Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Polka dots once signaled disease and stripes were reserved for prisoners and prostitutes. The secret history of everyday patterns.
- Not very convincing, but certainly entertaining: Deep Forger, a Twitter bot that creates images in the style of famous painters.
- China’s air is famously polluted. Here’s a slideshow of how its artists are responding.
- In 1618 the Chief Gardener of the State of Milan created The Feather Book, which consisted of 156 images made of, yes, feathers, along with a few additional bird parts. Gruesome, yes, but the pictures are not without charm.