Pages from THE MIRA CALLIGRAPHIAE MONUMENTA
The Tree Huggers - Illustration
Amrita Devi and her daughters gave their lives to protect trees near their Rajasthan home in a confrontation with tree cutters in 1730AD. The Bishnois people are considered among the earliest conservationists in the world.
Viva la Vida - Kris Tate Illustrations
The Voynich manuscript is the most mysterious of all texts. It is seven by ten inches in size, and about 200 pages long. It is made of soft, light-brown vellum. It is written in a flowing cursive script in alphabet that has never been seen elsewhere. Nobody knows what it means. During World War II some of the top military code-breakers in America tried to decipher it, but failed. A professor at the University of Pennsylvania seems to have gone insane trying to figure it out. Though the manuscript was found in Italy, statistical analyses show the text is completely different in character from any European language.
The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The book has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance. The manuscript is named after Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish book dealer who purchased it in 1912.
The pages of the codex are vellum. Some of the pages are missing, but about 240 remain. The text is written from left to right, and most of the pages have illustrations or diagrams.
The Voynich manuscript has been studied by many professional and amateur cryptographers, including American and British codebreakers from both World War I and World War II. No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. None of the many hypotheses proposed over the last hundred years has yet been independently verified. Many people have speculated that the writing might be nonsense.
Instagram continues to pave the way for innovative artists like graphic designer Javier Pérez, who regularly adds to his playful series entitled Instagram Experiments.
Luis Gomez aka Obscure Design is a new media collage artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. The man has a fresh, colorful, and controversial approach to our media driven society.
HH: I really am drawn to his work and very much enjoy collages.
Postcards designed by Alphonse Mucha
Nature’s Headdresses - Illustrations by Casey Weldon ~
Casey Weldon was born in southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After a brief time running his own studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, He relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where he now lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist.
Maria Sibylla Merian: Insects of Surinam
Set of Illustrations from Andreas Preis