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  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:00
    Making Crazy LED Cuffs in Canada #WearableWednesday

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    Makers in Canada recently tried their hands at e-textiles at UnLondon’s UnLab. The project of the day was to create an LED cuff using fun fabrics like paisley felt (yes, there is such a thing!) and fake fur. Led by Leslie Birch, makers learned about conductive thread, blinking LEDs and sewable battery holders, using our Beginner LED Sewing Kit. They also were introduced to the idea of microcontrollers like FLORA, for controlling LEDs and sensors for soft circuit projects. The class was a mix of ages and backgrounds, including library sci, sewing, electronics, fashion design, jewelry and even toy making. For some, it was the first time touching electronics, but once LEDs started to glow, everyone was excited.

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    Some were very inspired by the faux fur and created “Ewok” style cuffs. Leslie was excited by the fabric choices because they were fun, but practical for beginners.

    Fur, like felt, is a nice choice for this project because it doesn’t fray much. It will shed a bit when first cut, but then it settles. It works best making the stitches on the wrong side, so you can clearly see where things are going. Most beginners in soft circuits don’t want to spend time turning edges under on fabrics like cotton; they want to get straight to the design process and get their electronics up and running. These fabrics are perfect for that, and smiles are pretty instantaneous.

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    Discussion of snaps, zippers and other fasteners used as switches opened up the door for some participants. One of the more advanced sewers, Sarah, was already inspired to do another project.

    I am going to use the second half of the kit to add an LED into an UnLab Hoodie. I am going to applique the logo onto the back with UnLab, and Unlondon.ca underneath it. I am going to use the LED as the “.” in the “.ca” . My plan is to make a switch circuit using snaps, so that the LED is completely removable for washing. I’ll make some sort of pocket at that spot and have the LED push through a stitched hole in the back. Then, once it snaps into place, the LED will come on.

    Sarah was also dreaming up ways to use fusible webbing to make iron-on circuits for clothing. She envisioned not having to stitch the conductive thread in place, but merely have it lay on the fabric — pretty creative stuff!

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    Every class has someone that wants to go rogue, and this one was no exception. One maker, Fred, wanted to have a retro style t-shirt glow. However, t-shirts present special issues according to Leslie.

    T-shirt fabric is stretchable, especially when pulling it over your head. The neckline band is ribbed to allow that movement. However, conductive thread doesn’t have this mobility. So, stitches on this fabric tend to pucker and can possibly break. What was cool about Fred, is that he dove right in to create a work-around. He cut the image off of the t-shirt and created a patch to go behind it with the LEDs. With some simple basting stitches he can attach this image and patch to the back of a jacket. There you have it, cool geek wear.

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    Everyone was encouraged to continue the experimentation and to document their future work. So, we are expecting to see some pretty cool projects in the future for our blog. What about you?  Do these pics have you soft circuit curious yet? Get started with our awesome tutorial for sewing LEDs and stitch your own blinky stuff — like these cool hair bows.

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    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 06:00
    This uniform makes soldiers’ body heat invisible to enemies #WearableWednesday

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    Mashable has the story on this interesting new development in thermal camouflage.

    American soldiers may soon be able to hide their body heat from any enemy who uses a thermal imaging device to find them. A new turkey suit breaks up heat waves that wash off a person’s body so the pattern of those waves blend in with the heat waves of the surrounding environment.

    It’s thermal camouflage.

    Tracking body heat requires a thermal imaging sensor, a gadget that can take the form of a range of devices, including binoculars. The ability especially comes in handy at night when conventional eyesight is poor in the dark. Thermal imaging has traditionally given the United States military a huge advantage in the dark, largely because most opposing forces couldn’t afford the technology.

    But now, any ragtag group of insurgents can purchase a heat sensor online for cheap or just download a thermal imaging app. This is why the new uniforms, called Nemesis turkey suits, might become important tools for any soldiers that takes part in night operations.

    People emanate warm waves in the shape of their bodies, so it’s easy for a person with proper equipment to identify a person in a forest or brush.

    An average thermal sensor can detect body heat around 5,000 feet away, or from a distance of about 16.5 football fields. But if someone is shrouded in the turkey suit, the sensor won’t pick up anything, said Margaret Kearney, the manager of government and military products for garment manufacturer Raven Aerostar, the company behind the turkey suit. “[The suit] dramatically reduces that 5,000 foot range,” she added.

    Though anyone can buy a suit directly through Raven Aerostar or the U.S. General Services Administration, the military is only in the early stages of testing them. Raven Aerostar hopes the suits become a common fixture among U.S. soldiers within five years, but an army spokesperson told Mashable the two organizations haven’t agreed to a contract yet.

