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Folk-Inspired Florals Find an Unexpected Fusion with Science

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Fus­ing folk art with the Lat­in names of men and beasts, illus­tra­tor Sarah Wal­sh has pro­duced a col­or­ful series called Folk Sci­ence. She’s tak­en eight subjects—from rab­bits to lions to a guy with a healthy beard—and dec­o­rat­ed their bod­ies with flo­rals. In every paint­ing, Sarah includes a hand let­tered label with their sci­en­tific moniker—creating an unlike­ly fusion of the two worlds.

Explain­ing Folk Sci­ence, Sarah writes, “Folk Sci­ence is mag­ic. It’s wonder…It’s root­ed in the salt of the earth, the ele­ments and the angles of destiny…It’s the things that we can’t explain but yet delight & com­fort us.” The whole series is avail­able through Etsy. Also, while you’re at it, treat yo self to this pil­low. I have in my stu­dio and it is the best.

Sarah is also on Insta­gram and a total delight. Fol­low her to see what she’s work­ing on; it’s how I found out about this charm­ing series in the first place.

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folk science

folk science

folk science illustration

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Sarah Walsh 'Folk Science'

Sarah Walsh 'Folk Science'

Sarah Walsh 'Folk Science'