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21  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Lady Ada Lovelace - 1st (19th century) computer programmer linocut on: May 21, 2009 02:41:58 PM

This is a lino block print of Countess, Lady Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), who published the first computer program. She worked together with Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine (the first - analogue! - computers), correcting his notes on how to calculate Bernoulli Numbers with the Analytical Engine. More importantly, she (a great communicator, daughter of mad, bad and dangerous to know Lord Byron) was able to understand and explain the workings of the analytical engine and the potential of computing machines. Her comments seem visionary to the modern reader. Babbage called her the Enchantress of Numbers and the Princess of Parallelograms.

The print is in gold, purple and turquoise water-based block printing ink on mauve Japanese gampi paper 15.25 inches x 10.5 inches.

(carving three equations is a new level of insanity for me)

I also tried printing her in silver and turquoise on white kozo paper:

Women in technology have a longer history than is generally known. Smiley
22  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Maxwell's Demon Linocut & ADDED Descartes' Demon on: April 27, 2009 10:34:22 AM

I made a new lino block print of Maxwell's Demon.
It is 8 inches by 9 inches on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper.

Legendary Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) dreamt up his demon to deal with the very odd 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. He wanted to figure out whether this was a Law or whether a sharp-eyed, nimble-fingered Demon could allow the fastest molecules in a cold reservoir to heat a hotter reservoir and the slowest molecules from the hotter reservoir to cool the cold one.

Note his big eyes and nimble fingers; otherwise the Demon bares an uncanny resemblance to Maxwell himself.  Wink

The next "imaginary friend of science" is Descartes' Demon:

Despite (or because) of his rationalism, Ren Descartes hypothesised the existence of an evil daemon, a personification who is "as clever and deceitful as he is powerful, who has directed his entire effort to misleading me." The evil d(a)emon presents a complete illusion of an external world, including other people, or even his own body, when perhaps they don't exist. This is a sort of thought experiment to test the very idea of empiricism.

The modern version of this is the "brain in vat" (i.e. how do we know we aren't just brains in vats of biochemicals being stimulated to simulate what we sense).

This lino cut print in green and black is 8 inches by 9 inches (20.3 cm by 22.9 cm) on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper. It is one of a first edition of 12. It combines Descartes' Demon (who bares a remarkable resemblance to Descartes himself) and the brain in a vat.
23  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Hard-headed vegetarian Dinosaur on: April 22, 2009 09:40:14 AM

This is Euoplocephalus (literally: hard head), a Cretaceous dinosaur lino block print on Japanese kozo (mulberry paper). Smiley
24  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / It's spring! Butterflies & Blossoms pillow on: March 30, 2009 10:30:21 AM

This is a patchwork pillow featuring two panels which were hand-printed with my lino block prints. A branch with blossoms in yellow on fuschia and two separate butterflies in yellow on turquoise are printed on panels on the front.

The reverse is a patchwork of a printed echino fabric in grey on hot pink with lime corduroy. I love the memento mori - the skulls hidden in with the ladybugs are other signs of life.  Grin

25  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Zebras: Chevy's and Burchell's - linoblock on: March 24, 2009 01:08:14 PM
I made a new print:

The one on the left is known as Chevy's zebra and the one on the right is known as Burchell's. These are carved on a single block, and printed in black water-based ink on Japanese kozo, or mulberry paper. The sheets are 14 inches wide and 8 inches tall (35.6 cm by 20.3 cm).

They are so graphic that I thought they would make great subject matter.
26  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Darwin on Galapagos linocut on: March 18, 2009 02:09:43 PM

This is a new lino block print I made of Darwin standing on a Galapagos tortoise. Don't try this at home; tortoises are not for surfing! Wink

He really did this. He wrote;
"The inhabitants believe that these animals are absolutely deaf; certainly they do not overhear a person walking closely behind them. I was always amused, when overtaking one of these great monsters as it was quietly pacing along, to see how suddenly, the instant I passed, it would draw in its head and legs, and uttering a deep hiss fall to the ground with a heavy sound, as if struck dead. I frequently got on their backs, and then, upon giving a few raps on the hinder part of the shell, they would rise up and walk away; but I found it very difficult to keep my balance."

-Charles Darwin, 1835, Galapagos Islands

This is 12.5 inches tall by 6 inches wide on Japanese washi paper. Hope you like it. Smiley
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Walrus dreams of dinner... (pillow) on: March 10, 2009 12:58:11 PM
Hi folks,

Thought I would share my new pillow. Smiley

This is the front with a patchwork of my "Winter Walrus" lino block, printed in brown and blue on striped white-on-white canvas, with a sushi print cotton, corduroy in lime and blue fabric.

The reverse shows a blue whale lino block print on lavender cotton, green cotton print and grey pin-striped fabric.

28  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Cartography challenge - Mercator lino block print on: December 01, 2008 08:13:54 AM
So, there was a challenge to make something on the theme of cartography and I choose Mercator (of the Mercator projection fame).

Here's a before shot of the Mercator block:

I also carved a block of his 1595 world map.
Here's the finished product.

In case you are interested:
Gerardus Mercator was a 16th century Flemish cartographer. I would say "The" cartographer, except Flanders seemed to be overrun with first rate cartographers in the 16th century (Gemma Frisius, Abraham Ortelius... stiff competition), perhaps because mapping their territory was extremely challenging, what with the floods and the succeeding armies... I don't even know how they managed to keep track of whether they were (bizarrely) part of Spain, or the Holy Roman Empire or what. Mercator himself had to be on the ball as his tendencies ran to the Protestant end of the spectrum.

What made Mercator a contender for "The" cartographer, was in fact his abilities as a mathematician -and like those of us scientists who feel compelled also to create art, he was wasn't hindered by his immense ability as an engraver. He produced beautiful world maps (a version of which is depicted in this print), globes, but his name has gone down in history for the Mercator Projection. The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection which became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course, known as rhumb lines or loxodromes (loxodromes! there's a word for 'ya), as straight segments. While the linear scale is constant in all directions around any point, thus preserving the angles and the shapes of small objects (which makes the projection conformal), the Mercator projection distorts the size and shape of large objects, as the scale increases from the Equator to the poles, where it becomes infinite.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / seahorse and radiolarians pillow on: November 27, 2008 09:59:44 AM
This is a pillow I made this week. It is a patchwork of fabrics, a couple of which I block printed with a seahorse block and a radiolarians on silk (microbes in the ocean, inspired by Ernst Haeckel's Artforms in Nature):

the back is printed cotton, ultrasuede and woven silk:

It's all about the jewel tones. Wink

Hope you like it....
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Copernicus- Lino block print on: September 04, 2008 11:54:43 AM
This is Copernicus and his planetary system:

Copernicus is shown in green with a lily of the valley, the standard Renaissance symbol to indicate a medical doctor, since like most proto-scientists, or 'philosophers' (doctors of philosophy) he learned his astronomy incidentally, since astrology was considered a vital diagnostic tool for medicine. His planetary model is shown as he conceived it in gold. Using the ancient Greek and Roman symbols, the heliocentric solar system has the following planets: Mercury (the fleet-footed messenger with his serpents and staff, the caduceus), Venus (goddess of beauty - the mirror, like an ankh), Earth (4 cardinal directions), Mars (spear and shield), Jupiter (thunderbolt) and Saturn (the scythe of Time). The outer planets had yet to be discovered. Beyond Saturn, he envisioned the sphere of the "fixed stars".

Here are the two blocks I carved:


I like how he turned out, so I thought I'd share.  Grin
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