The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art is an on-line showcase for anatomically correct fabric brain creations. Knitting, quilting and crocheting are a few of the featured techniques.
Karen Norberg, psychiatrist, designed and created the knitted brain, above. It is currently housed at the Boston Museum of Science.
Marjorie Taylor, developmental psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, is the artist responsible for the quilted brains, below.
Unfortunately, the Museum has not had any new pieces added since October 2006. Is this for lack of artists in the field? Or have Norberg and Taylor taken a hiatus to cable-knit the sympathetic nervous system on size 0 needles?
I'll be finishing up a knitting project this week, and in the market for a new one. I hadn't considered a ganglion, and I don't know that the museum's curator would deem it acceptable, but I wouldn't mind adding 'Contributor to the Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art' to my CV. Who knows what doors that could open.
I'm often asked to advise medical school applicants, and from now on I think I'll direct them to the Museum's site. Admissions committees look for well-rounded individuals who are proficient in the arts as well as sciences, with unusual interests that make for good interview topics. If knitting brains doesn't fill those criteria, I don't know what does.