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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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Painting the night sky - 'From the sketchbook' vlog

I've been testing different ways of painting the night sky for some new card additions to the we are stardust astronomy collection. I thought you may be interested in hearing about my experiments and the processes I go through to create a card so I created what I hope will be the first of a short video series called 'from the sketchbook'.   Which design do you like best? Do you have any tips on painting night skies? Let me know in the comments.   Explore more... Astronomy collection Featured design: Reach for the Stars - how I created the card We Are Stardust Journal sign up for updates on new designs

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'The Mushroom Hunters', a poem by Neil Gaiman: May inspiration

Have you ever felt that the history of science doesn't belong to us women? We hear and celebrate the fathers of science - Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein - but rarely learn about the mothers of science. A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine shared the most incredible poem with me - The Mushroom Hunters by Neil Gaiman (who wrote the fantasy novel Stardust). It celebrates the first ever scientists - the mothers of science - those who never made it into written history. The poem was written for the The Universe in Verse event put together by Maria Popova from Brain Pickings and Janna Levin, astrophysicist and writer. It was an evening of poetry celebrating science and the scientists who have...

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