Author Archives: Immy

About Immy

I'm an artist and former neuroscientist, and I'm a visiting artist at Herbarium RNG at the University of Reading, UK. I'm interested in natural forms and textures, and the overlaps between biological images and surreal art. You can see more of my work at and and I'm @DrImmySmith on Twitter. I'm part of a science-art collaborative group called 'Imagining Science' and you can find out more at

SciArt in practice: experimenting with new materials

This is part of series of blog posts about my work on a science-themed art commission with UoR’s EM Lab. The artwork was inspired by SEM images of tree fern spores. The first two blog posts in this series are … Continue reading

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A long hot summer of sci-art…

After a long and exciting summer of sci-art, I’ve been pleased to get back to the Herbarium as a visiting artist, and round off the season with a visit from another lichen-loving artist, Louisa Crispin. I’m also starting work on … Continue reading

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The Symbiosis Book goes digital!

Many thanks to the staff and students at the herbarium, who helped to digitise The Symbiosis Book last week. The book was part of the Symbiosis Project, and is made of 15 large sheets of cotton paper, folded to form … Continue reading

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