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Thanks to everyone who has stopped by sakurasnow this year, and for your fun, supportive, inspiring comments. And thanks to all of you who have bought my prints ‘n things over at Etsy – I’m humbled, honoured, and grateful. You guys rock!

I’ll be closing my Etsy shop for the rest of 2012 at the end of tomorrow (Friday 7 Dec), so if you’re still hunting for the perfect gift for the trickier members of your gift-giving circle head over to my shop before Friday ends (everywhere in the world) and you might find just the thing for…

the beachcomber

part of 'An amateur naturalist's specimen collection'

the entomologistand the larva-lover

part of 'An amateur naturalist's specimen collection'

the collector

'Curiosity Cabinet' creatures

the cephalopod-o-phile

'Octopus & Anemones'

the ornithologist

'Owl in Oak'

and the panthera pal

'Panthera Pair' - 100% donation to Panthera wild cat conservation group when you purchase this print

… in your life.

100% of the ‘Panthera Pair’ print price will be donated to the Panthera wild cat conservation group, and all orders placed (for anything) will receive* a couple of kirigami snowflake cards as a thank you.

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* while stocks last ;)
In the unlikely event that stocks don’t last I’ll send some specimen collection cards instead.

I cannot resist a natural history museum, but visiting one is always a very conflicted experience for me*. On the one hand I’m filled with awe and wonder at the beauty, diversity and downright magnificent strangeness of nature, and on the other hand I’m wholly overwhelmed by the collective weight of all those dead creatures – thousands upon thousands skinned, stacked, bottled, tagged, pinned, preserved, shellacked and mounted for our edification and viewing pleasure.

My experience at Vienna’s Naturhistorisches Museum was no different. Complete and utter absorption coupled with a persistent and unshakeable sense of loss…

In our endless search for answers we’ve got a lot to answer for.

sunfish, inside and out
(A beautiful sunfish skeleton photo, taken by Lewis Carroll in 1857,
can be found here)

* I’ve recently started reading Stephen T. Asma’s ‘Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture of Natural History Museums‘, and am hoping this will shed some more light on the whys and wherefores of the very polar responses I (we?) have to natural history museums.

some of my work, available on etsy
support worldwide wild cat conservation

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
Venetian grafica, part II - #venice #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #vermeer #scubamask #architecturalsculpture #stonework #pinecone #water #reflections #canals #seaweed #shrine #jesus #lion #planetearth #strongman #flare #emergency #climatechange #pattern #texture #colour #art - Credits: The ‘woman in scuba mask’ street art is by Blub, based on Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ c.1665. Other artist’s unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
The only thing crazier than one one-lunged-wonder is two one-lunged-wonders! - #grayson #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #ThinGreyDuke #GraysonTheGreat #doppelgänger #doublevision #tightsqueeze #thecrazies #grey #cat #greeneyes #darkroom #blackoutcurtain #window #reflection #russianblue #catsofinstagram #catsofholland
Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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