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My "Lost Pages" series features pages from books - often strange, collectible, and/or beloved tomes - that were suffering from massive degradation and on their way to a fire or a dumpster. This particular Lost Page originates from a copy of "Octopus and Squid: The Soft Intelligence" by Jacques Cousteau.

Octopus is executed in acrylic and ink. Thematic frame consists of reclaimed wood, resin clay, and found objects and is ready to hang. Picture is 5x7 inches; frame adds a bit to the dimensions.
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Paul Questions All
Painting itself is little over 4x5 inches, acrylic and ink on "lost page" in thematic found object frame. In this particular case, the page is from a book on the "Satanic Panic", from a section explaining how "secret messages" on a Judas Priest record were blamed for the death of troubled young Nevada man and the eventual suicide of his friend. The press ate up this stuff in the 80s and our parents burned our tapes and records rather than discuss why teenagers or college kids might want to do drugs and/or kill themselves.
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Charley the Monkey Skull
Monkey skull is cast resin, all work - preparatory sculpting, mold design, cast, photography - by yours truly.

In case you are neither a caster nor a skull collector, a skull cannot simply be tossed in rubber and turned into a quality mold. There is labor required from acquisition to end product to make it appear somewhat realistic.

I use no sophisticated tools, just 18 years of experience and a good sense of spacial considerations.

This was made for and casts are available through Catalyst Studios [moritorium.com et al]

Thanks for looking.
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Due to some issues with Etsy policy and analysis thereof, I feel more comfortable vending my skull replicas only in person or through Square Marketplace.

This is a link to the main moritorium.com page for the skulls; we'll be opening several new molds this week so the image and price list will change to accommodate that with the next update [badger skull, human fetus skull, human finger bones, cormorant skull will be added by 10/6; cormorant is in the Square Mkt already and the badger can be pre-ordered]

www.moritorium.com/skulls.html

The Square store is here:

squareup.com/market/catalyst-s…

Please note that I have been producing some of these skulls for 15 years, several of them are from original sculptures or carefully modified natural skulls - as wildlife protection laws permit - and they have been recast repeatedly by tawdry imitators. Anyone who has handled real bone can see the work and care put into our replicas. For not being museum quality, they are still serious reproductions.

I am not a hobbyist; Catalyst Studios is my job. Several of the processes my studio uses at this point were engineered by us in our basements and garages over that decade and a half, after the founding members learned the basic steps from a master craftsperson. We have many goals, but among them are sustainable, legal, durable, realistic, cruelty free costume props. We have supplied opera companies, dancers, musicians, haunted houses, hat makers, doll makers, puppeteers and more with no-harm, no risk skulls and will continue to do so for some time.

Prints, paintings, and some unique sculptural items will remain on the Etsy store for now, so if you are not boycotting said site due to the reasons I will not discuss here, the link is catalystkoi.etsy.com/  

Thanks for reading this. Feel free to ask questions. If the subject is legal or financial in nature please be professional and take it to email.

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Ann S Koi
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I make, therefore I am.

Job: Owner and founder, Catalyst Studios
Current Residence: Olympia WA
Gender: I gave that crap up years ago.
Sexuality: Elves.
Relationship Status: Married to my career.
Personal Quote: If you can't get rid of the skeleton in the closet best to teach it to dance (GB Shaw)
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Nushaa Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Thank you so much for being a member of my group, Owlies-Inc. It really does means the world to me. :hug: :heart:
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sarumanka Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! :la:
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JayelleCartoons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!! Sorry I am so antisocial anymore. One of these days I'll stop hiding in a dark cave.
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askoi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
my roommate and i are having a low key bbq at our place on the east side of oly on Sunday - tomorrow, the 7th - if you feel like coming out and eating our meat

and meeting the lizard, lol
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XibXib Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the watch! :icontearplz:
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TheHillady Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
tnx for the watch ^^
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OokamiAkuryou Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Thankyou for the watch and llama c: You awesome
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askoi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Likewise!
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4956 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
"Happy Birthday!!"
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