It’s been a while since we had some new colors in the DNA Portrait options – we’re about to change that!
We have come up with ten potential color options, and we want your help to choose which ones go on our site. Just vote for your favorite option to help us decide. The winning portraits will appear on the site, ready to be purchased shortly after that!
Help us out and Vote Now!
Voting will end Tuesday, June 10th, 2014.¬†
We’re always looking for new ways to create personalized art, so we thought we would share our recent research with you!
We have been looking at a way to create jewellery, from your DNA. The possibilities are endless with this idea, so the process was exciting.
First we took a look at whether we would use the same sequencing procedure as we do with our portraits. We wanted to stay true to our DNA 11 customers and products, but we thought there might be some other interesting patterns in the science that we could work with. We took a look at STR data, to see if it would translate well onto a ring, bracelet, or even necklace.
The numbers in the data would transfer well into measurements of the bands, providing a delicate and perfectly unique pattern for each piece.
Another way we could go about it would be to use our original sequencing, and transfer the entire portrait, or a single ladder onto the piece.
We decided to focus on the idea of a DNA ring. Outside of the DNA data possibilities, there are so many options in the world of jewellery that we have looked at. From the size and design of the piece, to the type of material used, to the way they are physically produced, there is so much to take into consideration. We tried a few 3D-printed prototypes and even discussed with a local jeweller¬†the possibilities of casting each ring.
We started with the above sketches and created some potential digital designs.
Once we saw how the bands could look, we moved forward with 3D printed prototypes.
We played around with silver, gold and titanium options.
We also looked at cutting out the DNA data, compared to raising it above the surface, or etching the full portrait into the ring. The ways of personalizing these pieces never ends!
If you’re familiar with our DNA Portraits, you’ll see the full banding etched into the ring in the above photo!
We’ll keep working on these ideas and let you know what we come up with! In the meantime, let us know what you think or if you have any ideas for cool DNA Art in the comments!
We’ve always highlighted works of art that collide with the world of science — this work takes that collision to a whole new level.
These portraits are made from disease-causing bacteria. Artist/Scientist Zachary Copfer used different types of bacteria for the different portraits, including that which causes respiratory infections and even some from his own body!
The portraits themselves are quite impressive, outside of the medium used to create them. The way Copfer exposes the bacteria to radiation in order to accelerate their growth causes a Lichtenstein appearance in the work as well — the spots of bacteria resembling the comic book style Lichtenstein was known for.
The other thing about creating art from bacteria is that these cells are living things, which means they will eventually die. These works of art are mortal beings.
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When you think of mushrooms — or fungi — the first thought that comes to mind is not usually how beautiful, or pretty, or fascinating they are. Generally fungus is associated, to no fault of its own, with negative thoughts like gross or weird.
Steve Axford has changed that.
A photographer based ¬†in Australia, Axford has captured some rare and undiscovered types of mushrooms. The colors, textures and overall images are so pleasing to look at that you would never think the subject was fungi. Ranging from temperate fungi (well-known) to tropical fungi (not-so-well-documented) Axford seeks out the most intriguing, visually and scientifically, animals, plants and people to photograph.
We think he’s done an amazing job with this series, check out his Flickr for even more photos.
If you love science and art, check out our DNA Art!
Artist Bradley Hart¬†has created a bunch of portraits and paintings by injecting paint into bubble wrap — creating a mosaic, pixelated image.
The process is twofold. First he injects each bubble with the paint to create the pixelated look. Second he removes the drippings from the back of the paintings to see the impression of the piece. Some examples are below, with the injection version complete and the impression version almost melting downward.
Besides the fact that these paintings are incredibly well done for being created one bubble (or pixel) at a time, the back stories of Hart’s inspiration is fascinating. Ranging from why he injects the paint, to why he wanted to create pixelated images, to the end meaning behind both the injection and impression pieces, his art is “injected” with sentiment and meaning every step of the way.
Part of what he explains on his website¬†is that: “The bare bubbles in the bubble wrap reference dots or pixels, echoing various movements in art history and other media, including pointillism, screen-printing, TVs and LCS monitors… The process of injecting paint into bubble wrap directly references pixilation (and those 1′s and 0′s) and at the same time harkens back to the time of family portrait painting, when a family’s personal “photo” album consisted of paintings hanging on its walls.”
In today’s world it is easy to image the wide range of colors that are possible in the world. With tools like Photoshop and online color pickers, we can interactively choose any hue, shade, saturation, lightness, etc. in the blink of an eye.
But what about 300 years ago, when an artist wanted a very specific shade of red, or the perfect color of blue for the night sky? It wasn’t as easy as that.
That’s what makes this book, by someone called “A. Boogert” so extraordinary. This artist handwrote and painted over 700 pages of colors, descriptions and explanations. Historian Erik Kwakkel, who posted the book on his blog, says that it was written as an educational guide although as the only copy it had probably not reached the extent of artists that the author would have hoped.
Take a look at some of the other colors that were documented below, and remember the author had to create each of these hues using the perfect combination of paint and water — don’t take your modern-age color picker for granted!
If you love color – check out our DNA Portraits!
The title says it all! We want to take a moment to appreciate the things that are sometimes easily overlooked – architecture built by animals.
We humans base a lot of our architecture and design in general on things ¬†that occur naturally, or in the wild by our furry friends. And these photos show why — they are creative and smart builders!
The fact that they don’t have access to the tools, machines, and technology that we do and they still create these magnificent – and highly functional – works of architecture is very impressive. The photographs were all captured by Ingo Arndt¬†for the book, Animal Architecture.
Take a look at some of the awesome construction he discovered.
Australian Weaver Ants Nest
Buff-Tip Moth Larvae Web
Baya Weavers Woven Nest
Via AnOther Magazine
It’s not too difficult to see why we love this artwork by Nicolas Jolly.
Fingerprints! And we love fingerprint art.
These drawings are made up of thousands of fine lines, curving and swirling to create unique patterns within the image itself. It’s hard to tell when looking at the images, which he planned out first – what the drawing is of, or the “fingerprints” within them. Using only black ink, he works only with the width and pressure of the lines to illustrate the big picture.
We would love to see one of these images being drawn, to witness Jolly’s process.
To enter, just like us on Facebook and then submit your entry! You’ll get extra entries if your friends enter as well, so be sure to share the contest with your friends!
Contest closes on May 4th, 2014 at 11:59 PT. ¬†Open to residents of Canada, the US and the EU only.