We employ several specific practices for working with specimens. From entomological and botanical to oceanic and geological, we collect the most beautiful and inspiring specimens we can find, prepare them with natural treatments for longevity, and curate into display frames.
Art Processes at Natural Curiosities
Traditional hand applied gilding. Before the leaves are overlaid we use a hand-painting technique for applying the adhesive. We then burnish into the artwork to create a smooth and lustrous finish.
Visit our Gold & Silver Leaf gallery.
Traditional hand applied silkscreen. All processes are done in studio from screen burning to small batch prints using water based inks.
Some examples of our Silkscreen work include:
On selected prints, we overlay custom hand-painted elements to give each piece it's own unique embellishment. This technique is currently used with Noah's Ark, hand watercolor.
We prepare our archival paper in three distinct ways:
- Straight cut (no treatment)
- Smooth deckle-edge, lightly aged
- Full deckle-edge, aged
To age (or tint) the paper, we apply natural pigments by hand.
Every piece is treated with love.
Prints arrive to you untreated or with a deckle-edge, rolled safely in a tube.
- Straight Framed
The frame and untreated image meet and form a seamless edge.
The deckle-edged paper hovers above a linen substrate. Both image and substrate kiss the glass.
- Floated Space Shadowbox
The deckle-edged paper hovers above a linen substrate. There is a linen-lined recess, of varying depths based upon the depth of the moulding, between image and glass.