Virus gifts

Looking to give a virus-themed gift to someone this year? Here are some suggestions. As expected Ebola virus dominated. Where are the EV-D68 items?

An Ebola Texas shirt from VineFreshTees:

Ebola Texas

Virus tree ornaments made of wood at BuenoMarket:

tree viruses

Viral mugs at Thefty:

viral mug

Artologica always has fabulous microbe art, including this swine flu watercolor:

swine flu

A favorite last year, Screenology, also has an Ebola virus T shirt:

Ebola virus t shirt

Another favorite from last year, Trilobite Glassworks, went the Ebola virus route with this dish; there is also a brooch:

Ebola dish

For wrapping your gifts, try The Wrap Up Project, where you will find blue, red, or green paper covered with viruses. Proceeds go to St. Mungo’s which provides assistance for homeless people in the United Kingdom.

virus wrap

This is just a small selection of what is out there – check out my Microbe art page for much more. Making beautiful art depicting viruses, bacteria, and other life forms is a great way to make everyone aware of the beauty of science. Please support these very special artists.

Cross-stitched viruses

The latest addition to the Microbe Art gallery here at virology blog is Watty’s Wall Stuff, where you will find beautiful cross-stitched viruses such as influenza virus, rabies virus, human immunodeficiency virus, herpesvirus and more. Here are some examples of Alicia Watkin’s delicate and creative work.

influenza virus

 

bacteriophage T4

There are even bacteria, fungi, and parasites:

E. coli

Aspergillus

Naegleria

And one of my favorite cells of the immune system, dendritic cells:

Dendritic cell

You can even ask Alicia to make a cross-stitch of your favorite microbe. Mine, of course, is poliovirus. You can also purchase the patterns if you’d like to engage in some synthetic virology.

Thanks to Stephen and Jon for making Watty’s Wall Stuff a Listener Pick of the Week on TWiV #278.

Viral gifts

If you are looking for the perfect present for that infectious person in your life, there are many microbe-themed possibilities. Here are some suggestions.

Baltimore scheme t-shirt

Zazzle has a number of science-themed T-shirts, but my favorite is the ‘How well do you know virus classification‘ shirt (pictured) which features none other than the Baltimore scheme. If you don’t know what that is, you need to listen to lecture #3 of my virology course.

petri dish ornament

At Artologica you will find artist Michelle Banks’ original watercolor paintings of viruses and bacteria as well as other wonderful creations like the petri dish ornament above.

herpes shirt

Deb Sklut produces wonderful T-shirts with viruses or bacteria, such as the herpesvirus one depicted above. You can purchase her work at  Screenology. Check out my conversation with Deb for more information about this artist and her work.

influenza virus brooch

Jane Hartman produces very cool glass pieces depicting various viruses and bacteria. You can find her crafts at Trilobite Craftworks. I love the influenza virus brooch pictured above, but there are many, many other riveting creations.

viral wrap

For wrapping your gifts, head over to The Wrap Up Project, where you will find blue, red, or green paper covered with common cold or influenza viruses. Proceeds go to St. Mungo’s which provides assistance for homeless people in the United Kingdom.

This is just a small selection of what is out there – check out my Microbe art page for much more. Making beautiful art depicting viruses, bacteria, and other life forms is a great way to make everyone aware of the beauty of science. Please support these very special artists.

Glass microbes

glass bacteriophageI am always looking for microbe-themed art; I keep a list of my findings at Microbe Art. I’ve just discovered a new artist: Jane Hartman of Trilobite Glassworks. From her website:

Trilobite Glassworks features stained glass and fused glass decorative as well as functional pieces all designed and made by me. I use both traditional art glass as well as recycled bottles and found objects. Trilobites make me smile. I hope my glass creations make you smile.

I work primarily with stained glass and fused glass, though I have dabbled in lamp-working and mosaics as well. In a previous life, I studied paleontology which is where my business name originated (trilobites are extinct marine arthropods).

Some of my favorites include a glass bacteriophage magnet (illustrated), dengue virus brooch, Junin virus magnet, hantavirus magnet, and ebolavirus brooch. There are many more viruses, bacteria, eukaryotes, and other glass objects at Triolbite Glassworks.