Justine Cooper | Saved by Science

via, gorgeous photography by Justine Cooper at Kayashya Hildegrand Gallery: Saved by Science, large-format photographs of selections from the vast scientific collections stored in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Wow.

(Also, a note: We have two new OverAll pages, here and here. I especially like the last set, and especially the last tile of the last set. I have a beige/brown tint on these because I like the way it works with underlying color, but you can always desaturate to get rid of it.)

Posted by taz on April 26, 2005 at 11:40 AM in Art, Photography | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ukiyo-e Prints

Lightning as represented in Japanese prints is just one of the great informational pages at, a site that's short on designerly fillips, and long on content, effort and soul.

With over 200 pages, the geography here can become quite a maze, delightful to  ramble through, but easy to become lost in. For a quick and dirty thumbnail gallery of its nearly 1,000 images, though, you can use google's image search of the site, to keep track of all the gems.Also note that many of the images are actually larger than they appear on the pages; if you are using Firefox or Mozilla, right-click on a picture and "view image" to see the larger size.

Here are a couple of tiles inspired by the site, and here is an example box using them.

Posted by taz on April 23, 2005 at 02:47 AM in Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Rugged Art

Rugged Art. Art rugs. Yum.

Posted by taz on April 21, 2005 at 03:13 PM in Art | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Linky, linky, linky!

So sorry I've been missing, but I'm pretty busy these days. I did decide to take the opportunity of today's Blogliner, though, to link you up a bit. The challenge is to link to 10 sites, with the last letter in the title of the first site appearing as the first letter of the title in the next site (and so on). Here's my daisy chain:

  • Storyopolis - I think I've linked it before, but it's worth a second mention. A huge gallery of works by children's book illustrators, and what's not to love about that?
  • Surrogate - gorgeous, poignant photographs of everyday objects by Amy Kubes. Each one is like a small poem. (or, sometimes a limerick...)
  • Explore Art - from the Getty Institute. Just a nice little interface for browsing art by subject, type or artist; I like it because it's pretty tightly focused, so you don't get lost in the maze.
  • Thank You For the Smell of My Morning Coffee - a fantastic collection of iconic links from the ever-wonderful Cynthia. I love her.
  • Elegant Iron Doors - I'm including this because I love wrought iron, I love art doors, and I especially love this wrought iron art door with the fabulous trompe l’oeil on the entryway.
  • S.K. Josefberg Studio - this is just a great, great photo gallery. Sadly, it's now closed, but view the nice "Decade" collection linked to on the opening page, then go to "Exhibitions" to see works in the exhibition history. A wonderful collection.
  • Ozbird - one of my favorite things: original art tessellations. Can't get enough of that funky stuff.
  • Darryl Baird - I just can't remember if I've linked this artist before... Collage art; you know - that stuff I'm a great big sucker for? Love the "Aqueous Humor Series".
  • Digitile Digital Ceramic Tiles - I link this because I'm jealous! I want to do this. What can I say? Digital designs on ceramic tiles, wallpaper and flooring? Of course I think this is groovy!
  • Stop Motion Studies - I saved a really nice one for last: a series of 20 photo animations depicting real people in motion. Very, very cool.

    Posted by taz on September 2, 2004 at 02:58 AM in Art, Photography | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

    Barcode Stripes

    I became fascinated with stripes recently, and made like, um... 30 different patterns? I picked out the ones I liked best to start off a possible "stripes series". I made these mostly in shades of brown and beige, but they colorize very, very easily (the text on the post page points out one that I quickly colored up with #669999 green). So, I was playing around with various techniques for creating the stripe patterns, and one of the things that I did that was kind of fun was to use an image output from a barcode generator as a starting point, just using the fill tool to color in the individual bars with hues from a given palette. The very best generator for doing this comes from Barcodes, Inc.. You can control the size and the resolution, and get your image in PNG or JPG. Perfect!

    Also, go have a look at my latest page of Bloggrounds: 16 nice, small patterns in a color array I think of as "muted acid tones"; there's probably a real word describing this sort of palette, but I have no idea what it is.

    And finally, here's one from the bookmarks (I haven't posted this already, have I?): "Wordworks" is an exhibition that includes "paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by 27 artists for whom words or text is a significant element in their work". An interesting idea with lots of possibilities.

