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Tikilicious
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2008 05:22:38 PM »

Very clever! I love the frames too! Cheesy

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krissykat
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2008 12:40:41 PM »

I like that they're more realistic portraits, not exaggerated representations like on sideshow banners (though I love those too). Nice job. Smiley   
If you like phreeque.com, you should check out "American Sideshow" by Mark Hartzman. It's a great read.
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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2008 02:40:25 PM »

I love these!! you did an  amazing job!! I really love the conjoined twins!
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GhostAcademy
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2008 03:53:39 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

krissykat, thanks for the recommendation!
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Tikilicious
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2008 11:45:54 PM »

I like that they're more realistic portraits, not exaggerated representations like on sideshow banners (though I love those too). Nice job. Smiley   
If you like phreeque.com, you should check out "American Sideshow" by Mark Hartzman. It's a great read.

YES! Great book. Might I also suggest "Secrets of the Sideshows" by Joe Nickell?
And as you were stating about "Lobster Boy", Nickell explains in his book: "Grady Stiles Jr. was a heavy-drinking, abusive man whose wife eventually left him to marry the "Smallest Man in the WOrld", a midget named Harry Glenn Newman. Stiles retained the children, remarried, and fathered another lobster child, Grady Stiles III. When teenaged Donna (Grady's first child) became pregnant and told her father that she wanted to marry her lover, Stiles asked to meet the young man. Instead of approving the match, the Lobster Boy pulled out a pistol and shot him to death. Astonishingly, Stiles received probation and, equally astonishing, after divorcing his second wife, persuaded Mary Teresa (his wife who left him for the midget) to come back to him. She brought her son, harry Glenn Newman Jr. (who, unlike his father, was not a midget.)

Ahhh... good stuff. Good stuff. I am really into sideshow goodies.  Grin lol!

Once again, I LOVED this project! I am so tempted to try to do my own take on this idea, with the shadowboxes and curtains. If I ever do, I will be sure to tell everyone who comes over that you thought of it first! Wink Thanks for being such an embroidery-inspiration!

~Lenore Wink
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ephemeracollector
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2008 06:37:53 AM »

oh, these are great .. love them!
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wingedheels
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2008 07:06:39 AM »

yikes! These are GREAT! I love the juxtaposition between the sweetness of the colors and the gritty subject matter. Really very cool.

I wonder, have you read Geek Love by Katherine Dunn? It might be something you'd dig.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek_Love

looking forward to seeing more of your creations.
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GhostAcademy
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2008 11:27:29 AM »

Thanks again for the response, everyone! Tikilicious, thanks for the extra infor and recommendation!   I definitely want to look into these books.

wingedheels, I've actually never read Geek Love.  I've heard of it though.  Thanks for the compliment!
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bmelove
« Reply #28 on: February 02, 2008 07:24:03 PM »

Yes, the curtains add that extra pizazz. It's a really lovely project, thanks for sharing!
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