Candace Couse

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


I've landed in Canada and I was greeted with snow snow snow! These snow drifts are beautiful; I love how quiet a heavy snow makes the world.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cool Science: 3-D Printable Organs

Embroidery by Candace Couse

This very cool article comes from Kit Eaton and Fast Company. Read the original article here.
"Forget 3-D printable moonbases or even the Million Dollar Bionic Man: British scientists have achieved something amazing: For the first time they've proved a 3-D printing technique that uses human embryonic stem cells to create complex, living structures. The printer used a "micro valve" head which allowed it to squirt out a tiny amount of human stem cell matter in a pre-programmed pattern. The stem cells remained alive and--critically--their ability to be modified into any other human body cell was intact (the reason stem cells hold such promise).
The new breakthrough is said to prove the eventual viability of crafting complex 3-D organ structures through a 3-D printing process where stem cells are then modified into cells compatible with, for example, human hearts. For now the researchers are championing the success as a way to speed up drug testing without needing risky in-vivo experiments with volunteers."

Friday, 15 February 2013

United Kingdom: The First Cut

The Manchester Art Gallery ran The First Cut, an exhibition of paper based work, from Friday the 5th of October 2012 - Sunday the 27th of January 2013.

Amazing work by Kara Walker

Monday, 11 February 2013

United Kingdom: Ingo Maurer

I saw this piece at The Manchester Art Gallery in January when my German friend Sabrina came for a visit.

Porca Miseria Chandelier, designed by Ingo Maurer, 2004

Thursday, 7 February 2013

United Kingdom: Birthday Month!

January was Birthday Month, as both Charlotte Emily and I had birthdays about a week apart. It made for some spectacular celebrations!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

United Kingdom: Chorlton Park, Manchester

I'm currently training for a race, and this time my run took me through Chorlton Park in Manchester. I was suppose to be doing interval training, but what I was doing instead was stopping ever minute to photograph another one of these super cool sculptures carved into tree stumps.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Foods Chosen by Animals (Animal Curators)

On Monday Charlotte Emily and I hosted an open studio event with Art Funkl. If success can be measured in wine, cheese and chocolate consumption (yes, it can) than this party was plates and plates of success. 

During the morning of the opening, Charlotte Emily was preparing cake for her performance, Please Hold, a piece that toys playfully with what occurs at a call centre whilst a call is placed on hold. She was mixing and measuring in the kitchen and I was carefully untangling threads and installing my work, serenaded by her liberal interpretation of the theme song from Indiana Jones. I teased her about being annoying but the truth was two fold: one, I realized I was going to really miss Manchester and the provocative and lively people that make this rainy city seem cloudless; two, her humming made my untangling of threads seem like a perilous endeavor embarked on in the name of academic advancement (also, I suddenly wanted a hat and a hole to avoid).  

Charlotte Emily has a way of inviting such whimsy, and it was through no small influence on her part that we collaborated together to create a theme around the food for the night: Animals. Charlotte Emily chose food that resembled animals, including this cheese and pineapple hedgehog:
A chocolate and sweets snake:
and this terrifyingly real-looking jelly jellyfish: 
Having seen that all of the best food-based animal shapes had been snatched up, I decided to interpret the theme as "foods chosen by animals."