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Life is full of phases

"People in centuries past planned night time journeys and autumn harvests according to the lunar phases; the bright full Moon helped light the roads and fields." In April 2020 I will be launching a range of cards, notelets, postcards and prints all about the Moon's phases. My recent research about the Moon's phases has given me a renewed perspective of how incredible our existence on this Earth is. It is spring time in the UK and I am noticing new shoots coming up from the ground, leaves appearing on the trees, and bees buzzing again - all thanks to the Earth's slight tilt and the its orbit around the Sun.  Similarly, I now notice the Moon's orbit and cycle more:...

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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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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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