Wall hangings of an astronomical theme, circa 1850. Printed lithographically on cotton, probably to avoid paper duty.
We went to St. Louis over Memorial Day weekend, and it was mostly awesome.
The St. Louis Zoo (this was amazing, best zoo ever)
Cocktails and awesome food at Taste
Visiting the gallery/shop of the Craft Alliance
Walking in Forest Park
The City Museum (this was cool beyond explanation and we didn’t even see it all)
The picture above is of one of the entrances to the Bird House at the zoo, which I loved. There were two horned guans (a big, critically endangered, super beautiful and hilarious bird) wandering around free, flapping from benches to railings to investigate us and making their funny honking sound. I want to move in with them.
Arounna at bookhou recently had a sale of little groups of her various fabric pouches in different prints and styles. I have a pouch weakness, as you may have gathered. (As objects they are perfect; artistic and useful and visually and texturally pleasing all at once.)
Considering they are one of my favorite design houses this was great chance to collect more bookhou goodness. The sets sold out almost immediately but I was lucky enough to get my hands on these. They are on their way from Toronto now.
Cats: making crappy days better since ancient times.
I am completely in love with old zoological prints and plates. I have them around my house and even on my walls at work. The combination of art and science in them is perfect.
These particular images are from a fantastic 1796 book in the collection of the Biodiversity Heritage Library:
See the plates on Flickr here.
As a long-time keeper of fancy goldfish I am blown away by the incredible effect achieved by this artist with this paint and poured resin technique. (I had multiple aquariums running simultaneously at one point in college but haven’t started up more since moving… it’s something I hope to do again in the future.)
Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer.
Edit: even more great pictures on designbloom