Pics censored for dA cause I don't want a mess with copyrights. In place of the bigger rectangle, imagine mulberry butterfly's silk cocoons, and the smaller one (the first pic with tweezers) [link]
The assignment was indeed to re-design a magazine spread. The original spread was published (at least) in the Finnish issue of Tieteen Kuvalehti (the name translates as "Picture Magazine of Science"), and I thought it'd be a proper choice. All credit and rights of the original article to their original writers, I hope that's enough of a disclaimer... However, the credit for translation goes entirely to myself, gifted as I am with English.