Posted in Art in Nature, Photography, Science by Brittany on July 9th, 2014
 

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When you think of bees, you might not immediately think of them as majestic, beautiful or even positive in any way. Photographer and naturalist Clay Bolt has set out to change that.

The photographs were taken for the Beautiful Bees project, and aim to change the way we think about, research and see bees. You can see from the photographs that there are many kinds of this frequently-hated insect, and a closer look reveals colors and features that are often overlooked and endearing.

Seeing the bees this way, Bolt hopes will help people to respect and protect the nature around them.  See more photographs of bees, and other insects, birds and amphibians on Bolt’s website.

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Posted in Art in Nature, Photography by Brittany on June 25th, 2014
 

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Jakob Wagner is a photographer that loves to focus on “scapes” — his website features aerialscapes, nightscapes and winterscapes. His newest series Sandscapes fits that theme, but presents completely unique images.

These images are abstract landcapes, taken along the shores of beaches in the Netherlands. The closeup look at water and sand, combined with the lighting that Wagner captures present a stillness that could only be found in nature.

Get lost in the patterns of these sandscapes, then head to his website to take a look at his other scapes!

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Posted in Color, Contest, DNA Art, new product, Promotions by Brittany on June 3rd, 2014
 

New Colors for DNA 11

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!

Vote Now Colors

Help us out and Vote Now!
Voting will end Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. 

 
 
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What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

The numbers in the data would transfer well into measurements of the bands, providing a delicate and perfectly unique pattern for each piece.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

 

Once we saw how the bands could look, we moved forward with 3D printed prototypes.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

We played around with silver, gold and titanium options.

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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!

What's Brewing in the DNA 11 Labs

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!

 

 
 
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Posted in Art+Science, How it's Made, Just Cool, Science by Brittany on May 27th, 2014
 

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.

Wow.

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Via Beautiful/Decay

 
 
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Posted in DNA Art, Promotions by Brittany on May 20th, 2014
 

DNA11 Fan Sale

We’re having a sale! This week only spend $100 and get a $250 voucher.

Sale ends Monday, May 26th at 11:59 PST. Get yours now!

 
 
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Posted in Art in Nature, Art+Science, Photography, Science by Brittany on May 13th, 2014
 

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

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.

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

Photographer Steve Axford makes Mushrooms look Beautiful

If you love science and art, check out our DNA Art!

Via Colossal

 
 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, How it's Made, Just Cool by Brittany on May 8th, 2014
 

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

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.”

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

These Pixelated Paintings are Made with Bubble Wrap and Paint

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Posted in Color, History by Brittany on May 6th, 2014
 

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

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!

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

The Original Pantone - book from 1692 depicts and describes every color

If you love color – check out our DNA Portraits!

Via Colossal

 
 
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Posted in Art in Nature, Photography by Brittany on May 3rd, 2014
 

Animal Architecture

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.

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Australian Weaver Ants Nest

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Coral Reefs

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Buff-Tip Moth Larvae Web

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Baya Weavers Woven Nest

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Wasp Nest

Via AnOther Magazine

 
 
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