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Friendship from Umeå summer collection

juicy colors to brighten your days

We hope you will like our first collection!

Inspiration from Instagram

  • Today we introduce you to the carnivorous plant, Drosera! Yes, I said carnivorous... Meaning this plant gets nutrients from eating animals (in this case, insects.) Drosera are usually found in nutrient-deficient areas such as bogs and fens, where it is more advantageous for them to capture nutrients from insects than from the soil.⁠
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Drosera, commonly known as sundew, uses stalks tipped with mucilaginous glands to  captures unsuspecting insects.  The sticky glands contain many different types of enzymes that digest insects.  Drosera is able to move its glandular hairs, so once an insect touches down on a Drosera sticky hair, the other sticky hairs will attack, folding in on the insect so it cannot get away and then the Drosera enjoys a nice lunch. 😜⁠🐞⁠
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#drosera #sundew #plantbiology #plant #scicomm  #science #botany #plantsofinstagram #bog #sciencecommunication #sciencefacts #plantnerd⁠
#biologyislife #scienceiscool #naturefacts #biologyclass #scienceeducation #fascinatingplants #natureisawesome #instafacts #facts #sciencenerd #biology  #factoftheday #plantfacts #botany #interestingfacts #didyouknow ⁠
  • New pattern time! This one is from our Heather section we showed earlier this week.  Scroll right to see the original pattern element (the part of the pattern that gets mirrored and repeated), and a close up of the pattern.  The original "ray" cells from the vascular tissue form the darker lines on the pattern, and the lighter coloured vessel cells are the white dots. I love the golden colour that comes through around the vessel cells, it makes me think of jewels! ⁠⠀
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What do you think?⁠⠀
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#patternbynature  #surfacepattern  #pattern #patterndesign #floralpattern #patternobserver #patternoftheday #surfacepatterncommunity #printandpattern #surfacepatterndesign #mönster #mönsterdesign #svenskdesign #swedishpatternsociety ⁠⠀
#microscopy #microscope #microscopic #botanical #cellular #cells #cell #plantcell #plantbiology #plant #science #sciencephoto #scienceart
  • Our new collection of fabric designs can now be ordered on the print-on-demand website, Spoonflower! ⁠
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Spoonflower offers Flora-L patterns on a wide variety of fabric types - ranging from cotton to chiffon to jersey to denim to spandex.  Almost any fabric you can think of to suit whatever your crafting project may be. Want to sew children's clothes with modern jersey? You can! Want to make a cotton quilt celebrating plant microscopy patterns? You can! Want to make a super-soft gauze baby blanket? You can do that too!⁠
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Print-on-demand fits our ethic of sustainability because by producing fabrics only when a purchase is made, there is less waste in the production chain. The customer gets exactly what they want, and there are no leftover, wasted fabric. ⁠
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Check the link in our Instagram bio to get to our Spoonflower shop. ⁠
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What would you like to make with plant microscopy fabrics?⁠
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  • Here is a cross section of a heather stem.  For such a small shrub, the stems are quite woody! Within the wood of heather stems you can see a variety of cell types that are commonly found in wood.  The biggest, roundest cells that are white in the middle are vessels.  These are the cells that transport water throughout the stem.  The dark tiny cells  arranged in parallel lines are the "rays". These are parenchyma cells that are used for storage and lateral transport of sugars from the bark to further inside the stem. Finally, all the other tiny light blue cells are fibres, which help give the stem structural support. ⁠
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Isn't it amazing how even tiny plants like heather still have such interesting complexity once you see them under the microscope?⁠
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#heather #purpleheather #botany #flora #microscopy #microscope #microscopic #plantanatomy #sectioning #vascularplant #plantae #plantstructure #xylem #botanical #cellular #cells #cell #plantcell #plantbiology #plant #science #sciencephoto #scienceart #vascularplant #plantstructure  #naturepatterns #scicomm #biology #science
  • Have you met "Heather"? 😉⁠
Well, here she is! Heather, also known as common heather, or Calluna vulgaris. Heather is found in heathland, moorland, and bogs.  A common thread in all three of these habitats are the presence of acidic soils, meaning heather is a plant that is well-adapted to growth on acidic soil. It is a small shrub, less than half a meter tall, and is an important food source for grazing animals and for insects such as moth and beetle larvae.  Heather has become very popular as an ornamental garden plant, so if you like how Heather looks, you may be able to get one for your own garden! Would you like to see Heather under the microscope?⁠
