And just in time for Hallowe'en, I found an enthralling blog called Morbid Anatomy that addresses my fascination with the intersection of art, medical illustration, the history of anatomical study, medical museums, and Victoriana. And more.
Aside from admittedly having some rather morbid fascinations, while studying the history of photography, I quickly became interested in the corresponding period of time when industrialization was revolutionizing huge swathes of our lives. "Modernization" led to the rapid industrialization and commercialization of previously very private rituals, like births, weddings, and funerals. The industrialization of medicine itself, especially as applied to birth and death, is fascinating to me, and medical and science museums illustrate this transition so vividly--and poignantly.
"One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it--it was the black kitten's fault entirely." (L. Carroll, Through the Looking Glass)
I'm Yankee-Born and Southern-Raised, which makes me kind of Southern Gothic (in the old literary sense of the word). After 15 years in the Big Apple, I spent 4 years on a farm in Michigan raising chickens and llamas and learning to spin, knit, and needle-felt. Now I'm back home in NYC with my much-beloved spouse and one crazy tortiseshell cat. You can also find me on Ravelry.com as okitten.