Posts Tagged ‘DNA Art’
 
Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Cool Design of the Week, How it's Made by Courtney on July 20th, 2012
 

Image of wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen

We’re always on the lookout for unique art and cool portraits, so when we found these Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen we got really excited. Via Colossal:

Starting with a large photograph that’s transferred to a drawing, Gundersen pins each cork to the canvas, creating a correlation between the hues of the wine-stained corks and the value of light or shadow in the portrait. His latest work, Trisha, took 3,621 corks to complete, but other works have required over 9,000.

If you’re not already blow away by this art’s immensity, check out the video below to catch a peak at how it all comes together. Meet: “Grace”:

 
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Posted in Art+Science, How it's Made by Courtney on June 15th, 2012
 

We’ve launched the world’s first creative laboratory combining genetics, art and commerce.

First, DNA 11 revolutionized the art world with our amazing  DNA Art—and now we’ve unveiled the world’s first genetics lab dedicated to the creation of biometric artwork: The Lab @ DNA 11.

We’ve been mixing Art+Science since 2005 — sequencing the individual DNA of customers and turning it into beautiful genetic art.

Now DNA 11 is creating the ultimate laboratory for the advancement of biometric artwork by combining a state-of-the-art genetics lab with the in-house creative team that dreamed up the original DNA Portrait to continue to revolutionize the industry.

“Establishing a genetics lab in the middle of an art factory exemplifies the essence of DNA 11 — the melding of the two worlds of art and genomics,” said Nazim Ahmed, cofounder, DNA 11.

Because the one-of-a-kind genetic art lab is completely in-house, we maintain total quality control and the ability to experiment with new ways of visualizing the building blocks of life.

“It’s our take on The Factory — Warhol’s famous midtown Manhattan studio — we call it The Lab @ DNA 11 and it provides an inspirational space for artists, creatives and scientists to create truly remarkable biometric inspired products,” said Nazim.

The Lab @ DNA 11 is located at the company’s global headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and provides support services for DNA art production around the globe including DNA 11’s U.S. production facility in Las Vegas, NV.

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on May 29th, 2012
 

Remember the great pop-up books of your childhood? Castles jumping off the page, witches flying their brooms, pirates sailing ships on surging seas? We came across these modern pop-ups for grown-ups on Colossal and had to share their monochrome magic.

Portland-based designer and art director Mengyu Chen is currently working on a new comic book and has mocked up some experimental pop-ups of her own design. The ideas and execution are really quite spectacular…

We love the simplicity of the paper airplane but were also blown away by these fireworks. Other pop-ups include a kaleidoscope and growing seedling.

Mengyu, aka Jenny, is an über talented artist who enjoys typography, letterpress, illustration, photography and crafts in many shades and colours. We especially connected with her TypePlay project, a collection of handdrawn and digital typography she created.

Despite the colorful pop-up books I grew up on, I can almost appreciate these more—they’re bare bones black and white, but still iconic symbols of childhood, cemented in reality.

Are you also a fan of B&W art? Our DNA Portraits, Fingerprint Portraits and Kiss Portraits all have crisp, modern black and white color schemes.

 
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Posted in DNA Ancestry, Inspirational Design of the Week by Courtney on May 1st, 2012
 

Just when you thought keys were a mundane morsel of your everyday life, this tiny treasure turns things around. Sure, you could say “it’s just a key”—but the new Keybrid Carabiner Key finally adds additional functionality to the hunk of metal we carry around with us. Via Uncrate:

Need to hook your house key to something other than a keyring? Grab yourself a Keybrid Carabiner Key ($TBA). This unique item is completely functional, letting you clip it onto shoelaces, belt loops, and a whole host of other loop-like stuff, in addition to keychains and keyrings. Arrives blank, so plan on making a trip to the hardware store before use.

The key’s creators, Amron Experimental, have a host of other innovative products, ranging from functional to fun.

 
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Posted in Just Cool, Science by Courtney on April 27th, 2012
 

Have you ever strapped a parachute to your back, hopped on a plane and then dove from the sky? If you think that’s intense, skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s next attempt is going to blow your mind. Via Pop-Sci:

Felix intends to climb into a capsule suspended beneath a helium balloon, rise 23 miles above Roswell, New Mexico, open the capsule door, and jump out. On the 120,000-foot free fall—the longest ever attempted—he will face temperatures as low as –70°F and speeds of more than 700 miles an hour, becoming the first person to accelerate through the sound barrier without a craft.

At the outset of the project, no high-altitude full-pressure suit had ever been built specifically to withstand this kind of controlled free fall. Engineers at the David Clark Company, which builds full-pressure suits for NASA and the Department of Defense, spent four years developing one. Baumgartner’s jump will be the first live trial at Mach speeds.

His special suit, above, has four layers, including a fire-retardant insulator, a mesh restraint and a gas-filled bladder. The suit will help Baumgartner maintain delta position (head down, feet up) throughout his free fall—crucial if he is to avoid a flat spin.

 

If Felix succeeds, his daredevil DNA is definitely worth showcasing through a DNA portrait. We think the perfect colour scheme would be Firesky in celebration of his Mach manifesto.

