Internet Museum of Scientifically Accurate Brain Fabric Art

Above, a piece by "brain artist" Marjorie Taylor. Curator Bill Harbaugh explains,

This is the world's largest extant collection of anatomically correct fabric brain art. Inspired by research from neuroscience, dissection and neuroeconomics, our current exhibition features three quilts with functional images from PET and fMRI scanning and a knitted brain. The artists are Marjorie Taylor and Karen Norberg. Techniques used include quilting, applique, embroidery, beadwork, knitting, and crocheting. Materials include fabric, yarn, metallic threads, electronic components such as magnetic core memory, and wire, zippers, and beads
The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art. If you like that, don't miss the gallery of Wooden Brain Art. (Via New Scientist, Thanks, Susannah Breslin!)



  1. I’m a fan of Marjorie Taylor’s fabric sculpture, and when she asked for an MRI slice of my brain I was happy to provide it. Imagine my pride when I saw this piece, an abstract of that slice, which now hangs in the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging at the University of Oregon.

    It raises an enigmatic question about images and privacy. Would I want a photograph of my face on that wall? A distorted abstract painting? A photo or radar reflection rendering of my private parts? What could be more private than my brain? Am I in any way slandered by the detailed additions Marjorie has made, implying things about the mechanism and mechanics of my brain?

    I don’t think I would have the same pride in any of my other parts.

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