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by Kate Solbakk
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Our spiral notebooks are 6" x 8" in size and include 120 pages which are lined on both sides. The artwork is printed on the front cover which is made of thick paper stock, and the back cover is medium gray in color. The inside of the back cover includes a pocket for storing extra paper and pens.
A ciliate called Loxophyllum meleagris is being attacked by a much smaller ciliate called Lacrymaria olor. L. olor has a long “neck” which can... more
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A ciliate called Loxophyllum meleagris is being attacked by a much smaller ciliate called Lacrymaria olor. L. olor has a long “neck” which can extend to many times the length of the cell body, and in this case it managed to snag Loxophyllum and tear open a large hole in the cell. This drawing was inspired by an amazing microscope video captured by James Weiss. Incredibly, the cell managed to recover and completely heal from the attack within an hour.
My goal is to inspire curiosity by imagining how microscopic creatures might look if we could see them in their natural habitats, and view them as amazing wildlife rather than "specimens" in a laboratory. Many of us are unsettled by the thought of invisible microscopic life forms all around us, so I try to balance the "ick factor" by showing that these creatures can be beautiful. The microscopic world is truly fantastic and offers a lot of inspiration for fantasy themes, which you will see in some of my more playful work like the hookah-smoking tardigrade inspired by the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. I hope my art can help bring us a little bit closer to the mysterious world of microbiology that is the foundation for all our...
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