The Library of Obscure Wonders

The Library of Obscure Wonders The Library of Obscure Wonders collects, documents and archives the obscure, the odd and the wondrous within the everyday.
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Looking at brush techniques this week
08/11/2019

Looking at brush techniques this week

Tottenham watercolour class this coming Monday, 11.30 to 1.30, only £10.

Natural History Museum, London
04/06/2019
Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London

Sponges can record the DNA of animals that swim past them - including penguins and seals.

It means that researchers could sample sponges to then build up a picture of entire aquatic communities.

Oh no, Fibonacci is coming along to cause trouble again...
17/02/2019
Nature illustration: The structure of flowering plants

Oh no, Fibonacci is coming along to cause trouble again...

Ever wondered how a flower works? This Saturday we will looking at the structures of flowers as well as leaves, and the layout of these on a plant. We will also have a look at the use of dividers t…

12/02/2019
The Dodo

The Dodo

Watch this plain little caterpillar transform ✨

Nature illustration: drawing and painting plants, insects and shells
29/01/2019
Nature illustration: drawing and painting plants, insects and shells

Nature illustration: drawing and painting plants, insects and shells

Sat, Feb 2, 2019, 2:00 PM: How to slow down and really consider natural objects, come to know them as you draw them, and how to use light and shade to create a 3D appearance. Equipment such as paper,

02/01/2019

A library event this coming Sunday 6th. An early evening gentle slide into the new year. Starting at 5pm. Musical phenomena, drunken tarot reading, a light show and possibly a mini talk on an obscure wonder. You are invited! Bring drink and snack. Lion House, 75 Red Lion Street, Holborn WC1R 4NA

21/12/2018

Another Library event happening at the beginning of January. Watch this page for more info and how to submit your own Obscure Wonder.

A day workshop studying colour in nature
14/11/2018

A day workshop studying colour in nature

11/08/2018

Botanical illustration Class tomorrow! I completely forgot about it! Sunday at 2pm at Create Place Bethnal Green. £12 £2 discount for FB friends. Come draw plants, talk about botany, look at small beautiful things intently for 2hours. It’s good for you!

26/06/2018
Botanical and Natural History Illustration
16/06/2018

Botanical and Natural History Illustration

Lunchtime drawing in the secret garden. An hour of sketching in a beautiful garden in Hoxton London with an in door area to take plants incase of rain. Tuition and advice on equipment given, free tea or coffee. St Mary’s Secret Garden, 50 Pearson Street, Hoxton, London. 1 till 2. Just £5 plus a donation to the garden. This Tuesday!

At the Library this Friday - drawing insects with a glass of wine, £10. Places very limited, msg if interested.
17/04/2018

At the Library this Friday - drawing insects with a glass of wine, £10. Places very limited, msg if interested.

At the Library this week - drawing orchids with a glass of wine, £10. Places very limited, msg if interested.
10/04/2018

At the Library this week - drawing orchids with a glass of wine, £10. Places very limited, msg if interested.

All about the roots https://obscurewonders.com/2018/04/04/roots/
04/04/2018
Roots

All about the roots https://obscurewonders.com/2018/04/04/roots/

Charles Darwin, aside from evolution, came up with the “root-brain” hypothesis along with his son Francis, in their book The Power of Movement of Plants. This suggests the roots act like a brain ne…

06/02/2018
The Library of Obscure Wonders

obscurewonders.com

The first tree that particularly fascinated me was the Oak. I have always felt a certain warmth for Oak, as many people do. They are strong deciduous trees found in British woodland and indeed in many other parts of the world.

23/01/2018
Mat

Thanks Mat, though it is the Library of Obscure Wonders, or Library for short, not LOOW!

This is what happens at the Library of Obscure Wonders!

#loow #newingtongreen #libraryofobscurewonders #library #wonders #macabre #missroberts

Discarding Images
23/01/2018

Discarding Images

snowball fight

Tacuinum Sanitatis, Milan or Pavia ca. 1390-1400 (BnF, Nouvelle acquisition latine 1673, fol. 96v)

04/01/2018
The Macroscope

The Macroscope

For one start-up, the future is fungi.

14/11/2017

The Library of Obscure Wonders is now open for viewing every Wednesday morning or by appointment. There will also be talks held every full moon, though you’ll have to be quick to get tickets as audience numbers are limited. For more information email [email protected]

Have put this up before but it is so beautiful I thought it was worth watching again https://vimeo.com/16731697
13/11/2017
Mating Leopard Slugs

Have put this up before but it is so beautiful I thought it was worth watching again https://vimeo.com/16731697

This is "Mating Leopard Slugs" by Ben Salisbury on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized
11/11/2017
The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called “zombie ant” and is no longer in control of its actions. Manipulated by the parasite, an infected ant will leave the cozy confines of its arboreal home an...

