Tuesday, April 8, 2008


(World Beat Music, © James Plakovic -- click on image to see larger version, click on link to purchase print)

My friend Kathy Plakovic, local nurse practitioner extraordinaire and the person who's vetted the medical questions in my novel Ginny Bates, is married to a really unique artist, Jim Plakovic. Jim is able to combine musical composition and art to create canvases which show an image created from musical notes which can actually be played, a piece of music which relates to the image. He was featured last week with the above "map" at Strange Maps. I LOVE his stuff. Also, Jim chose to stay home and keep house when their daughter was born, and he carries the title of Honorary Lesbian here in Austin (for other private reasons). A spectacular guy, all round.

For artists and historians, from Boing Boing: A video answering the question What Did Da Vinci Look Like?

"Siegfried Woldhek knows faces -- he's drawn more than 1,100 of them. Using sophisticated image analysis and his own skills as an artist, he's come up with a fascinating discovery about Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci's life and work is well known -- but his own face is not. Woldhek used some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo. Here, he walks viewers through exactly how he did it."

(Anatomically correct fabric brain art by Marjorie Taylor)

For textile and anatomy fans, from The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art, "Inspired by research from neuroscience, dissection and neuroeconomics, our current exhibition features three quilts with functional images from PET and fMRI scanning, a knitted brain, and two fabric pieces interpreting single neuron recording. Techniques used include quilting, applique, embroidery, beadwork, knitting, and crocheting. Materials include fabric, yarn, metallic threads, electronic components such as magnetic core memory, and wire, zippers, and beads."

For web site geeks, in Design Coding, The Poetic Prophet (a.k.a. The SEO Rapper) raps about web standards and proper design can affect the ranking and conversion of pages on your site.

(Photo © by Jill Posener)

The Art Law Blog covers exactly what you'd think it covers, law as it relates to art. Lots of interesting articles and updates.

1 comment:

Liza Cowan said...

wow. Maggie, those were all so fascinating. Thanks!