Saturday, July 26, 2008

Squeaky Queen

We have a particular fascination around here with "power couples": romantic partners who carry equal weight as great artists, such as Charles and Ray Eames, Adult., Matmos, Diller+Scofidio, Gilbert and George, Kozyndan, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, etc. One such couple we've mentioned this week is Jon Sonnenberg and Mandi Spayd of the band Travelogue. Many readers may not know that Mandi is also a designer, artist and maker of the coolest bath products you've ever seen. [Yeah, I said bath products.]

Dethany and I are huge fans of Squeaky Queen's Rescue skin balm. Mandi a.k.a. Squeaky Queen also makes some gothtastic soaps, such as Jurassic Amber, Sanguis (blood) and my personal favorite Prep Wash, with an embedded plastic syringe - " which makes a great squirt gun in the bathtub once the soap is gone."

Mandi, like Phoenix and Ms. Toybreaker, has a particular fascination with rabbits. She makes some of the most wonderfully demented plush creatures. Check out her recent Labbit remix from the exhibition Down The Bunny Hole.

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