There were three men come out of the west, Their fortunes for to try, And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn should die. Here's the plot...... A child is taken from his group. He is buried alive and miraculously survives on rain water and dirt.… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 31: John Barleycorn Must Die
Ye rigid ploughman. Bear in mind your labor is for future hours! Advance! Spare not! Nor look behind! Plough deep and straight with all your hours! Richard Henry Horne We know that we plant in the spring and frolic for fertility in the Summer. And we know the reaper comes along at harvest with his… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 30: Plough Deep
Inspired by this https://laughingsquid.com/kitschy-thrift-store-figurines-transformed-into-wonderfully-twisted-creations/ That's no ordinary rabbit! That's the most foul cruel, and bad tempered rodent you ever set eyes on! Monty Python and the Holy Grail Rabbits being agents of chaos and fear is not a new concept. It has been around for while and has been addressed in a variety of media.… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 29: Run away!
A Springtime scherenschnitte pattern used in Folk Horror context. Halloween is different this year. That doesn't mean that is it not happening, though! Papercutting of all kinds makes for GREAT décor for any holiday. The high contrast silhouettes of Scherenschnitte and kirigami work especially well for spooky stuff. Given that our Halloween celebrations this year… Continue reading Craftoween Day 28: Gruselieges Scherenschnitte
Once you know what to look for, you realize that folk horror things are all around you. Sometimes in unexpected places. Like, in a Public Safety Advertisement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNPMYRlvySY&list=PL5pWglU1A59XJ_NOwSZrzsv9mOKtd4cXS&index=53 Or an insurance commercial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlqQ_wcgbVs It might not be a surprise to find folk horror motifs in the music of Kate Bush https://pietersender.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/two-steps-on-the-water-folk-horror-and-the-work-of-kate-bush/ Ms. Sid was surprised… Continue reading Coney Cratoween Day 27: Seek and Ye Shall Find
All Hallow's Eve approaches- the spookiest time of the year. Folk Horror, like Halloween, happens everyday, you just have to commit to the aesthetic and attitude! Ms. Sid is privileged to have this custom painted Funkin made by Craftoweener JenniferC. It perfectly depicts a tree silhouetted against a ominous red sky on one side and… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 25: The Folk Horror Life chose you.
Like what earrings would I wear to sacrifice Nicolas Cage? J.Tex, Craftoweener Ms. Sid faced a dilemma for Craftoween 2020- forge ahead in the way planned ( 2 years ago) for this year's celebration or recognize the context in which October 2020 was placed at this point of a very challenging year. Ms. Sid chose… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 25: A Celebration in Context
In a typical year, Ms. Sid would be spending today getting ready for several dozen guests to come over for a Craftoween Open House - always the last Saturday before Halloween. Crafting stations would be set up in various spots, the communal feasting areas would be arranged, and an open buffet of treats would be… Continue reading Craftoween Day 24: Celebration Preparation
Bring flow'rs of the fairest,Bring flow'rs of the rarest,From garden and woodlandAnd hillside and vale;Our full hearts are swelling,Our glad voices tellingThe praise of the loveliestRose of the vale. Few things scream Folk Festival as loud as a flower crown or headdress. They are a trope not just of visual arts, but of social media.… Continue reading Craftoween Day 23: The May Queen is Waiting- Focus Craft: Flower Crowns
"It takes four men to dress a salad: a wise man for the salt, a madman for the pepper, a miser for the vinegar, and a spendthrift for the oil." Ah, yes. How can we speak of harvest and rabbits without speaking of salad. Sometimes referred to as rabbit food, salad has a long and oddly… Continue reading Coney Craftoween Day 22: Rabbit Food