Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cometary


Caroline Herschel
Caroline Herschel, linocut by Ele Willoughby (aka minouette), 2014
I'v been working of late on this linocut of astronomer Caroline Herschel (16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848), known for her discovery of at least 8 comets, and in the process, I've come across all these historical images of comets, which I thought I would share some. 

Comets have long been interpreted as harbingers, of often terrifying events, though sometimes of wonderous things to come. When something new appears and moves through our heavens, it's not surprising that they have been recorded, especially when obvious even to the naked eye.






a depiction of a comet that may have been an aurora borealis, 1527, Germany, anonymous
from Kometenbuch, written in 1587, a book containing descriptions of comets and hand painted illustrations.

[Notable comets of the period 1577-1652]

Types of cometary forms, illustrations from Johannes Hevelius' Cometographia (Danzig, 1668)
'Halley's Comet' & 'Enckee's Comet' from The Phenomena and Order of the Solar System, c. 1843.
Reynolds' Series of Astronomical Diagrams. Comets and Aerolites
Flowers of the sky, by Richard A. Proctor. New York, A.C. Armstrong and son [1879?] p.24
E L Trouvelot - The great comet of 1881. Observed on the night of June 25-26 at 1h. 30m. A.M

French paste comet brooch, c. 1950, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Inspired by Science

Inspired by Science on The Etsy Blog


The Etsy blog just posted Karen Brown's article featuring 5 Etsy artists who are inspired by science, including me!

Lise Meitner
Lise Meitner and Nuclear Fission Linocut History of Physics by minouette

 

“I think the idea that art and science are separate is unfounded,” says print maker Ele Willoughby of minouette. “It takes creativity to be a good scientist and experimentation to be a good artist.” In her Etsy shop, Ele explores art and science through a series of portraits of scientists inspired by the bi-monthly challenges of the Mad Scientists of Etsy team. “I love hearing from parents who want to inspire young children with portraits of scientific heroes or heroines,” she says.

There are some fabulous artists in that inspiring intersection of art and science, and several of my prints included.


(x-posted to the on-going saga of minouette)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crystallography

3D objects by Lydiaka Shirreff

Minerals and crystals are so common in contemporary culture I decided to make a second post on crystals. The distinction is sometimes a bit arbitrary, as many minerals are crystals, but today's post is about art and things which celebrate the wondrous shapes of crystals, and remind you (if mathematically inclined) of group theory. Often, you see crystalline forms growing out of everything from fashion:


Iris van Herpen, Capriole collection
Pastel Stud Vest by Mallory Weston, strangefeelings on Etsy

Eva Soto Conde dress, 2013, photo by Tomy Pelluz for Vogue Italia

Pankaj and Nidhi's glowing geometric dress, SS12 show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 

 

to architecture, like the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, an addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, created by architect Daniel Libeskind, here in Toronto,

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or the watercolour drawings of the Los Carpinteros collective (Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodriguez Sanchez)

Los Carpinteros, 2011, watercolour / paper, 80 x 114 cm.
Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, NY.
 
Los Carpinteros, 2011, watercolour / paper,


Los Carpinteros, 2011, watercolour / paper,

Los Carpinteros, 2011, watercolour / paper,

 To ceramics, like Michelle Summers' whimsical illustrations:

Michelle Summers

Michelle Summers

Michelle Summers
 
And, of course, crystals themselves abound in art.

Crystals by Carin Vaughn

Installation by Gemma Smith
Acryllic sculpture and painting by Gemma Smith
...amongst many others. Do you have a favorite interpretation of crystals?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Mineralogy

Crystals, minerals and gems have been a recurring theme in a lot of contemporary art and culture of late. This is a round up of some of those mineral inspired items that have caught my eye. You see minerals in art like the spectacular paintings by Carly Waito previously covered by magpie&whiskeyjack. You can also find artist-made minerals in all sorts of media.

http://ashleyzangle.com/index.php?/work/bubble-bath-pours/
Ashley Zangle, detail of bubble bath pour

http://ashleyzangle.com/index.php?/work/bubble-bath-pours/
Ashley Zangle, Nine Pours Spring: 2012, 44 x 60"

Ashley Zangle uses bubble bath and ink on paper to capture and sculpture the multifarious look of minerals.

http://ashleyzangle.com/index.php?/work/bubble-bath-pours/
Studio installation by Ashley Zangle
http://ashleyzangle.com/
Ashley Zangle




Rocks and minerals show up in the collages of collections by Amber Ibarreche.


