Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? Lissa Rankin, MD at TEDxAmericanRiviera


Neuroscience Research: The Man Whose Brain Borrowed Nearby Identities

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

The article, “The Man Whose Brain Borrowed Nearby Identities“, from the Science of Us website, is about a man who:

seemed to “lack a personal sense of identity” and would borrow the identity of whoever happened to be nearby: a hairstylist, an art therapist, and a member of the clergy, to name a few.

It’s a case that’s very similar to the one I’m illustrating from the case study, “A Matter of Identity” from the book that we’re using for our Neuroscience project, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks.

I find both cases fascinating and horrifying at the same time, and it’s a challenge finding some way of interpreting, through art, their chaotic inner worlds, but I do enjoy a good challenge. Do have a peek at the article, and get yourself the book if you like exploring problems of the inner psyche, it’s wonderfully written. Cheers.

Handmade Screenprint Book

I made a book! I’m hooked. Not something I thought I’d enjoy doing, but I loved it. We took the screenprints that we’d made as a class collaboration and got one large sheet each, cut it up according to the golden section (see last post) measurements and then glued the strips together, cut card up for the front and back covers, covered that with more bits from the screenprint, and the result was a gorgeous book that had contributions from each of us in class … a beautiful memento.

I had loads of fun, and am already planning to carry on with making books on my own. Cheers.


The Golden Section

We’ve been exploring the Golden Section (also known as the Golden Ratio or Fibonacci Sequence, or by many other names …) and its proportions in art, so I’ve done a bit of research and thought I’d share, as it’s all quite fascinating. It’s been used in art (Leonardo da Vinci is one of the many names that comes to mind) and architecture through the ages, and is to be found in many instances in nature as well.


“The easiest way to picture the Golden Ratio is by looking at a rectangle with a width of 1, and a length of 1.168… . If you were to draw a line in this plane so that one square and one rectangle resulted, the square’s sides would have the ratio of 1:1. And the “leftover” rectangle? It would be exactly proportionate to the original rectangle: 1:1.618. You could draw another line in this smaller rectangle, again leaving a square and a rectangle whose proportions were 1:1.618. You can keep doing this until you’re left with an indecipherable blob; the ratio continues on in a downward pattern regardless.” (Esaak)

Here’s an image of the Golden Spiral, just click on the image below for more information on it:


If you need a handy little tool that will work out the proportions for you (I most certainly do!), here’s a handy one online: Golden Section Calculator

And finally, here’s a cool video to watch for more information – Composition for Artists, Rule of Thirds and Golden Ratio:



ESAAK, S. Golden Ratio. [Online] Available from:
[Accessed: 17th March 2015].

A PechaKucha Presentation: A Matter of Identity

Rough sketch made half-way through The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.  by Mariana

Rough sketch made after having read the first half of The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.

First of all, what is a PechaKucha? After a bit of digging around, I found out that a PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. here’s the website, so pop over if you’d like to explore it further: PechaKucha.

My brief for the week? To create a PechaKucha presentation based on research we’ve done so far, for our Neuroscience project. In order to help narrow our focus, we were offered a few choices within the broader neuroscience category, and I’ve been exploring one of those options: to illustrate a short story/case study from the brilliant book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, by Oliver Sacks.

I’ve always been fascinated by the subject of self-identity or identity as a whole, so when I started reading “A Matter of Identity”, I was pretty much hooked. Picking it as a great story to focus on (for the moment, as there are a couple of others that are almost as tempting) was a no-brainer, please pardon the really bad pun …

So, to begin with, here’s a magazine-format version of my presentation, that can also be viewed over at ISSUU:

After much contemplation and a bit (just a bit, honest) of swearing, I finally figured how out to create a PechaKucha presentation, over at If you’d like to take a look at it, it’s right here: A Matter of Identity Pecha Kucha. Please keep in mind that it’s the first time I’ve ever done this, so be kind.

Finally (about time, yes, I know), I’ve also placed it into a .pdf that’s right here for anyone to have a look at: A MATTER OF IDENTITY (pdf format). You now have your choice of preferred viewing options, and you’re welcome to take a peek at what I discovered while searching for art and images to accompany certain passages from the text.

By the way, copyright to the images I used in the presentation belongs to their owners, and I am using them solely for the purposes of research, and am neither selling them nor benefiting from them in any financial/commercial way. Links to each of those wonderful artworks are at the bottom of their respective pages. Enjoy. Visit the links and let everyone know how much you appreciate their work.

Have fun. Cheers.

Ceramics Inspiration

Can someone please remind me how time-consuming Pinterest is! I decided to do some research on ceramics and half the day has gone by … the good news is that I’m absolutely and hugely and totally inspired by the fantastically (it’s a superlative kind of day) gorgeous art that is out there. I’ll post just a few of the pieces here but they really don’t do any justice to the amazingly talented ceramic creators and artists I’m discovering.

Anne-Sophie Gilloen: car devant n'est pas toujours dans la même direction

Anne-Sophie Gilloen

Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry


This is just a small teeny taste of what’s out there, and what I’ve been collecting on my Art: Ceramics Board over at Pinterest. If you’d like to take a look at the rest, just click here: Floating Lemons Ceramics at Pinterest.
Have a great time, I’m sure you’ll find something there to inspire you. Cheers.