Inspiring Radiographs

I’ve been working on katazome for the upcoming Art at St. Kate’s show on July 25th. Meanwhile I want to share a few amazing images sent to me by my brother Joe, who is an anatomy professor and ichthyologist. He aptured these images of sea creatures and garden flowers in the lab using soft radiographic (x-ray) technology. In his words, “soft radiographic imaging (X-rays produced at low kilovoltage) can be used to document differences in structural density in a variety of organisms. When used in conjunction with extremely fine grained film, it is especially well suited to displaying details in vertebrae bone, invertebrate exoskeletons and the leaves and flowers of plants. Conventional high voltage X-ray technology is not capable of producing such highly resolved images.”

Seahorse
Seahorse
Skate
Skate/Ray
Monarda
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Thistle
Thistle

 

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Rain King

Preoccupied with our need for rain (we were 10 inches below average rainfall by the end of May), I decided to draw my favorite sprinkler, the Rain King. I need/want to draw more for the sheer joy of it and because my textile process is so long from start to finish that I crave the more immediate gratification of drawing. It is such an interesting object that I know I will draw it again. Coincidentally, we’ve had several rainy days since June 4th, the day I sketched this.

Rain King, vintage sprinkler. Cast iron and made in Chicago!
Rain King, vintage sprinkler. Cast iron and steel, made in Chicago!

June 6, D-day, B-day

My mother’s brother Joseph William Thornton enlisted in the 82nd Airborne, 505th PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) when he was 19 years old. He jumped into Normandy on June 16, 1944, according to the Purple Heart presented to my grandparents. My mother used to talk about how Joe loved the woods of Michigan’s upper peninsula where he would go camping with his best friend, and about how he wouldn’t shoot a deer, though his buddies were hunters. She said that the song of the Mourning Dove always reminded her of Joe. Since mom connected the memory of Joe with the dove, I always think of him when I hear that soft, mournful coo, most prevalent here in early June.

Joseph W. Thornton
Joseph W. Thornton
by Joe, November 15, 1934
by Joe, November 15, 1934

44 years later, my son Ross was born on June 6th, 3 weeks ahead of his due date, his birth reinforcing that this date will never be just an average day to me! He turns 21 today, a fine young man making his way in the world!

Ross on Quilt
Ross on Quilt

zzzzzzzz…….

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