Inspiration: Galaxy

by Amy on July 7, 2011

 Inspired by Meg’s opportunity to live tweet the NASA space shuttle launch, here are some cool things from around the web.

Clock Parasol (via If It’s Hip, It’s Here)

As an extremely pale lady as well as someone who never wears a watch, this parasol-cum-sundial designed by Kota Nezu is pretty perfect. Did I mention, it also has a compass? So maybe the connection to astronauts and space is a bit thin, but the sun is a star, and telling time using the sun’s position is just about as geeky as you can get.
Read more about it here, or buy it here.Space Quilts (via Dwell)

Truly artworks, Jimmy McBride’s detailed quilts are inspired by space. Each work depicts a scene from space (or a fictional space battle). My favorite is  “M1 V2 (The Crab Nebula).” The Crab Nebula is a supernova remnant, and one NASA image is obviously the inspiration for McBride’s intricate quilt:

International Year of Astronomy (2009) posters (via Creative Review)
Simon Page’s posters for the International Year of Astronomy are a few years old, but they are beautifully designed and worth mentioning. Page originally designed the posters for his portfolio, but they garnered so much attention that he made them available as prints. Take a look at his other work, I especially appreciate one titled “The Droids.”

Christopher Kane’s 2011 resort collection is one of my favorites this year. He created prints based on NASA images. The clothing is beautifully cut and has simple lines, letting the astonishingly beautiful textiles take over as the star (haha, get it?) of the garment. Here is a round-up on the Opening Ceremony blog, complete with a comparison between images on the NASA iPhone app and one of the dresses.


Other designers have been inspired by stars and space, including the fantastic Setareh Mohtarez. I discovered her on Design For Mankind. Erin obviously has a love of galaxy-inspired fashion (and puns).

For some clothing that’s more affordable, check out this collection of starry custom kicks on Zazzle.

A round-up is not complete unless there’s a link to Etsy – so here is a really rad Moon crater ring.

If you want to get your hands dirty (or sparkly), here are two galaxy-inspired tutorials.

Galaxy playdough tutorial.

Galaxy manicure tutorial video.

And finally, an oldie you may have missed. Mae Jemison – astronaut, doctor, dancer, art collector – gave a TED talk in 2002 about the importance of teaching science and art together. Pretty much – pull the two concepts together, pair logic and intuition to create a better thinker. Of note, however, is that in 2002 she was talking about making changes for ten to fifteen years in the future, and here we are, ten years from 2002. Let’s get moving and push to put Jamison’s ideas into practice. (Blast from the past – her old-school power point slides, woo!).



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