Bed bug patchwork: Lou Sorkin’s art project is beautiful & educational

by nobugsonme on October 22, 2013 · 6 comments

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Lou Sorkin’s latest art project is as colorful as it is educational:

patchwork

Of this photo, Lou writes,

A patchwork quilt of plankton net, bed bug feces, metabolic waste and eggs for the fall. Plankton netting was the substrate upon which the bed bugs have harbored. Unfortunately, not all pictures have the same focus – but they’re close! Who knows? The pattern may catch on and you’ll see it on Fashion Week runway someday. I originally wanted to stress the use of coloration to help see bed bug eggs against contrasting color backgrounds.

Lou posted a comment below to add that

Each of the squares of the underlying mesh is around 1/2 mm.

Thanks, Lou!

Ahhh, Fall. When our thoughts turn to curling up in front of a roaring fire with a mug of cocoa, wrapped in a nice patchwork quilt.

Without the bed bug eggs, of course.

Seriously, though, the colors really do help with viewing the eggs. (I just used this photo to show a forum user what bed bug eggs look like.)

Thanks, Lou, for sharing your creativity and ingenuity with us!

Photo credit: patchwork by Louis Sorkin (louento.pix on flickr), used under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license.

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1 Lou Sorkin October 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

Each of the squares of the underlying mesh is around 1/2 mm. I’ve updated the information on the Flickr account entry to reflect this.

2 nobugsonme November 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

Thanks, Lou! I added that information above. It will help people understand the size involved.

3 Winston O Buggy November 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

Who knew Lou was such an avante guard artist. When I think of all the varied artwork and cultural entomology items I have come across, this is pretty cool.

4 nobugsonme November 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I agree, Winston! Lou is definitely a creative artist, with a great eye for color and design.

5 Lou Sorkin November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am

I don’t feel like changing jobs so late in life now. I guess it will be a hobbie.

6 nobugsonme November 7, 2013 at 3:20 am

Lou, it sounds like we’re lucky in both respects. It would be a loss to the entomology world.

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