Modern Naturalis

07_JemimaWedderburnBlackburn_smJemima Wedderburn Blackburn
02_MarianSarahOgilvieFarquharson_smMarian Sarah Ogilvie Farquharson
03_EleanorAnneOrmerod_smEleanor Anne Ormerod
09_MurielFoster_smallerMuriel Foster
11_TherezaMaryDillwynLlewelyn_smThereza Mary Dillwyn Llewelyn
12_MargaretFountaine_smMargaret Fountaine
14_LydiaErnestineBecker_smLydia Ernestine Becker
15_MaryFairfaxSomerville_smMary Fairfax Somerville
16_EmmaWallington_smEmma Wallington
19_ElizabethGould_smElizabeth Gould (Coxen)
01_AnnaAtkins_smAnna Atkins
04_MaryAnning_smMary Anning
05_EmilyShore_smEmily Shore
06_ArabellaBurtonBuckley_smArabella Burton Buckley
10_MariaSibyllaMerian_smMaria Sibylla Merian
13_BeatrixPotter_smBeatrix Potter
17_MarianneNorth_smMarianne North
18_SarahBowdichLee_smSarah Bowdich Lee
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Modern Naturalis is about looking at the world with wonder. Inspired by the Do-It-Yourself attitude that was rampant among early female naturalists I hacked a webcam into a microscope to explore my surroundings.

My D.I.Y forays into the microcosmic manifest as this series of collages which aim to encourage engagement with the natural world from a different perspective. The importance of observing, of looking closely and slowly, is highlighted in a new video piece (here).

By embracing my amateurism I hope to inspire others to feel confident enough to do the same. I have produced a free zine that gives advice on making your own microscopes and invites us all to consider our impact on the environment. I believe that our considerations of ecology involve technology, community and above all a willingness to explore, try, fail, learn, and inspire.

The Modern Naturalis tumblr is here
The readable zine and printable zine (double sided, short edge bind).

This project was supported by The SMART Gallery.