Gemz, collage by Amber Ibarreche

Keetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller produced a series of layed wax sculptures with embedded text which look like giant mineral specimens.


Layered Wax Type: Become; in orange, Detail. 24" x 13" x 7", 
wax, acrylic paint and foam, 2009
by Keetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller

Layered Wax Type: Become; in orange, 24" x 13" x 7", wax, acrylic paint and foam, 2009
by Keetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller


Layered Wax Type: Become; in orange, Detail. 24" x 13" x 7", 
wax, acrylic paint and foam, 2009
by Keetra Dean Dixon and JK Keller
Tabirtha Bianca Brown, or thepairabirds, has some great mineral and gem prints on Etsy.

http://prf.hn/click/camref:10l3tr/pubref:pairabirds/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Fca%2Flisting%2F75327694%2Fsoft-rock-geometric-facet-art-print
Soft Rock Geometric Facet Art Print by thepairabirds

http://prf.hn/click/camref:10l3tr/pubref:pairabirds/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Fca%2Flisting%2F70496304%2Famethyst-geometric-facet-art-print
Amethyst, Geometric Facet Art Print by thepairabirds

Lindsay Jones has a whole mineral calendar.

http://prf.hn/click/camref:10l3tr/pubref:lindsayjones/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Fca%2Flisting%2F119327704%2F2014-minerals-calendar
2014 Minerals Calendar by shoplindsayjones

David Scheirer has a great print of a rock collection watercolour.

http://prf.hn/click/camref:10l3tr/pubref:studiotuesday/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Fca%2Flisting%2F158085828%2Frock-mineral-collection-art-print-8x10
Rock mineral collection by studiotuesday

I love the more stylized illustrations of crystals and minerals by Ryan Putnam too.

Ryan Putnam, crystals and minerals

I myself have begun making linocuts on Japanese kozo paper with iridescent chine colle of different minerals.

Quartz linocut by minouette


Minerals show up in fashion, like this 'Mineralogy' scarf by Charlotte Linton:

'Mineralogy' scarf by Charlotte Linton
Or more photorealistic silk scarves with photos from Jen Altman's Gem and Stone:

 

https://www.cisthene.com/products/dry_goods/CIS004.html
Labradorite scarf, photo by Jen Atlman

You even see minerals in street art, like the fabulous paper and resin 3D 'urban geode' works by Paige Smith of A Common Name.

http://acommonname.com/street-art-project/
A Common Name, Geode #3, DTLA 

A Common Name, Geode #10, Arts District
A Common Name, Geode #33, Uluwatu

Perhaps the most unexpected and delightful medium is soap!

http://prf.hn/click/camref:10l3tr/pubref:amethystsoap/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Fca%2Flisting%2F63222747%2F2-oz-soapamethyst-crystal-soap

2 oz. Soap/Amethyst Crystal Soap by amethystsoap


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowflakes

Wilson Bentley
snowflake photo
You may have seen the marvellous microscopic photos of individual snowflakes by Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley, but I'm rather taken with the more conceptual illustrations below, of snowflakes based on sketches of observations made under a microcope from Snowflakes: A Chapter from the Book of Nature (1863)
Snowflakes: a Chapter from the Book of Nature (1863), - See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/04/illustrations-of-snowflakes-1863/#sthash.lCqFjdwA.dpufSn
Snowflakes: a Chapter from the Book of Nature (1863), - See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/04/illustrations-of-snowflakes-1863/#sthash.lCqFjdwA.dpuf
Snowflakes: a Chapter from the Book of Nature (1863), - See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/04/illustrations-of-snowflakes-1863/#sthash.lCqFjdwA.dpuf
Snowflakes: a Chapter from the Book of Nature (1863), - See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/04/illustrations-of-snowflakes-1863/#sthash.lCqFjdwA.dp
(via the Public Domain Review) including the geometrical forms "under which the snow-vapor crystalizes."






nder which the snow-vapor crystalizes
nder which the snow-vapor crystalizes

The Public Domain Review hosts the entire book so you can see and read more here.

You can also find 'Snowflake' Bentley's photos in the Smithsonian's collection online.

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