Influenza Can Be Beautiful

Artist Laura Splan has taken some of the world's deadliest viruses and transfomed them into the most benign of household accesories, the doily. This from Discover:

"Layers of stitches form delicate portraits of pathogens. The genetic material of the virus is depicted in the doily's center, and viral surface proteins appear as protuberances around the edge. The discs retain the dainty grace of an antique armrest cover. Splan says she aims to inspire 'beauty and horror, comfort and discomfort."
Amazing stuff, Laura. via @trixiebrown via Twitter via Utne Reader


  1. These remind me of some work by artist Ingrid Mary Percy.

  2. Do you have a website URL for her?