Invisible things by Noëlle Maline

With the flicker of a bird .. I prefer distractions and being interrupted . These days , I am a luggage organizer , book filer and background diorama painter .. I look at the night sky and watch old films .. Collect shadows and uncertainties .. I make art with fragments and broken images .. Paper , things and sounds .


dream machine

time is a great teacher...
but unfortunately it kills all it's pupils. 


chimney sweeps

last night i saw the most wonderful chimney sweep costume on a man out at disneyland for the halloween party. i didn't get a photo- but i have a splendid picture in my head...

and then

i'll start working on this costume...



Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land 
visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality, said to be contained within a mystic fire. Picking up Tanya, a guide's daughter, in the frozen Russian arctic, they stumble upon Kor, revealed to be her long lost lover John Vincey, Leo's ancestor. [1935 She]


here in the town of machine...

dead man and a few quotes :

coarse you can't put much stock in a man who spends most of a 
conversation talkin' to a bear...
talkin' to a goddamn bear.

look out the window...and doesn't it remind you of when you were 
in the boat?

they are shooting buffalo, government says...
it killed a million of em' last year alone.

that doesn't explain why you've come all the way out here...
all the way out here to hell.

i make flowers out of paper,   smell...
what does it smell like?

it's better to be Nobody,  then He Who Talks But Says Nothing.

did you kill the white man that killed you?
i'm not dead,  am i?


i found at the flea today..

spent all day at the antique flea market.
talked to some people.
an interesting man named rick who i had seen before and got a nice old typewriter table from.
a women that i bought a gypsy costume from. we talked about our relatives back in prague.

here are the finds i found :

- an orange california rainbow bowl [ fake bauer with rings]
- gypsy halloween costume from 1940's [with black lace mask]
- photo of two women in sombrero's and western skirts on horses in front of rock [1906]

stopped and had a hot dog...

- small art deco utilitarian typewriter table with wheels [1940's]
- vintage yellow dress that smells like fomalderhyde or old moth balls
- a wind up skunk toy with 'caution' sign in his mouth along with some other orphaned toys
- phillips 66 gas station tire display holder

and now to find some salmon sushi...


velvets, vanilla and pumpkins

found some really nice giant pumpkins yesterday.
got some tiny pee wee ones too.
they are now arranged perfectly next to the marigolds
in the front courtyard. henry, the orange cat helped..

so- iv'e been decorating all week for halloween
and looking up some very tasty
pumpkin-y things to stir up.
 i found a pretty good vanilla pumpkin martini recipe-
but- i'm going to conjure up my own version instead:

1 oz. grey goose vodka
1 oz. pumpkin puree
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
a few drops of simple syrup
-shake all that up really good...
then add
a few drops of pure vanilla
and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top

since all week, i have been dedicating nico and the velvet underground
to myself on my itunes and continues.
today will also be an all day velvet underground marathon...

and now back to decorating 
and then off to the market to find
some ingredients


today's look

sometimes simplicity on the mind is the best remedy for
a complicated day in the life of things...

so i will listen to my comfort music -
velvet underground

and put on my comfortable coat...
and imagine
all neatly packed inside
of the only thing i own..

one old suitcase
sitting next to me
and a book
by anais nin to read
while i wait in the
train station.



old photos of people i happen to know

my father's sister, Ione
with a fancy man 
while traveling.

my grandmother, Hermione
in backyard

my great aunt margaret 
is holding the fish 
on the left


Dr. Suess taxidermy sculptures, 1938

This is the world’s only known complete collection of these creatures; this set of three was purchased in the late 1930’s and has remained intact. Created by Dr. Seuss, these sculptures were first carved from wood, then hand painted and mounted onto small plaques.
This collection would have been originally purchased in the late 1930’s. They were kept in a child’s room, and eventually retired to the storage barn next to a chicken coop in upstate New York.  The set was acquired for a substantial sum in 2004. Though aged and weathered, restoration was not considered for several reasons. They are perfectly charming, and the need of a face-lift is a matter of opinion, because the personalities remain intact. The aged quality imparts character and denotes the history of these priceless pieces of Americana.  These museum pieces were later copied and reproduced as limited edition sculptures by The Chase Group, the licensee of the fine art property originally created by Dr. Seuss.  The limited edition Blue-Green Abelard was re-created in a smaller edition size than the other contemporary sculptures; only 375 pieces. The Tufted Gustard was 375 pieces and the Mulberry Street Unicorn was 850 pieces. All of those resin limited editions are going for big bucks, which is a good way to gage the value of the originals! The limited edition of the Blue-Green Abelard currently retails in the range of 25-28k! and The Tufted Gustard for 15k!  The entire collection is sensationally popular, because the sculptures are not dead old taxidermy beasts, but Unorthodox Taxidermy, filled with whimsy and life!
Today the pieces are part of a larger and very intriguing exhibition by Dr Seuss, in a mideival fortress in France, Chateau de Belcastel, which is a historical monument that is open to the public. The collection includes a pen & ink that was published in The Judge magazine in 1927 featuring Horton’s predecessor and strange creatures and eunuchs. Dr Seuss kept his paintings in his studio, but he created one as a charitable contribution, entitled “Raising Money For the Arts,” which is the only original painting by Dr Seuss on public display in the world, as far as we know. (At some point in time, Dr Seuss’s collection of paintings will go to a museum--either in Springfield Massachusetts or UCSD in Southern California.)   Dr Seuss first used some of these original sculptures in his Esso oil advertising campaign, and photographs of the artist holding various sculptures from this collection are featured in many historical archives as well as the book “The Art of Dr Seuss.” The collection is called “Unorthodox Taxidermy,” and was critically acclaimed. A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition that was launched in 2001 featured educational panels about it, and the biography, “The Seuss, the Whole Seuss and Nothing but the Seuss” by historian Charles D Cohen writes extensivly about these sculptures.
Due to the delicate nature of the sculptures, the winner of this rare collection and a guest will be flown to the Chateau where the buyer can oversee the packing, and transport the pieces safely away.  Travel and lodging for three nights in the Castle's Romantic and luxerious Tower suite is included courtesy of Animazing Gallery. This is a trip fit for a "king".

Unorthodox Taxidermy
Geisel embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930’s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Geisel’s father was superintendent. His “Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy” was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler.” And “Goo Goo Eyed Tasmanian Wolghast.” Shortly after Geisel created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Ted Geisel “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Ted’s unorthodox taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
[selling for 1,000,000.000 -one can have this collection- information from ebay]