Magpie Studio

Fabrication for Art and Science

About Us

Tae Hwang and M.R. Barnadas are visual artists with an insatiable curiosity, a love of wonderment, and a desire to facilitate learning through creation. Their art and science relationship began as interns in research at The Field Museum of Natural History while studying at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

For over ten years now they have been working and creating together for many museums and independent research projects around the world. Their combined skill set includes: traditional sculpting, painting & drawing techniques, casting/mould making, metal/plastic/wood fabrication, blacksmithing, bronze foundry work, archival restoration methods, textiles, electronics/ kinetics for art applications, heirloom craft processes, analog and digital print based design, all with an emphasis on the innovative use of materials.

The plant and animal models/illustrations, pictured on this website, were informed by the research heads of various biological disciplines. From pharmaceutical silicone to bee’s wax, new materials are being used along with historically familiar ones, and both experimental and traditional modeling methods are applied.

These images represent a range of our technical skills as applied to the needs within the museum and scientific research. We love expressing our ingenuity and creative energy in detailed, quality work and problem solving to discover techniques, materials, and tools appropriate to creating realistic creations.

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