MAD SCIENTISTS Library Card Art Set / art gift / literary gift / vintage library cards / original art / original illustration



Three original ink drawings on vintage library cards, to the theme of very bad, very mad scientists.

What to do with three scientific, technical titles? Make the science mad, of course! Here I've drawn three mad scientists, three brainy creatures twisted by their love of logic, by their need for inhuman knowledge and intellectual power.

The titles of these three vintage cards are:

An Introduction to Crystal Chemistry by R.C. Evans (1946)

Seven Solid States by Walter J. Moore

Crystal Growth and Dislocations by Ajit Ram Verma

How little the universe knows about the nature of real cruelty!
~ Frank Herbert

Have a friend who works in the sciences? What could make a better, more original gift?

These days, library sign-out cards are curiosity items –– something that you occasionally still find in the back of an older library book (and something you bore your kids with, telling them about the old days of paper and signatures and stamps). So, in a bit of recycling-meets-vintage, I take these obsolete things and repurpose them as art, with original ink drawings working in concert with the card's marks and history.

They work fantastically well as bookmarks, as gifts tucked into greeting (or Christmas) cards, or as frameable art in their own right.

Attractively packaged in clear plastic sleeves with a decorative card tops.

These are vintage cards, with sign-out dates going back to the fifties and sixties.

The drawings are wholly original, done freehand, directly onto the cards, in acrylic wash and ink.

Mailed with heavy card or board so they won't bend in transit.

Everything shipped comes with an extra art surprise.

And remember: every thing, every soul, becomes dyed with the colour of its use, its thoughts, the world.



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