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#heather #bog #heathland #moorland #purpleheather #botany #flora #purple #heath #naturephotography #flower #nature  #blommor #blumen  #naturen #nature #naturepic #plantstagram #plantbiology #plant #plantsofinstagram #flowers #flowerlove #wildflower #purpleflowers #blooms #floralinspiration #floral⁠
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  • Microscopy goes macro! In our society6 shop, you can buy our microscopy designs - amplified to be larger than life!  Our @society6 shop has products with large-scale versions of our patterns, including wall murals, furniture, and curtains.  Our original microscopic source images have such high resolution that they can be blown up to epic proportions, such as this on this wall mural!⠀
Until the end of the day today (July 6), society6 is having a sale: 40% off all wall art, 30% off all home decor, and 20% off everything else.  If you've been meaning to check out all the offerings we have in our society6 shop, today is the day to do it!⁠ Check out the link in our bio for a $25 off coupon. ⠀
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#society6 #wallart #wallartdecor #wallartdesign #scienceart #scienceandart #visualart #design #artandscience #sciart #artinscience #inspiration #anatomicalart #botanicalart ⁠⠀
#microscopyart #artprints #wallartprints #science #sciencephoto  #nerdy #sciencenerd #sciencegift #bioart #patternbynature #surfacepattern  #pattern #surfacepatterncommunity #homedesigninspo #homestyledecor #interiordesign
  • This is a section from the fern, Dryopteris.  This is actually a section of the "rachis" of the fern, which is the central midrib of the fern leaf.  The large round structure in the bottom right - the one that kind of looks like an eyeball 👀 - is the vascular bundle, also known as a a leaf vein.  The bundle contains xylem cells (red cells within the vein) and phloem cells (white cells). The bundle is surrounded by bundle sheath cells that form a distinct circle around the vein.  The other interesting feature is the layers of sclerenchyma cells (cell layers with red, thickened walls) around the edge of the rachis.  The sclerenchyma is a supportive tissue, providing support and protection to the leaf midrib.  Isn't it amazing all the shapes and patterns you can find in plants under the microscope?⁠⠀
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#fern #dryopteris #microscopy #microscope #microscopic #plantanatomy #sectioning #vascularplant #plantae #plantstructure #xylem #phloem #botanical #cellular #cells #cell #plantcell #plantbiology #plant #science #sciencephoto #scienceart #flora #allthingsbotanical #naturepatterns #patternbynature
  • Who is this lovely green stem? No it's not bamboo! No it's not asparagus! It's Equisetum!⁠⠀
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Also known as horsetails (Equus = horse in Latin), Equisetum is known as a living fossil.  Equisetum plants have been discovered in the fossil record as far back as the Carboniferous period 350 million years ago.  Main characteristics of Equisetum is that they have leaves arranged in "whorls". Whorled leaves come off the stem at a single point in all directions.  In Equisetum the leaves can be highly reduced (seen here just as a tiny brown fringe at repeated intervals up the stem), or they can be long and bristly (scroll to next image). Equisetum propagates by spores -similar to ferns-, meaning that these plant pre-date the evolution of seeds! ⁠⠀
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#equisetum #horsetail #ancientplants #green #nature ⁠#scicomm #science #sciencecommunication #sciencefacts  #biologyislife #scienceiscool #naturefacts #biologyclass #scienceeducation #plantbiology #plantsarecool #plantnerd #fascinatingplants #natureisawesome #botany ⁠⠀
  • Happy Canada Day! 🍁⁠⠀
In honour of Canada Day, here we share a pattern from maple leaves, in three glorious colours: pink, teal, and classic maple red.  This pattern is made from the leaf vein structure of a maple leaf that we collected back in the autumn.  The image was made with a small, inexpensive home microscope.  It is really amazing that you do not need a lab or special equipment to open your eyes to the fascination of science and nature.  Just get outside and look around! 👀⁠⠀
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  • Today is the final day of our Summer Collection pre-sale! If you haven't checked our website yet, today is the day 😉 We have an amazing variety of linen products as well as fabric by the meter.  All in eye-catching patterns that coordinate nicely together if you want to mix and match!⁠
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The pre-sale ends tonight (at midnight Stockholm time/4:00 pm MST in Edmonton, Canada).⁠
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Use coupon code F-JUNE for 10% off your pre-sale order. 🌱🔬🌻⁠
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