Saturday, September 3, 2011

Gorey Urn

This year I decided to pay homage to Edward Gorey in my haunt.  I began with the idea of making a tombstone devoted to him, yet when I did a little research, I discovered that Mr. Gorey had been cremated. Not to be deterred, I started searching for an urn.  Luckily, I found one at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $7.00, because there were a few broken pieces on the lid, which actually made it perfect.  It was originally red, which didn't look bad, but I wanted it to flow with the graveyard that I all ready have.  So, I painted it gray, gave it some black shading and stenciled his name on ;)  Now, for the placement of the urn in my haunt.... first, I must tell you a bit about Mr. Gorey...

Edward Gorey was quite a quirky writer of macabre stories.  I was always fascinated by the introduction cartoon that he had drawn for the TV show, "Mystery".

 It was bizarre and immediately grabbed my attention when I was very young.  A few years ago, I saw a drawing from the cover of his "Ghastly Crumb Tinies" and looked it up on line to see who the artist was.  Low and behold, it was Edward.  Some of his stories are cringe worthy, just because the subject is a bit shocking, such as in the Ghastly Crumb Tinies, which is a poetic sort of story about the untimely demise of different kids: "A is for Amy who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. C is for Clara who wasted away. D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh...".

To keep with the tradition of the quirky strangeness that made Gorey famous, I have decided that instead of setting the urn safely on a pedestal, that it will be lying on the ground, as if it had been knocked over,  with the top thrown off and ashes from our fire pit, strewn about ;)  I think that Mr. Gorey would have appreciated this ;)  I cannot wait to see the reactions that this will create :)

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  1. What a great idea! And the urn is perfect! Fits in really well with his art style and the opening credits of Mystery.

    I'm also a fan of Mr. Gorey's. I made a poster of the Ghastly Crumb Tinies for the front door one year covering it with spiders and webs as well as a big black crepe bow. Also used one of his bat illustrations for the balcony. I think it was from a set design he did for a ballet version of Dracula (?).

  2. That urn is fantastic! Yes, I think Edward Gorey would approve.

    I so enjoyed seeing that Mystery intro, and hearing how you liked it as a youngster. I remember running into the room to see that intro as a little girl. After it was done, I'd lose interest. :) Of course, now I enjoy watching the whole show. I'm told that even as a baby, I'd wake up and look over when this intro came on TV! I guess I had good taste early on. Haha

  3. Thanks ya'll!!! I'm really glad that I got to do this project =)

  4. I enjoyed his "interesting" art style... And I Finally have a "Blog"...!!!! Dr.Theda's Crypt... I will up date with many images now that I have learned how (and the library said the I can scan images to a "zip-drive" for FREE...So look forward many pics from my "archives" ..Please link this blog to my profile ( I have no idea how to do so ....) Thanks Stacey

  5. I love this. The word "Gorey" jumped out at me from the sidebar, so clearly I am also a fan. :)

    The internet was clearly made for mocking me. I sometimes think my ideas are interesting and then I come across things like this. You're awesome!