Monday, November 26, 2007

Erhenberg via BibliOdyssey


The DBF (as they say) pointed me toward this fantastic blog, BibliOdyssey, which is a collection of archival images which are freely available on the web.

One of my favorite offerings is a group of scans from badass microscopist Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, which you can see here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Micro gentleman

Having made quite a few larger crochet prawns, this miniature one (made for a custom design) occupies a place in my mind normally reserved only for the venerable baby tuxedo.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

For tinyshop

Tiny sea urchin pins - crocheted from a big stash of hand-dyed size 10 thread and embroidered, in French knots, with DMC floss. The tag is tyvek. For scale:

They're for a show called tinyshop ( tinyshop.blogspot.com ):
double punch gallery presents tinyshop, a pop-up shop curated by Antoinette Celes, showcasing original art and handmade goods by artists, designers and creatives working in the medium of small.

As the world moves bigger, faster and stronger, we occasionally seek comfort in little things. tinyshop celebrates the preciousness of "mini" --- the shortest distance between 2 points, the space of minutiae, and creative endeavors on a small scale.

tinyshop will run from November 21, 2007 through January 11, 2008, at double punch gallery in San Francisco's North Beach district. Special events will be held throughout the shop's lifespan, pondering the tiny theme. Fun-spirited folks and magnifying glasses are most welcome.
I'm really excited to be involved with this, alongside tons of fantastic artists. The show so far includes Ashley G, Amy Earles, Jill Bliss and lots more. November 24th is the opening night!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Anna Atkins homage

This was embroidered onto muslin I'd bought already tea-dyed - I subsequently stained it blue, trying to balance (with difficulty) flat color with "tie-dye" to get something I though was reminiscent of the type of chemical effects present in the original:
(from the New York Public Library)

I tried to sketch out a faithful representation to start with, but smudging of the dressmaker's pencil encouraged improvisation.

I plan to do a series of 12 or 15 of these...