Friday, July 6, 2012


Vesalius on Eosin (2012)
Needlepoint and embroidery on 13 count canvas.
Cotton perle
10.5" x 6.75"

Manipulate an image from Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, give it a tissue sample background of chondrocytes stained with eosin, make the image using needlepoint and embroidery... and there you go.

As far as the Western world is concerned, Vesalius was and is "the Father of Anatomy." Eosin is a tissue stain developed in 1871. The name of this potassium salt of tetrabromofluorescein is derived from the Greek for "morning red."*

* For you trivia buffs, see A Brief Historical Note on Staining by Hematoxylin and Eosin, by D. Friday King, M.D., and Laura A. C. King, M.D. from The American Journal of Dermatopathology.


  1. That's awesome. I can picture you at 12 reading Arnold's work and being super inspired.

  2. Thanks Laura. It's amazing what sticks with us over the years. (And thanks for the (NO)PAIN! plug on the Goddard MFA-IA group site!)