• Can we please talk about the amazingness of vintage scientific charts and prints as wall art? It’s long been my intention to turn my entire house into a cabinet of curiosities (I think I might be Tim Burton’s long-lost love child) and I’m so excited to be building up a library of images to eventually have printed to frame and tack up all over the place.

    A well-placed botanical or anatomical or zoological vintage print – the sort our teachers used to pull down at the front of the class to teach us about rhizomes and the skeletal system and the process of pollination – have long been hot in interiors and it’s obvious to see why. Their detailed, old-school illustration style, gorgeous colouring and engaging content make for the perfect decorative addition to any space from kitchen to living room, be your interior decorating style posh or hipster, low-key family friendly or creative urban singleton. They also look great grouped together as two or more from a series, or as an eclectic mash-up of different sizes and subject matters and provenances. I’m keen on both framed and unframed posters (tacked up with washi tape is still a fab way to get some insta-art on your walls without spending a fortune). There are online resources where you can download free images as well as online stores with divine prints to buy. Here’s a mini list of shopping and free online sources if you want to get the look for yourself.

    For Vintage Prints Try…

    Mighty Vintage on Etsy
    Curious Prints
    Wallography 
    * Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) botanical illustrations
    * Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) vintage insect illustrations
    * Click on this link to Bing and you should end up on a page with free-to-use (for personal printing) vintage anatomy illustrations
    * All Posters have a good selection (just do a search on what you’re keen on) and having ordered from them before, can recommend their services
    Typo occasionally have reproduction vintage charts and maps
    This book as well as this one are on my radar… To get hold of and them carefully disassemble in order to tack the pages up on the wall, of course…

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  • 5 Comments to “Science Lessons”

    1. Colleen on

      Some lovely stuff

    2. Rose on

      OH MY WORD – I have been in love with the Botanical Prints since I started in this business all that time ago. Especially those with the dark background. Back then they were hot stuff, then disappeared and thank goodness – made a comeback of sorts. I won’t do the reptile and beetle thing though. But that said – I have really struggled to get my hands on these prints locally for some of my projects. There used to be an art shop in Wolfe Street, Wynberg that had them. So, any local suppliers info would be invaluable to me.

    3. Rose on

      Oh – sorry – just seen your Bing links. That has so made my day. Thank you.

    4. Linda d'Holt-Hackner on

      Ravishing! Desperately looking around the house to see where I might place one of these gorgeous images :))

    5. Ria on

      Wow, every one of these prints are I Want able! Thanks for the post , such a great feast for our eyes.

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