Bringing the hidden microscopic world to you

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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On Etsy since 2013

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Science is awesome!

What do scientists see under the microscope? They see the micro-world, as beautiful and intriguing as the stars or space. As a scientist I have been privileged enough to use a microscope and see this tiny world and as an artist I want to share scenes from this world through my art. I turned to linocut because it is a similar technique to histology, which is heavily used in anatomical studies. Both techniques require making fine, deliberate cuts to a hard medium to reveal the desired ‘picture’ underneath. Both techniques also require further processing, staining for histology and inking for linocut, before the final product is revealed. Both techniques can also result in exquisitely beautiful images. My art is aimed at both scientists and the public. I use my scientific expertise (I have a PhD in Infection and Immunity) to ensure that my images are for the most part scientifically accurate. I do sometimes take artistic liberties with scale in order to create intriguing compositions. However, I want to reach beyond scientists. I aim to portray the beauty of anatomical structures or the structures of bacteria and viruses and in doing that I hope to start conversations about art and science. I enjoy discussing science and as a science-artist I feel compelled to share the micro-world so that people can have a deeper understanding of the world they live in. We are surrounded by bacteria and viruses (called microbes), they live on us, and even inside of us. They inhabit every surface and ecosystem of the planet; it is essentially their world, we just live in it. We might as well learn to appreciate microbes, and maybe even love them.

I use both traditional lino and various different vinyls to achieve the effects I'm after. Everything is carved and printed by hand by me. Ink is mixed by me as well and I like to play around with new colors, so if you like a particular color you should buy it, as I'm not likely to print that exact color again.

We (my husband helps with running the shop) are committed to being as sustainable and eco-friendly as artists can be. We try as much as possible to use recycled or sustainable paper goods. Our packaging is also recycled and most of the cello bags are either compostable or biodegradable. And although I use oil inks, I put almost zero waste down the drain. I use no solvents or spirits. Clean-up is done with old t-shirts destined for the trash anyway and vegetable oil and ink/oil is disposed of in the trash.

Shop members

  • Cassandra

    Owner, Maker

    A scientist and an artist trying to meld the two together and share with the world what I see under the microscope. The micro world is beautiful and I want everyone to see it!

  • Jamie

    Owner, Designer, Manager Of Financials, Shipping, Etc

    Cook, builder of useful studio equipment, designer, shop manager, and cat wrangler.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
We believe that science and art belong together. And that bacteria and leukocytes are the rockstars of the microworld.

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We must receive payment before we ship your item. At the moment, we only accept Paypal, but you do not need a Paypal account to use it to pay. This is because the shop (and us) changed country and at the moment, Etsy will not allow us to change our "banking country." Sorry for the inconvenience.


We use Royal Mail standard, first class, to send our items, and our shipping prices reflect this. All paper items are carefully packaged so that they arrive undamaged. Due to the Royal Mails' wacky pricing structure we understand that this makes shipping small items outside of the EU very expensive. Unfortunately there is really nothing we can do about this. However, if you are purchasing more than one small item, the shipping price does not increase by much. If our calculations are ever wrong, and we have charged you more than £2 over what the actual shipping cost was, we will refund the difference.

Please message us if you prefer expedited shipping or something and we can make a private listing for you.

Also, we cannot be responsible for any customs fee you may have to pay.

Additional policies and FAQs

All small prints are sent in hard mailers (~A4 and smaller), large prints will be sent rolled up in tubes.

These policies do not affect your statutory rights.