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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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National Stationery Week 2017

  This year National Stationery Week is championing the fact that writing matters. Writing, be it a short story, a letter to loved ones or just a personal diary, encourages the imagination to run wild whilst committing your emotions to a sheet of paper. Each we are stardust card captures a fact, story or curiosity, so that when you post a we are stardust card to your loved one, you gift them with a moment of wonder for the natural world. To celebrate National Stationery Week, we are stardust is offering FREE UK SHIPPING on all orders and a FREE GREETINGS CARD for all A4 print orders until midnight on 1 May 2017.  Browse the shop Free shipping code: NSW2017

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Featured design: Reach for the stars!

Each card design takes me a few days to create and perfect. I often create them a few hours here and there over a couple of months. In these feature blogs I hope to start introducing how I approach and create the we are stardust designs so you can see what goes into making my cards and prints. This month, I'm focussing on the Reach for the stars design, just released as an A4 print. The idea It first came to me when browsing the cards in Paperchase. I saw a 'reach for the stars' card and it got me wondering, how far away are 'the stars' exactly? I guess, our Sun is the closest, but what about after the...

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April inspiration: Talking trees

  I read in a recent @countrylivinguk magazine article that trees in ancient woodlands support each other. If one of them gets diseased or damaged the surrounding trees connect with it through their roots to give it water and nutrients. The woodland is acting like a macro organism because together the trees protect each other and are more likely to survive. But it only happens in the ancient woodlands where trees have had time to bond. Such a beautiful and mysterious action and sentiment. Something to inspire your Friday! . #FridayFeeling #moodygrams #mistyfoggymilkymoody #forest #nature #momentsofmine #amomentintime #liveauthentic #littlestoriesofmylife #seeksimplicity #momentslikethese #exploretocreate #livelittlethings #seekmoments #thequietwinter #exploremore #freestylecreativeliving #theartofslowliving #stillswithstories #gatherandcurate #findtheminimal #untoldvisuals #momentsofmine #thegentlemanifesto #alifeofintention #aslowmovement #thisismykingdom #thesimpleeveryday #flashesofdelight A...

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We are stardust explores...interview with artist Melissa Jordan

I have known Melissa Jordan since I was 16. I was impressed with her creativity and her commitment to and love of art. She was always making interesting objects - I remember intricate books made of perspex and threads, each with many layers. Melissa went on to gain a distinction in MA Sculpture from the Royal College of Art and is now a professional artist. Her work reminds me of hidden stories, often with sinister or mysterious undertones. Her sculptures have been exhibited in London, New York and Berlin. I am really honoured to have Melissa take part in this second interview for the we are stardust explores... blog series. The series will see me interview artists and scientists, asking...

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