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    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 23:00
    Cool Down with This Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero Costume

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    Many of Mortal Kombat’s characters are memorable and popular, and Sub-Zero is no exception. He’s got a cool look and chilly powers. Cosplayer Lady Annaka has always wanted to portray a character from the game, and Sub-Zero has been her lifelong favorite. She adapted his ensemble beautifully and even though special effects made the photos look wicked, the costume also looks cool without any manipulations. Annaka told Geek x Girls the following about making the costume:

    I made the whole costume myself, except for the leotard I got off of Amazon. It took me a month to create the whole costume, including the mask, and all of the armor with Worbla and Eva foam. I couldn’t be Sub-Zero without his epic fatality move, so of course I added a skull with the spinal cord prop I found on Amazon, and just painted red for the blood and I even made a little Scorpion mask for it as well! I also made a really cool ice ball prop with LED lights image to look cool on pictures as well to have fun with. This is by far one of my favorite cosplays I have done and made.

    via Geek x Girls, photo by Adam Samaz

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 21:54
    NEW PRODUCT – Panel Mount RCA (Composite Video, Audio) Cable

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    NEW PRODUCT – Panel Mount RCA (Composite Video, Audio) Cable: This handy Panel Mount RCA Cable is perfect for component/composite video and audio and perfect for connecting our Raspberry Pi to RCA component/composite screens.

    This cable comes with two nice RCA connectors and has two mounting screws 20mm apart.

    The cable is 264mm / 10.4″ long.

    In stock and shipping now!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 21:00
    BeagleBone Black GPIO interactive map #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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    BeagleBone Black GPIO interactive map from Le blog d’Eskimon.

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    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kitsEach Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 20:00
    This Light Installation from United Visual Artists is their Most Dazzling Work Yet #arttuesday

    Momentum, a new exhibit from UVA, alters your perception of time and space by working with light and sound, from wired.

    Manipulating light and sound is typically a job for physicists, but every so often it’s best left to artists. To be fair, what United Visual Artists does isn’t physics exactly, but it’s pretty damn close. You can think of the London-based design collective’s work as artistic manifestation of all those brainy principles you learned back in high school. There are no head-scratching equations and formulas involved–at least none that are outwardly visible–but it’s not hard to see that UVA is adept at bending space and time.

    Walk into the Curve Gallery at the Barbican in London, and you’ll see how. Behind the museum’s concert hall is a narrow, curved room about 90 meters long. For its most recent exhibition, Momentum, UVA has transformed the space into an alternate universe where the normal rules of light and sound don’t apply.

    “With Momentum, what we’re really trying to achieve is to make you feel a different way,” explains Matt Clark, one of UVA’s founders. The sensation is created by 12 mechanical pendulums that swing down from the ceiling. These mechanisms move in four different patterns, casting hypnotizing lights and shadows through the gallery and emitting strange sounds from their built-in speakers.

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  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 19:00
    This rare book opens 6 different ways to reveal 6 different books #ArtTuesday

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    This is one of the coolest versions of book binding that we’ve ever seen! Via Visual News.

    Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading.

    The book, which comes from the Rogge Library in Strängnäs, features devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s (including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus). Each of the books is held closed with its own ornate metal clasp, and was probably far more decorative than useful. Just imagine finding where you left off! See more images of this book and other rare examples on the National Library of Sweden’s Flickr page.

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  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 18:36
    REMINDER: Tomorrow/Wed at 8pm ET @PopMech’s @jbeilinson on @adafruit’s ‘Ask An Engineer’ webcast @HearstCorp

    See you there!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 18:00
    Pamela McCauley Bush will host STEM event at MIT this Thursday #makereducation

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    Pamela Bush will host True Diversity: A Multiplier in Global STEM Innovation this Thursday April 3 at MIT, from MIT News.

    On Thursday, April 3, Pamela McCauley Bush, former Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, will visit the MIT campus to present “True Diversity: A Multiplier in Global STEM Innovation.” The event, hosted jointly by the Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals; Technology and Policy Program; and Sociotechnical Systems Research Center will take place at 4 p.m. in Building 1-190.

    Bush will address the critical importance of holistic diversity in STEM education, leadership, and innovation. She will present statistics, best practices, and practical examples to validate the impact of incorporating diversity into organizations. She will also offer implementable strategies for communities, organizations, and individuals to integrate diversity and achieve optimal outcomes for the next generation of global innovators.

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 17:00
    Setting VNC access on your BeagleBone Black #BeagleBoneBlack @TXInstruments @BeagleBoardOrg

    YouTube user Sorin Vatasoiu shows us how to access Linux from the Beaglebone Black using a single USB cable and a VNC client.


