The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose recently invited me to do an installation project and children's activity based on the theme, "inspired by nature." I've always been awestruck by the microscopic cell patterns hiding deep within plants, and used these organic (but also somewhat geometrical) arrangements as inspiration for an artistic ink stamping concept.
Don't these images look a bit like stained glass windows in an old cathedral?
Stamping the Walls
Using these wonderful sunflower stem cell patterns as a starting point, I custom designed a set of ten new ink stamps that closely mimic the look and feel of the cell structure. I then got to work stamping out giant cross-sections of sunflower stems on the large white walls of the Art Loft.
Kids Are So Creative
While I covered the walls with giant-sized cell structures, creative kids made their own colorful cell inspired patterns to take home. The activity was a huge success - lots of kids (and parents) had a great time learning about plant cells and making their very own one-of-a-kind artworks.
Thank you to Lisa and the Children's Museum of San Jose for letting me stamp all over your beautiful white walls! If your museum, library, or other institution is interested in having Lea develop a similar activity-based program (for kids or adults), we'd love to hear from you. You can email Lea directly with your idea and she'll get back to you right away!