18/10/2017

The Library of Obscure Wonders has now metamorphosed into a real life reference library in a trunk in my flat just off Newington Green. There will be a small drinks opening for it in November and from then on it will be open on Wednesday afternoons. Message me for further details (donations in the form of wonderful books very welcome)

15/10/2017
Bioneers

Bioneers

"Science now shows that plants appear to be sentient beings. They perceive light, smell, touch, water, and many more variables than we do. They can learn, remember and communicate." - Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers Co-Founder and CEO

Watch his full talk here: http://bit.ly/2lchwEu

Hazel “The Poet’s Tree”
20/09/2017
Hazel “The Poet’s Tree”

Hazel “The Poet’s Tree”

I have a horrible cough right now which just doesn’t seem to go away. I read on the internet that finely powdered hazelnuts mixed with water and honey can get rid of a stubborn cough. So I gi…

15/09/2017
RSA ANIMATE: The Divided Brain

RSA ANIMATE: The Divided Brain

In this new RSA Animate, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explains how our 'divided brain' has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture a...

20/08/2017
Newsner.com

Newsner.com

Man plants a tree in the same place every day — 37 years later, the world is amazed by the result

30/07/2017
No One Knows Why These Medieval Statues Are Pulling Their Vaginas Open

No One Knows Why These Medieval Statues Are Pulling Their Vaginas Open

Churches all over Europe are covered in mysterious carvings of women proudly flaunting their vulvas. Is this recurring figure—known as Sheela-na-Gig—a pagan goddess, a warning against the dangers of lust, or something more complicated?

Phytology
24/07/2017

Phytology

#plantoftheweek 🌿
Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
#plantfacts
Commonly found by roadsides and in sunny meadows, Vervain is a perennial plant with many small pale-lilac flowers. The plant is bitter and astringent in taste.
#medicinalproperties
Vervain has sedative, diaphoretic, galactagogue. aphrodisiac and hypnotic properties. It is a relaxing nervine and is chiefly used for the relief of tension, stress and mood swings with a particular affinity for the digestion and liver/gall bladder. It is useful for post viral fatigue syndrome, nervous exhaustion, unpredictable moods and promotes positive thinking, stimulating the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. It is a helpful ally throughout the menopause as well and helps to reduce hot flushes, dispel headaches and irritability and improve sleep. It combines well with oat straw and chamomile for mild depression and anti-anxiety.
#howtouse
The aerial parts are harvested in summer when the plant is in flower.
Tea: use 1-2 teaspoons to each cup of boiling water and infuse for 15 minutes. Herbal medicine tincture: 30 drops two to three times daily with water.
#phytologytestimonials
Vervain is a bitter herbs but people have found it to have a certain softness that other bitters may lack, making it grounding and uplifting.
#precautions
Not to use in pregnancy but can help stimulate milk flow when breastfeeding. It may interfere with iron absorption so not to be take at the same time as iron tonics. .
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. #vervain #verbenaofficinalis #fromthemeadow #herbsthatheal #medicinalherbs #aphrodisiac

22/07/2017

This is England, of course we will still have the picnic in the rain. It may be just me in a plastic bag with a bottle of bubbly but it will happen!

Mushrooms! And how they help the trees talk
18/06/2017
Mushrooms! And how they help the trees talk

Mushrooms! And how they help the trees talk

Mushrooms are amazing, I love to eat them, to look at them, to draw them, and when I investigate them they are quite mind boggling. No, before you ask, I haven’t tried magic mushrooms, one da…

05/06/2017
National Geographic

National Geographic

Listen: The grasshopper mouse howls at night—like a wolf.

A Mind Made Out of Silk
26/05/2017
A Mind Made Out of Silk

A Mind Made Out of Silk

Spiders appear to offload information processing tasks to their webs, leading some to suggest that a mind can be located outside of the head.

Address

Newington Green Road
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General information

The Library of Obscure Wonders was founded in 2005 as a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities - exploring, recording, and collecting wonders in everyday life.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 14:00

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07531065040

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This full moon I will be bringing my Guerilla Aspies show to the Library of Obscure Wonders. Change your minds with me. Literally. Neurodiversificationalism. We are going to convert the space into an Aspie one. Free yourself from social protocols, conditionings you don't know you carry and ideas about how to behave with others.
This is what happens at the Library of Obscure Wonders! #loow #newingtongreen #libraryofobscurewonders #library #wonders #macabre #missroberts
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