Planetary Society Interview: The Solar System, in Jewelry Form

I am amazingly wonderfully honored to be interviewed by The Planetary Society about the Astronomy Beadwork project and Solar System Necklace series. In fact, “amazingly wonderfully honored” seems like sort of a silly understatement… I mean… wow!   Being featured next to articles about solar-sail spacecrafts and journeys through the Asteroid Belt is almost as humbling of an experience as looking up into the fantastic, unfathomable Vastness of Space itself!

The Planetary Society’s Emily Stewart Lakdawalla asks some very thoughtful questions about jewelry, astronomical data, and getting both sides of the brain to work together.

Check out the article here:
The Solar System, in Jewelry Form

In addition to being a journalist for the Planetary Society, Lakdawalla also makes Space-themed artwork: I’m a big fan of her Hayabusa Spacecraft Amigurumi and Moons of Saturn Quilt.

The Planetary Society was started by Carl Sagan & cohorts, and is now directed by Bill Nye: they build amazing stuff and explore the unknowns of our neighbors out in the black….

Yeah, wow again…

Solar System Necklace

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Maker Faire, Average Jane Crafter & More Adventures in Astronomy Beadwork

The last month has been a blur of production, development, presentations, lectures, and life’s general mayhem! A few highlights:

I’m still glowing with delight since my Astronomy Beadwork presentation won an Editor’s Choice Award at Maker Faire this year! In addition to having a fantastic time, seeing wonderful things, and meeting excellent people, I got to take home a shiny blue ribbon!

Somehow, due to the great and awesome serendipity of the Universe, the Astronomy Beadwork presentation at the Craft Demo Stage was captured in this Totally Amazing Panoramic Picture of Maker Faire, which is likely the most accurate depiction I’ve seen of the mad wonderful chaos that is Maker Faire (and it’s probably the coolest picture of me presenting that I could wish for!). Super thanks to Cris Benson for sharing the photo.

Maker Faire Panoramic

…and there are a few fun pictures and comments about the Solar System Necklace over at Average Jane Crafter, including this excellent shot of the necklace on writer Rachel Hobson next to Han Solo in carbonite at Lucasfilm. :)

Rachel gives the Solar System Necklace another awesome review, saying “…the necklace was ten times more gorgeous in person. It’s weighty and tactile – I love it!” — (Thanks, Rachel!)

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What does your Universe Look Like?

The project I’m sharing at Maker Faire this year is Astronomy Beadwork: beaded necklaces that depict the proportional distances of Space.

My query for you out there, is “What does your Universe Look Like?”

In my studies in Art History, I noticed that almost all ancient and modern cultures create Cosmograms, visual representations of the universe as we know it. The Astronomy-themed Solar System Necklace Series are decorative Cosmograms, wearable maps of our universe using the sacred numbers of our Solar System.

I like how using beads conveys the abstract distances of Space in a familiar decorative object. I chose inky black shiny glass beads to represent Space, and stone beads to represent the planets, since they often look like miniature planets themselves.

How do you visualize your Universe? What would your personal Cosmogram be made with?

Are we large? small? light? dark? Are we made from stone? glass? metal? marshmallows?

I would love to hear your thoughts…

(you can also follow this conversation at Gravity Maker World.)

Maker Faire

Solar System Necklace measuring the distances of Space.

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CraftZine Interview: Artist Explores Universe Through Solar System Necklaces

I am soooo stoked to be interviewed about my Astronomy Necklaces by awesome space goddess Rachel Hobson for CraftZine. Rachel asked some very interesting and thought-provoking questions, like “How do you find inspiration?” and “What is your favorite tool and why?” (a tough question for any artsy type! I had to think about that one for a while…).

Check out the article here:
Artist Explores Universe Through Solar System Necklaces

More of Rachel’s wordcrafting here:
Rachel’s CraftZine Posts
Average Jane Crafter
Rachel in Space

orbit necklace: orbit distances of venus, earth, mars
Orbital Necklace demonstrating the paths of Venus, Earth, and Mars

Solar System Necklace measuring the distance between planets
Solar System Necklace measuring the proportional distance between planets

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