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This weekend was a visual feast of local arts and crafts at the annual City of Craft event, held this year at the lovely Theatre Centre. A quick walk along Queen West yielded some unexpected riches of the anatomical/art variety. Riffing off my last post about the giant colon and the awesomeness of unusual anatomical models as educational tools, how could I not feature the fine specimen below?

Egads, is that intestine made out of chenille? Organs and bones never looked so cozy!

One of many art installations included in the City of Craft, Lab #4 is the creation of Saskatchewan-based artist Shanell Papp. Her current work focusses on the aspects of fragility and vulnerability that the human body and textiles share. You can read more about her work right here and you can see it in person at The Knit Cafe in Parkdale.

In a similar vein, click on the link to see this knitted digestive system by Oregon-based Matie Trewe, which has been in my “weirdly awesome” folder for awhile now. Junior high would’ve been way more fun if something like it had been part of my science or home ec curriculum!

For those who might be put off by the more graphic nature of the Body Worlds exhibit, this may present itself as a less macabre introduction to Anatomy 101. Here are some internal organs, you might just want to cuddle up to and get to know better! Is my enthusiasm catching on yet? Aww, c’mon.

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