    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kitsEach Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here at Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:28
    Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd

    “Science is about what is. Engineering is about what CAN be.” A Nerd’s Manifesto by the First Man on the Moon.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:02
    Xenomorph Made From Everyday Household Objects

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    Though it’s great to be able to work with materials such as Worbla and metal, you can use everyday items to build incredible costumes. This xenomorph from Alien, for example, was built fom a variety of objects Peter Kokis tracked down here and there. He spent 450 hours cobbling bits and pieces together into this super impressive alien. What did he use? Here are some of the Xenomorph’s parts:

    12 plungers, 10 knife sharpeners, silicone wine glass drain mats(?), lots of coat hooks, 12 pull handles, 2 Halloween decorations, Army boots, toy sword, knee guards, 10 costume ball masks (for their elongated noses), 2 pr. hockey leg guards, hockey helmet, ski goggle lense, football shoulder pads, baseball pants, 45 velcro straps, shinguards, headband, 48 coiled sneaker laces, athletic cup, teeth from a werewolf mask, bottlecap opener, 2 exercise weights, work gloves, lots of ribbed plastic tubing in various diameters, lots of vitamin bottlecaps, and lots and lots of plastic from trashcan bodies & lids…recurring shapes used throughout his body for a consistent effect.

    via Fashionably Geek

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:00
    Artist Ei Wada uses outmoded technologies to create art pieces #ArtTuesday

    In Ei Wada’s latest piece, Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records, watch as tape reels release tape to the bottom of glass columns and then play music as the tape is reversed. via Gizmodo

    Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes—until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with.

    At the Media Arts Festival, the young artist premiered a piece called Toki Ori Ori Nasu—Falling Records: An arrangement of four tall glass columns crowned by tape reels, each slowly leaking black tape that piles up at the bottom of each case, creating almost geological patterns. When the reels are empty, they reverse—and the music they each contain starts to play.

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  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:03
    Line Segments Space – Kimchi and Chips

    An architectural web of threads subtends a null space. It hangs abstract and undefined, a set of thin positive elements segmenting the dark negative space between. Dynamic imaginary forms are articulated into the physical volume by the material of this thread, and the semi-material of the light. The visual gravity of the filaments occupying the space between.

    A 2D canvas is reduced from a surface piece into a line segment, but then constructed into another dimension, a volume. Light creates contrast and order on the lines to articulate digital matter. Digital forms inhabit the interconnected boundaries of space, becoming incarnate as visual mass.

    The artists reference Picasso’s light painting, and Reticuláreas of Gego who’s work offers a contemplation of the material and immaterial, time and space, origin and encounter and art and technology.

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 15:00
    Wu-Tang Rapper GZA Delivers TED Talk About Science Education #makereducation

    Rapper GZA of Wu-Tang Clan promotes science education in this awesome TED Talk, from Time.

    “Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green?”

    The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, a.k.a “The Genius,” a.k.a. Gary Grice just gave a TEDxTeen Talk as the latest viral address in his campaign “to provide a model for students to communicate the information learned from their science teachers.”

    As Wu-Tang’s dozen or so active members are busy finishing the iconically absurdist rap group’s 20th anniversary reunion album, it just so happens that GZA is also leading Science Genius, an “urban science initiative” that he cofounded with Rap Genius and Christopher Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College. The project weaves lyricism and artistic conception into the science curricula of 10 public New York City high school classrooms.

    While many musical artists are known to promote public funding of arts education, GZA and his bandmates have long been obsessed with the many mind-blowing phenomena of the universe. “Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green?” he asks. “Why is metal a conductor of electricity, and wood is not; but you’re more likely to be struck by lightning when standing under a tree?”

    “These are questions that require science to answer.”

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 14:50
    Can we design machines to automate ethics?

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    Can we design machines to automate ethics? by Tom Chatfield @ Aeon.

    For the French philosopher Paul Virilio, technological development is inextricable from the idea of the accident. As he put it, each accident is ‘an inverted miracle… When you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck; when you invent the plane, you also invent the plane crash; and when you invent electricity, you invent electrocution.’ Accidents mark the spots where anticipation met reality and came off worse. Yet each is also a spark of secular revelation: an opportunity to exceed the past, to make tomorrow’s worst better than today’s, and on occasion to promise ‘never again’.

