bioephemera

Archives for April, 2008

Heart fibers

Vollig Weichgestrikt Sarah Illenberger Those of you who enjoyed JPolka’s crochet cabinet in Sunday’s Cabinet of Curiosities carnival may also like these cloudlike knitted sculptures by Sarah Illenberger. I’m impressed with how effectively the yarn captures the delicate translucence of human tissues – particularly the vanishingly small arterioles on the heart’s surface. Via Adam in…

Mmmmm, ice cream.

Remember that today, Tuesday April 29, is Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! Regrettably, I will be nowhere near a B&J’s. . . sigh.

. . . wherein whatsoever the hand of man by exquisite art or engine has made rare in stuff, form or motion; whatsoever singularity, chance, and the shuffle of things hath produced; whatsoever Nature has wrought in things that want life and may be kept; shall be sorted and included. . . [Bacon] Welcome to…

The Senate Likes DNA Too!

Mr. Tompkins Learns the Facts of Life, 1953 Via eliz.avery’s flickr stream Happy DNA Day! It’s been slow here on the blog lately, for a number of reasons – the most salient of which is that I’ve been on the Hill all week at the Congressional Operations Seminar sponsored by the Government Affairs Institute at…

This is just plain cool! It’s amazing how intuitive data can be when plotted visually. And as of Tax Day, you can plot your own data on a stripped-down version of this software, thanks to Google, which bought Trendalyzer from Gapminder in 2007. I can hardly wait to try this out for myself. . .

Juxtaposition #5

Rosalind Franklin’s X-ray diffraction photograph of DNA, 1953 London’s Natural History Museum photo by Mo at Neurophilosophy

Looking for Leonardo

What did Leonardo look like? And why are people so obsessed with this question? Greg Laden just posted a new video in which Siegfriend Woldhek (illustrator, founder of nabuur.com, and former CEO of Dutch World Wildlife Fund) uses simple logic to “discover” what he claims to be the Renaissance master’s face. Basically, he takes all…

Madame Ovary

Madame Ovary , 2008 Collage, 3.5 x 5.5″ Richard Russell Following up neatly on my post about Nicole Natri’s anatomical collage, artist Richard Russell mixes beeswax and book art to create provocative, creepily symbolic images like Madame Ovary (above). Russell describes himself as a serious ephemeraholic: I can become teary-eyed over certain botanical illustrations, wallpaper…

Vanitas

Vanitas, 2008 Nicole Natri My friend Nicole Natri has finished her new website, updating her blog and portfolio of collage art. Nicole has a somewhat dark artistic vision involving sinister medical implements and bizarre anatomical diagrams – which she seems to have no trouble finding in vintage books. I wonder what bookshops she frequents?? Halloweenhead,…

S. Watson’s American Museum of Living Curiosities British Library, via Museum of Hoaxes It will be my pleasure to host the April edition of the Cabinet of Curiosities blog carnival created by Tim at Walking the Berkshires. According to Tim, here’s what you’re in for: What I have in mind is show and tell for…