Spidery Goodness

I’ve done a few fun things with spiders recently, and thought I’d share them with you. Over the last couple of years I’ve made friends with some spider nerds on Twitter, who have naturally only encouraged my existing fascination with these elegant critters.

One of these delightful humans is the excellent @Cataranea, who studies Latrodectus spiders – you’ll know the most famous member of this genus as the black widow. Catherine asked me to create a logo for a crowdfunding campaign last year. She was raising money for field experiments in BC, looking at mating habits in a wild Latrodectus population there. My design for that project needed to be friendly and accessible, but still capture the essential form of the male and female of the species:

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#TeamBlackWidow logo

Catherine is also responsible for a new jewellery design :)

It took a couple of tries to get the stamp sculpt right, and frankly these are a huge pain to glaze, but man, are they ever worth it!

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Black Widow stamp sculpt
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Stamped pendants-to-be
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Black Widow bracelet!
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Black Widow necklace

One more black widow design came out of a ridiculous Twitter conversation, and quickly because one of my favourite t-shirt designs to date:

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Brown recluse and black widow: “Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing”.

Finally, I turned my attention to one of the world’s most charming dancers, the vibrantly-coloured Peacock spider. I’me particularly delighted with how well these beauties came out, and hope to sell out of them soon so I have an excuse to paint some more!

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Peacock spider pendants
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My kingdom for a great skirt!

I’ve always been more of a skirt-and-tee gal than an all-out dress-wearer. There’s something about a flouncy skirt that’s just a little sassier, a little more casual. While I’ve been able to offer some pretty nice clothing through RedBubble for a while now (albeit with depressingly low margins), I’ve long hankered for a skirt option. After a lot of research, I’ve finally found a way to make it happen without having to maintain a warehouse full of stock :D

I’ve partnered with an awesome Canadian company that makes great activewear to be able to offer not only skater skirts, but also capri-length yoga pants that are actually tough enough to stand up to some fitness-related abuse. For now I have five skirt styles and one yoga pant, but I’ll definitely be offering more in the near future, so watch this space.

 

Show prep and new designs

I’ve been a bit quiet online of late, but life behind the scenes has been anything but. June is fast approaching, and with it the annual meetings of CSM and ASM, where I’ll have booths selling my nerdy treasures. Preparations are well underway, and I’ll have some brand new stuff for the microbiology crowd this year. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the designs that will be available.

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I’m also working on brand new Toxoplasma gondii and chloroplast stamps, so I should have a few of those ready for the shows as well.

Because I’m not all micro all the time, I’ve got a few new designs that are less microscopic in nature as well. Here are my new cricket, black widow, cobweb, and mammary gland designs brought to life.

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I probably won’t be adding many new pieces to the shop until after CSM and ASM are over, but if you see a design here that isn’t available online, don’t hesitate to hit me up. I’m just stockpiling :)

Yuri’s Night & a new design in the shop

Among my many #SciArt related activities, I’m involved with an Etsy team called Astro & Neutrino. We’re a bunch of nerds with a deep appreciation of science, and especially the intersection of science with art. To celebrate Yuri’s Night this year, several of us came up with astronomy-themed creations for our Etsy shops. I collected those together with some other cool space art to make this fun treasury.

My creation for Yuri’s Night was a new design based on the Vostok I capsule that Yuri Gagarin flew during his history-making orbit of the earth in 1961.

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Get your own Vostok I from my Etsy shop!