bibliolectors:

Reading on the street, graffiti Jef Aerosol / Leyendo en la calle, grafiti de Jef Aerosol.

designcloud:

Sculptures Made From ‘Magnetic Clay’ by Jolan Van der Wiel

Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they’re just another tool. For the past few years, the Dutch designer has been experimenting with magnetism to shape and create objects like violent looking stools and futuristic couture dresses.

His most recent investigation, Architecture Meets Magnetism, has led him to create a series of ceramic objects that look like Tim Burton got a hold of a kiln. Like Van der Wiel’s previous projects, this process begins by mixing metal with the core material. In this case, he created a slip (a mixture of clay and water) and added metallic powder like iron. The ratio is typically 90 percent clay, 10 percent metal. From there, he pipes this mixture through a nozzle, layering it on itself like icing on a cake. As the group of surrounding magnets take hold, the material is pulled into shape and dries like a spiky Hershey’s Kiss.

(via Wired)

patternbase:

"Water Lilies" - Claude Monet, 1917

patternbase:

"Water Lilies" - Claude Monet, 1917

(Source: diversatility)

wapiti3:

General Swiss Society for the whole science on Flickr.

Publication info Neuchatel [Switzerland] :Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Gesammten Naturwissenschaften,1837-1906
Contributing Library:
American Museum of Natural History Library
Biodiversity Heritage Library

jedavu:

Stunning Fluorescent Landscapes Painted on Female Bodies by Photographer and artist John Poppleton

jedavu:

Stunning Fluorescent Landscapes Painted on Female Bodies by Photographer and artist John Poppleton

desenharts:

by meta wraber

(Source: desenharts)


18th century calico designs by Irish artist William Kilburn (1745-1818)

(Source: mademoisellelapiquante)

victoriousvocabulary:

LUFTMENSCH 

[noun]

1. someone with their head in the clouds; one more concerned with airy intellectual pursuits than practical matters.

2. an impractical contemplative person having no definite business or income.

Etymology: Yiddish, from German luft, “air” and mensch, “person”.

[Toshio Ebine - Through The Rain Clouds]

50watts:

Folk kites from the National Art Museum of China, many by Fei Baoling

likeafieldmouse:

Robert John Thornton / Philip Reinagle 

New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus: And the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature (1807)

"Robert John Thornton was an English physician and botanical writer. After hearing Thomas Martyn’s lectures on botany and Linnaeus, he decided to practice medicine rather than his previously-chosen profession in the church.

New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus is a three-part work, the third part (Temple of Flora) of which was intended to have seventy folio-sized plates. Work on the plates began in May 1798, and the first plates were engraved by Thomas Medland after paintings by Philip Reinagle. The plates were engraved in aquatint, stipple and line. 

The work, unfortunately, proved to be Thornton’s demise. The expense of the project drained his financial assets, and Thornton was unable to generate significant public interest in the work.

Only 33 color plates were completed between 1798 and 1807, and Thornton died in destitution.

lostsplendor:

The Earth Seen From The Moon: Published in “The Half Hour Library of Travel, Nature and Science for young readers”, London c. 1896 via The British Library on Flickr Commons

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