Saturday, December 12, 2015

She's Crafty - astronomy edition

You know that wonderful kind of synchronicity that happens once in a while? The thing that once you start thinking about a certain thing, you all of a sudden notice all kinds of similar bits of awesomeness? I mean, I know it's not really a coincidence. It's just that since I was reading all about Annie Jump Cannon for my recent post, I started noticing more astronomy-related things showing up in my social media feed. I'm sure it was always there, I'm just primed to see it now. Even so, it's still pretty cool.

Anyway, here are several really great items that I think you all would enjoy seeing as well.

Gracie has created this beautiful Solar System Necklace using a variety of materials -- glass, clay, ceramic, metal. I love that each planet is to scale! Of course, the wearer is the sun, right?

I've talked about the beautiful creations of Lauren Goldberg before. This textured silver pendant of Annie Jump Cannon is so elegant, though, that I have to mention it here as well. I think the floral texture is somehow so perfect for Annie's silhouette. It would make a beautiful science-y gift, don't you think?

Lauren and Tyler of JerseyMaids have a great collection of jewelry with a wide range of themes, but I'm especially fond of this Solar System Bracelet. It's simple, yet quite charming.

Ele Willoughby's shop, minouette, is filled with beautiful linocuts of various scientists and science-y things. I'm rather fond of this Henrietta Swan Leavitt print. I learned a bit about her work while researching Annie Jump Cannon, as they both worked together at the Harvard Observatory, and were friends in addition to being colleagues.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt (July 4, 1868 – December 12, 1921) was an American astronomer. In her day, women scientists were regularly hired to do menial chores. She was hired to count images on photographic plates as a "computer". In studying these plates, in 1908 she was able to deduce a ground-breaking theory, which allowed Hubble's later insight about the age and expansion of the universe. Her period-luminosity relation for Cepheid variable stars radically changed modern astronomy, an accomplishment for which she received little recognition during her lifetime.
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