A Scien-terrific Holiday Pop-Up!

For the first time ever, Toronto is getting a handmade holiday pop-up shop just for science lovers! On December 9th and 10th, the Toronto Etsy Street Team will host A Scienterrific Holiday Pop-Up at their gallery at 906 Queen St West. Between the hours of 10am and 8pm, you’ll be able to buy beautiful handmade gifts for all your science-loving friends and family, and maybe a little something for yourself ;)

Check out the list of vendors below!

 

Nanopod Studio
Purple Lilac Amigurumi
Geeky Bobbin
The Vexed Muddler
Neurons and Nebulas
Minouette

 

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Be still, my Cretaceous heart

After months of planning and consultation with several helpful nerds, I’m pleased to present my latest art work! I made this piece specifically for the Dinovember art show at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery in Toronto. If you’re in the area, you can check it out until November 14th.

Here’s the video of the installed piece. You’ll want to be in a quiet space and crank the volume up – the music is subtle even in situ, and my phone didn’t pick it up as well as I’d have liked.

 

I had to learn a few new tricks for this project. The sound (an original composition by Brian Engh, used with permission) is controlled by an Arduino Uno with an Adafruit Music Maker shield. I used copper wire for the veins on the exterior of the heart, and these are attached to the stack to act as antennae for the capacitive sensor. When you approach the heart, the sound is triggered.

Here are some making-of photos :)

 

The heart itself is earthenware clay, and based on a chicken heart. The magnolias I sculpted from Fimo. The cycad and ferns are synthetic, but the moss and lichen are real, and the blue morpho butterfly is one I pinned myself at a workshop a couple of months back :)

I learnt to solder (thanks to Ele Willoughby, who also talked me through the whole process and dealt with my panic and terror with infinite patience and grace), connect speaker wires, and splice a USB cable to a power connector. I read a lot about resistors and capacitance and absorbed only barely enough of it to get this working, albeit with room for improvement.

And now I’m thinking about my next Arduino project ;)

 

Etsy Made in Canada 2017

This Saturday, September 23rd I’ll once again be selling at the Etsy Made in Canada show at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto!

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Check out the LookBook to see some of the gorgeous and creative goodies that will be available, and don’t forget to arrive early – the first 100 people through the doors get a fabulous swag bag! Here’s a sample from last year, and I hear this year’s is even better :D

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I’ll have a few new product lines at the show this year, including Drosophila larvae, peacock spiders, and a very cool dinoflagellate!

Etsy Made in Canada is this weekend!

I’m ready, are you?

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You can find me in the West Atrium, with my lovely assistants Muddles and Timothy :)

Here’s a sneak peek (courtesy of the Toronto Etsy Street Team) at some of the cool swag going into the swag bags for the first 100 people through the door!10330520_10153051144726232_6318404203525444265_n 11953022_10153051144731232_7516843564185746745_n12038394_10153073719271232_4502580398947783553_n 12039251_10153073719266232_5616623784006469064_n

There are also some very cool free workshops on offer:

See you there!