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Finding the Melodies Hidden in Traditional Embroidery | WIRED

March 2, 2015

This is reminiscent of the tree ring music project, but more intricate.

Were Hungarian embroiderers of centuries past encoding secret musical messages into their decorative textiles? Nope! But Zsanett Szirmay is decoding them anyway.

The designer’s latest project, Soundweaving, translates patterns from Eastern European embroidery into gentle, tinkling melodies. By translating the motifs from pillows and folk costumes to punch cards, and then running those punch cards through a hand-cranked music box, Szirmay finds the music that’s effectively been trapped in the textiles all along.

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Video: swirly ink weirdness in 4K slow motion – Boing Boing

March 2, 2015

Psychedelic ink physics in 4K, if you have an ultra-high-definition TV that is. I don’t, but it’s still spectacular. (The Slow Mo Guys)

via Video: swirly ink weirdness in 4K slow motion – Boing Boing.

Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert

February 27, 2015

…As much as I dislike stepping into the fray, it is rare that the combination of art and science makes such headlines, so, without further ado…

is the dress white and gold or black and blue

In case you missed it, this dress has been blowing up the Internet and tearing friendships apart since it was posted on Tumblr yesterday. Because even though the dress is so very clearly white and gold, some people out there are equally convinced it’s blue and black.

But we’re not going to get started on that debate. We’re here to tell everyone to chill, because there’s a scientific explanation behind this witchcraft. And, much to my horror, the dress is actually blue.

Read on to find out why.

via Here’s the science behind that darn dress – ScienceAlert.

Just for the record, my friend is able to switch back and forth between seeing it both as white and gold AND black and blue. I cannot. #thatdress

The Museum of Fabric Brain Art Revisited

February 27, 2015

I have seen knitted ovaries and plush organs, but it’s rare you see squishy (fabric) brains…

I featured this museum on the site several years ago. It doesn’t look like they’ve added much since then, but always interesting.

knitted brain

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art bills itself as “the world’s largest collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art.”

h/t to the Scientific Illustration for the Research Scientist page on Facebook, so thanks for the reminder, but check out the museum’s website for more.



Light Up Circuit Valentines | Left Brain Craft Brain

January 30, 2015

Need an idea for Valentine’s Day? Why not some DIY Light-Up Valentines:

via Light Up Circuit Valentines – Left Brain Craft Brain.

Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist

December 12, 2014

Greg Dunn earned a PhD in neuroscience before deciding to become a professional artist. “I had been a scientist in my previous life,” Dunn said.The patterns of branching neurons he saw through the microscope reminded him of the aesthetic principles in Asian art, which he had always admired. Dunn realized that neurons could be painted in the sumi-e (ink wash painting) style, which involves making as few brush strokes as possible to capture the soul of the subject.

via Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist.

2014 Art of Science Competition Winners: Photos : Discovery News

July 31, 2014

Some really amazing photos in this year’s batch:

The Princeton University’s “Art of Science” exhibition displays the work of Princetonians past and present that highlights the interplay between art and science. Its entries are chosen for their aesthetics as well as the scientific or technical interest they may hold.This year’s was the seventh Princeton University Art of Science competition. Let’s take a look at the top three winners in the contest, as well as the “People’s Choice” winner and some other dazzling works. We’ll also hear from the artists via comments they made about the works they created.”Watermark,” from postdoctoral researcher Sara Sadr, was this year’s first-place winner shown above. The pattern in the image was created by water moving back and forth on the Atlantic coast. “As a hydrologist, I am fascinated by the natural phenomena of our beautiful planet,” notes Sadr. “The way water in this picture found its way back to the ocean reminded me of a peacock’s tail spreading under the sun, or a woman’s hair blowing in the wind.”

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