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Stories by Kalliopi Monoyios

A Delicate Army of Franken-Fairies

When tallying up a list of materials to use in assembling delicate fairy sculptures, bug parts might not be first on your average list. But for sculptor Cedric Laquieze, who is fascinated with organic materials and a natural aesthetic, they are the perfect choice.

September 16, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Paper Dragons Redefine an Ancient Art

Paper cutting as an art form is almost as old as paper itself. Traditionally, though, paper cuts are 2-dimensional, almost cartoonish depictions of scenes because of the nature of the process: either the paper is there, or it is cut away, leaving the artist with two tones to work with.

September 13, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The Long Shadow of Fungal Networks

The Long Shadow of Fungal Networks

I’ve heard it said that if you removed everything from the forest except for fungi you would still be able to discern outlines of trees and leaves because of the vast fungal networks of pervading everything.

September 9, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Mossy Drops of Water

Mossy Drops of Water

Mineo Mizuno is a sculptor whose fascination with water as a central part of our existence took him on a journey resulting in this stunning series of large-scale moss-covered ceramic discs.

September 8, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Who Illustrates the Murals at Museums?

Who Illustrates the Murals at Museums?

Have you ever wondered who illustrates the murals at our beloved museums, zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens? Marjorie Leggitt is one such person.

September 5, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
If We Could Walk Through Each Others’ Thoughts

If We Could Walk Through Each Others’ Thoughts

If we could walk through each others’ thoughts, what would they look like? Tangled gardens overgrown with living, growing ideas, each competing for space as they reach for the sun?

September 3, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
This Image is Not Photoshopped

This Image is Not Photoshopped

It would be easy enough to photoshop a geometric pattern onto an image of a waterfall, and if that was how this image had been created I would still have nodded in appreciation of the originality and execution.

September 2, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

ScienceArt Exhibits Through September and Beyond

The inside scoop on the best science art exhibitions around the country: EXHIBITS: NORTHEAST REGION LIFE: Magnified June – November 2014 Gateway Gallery Between Concourse C and the AeroTrain C-Gates station Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C.

August 29, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
A Genome is Not a Blueprint

A Genome is Not a Blueprint

Image: 1936 Joy Oil gas station blueprints (top); sequence from human chromosome 1 (bottom). Source: from A Monkey’s Blueprint by Martin Krzywinski on SA Visual When artist Martin Krzywinski was challenged to come up with a graphic that quickly and concisely shows how the human genome is more similar to chimpanzee and bonobo genomes than [...]

August 27, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
SciArt Destinations: The Paleolithic Caves of Cantabria, Spain

SciArt Destinations: The Paleolithic Caves of Cantabria, Spain

Think of the last time you were in the presence of something really old. Was it a cherished possession of one of your family members? Was it a used book or antique that spoke to you from a dusty hole-in-the-wall shop?

August 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Graphic Guides to Ebola from the Epicenter and Abroad

The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa continues to make the news as more cases are reported and casualties rise. A common thread in reporting is the difficulty in communicating accurate information to combat the spread of the virus when communities are gripped with fear and misinformation spreads as quickly as the virus itself.

August 8, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Dr. Fist-Bump

Dr. Fist-Bump

Image Credit: Ghareeb et al. (2013), Journal of Hospital Infection Source: Fist Bumps for Germophobes by Christina Agapakis on Oscillator The thought of outlawing handshakes and making fist bumps mandatory for hospital employees might strike you as rather amusing.

August 7, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists

Copyright Crash-Course for Visual Artists

Understanding copyright law is essential for visual artists. At the Guild of Natural Science Illustrator’s conference last week in Boulder, CO Viva Moffat ran a workshop on contracts and copyright which was packed to the gills.

July 23, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Guinness-Busting Bug

Guinness-Busting Bug

Credit: China News Service/Zhong Xin Source: Bec Crew’s Largest aquatic insect in the world found in China on Running Ponies Remember the Guinness Book of World Records?

July 23, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Science on a Sphere & Falling in Love Again

Science on a Sphere & Falling in Love Again

This week, the only dedicated science illustration conference in the country is taking place in Boulder, CO. The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’ annual gathering is in full swing and there are fascinating developments to convey.

July 16, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Get Geeked – BoneDusters Paleo Ale is Bottled!

For those of you who have been following the story of Bone Dusters Paleo Ale, the beer made with yeast living on a 35-million-year old whale fossil, there’s exciting news out of Lost Rhino Brewery today.

July 1, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Have a Heart, Kill Your Lawn

Source: Katie McKissick’s Symbiartic post: Don’t Be a Water Jerk. Image © Katie McKissick Few things are more inviting than a flawless green turf, stretching out before you like a luscious green tumbling mat – unless, of course, that lawn is in the Southwestern United States and you are aware of the severity of the [...]

July 1, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

ScienceArt Exhibits Heat Up This Summer

Take a break from the heat this summer to step into some cool galleries exhibiting scienceart. If the exhibits keep pouring in at this rate, I’ll have to split up this post by region.

June 27, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

How Well Will You Age?

When we’re young, we quietly take stock of those around us and reject notions that we will eventually gain weight, deflate, wrinkle and sag.

June 20, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

The Emerging Mosquito

Image Credit: © Alex Wild Source: Recipe For A Photograph #4: The Emerging Mosquito, on Compound Eye As the weather warms and spring marches into summer, mosquito pupae are shedding their skins and emerging from stagnant pools to search for warm mammalian blood.

May 28, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

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