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  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 14:29
    REMINDER: HARDWARE HANGOUT with Brady Forrest TONIGHT Tuesday 7pm ET 4/1/14 #makerbusiness @brady @highway1io @PCH_Intl #Hardware #startup #incubator

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    Come meet and ask questions on our next HARDWARE HANGOUT with Brady Forrest. Brady runs Highway1 and helps shepherd startups of all backgrounds into their Accelerator program. He also co-founded Ignite – a geek event which has spread to over a hundred cities worldwide.. PCH is a large supply chain management company with primary operations in Shenzhen. It ships $10B of product annually. Highway1 helps you get your prototype ready for market. Based in SF, they are a four month program & currently hosting 11 companies – primarily consumer. The next class runs Mar-Jun. More about Brady – he is Vice President at Highway1, PCH International’s incubator program. A prolific speaker and maker on the geek scene, Brady can be found at speaking engagements around the world, inventing new forms of transportation at Burning Man, or creating in the Highway1 San Francisco workshop. Additionally, Brady writes for O’Reilly Radar, tracking changes in technology.

    Things we’ll be asking!

    • When/if makers should crowdfund?
    • When do you hire certain roles?
    • What are the hidden gotchas?
    • When/should you go to China?
    • How?
    • The role of opensource

    Post your questions here, on G+, join live and more!. Click here for the Google+ Hangout page (you can start asking your questions now too).

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 14:05
    High Voltage Image Making by Phillip Stearns @pixelform

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    High Voltage Image Making by Phillip Stearns.

    A project exploring the use of electrical discharge as a means of creating images in photographic media. High Voltage Image Making is a developing body of work that started with the Retinal Pigment Epithelium and Other Vision Technologies, Real or Otherwise Imagined and has grown to include Polaroid Type 55 @ 15KV. The project explores and extends the expressive capacity of instant photographic film technology beyond its ability to capture images of the world through the application of high voltage and various chemical agents. These treatments approach the film technology as a recording media, capable of creating images from physical, electrical, and chemical transformations. The project takes its cues from artists such as Man Ray (photogram), Pierre Cordier (chemigram), Marco Breuer (scratched expose and developed c-prints), Chris McCaw (sunburned prints) and Hiroshi Sugimoto (static discharges on photopaper).

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 14:00
    Students Create A Motor Control Shield For Self Balancing Robots #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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    Students from UC San Diego create a motor control shield for Beaglebone Black. via Make

    A group of students from The University of California, San Diego created a motor control shield for the BeagleBone Black. The shield can be used in projects like self-balancing vehicles (as shown in the video above), drones, or robots. Amy Szeto from Texas Instruments was demoing the board on the floor of International CES 2014 along with a few other maker-friendly products.

    “When WowWee approached the lab we looked at a number of different things we could do with them. One of the things that came up was what is now MiP. I took lead on the development of the first prototype, which was Arduino-based. I did all the programming, the electrical and the design work. This was about a year and a half ago. I then have been working with WowWee on the production model, teaching them how balancing works, helping them get all the right components together, making sure it has good balancing performance with the low cost toy-grade components and that the toy hits a great price point.

    Once we were working towards getting the production version’s details together, my professor wanted to start on the educational side of things. With all the work that was done on MiP, we had a much better understanding of what needed to be done to make a small Segway-like vehicle that hit a low price point. So my professor, Thomas Bewley, one other PhD student, Nick Morozovsky, and I started work on the first educational MiP called MyMiP. Much of what I had done for MiP went into MyMip. And we ended up successfully teaching the first hands on controls course based around MiP.

    Some time later after the completion of the course, we began to look at what we wanted to do for next year’s course. It was at this time that we made the decision to pursue the BeagleBone Black as I had taken Arduino to its limits to do MiP. We wanted students to be able to do more after the class then just get a mobile inverted pendulum balancing. We wanted them to be able to start adding some level of autonomy. For this new project, James Strawson, a new PhD in lab at the time, took lead. James went ahead and took the educational MiP to the next level resulting in BeagleMip.”

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    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kitsEach Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:00
    Macro Shots Of An Insects Wings #ArtTuesday

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    The beauty of macro butterfly wings by linden gledhill

    biochemist and photographer linden gledhill has captured a mesmerizing series of images which study the structure of butterfly and moth wings. using various levels of magnification, the macro shots zoom in on what is an incredible and kaleidoscopic visual: the intricacy and delicacy of insects’ wings. specimens of varying species and physical characteristics are collected, documented and later photographed using an automated macro focusing rail. forming an iridescent quilt, the scales layer in depth, volume and chroma, shimmering and glittering in a multidimensional composition. at the range of enlargement gledhill shoots the images at, they are near impossible to recognize as the physical characteristics of the flying species, but instead transform into dazzling perspectives on a part of the natural world.

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