Check out more photos and details on Felix’s daredevil threads.

 
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Posted in Contest, Science by Courtney on April 5th, 2012
 

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the helix DNA structure, is celebrating his 84th birthday on Friday, April 6. Happy Birthday, James!

Via Wikipedia: James Dewey Watson is an American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist, best known as a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material. After studies at the University of Chicago and Indiana University, James worked at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in England, where he first met his future collaborator and friend Francis Crick.

In honor of his birthday and countless molecular contributions, we’re throwing James an online Birthday Bash and giving away a DNA Portrait to one lucky winner. Enter on our Facebook page!

Rules
This give-away is open to residents of the contiguous USA or Canada.
One entry per person. Contest closes on  April 11 at 11:59pm and we’ll contact the winner via email on April 12.

Want a DNA Portrait right now? Save 15% with code JamesWatson15 until April 11. Join us in wishing James a Happy Birthday and good luck in the give-away!

 
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on March 8th, 2012
 

Photo of wire hands

When art meets science, we’re all over it. Afterall, that pairing inspired our DNA Portraits and our other personalized art like Fingerprint and Kiss portraits.

Montreal-based architect Federico Carbajal creates anatomical architectures out of galvanized wire, stainless steel and acrylic through what he calls spatial sketching. Federico describes his work:

With the influence of the old masters and the early works of Alexander Calder, to current digital 3D media and architectural representation, these tridimensional hybrids bring together drawing, architecture and sculpture in order to create a coherent spatial entity.

Spatial sketching allows for the possibility of new representations of images in space, exploring the void and the dematerialization of volume.  The physical and metaphysical presence of the human body emanate through a combination of transparent planes and spatial lines.

View more of Federico’s work on his portfolio site.

Via Colossal / Street Anatomy.

 
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Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on February 8th, 2012
 

 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it can be tough to find a gift that’s thoughtful, memorable and remarkable. That’s why we’ve launched our Share the Love Sweepstakes!

Enter to win an 18×24″ DNA portrait from DNA 11, plus an 18×24″ canvas from our sister company CanvasPop. And just for entering, you’ll also have the chance to win one of 500 $30 gift vouchers for CanvasPop.

How to Enter:
Simply visit the contest’s Facebook Page to enter. The winners will be announced on February 14.

Rules:
Winners must be residents of the contiguous United States or Canada.
Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2012.

And if you’re still searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, give truly personalized art with a DNA 11 gift certificate.

Good luck!

 
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Posted in Cool Art Ideas, gift ideas by Courtney on February 7th, 2012
 

 

Still looking for some gifts to spark a reaction this Valentine’s Day? In addition to DNA 11 products, we’ve rounded up some great finds that are sure to impress.

Is your love eternal?  A SplitScreen DNA Portrait portrait makes a confident, affectionate statement of unity for couples, allowing you to showcase both of your DNA (or the whole  family’s, up to four people). With a plethora of colour combinations, your splitscreen DNA Portrait will suit any decor! Best of all, you can order a gift certificate for immediate digital delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already have a DNA Portrait? Immortalize her kiss into fine art with a custom Kiss Portrait. Your walls will be lit up with her fiery lips and she’ll be on fire knowing how much you cherish her smooches.

 

 

 

 

If your guy rocks out, get him this smokin’ Cigar Box Amp from Etsy. It’s a portable, battery-powered amp that’s perfect for lazy jams and soulful serenades.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing says “I Love You” like a gift from the heart. So why not give an anatomically correct Plush Beating Heart? Your lover will know you’re serious and it will keep things pumping between you two.

 

 

 

 

Does you man live and breathe science? Take the guesswork out of his of lab work with this Lab Partners t-shirt from Threadless.

 

 

 

 

 

Want to give her the key to your heart? Wrap up this Heart Necklance from Swayorski. Hanging on a stainless steel chain, the red silicon heart holds a heart-shaped USB key embellished in 54 Indian Siam crystals. For the perfect romantic gift, save a special message or photo on the 4GB USB key.

 

 

 
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Posted in DNA Ancestry, Just Cool by Courtney on January 26th, 2012
 

Are you curious about your roots? Check out these OkayAfrica videos to see how knowing their ancestry impacted members of The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest.

The Roots’ Questlove’s maternal lineage points to Sierra Leone, while Black Thought’s ancestry stems from the Mandinka Tribe, whose rich oral history was passed down by singers.

Q-Tip’s tribal ancestry links to Djola, a tribe who made a musical instrument similar to the banjo—which created Blues, which influenced music and lead to hip-hop—forever changing the modern music scene.

Showcase your own roots by adding a DNA Ancestry Signature to your DNA Portrait—it’s a scannable barcode “signature” that crosses over from physical to digital to trace your maternal lineage. The barcode is placed at the bottom right of your portrait in a color that compliments your DNA art.

Get 15% off + free shipping on any DNA 11 order with code VALENTINE15 (valid until Jan. 29).

Videos from OkayAfricaTV, in partnership with AfricanAncestry.
 
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