    Posted by taz on August 17, 2004 at 01:09 AM in Art, Patterns, Web tools | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

    Saving Grace

    Here's a pretty little Sunday package for you: a new background group I've called Saving Grace. You may be able to tell that I like this set by the fact that it appears I've made way too many of them. Yes, it's true. What I love about these patterns is that they have a very comforting "English countryside subdued-chintz wallpaper-and-upholstery" sort of feeling, but when you begin combining them, they can become wonderfully "kimono-combo". Here's an example square that sort of shows this idea, I think.

    I'm so far behind on posting any of my bookmarks, but let me just grab a couple that I've visited recently: The Medieval Bestiary and a timeline of Flemish manuscript painting, then, exiting our time machine for a bit, the wonderful Picture Mechanics, a site featuring some of the best known contemporary illustrators. What's great here is that you get links to everybody's personal sites, so if you find someone you are crazy about, you can go see more. Calef Brown is one of my favorites, and so is Cathie Bleck.

    Posted by taz on August 15, 2004 at 03:01 AM in Art, Collections, History | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    60 Ways to Serve Ham

    All right, now I'm just being silly. Inspired by artist Hanoch Piven (mentioned yesterday), I decided to give myself the challenge of creating a scene using every object in the Ontological Museum Department of Objects, except for the three drawings at the end of the list. My self-imposed rules were that I could rotate the objects, but not reduce or enlarge them in relation to each other, and I had to use the whole object - and not just cut out a piece to use for an arm or a head, for example. I did pretty well with with this; I only cheated with the sun (from the nautical chart), and I used everything except the recipe booklet cover. Yet, that didn't go to waste, either, for I have named my masterpiece "60 Ways to Serve Ham".

    So, go check out the other groovy stuff from The Ontological Museum (and have a look at things they need), and its associated site, the International Museum of Collage. Mmmm. Collage.

    Posted by taz on August 2, 2004 at 06:46 AM in Art, Projects, Silly | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

    Drawing with objects

    Portrait artist Hanoch Piven is known for his whimsical style of drawing with objects (check out the wonderful caricatures on his site), and also for his interest in sharing his ideas about creativity with children. Have a look at the kids' gallery on his site, where he invites readers to submit children's pictures drawn with objects. Looks like a great rainy-day project to share with the kid in your life.

    And, yes, we do have some new patterns today (actually, I have a pile, but today I managed to upload some...): winter wheat, which I like because they are nice for mixing and stacking. See some stacks here and here.

    Posted by taz on August 1, 2004 at 04:49 AM in Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

    Art Millennium

    Happy Sunday, bunnies. I have three new pattern sets for you - 11 designs altogether, here, here and here, and I've thrown one of each of them into a brand new example box that I think looks pretty sweet (and yes, it's all CSS!).

    I also wanted to point you at a rather amazing site that I stumbled across: The Art Millennium has "more than 15,000 pictures and overviews of about 1000 artists" put together in various interesting ways, along with other information, like a dictionary, glossary and history of art. Looking at the site map will give you some idea of all the nooks and crannies here, and it is sort of labyrinthine. Don't go in expecting a superefficient whip-it-out database, this is really better approached as surprise invitation to an exploration of a hidden-away, private museum where you can wander the halls at will, peeking into any of the rooms that interest you. I was just waiting for someone to offer me a cup of tea at the end.

    Posted by taz on July 25, 2004 at 10:23 AM in Art | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

    Walter Anderson Illustrations

    Go have a look at the fabulous block print illustrations of Walter Anderson (1903 - 1965), an artist who was born in New Orleans and lived in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. When I lived in New Orleans I travelled to Ocean Springs to visit the Walter Anderson Museum and Shearwater Pottery, the outlet for the work of the three Anderson brothers, where I bought several wondrous items - only two of which have survived the years and helterskelter moves that have passed since then. The whole Walter Anderson site (with even more artwork) starts here.

    And on our menu today, the blue plate special is Cloudsign, a group of three nice patterns that actually share exactly the same design, but with different, interesting shading variations. I think these are fun to stack together, and I've made an example square that doesn't do anything but show how the tiles sort of "nest" together. And guess what - instead of just making a big ole .gif to show the example, I finally took the two minutes to set it up in CSS. From now on, I'm going to try to present most of the example squares this way. So, if you count this, in addition to the fact that all my dishes are washed and all my clothes laundered at the moment, it proves I'm not a total slug, right? ...Right?

    Posted by taz on July 21, 2004 at 06:33 AM in Art | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack