Wood Gone Viral!

After seeing how amazing my first batch of laser-cut wood designs turned out, I decided I needed to make a LOT more!

With the approach of ASV 2018, viruses were the obvious choice. It doesn’t hurt that viruses lend themselves beautifully to a clean, graphic style that works so well in this medium! I came up with five new virus designs, covering a broad range of known virus families.

With so many recent business expenses, the only way I can get these done is with a bit of external funding. That’s where you come in! I’ve created an IndieGoGo campaign, “Wood Gone Viral“, where you can support my art efforts and get one or more of these awesome new designs! Of course not everyone is a huge virus nerd like me, so I’ve also created a reward level that lets you choose from a limited selection of the earlier wood designs instead. Or, if you just want to show my campaign a little love on a tight budget, you can get an exclusive photo of one (and if you’re lucky, both) of my beautiful kitties, or a set of virus stickers!

I’m pleased to announce that the campaign is halfway funded, but there’s still a long way to go, and only 17 days left to get there. I also have some fun stretch goals planned, so the more love this campaign gets, the happier we’ll all be!

Please share this with all your friends and help me make ALL THE THINGS!

Advertisements

A whole new world (of wood!)

…or maybe that should be “a whole new wood”! There’s been all sort of fun new stuff happening in the Land of the Muddlers lately, and there’s more to come very soon (but that will have to wait for another post). The big news for today is my new line of laser-cut wood accessories! I’ve been working with the fantastic folks at The Maker Bean here in Toronto to develop these, and boy howdy are they ever SWEET (I mean the new products, but Lorraine and Chris are also utterly delightful).

I’ve started small with a handful of designs made into keychains and/or earrings for a grand total of 9 new products. All are now available in my Etsy shop :)

bacteria_earrings_01
Flagellate bacteria earrings (Pseudomonas syringae) – 5cm long
bacteria_keychain_04
Flagellate bacteria keychains (Pseudomonas syringae) – 6cm long
beetle_keychain_04
Jewel beetle keychain (Buprestis rufipes) – 8cm long
DNA_earrings_02
DNA earrings – 5cm long
DNA_keychain_02
DNA keychains – 8cm long
tardigrade_dangle_02
Tardigrade keychains / purse dangles / luggage tags – 8cm long
virus_earrings_02
Icosahedral virus stud earrings – 1.5cm wide
widow_earrings_03
Black widow spider (Latrodectus spp.) earrings – 4cm long
widow_keychain_04
Black widow spider (Latrodectus spp.) keychains – 6cm long

Spidery Goodness

I’ve done a few fun things with spiders recently, and thought I’d share them with you. Over the last couple of years I’ve made friends with some spider nerds on Twitter, who have naturally only encouraged my existing fascination with these elegant critters.

One of these delightful humans is the excellent @Cataranea, who studies Latrodectus spiders – you’ll know the most famous member of this genus as the black widow. Catherine asked me to create a logo for a crowdfunding campaign last year. She was raising money for field experiments in BC, looking at mating habits in a wild Latrodectus population there. My design for that project needed to be friendly and accessible, but still capture the essential form of the male and female of the species:

CuBLCsrUsAAXUiC.jpg
#TeamBlackWidow logo

Catherine is also responsible for a new jewellery design :)

It took a couple of tries to get the stamp sculpt right, and frankly these are a huge pain to glaze, but man, are they ever worth it!

IMG_3528
Black Widow stamp sculpt
IMG_7387
Stamped pendants-to-be
IMG_5777
Black Widow bracelet!
IMG_8693
Black Widow necklace

One more black widow design came out of a ridiculous Twitter conversation, and quickly because one of my favourite t-shirt designs to date:

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 6.43.36 PM.png
Brown recluse and black widow: “Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing”.

Finally, I turned my attention to one of the world’s most charming dancers, the vibrantly-coloured Peacock spider. I’me particularly delighted with how well these beauties came out, and hope to sell out of them soon so I have an excuse to paint some more!

IMG_6441
Peacock spider pendants

My kingdom for a great skirt!

I’ve always been more of a skirt-and-tee gal than an all-out dress-wearer. There’s something about a flouncy skirt that’s just a little sassier, a little more casual. While I’ve been able to offer some pretty nice clothing through RedBubble for a while now (albeit with depressingly low margins), I’ve long hankered for a skirt option. After a lot of research, I’ve finally found a way to make it happen without having to maintain a warehouse full of stock :D

I’ve partnered with an awesome Canadian company that makes great activewear to be able to offer not only skater skirts, but also capri-length yoga pants that are actually tough enough to stand up to some fitness-related abuse. For now I have five skirt styles and one yoga pant, but I’ll definitely be offering more in the near future, so watch this space.

 

Show prep and new designs

I’ve been a bit quiet online of late, but life behind the scenes has been anything but. June is fast approaching, and with it the annual meetings of CSM and ASM, where I’ll have booths selling my nerdy treasures. Preparations are well underway, and I’ll have some brand new stuff for the microbiology crowd this year. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the designs that will be available.

IMG_8609

I’m also working on brand new Toxoplasma gondii and chloroplast stamps, so I should have a few of those ready for the shows as well.

Because I’m not all micro all the time, I’ve got a few new designs that are less microscopic in nature as well. Here are my new cricket, black widow, cobweb, and mammary gland designs brought to life.

IMG_8612

I probably won’t be adding many new pieces to the shop until after CSM and ASM are over, but if you see a design here that isn’t available online, don’t hesitate to hit me up. I’m just stockpiling :)