Cephalopodmania

bioephemera

Category archives for Cephalopodmania

I have my priorities! Do I even need to comment on how awesome this is? Via iO9.

Here’s one for PZ: the lovely proprietress of Sea of Shoes shares two stunning, huge jeweled cephalopod pieces by Paris-based jewelry team Hanna Bernhard. These are some seriously impressive wearables. Many more photos at Sea of Shoes, plus a short interview with the artists.

scarobeus cornepleura Mauricio Ortiz The technically gifted Mauricio Ortiz is originally from Costa Rica, but now lives in London, where his artistic star is on the rise. His octo-beetle, above, was recently selected to appear in a deck of playing cards as part of a high-profile British charity fundraiser, alongside a card by British bad…

The recent blizzard turned our decorative holiday planter into a suspiciously Cthulhulian holiday effigy. A cephaloconiferopod? A gymnosquid? An everoctogreen? I have no idea what to call it, but it obviously says “Merry Christmas, BioE readers!”

With these gears, I thee wed

I don’t know who commissions a steampunk wedding cake, but whoever they are, I like the way they think. Check out these whimsical steampunk cakes (including a metallic, Jules Verne-esque cephalopod) at the normally frightening Cake Wrecks. And big thanks to LindaCO for the heads up!

The ultimate squid self-portrait

I’m still tickled by the British scientists who discovered a cache of ancient squid ink and used it for. . . art: Paleontologists discovered the remains of the creature, called a Belemnotheutis antiquus, during a dig at a Victorian excavation in Trowbridge, Wilts. They cracked open what appeared to be an ordinary looking rock only…

. . .Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. According to editor Jason Rekulak, I know there are a lot of vampire fans, but the genre feels exhausted to me. Whereas Sea Monsters allowed us to draw inspiration from so many rich and diverse sources–most obviously Jules Verne novels and Celtic mythology, but also Jaws, Lost,…

Kurt Peterson Artomatic just wouldn’t be complete without a sinister cephalopod, and luckily Kurt Peterson stepped up to make it happen. At least I think that’s a cephalopod. Unfortunately, Peterson’s another one of these off-the-grid, website-free artists, but you can read a little about him at his Artomatic user page.

Art of Science 2009

The Princeton Art of Science competition has named its 2009 winners. The image above, by Celeste Nelson, is a bright field micrograph of baby squid (Loligo pealeii). See the rest of the winners here.

One of the sucky things about viral interest in offbeat art from small vendors is that it always immediately depletes the supply. Like this fabulous minimalist plywood octopus from inthewoods’ etsy shop. Sure, you can still get a plywood squirrel with a plywood acorn, but where’s the sinister, feverish Cthulhulian majesty in that? Frustrated now!…