The Diatomist is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.
Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. The Diatomist showcases his incredible work.
The results of some experiments I did with screen printing during the past few days! So happy with the results, you will definitely see more of this kind of stuff in the future!
I’ve spent majority of summer working to briefs and most of the time I cannot post what I’m working on. Last week I was working on a commission and having bought a new scanner I was struggling with the colours. Everything was jarring and I couldn’t make it ok. Here is one of the sketches I made that didn’t work. Luckily I shared my troubles with a friend who basically said You’re trying to put 3000 things into one picture, scale down the amounts of colour and simplify. I did.
We’ve all become locked into staring contests with these awesome paintings by Taiwanese artist Chang Chia-Ying. Really, we can’t look away.