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Halloween Countdown: Williams-Sonoma Skellie Toile

Posted in anatomy, decoration, halloween, skulls and skeletons with tags , , , , on October 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

The Williams-Sonoma Skellie Toile collection is reminiscent of vintage anatomical textbook illustrations.

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Given my predilection for anything that makes me feel as if I’m either in a museum or studying something that belongs in a museum…I’d give these items a spot in my home all year long.
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Now this is an apron I could cook in.
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Skellie Toile

Legan Rooster

Posted in anatomy, art, collage with tags , , on September 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

One can tell that Legan Rooster studied architecture when viewing his intriguing collage work.

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Human anatomy mingles with pieces of the natural world as the lines and curves of geometric figures lend a sense of universal coherence and integration to the images.
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You will find a lot of “third eyes” in his work (which I love), and some pieces seem transcendentally meditative.
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Legan Rooster

Svetlana Karelina

Posted in anatomy, craft, sculpture with tags , , on September 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Svetlana Karelina made an anatomical plasticine piece that most certainly deserves a spot on this blog.

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She also appears to be working on a “7 Deadly Sins” series using animals, which is unique and wonderful so far.
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Svetlana Karelina

Afterlife Artwork

Posted in anatomy, craft, jewelry, taxidermy with tags , , , on August 27, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Afterlife Artwork sells unique CRUELTY FREE (the artist is very clear that no animals are harmed for the making of any of these pieces) anatomical jewelry, featuring bits and bones of many varieties.

The rattlesnake skeletons look great:
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Knowing that these creatures were already deceased is important to me (I get very upset when animals suffer for art of any kind). In this case, these displays become loving tributes to the gorgeous inner workings of our fellow critters. She is making use of that which would otherwise be discarded or rot, showcasing these miraculous tiny bits of nature.

Mini quail heart bell jars:
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Starfish and seahorse:
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Articulated rat paw:
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Afterlife Artwork

Mythic Articulations

Posted in anatomy, creatures, monsters with tags , , on August 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Mythic Articulations creates made to order 3D printed skeleton models of mythological cryptids. Even the packaging is brilliant.

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The sad fairy is beauitful.
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And the dragon is my favorite.
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Jackalope:
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Cererbus (completely badass…the chains are a nice touch):
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Mythic Articulations

Brain Marionette

Posted in anatomy, craft, puppets with tags , , on August 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This incredible brain marionette seems to be attributed to Brock Davis (although I didn’t see it on his official website at first glance).

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Oh, what I would give to have this in the library at my house.

Decellurization

Posted in anatomy, science with tags , on August 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Decellurization is an absolutely fascinating process in which cells are “discharged” from organs, leaving only the connective tissue.

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The first step involves the application of a specialized detergent known to be an efficient solubilizer, without affecting the integrity of the protein in the tissue. Then, a recombinant endonuclease is used to degrade nucleic acids. (I had to quote Wiki there because I’m pretty sure there was no other way to get the word “solubilizer” into your day today)
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This process has tremendous implications for organ donation and transplants, as it maintains structural function yet greatly reduces the immunological response that causes organs to be rejected. It can be done by pumping the detergent through the organ, or submerging the organ.
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Science!

If you are as captivated by this as I am, don’t miss the work of Iori Tomita and Brandon Ballengee.

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