com)

Jul 24, 2011 2:14am
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. - Macbeth, Act V, Scene V
Jul 24, 2011 2:05am
Lady Macbeth costume, c. 1888, adorned with thousands of jewel beetle wings.

Lady Macbeth costume, c. 1888, adorned with thousands of jewel beetle wings.

Jul 24, 2011 2:02am
"The Child Eater", built in 1546 - the oldest fountain in Bern, Switzerland.

"The Child Eater", built in 1546 - the oldest fountain in Bern, Switzerland.

Jul 24, 2011 1:57am
"Untitled" 1970 - 1971 Diane Arbus

"Untitled" 1970 - 1971 Diane Arbus

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