Monday, August 15, 2011
Art Lebedev Studio - Bat Clothespins and the Pie Plate o' Lantern!
I've been sitting on this one particular item from Art Lebedev Studios for over 5 years now, in the hopes that it would some day go into production but, alas, that day has yet to come.
BUT------I DID find another thing that IS available for purchase that Halloween Addicts will enjoy... sooooooo I'm bending my own rule and here we go.
Available from Art Lebedev Studio HERE, these are the cryptically titled "Vespertilium" which are simply plastic clothespins with bat wings molded in black and orange. (Ok, it's not that cryptic. It's a noun for a genus of bats... look it up...)
By themselves, I just thought they were cute. But looking at the pins in use (see pic left) it starts to fan the flames of imagination. They look great clipping something and flapping vertically... or just having them dangle upside down like real bats (or Lost Boys) seems kinda fun too. In this age of energy saving and being earth friendly, adding a splash of Halloween fun to everyday air-drying laundry would certainly put a smile on THIS Halloween Addict's face.
They come in an attractive, plastic tin (which you can see in the first pic) and you get thirteen (HA!) per container for 20 bucks.
If you don't want to order overseas from the company directly, you can always snag some at Amazon HERE, or many other kitschy-cool-item sites (Google around, you'll find 'em).
Now, to paraphrase Bill Cosby: I told ya that story so I can tell you this one...
HERE is an item called "Cucurbitum" (I looked this up too... it's a genus of... tropical...er, vines---PUMPKINS, THEY'RE FRIGGIN' PUMPKINS.)
In the world of Art Lebedev it's a disposable plate with an eating area and divided compartments that makes it look like a SMILING JACK O' LANTERN!
Take a look at that picture! Isn't that an awesome design?
I don't know about you but I'd buy a mess of these.
How great would the segmented plates work at a Halloween party?
You could keep a few pieces of candy in the eyes and nose, while the main course (pizza, hot dog, quiche... meat hand) could sit safely in the main "smile" area.
Or better yet, how about some chicken tenders (or severed toes) with dipping sauces in three areas?
As far as I can tell, the plates are a design-only and were never made.
If you really want to geek out, ALS has posted the entire design process HERE in images from drawings, to shaping and all the way up to the final design.
If anything, I might try and make the face an actual jack o' lantern carve this year.
If anyone has ever found these, or cooler Halloween plates, please let me know in the comments below.