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Autumn moments of wonder

Autumn is my favourite time of year – from the early Indian summer days through to the cosy, windy, copper leaved days of late Autumn and early Winter. This year, it is also we are stardust’s first birthday since relaunching on 15 September 2016. To celebrate, I’ll be sharing giveaways and freebies all through September, so do sign up to the we are stardust journal to be the first to hear. I started we are stardust as a way to share and celebrate moments of wonder for the natural world with our loved ones. Both art and science require us to use our imagination to gain a deeper understanding of nature and our place in the world. Art is a...

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Five facts about tea

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week this week, we are stardust has interviewed the wonderful Sally Gurteen at JING Tea to bring you five facts you should know about tea. Make a brew, pick up a cucumber sandwich or a mini Victoria sponge and have a read... 1. Tea is mostly grown in Asia The predominant tea growing regions are within Asia due to the climate and diversity of terroir, but the popularity of African teas is on the rise for example, and we've even heard rumours that it's being grown in Scotland. Essentially, tea can be grown in most places but to really get wonderful taste, you have to source from areas where tea has long been part of the culture...

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Painting tea plants - 'From the sketchbook' vlog

If you've been following the development of the tea plant cards, you'll be pleased to hear they'll be in the shop very soon! In this month's 'from the sketchbook' vlog I talk through how I created the tea plant design, as well as some of the limited edition gift tags that will be on sale with a few of the tea card gift packs.  A small error in my video - I say the original botanical illustration was by Dr Thompson but it was actually Dr Thornton, published in 1809. Browse the we are stardust tea plant greetings card range What do you think of the tea card designs? Would you like to know more about the materials I've used?...

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Richard Feynman's ode to a flower: June inspiration

You cannot listen to Richard Feynman and not get excited about understanding the world through science. He was - and still is through his lectures - one of the most wonderful science communicators of our time. Richard Feynman was a theoretical physicist born in 1918. He was famous for his work on quantum electromechanics (he won a Nobel Prize in 1965) and his inspiring lectures which were often attended by many who didn't actually study physics. Feynman was keen to learn how to draw and often went to get lessons from artist-friend Jirayr “Jerry” Zorthian, and Jerry would get science lessons in return. Feynman even described mathematical formula using diagrams which allowed him to make extremely fast calculations.  There is a famous clip...

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Summer moments of wonder

It's June! Officially the start of the summer months. Which signs of summer do you notice at this time of year? The light evenings? Watching poppies unfold? Insects buzz in the sunshine? Watching the sun set over the sea (or perhaps enjoying the British seaside drizzle with some Fish and Chips)?  I started we are stardust as a way to share and celebrate moments of wonder for the natural world with our loved ones. Both art and science require us to use our imagination to gain a deeper understanding of nature and our place in the world. Art is a creative expression based on our experiences of the world. Science is our search to understand how the physical world works. In...

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