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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 11 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

OliviaBy Olivia
First created
OliviaBy Olivia
First created
$233
pledged of $350pledged of $350 goal
14
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 11 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

About (tl;dr version)

Hi there! I'm Olivia, and I'm an astrochemist and artist who shares her art and love of space science online under the mantra of the sky is not the limit. For my birthday I've set up my very first Kickstarter to help me fund some new enamel pins! The base goal of $350 will cover manufacturing costs (~60%), Kickstarter fees (~10%), and shipping (~30%)

About (the long version)

I'm an astrochemist who loves to communicate her science, whether through public speaking or writing or art. I started grad school a few years ago, and between coursework, pinning down a research project, writing proposals, and moving to southern California with an infant, I felt I had to put down my paintbrushes. 

Last summer brought a lot of excess stress from travel, my rent going up, more travel, taking on my Ph.D. candidacy exam (i.e. an awkward oral "exam" in which three faculty members decide whether you are worthy of being Ph.D.-worthy), and more travel. At some point, I jammed some colored pencils to paper to relieve some stress and drew a picture of one of the telescopes I use. Thus I returned to creating art.

Most of my art is inspired by science, from stickers featuring sketches of spacecraft visiting other worlds to hand-painted earrings cradling stellar nurseries. I've also started designing enamel pins, and I have several ideas lined up. Unfortunately having enamel pins made is a cost-intensive process. So, I'm asking for your help in making these pins a reality.

I sell my science-inspired art (SciArt) online, and I use the profits to help set off the costs of science communication. I enjoy giving public talks and chatting with students and even setting up workshops for budding scientists. But, as a graduate student, and as a grad student-parent, the costs of travel (gas is much more expensive in SoCal than in PA where I grew up) and materials (like crayons and stickers to give out to kids) have become a barrier. That being said, not only are you funding these pins, but you are helping me to produce something that will financially enable me to share science with others.

But enough about me. Let's talk about this project.

The Pin

Don't forget to look up astronaut helmet pin

  • 1.15" (29 mm) at widest point
  • Soft enamel with nickel plating
  • Rubber clutch to keep secure

I designed this pin as a reminder to look up and enjoy the night sky. Just like in my store, I offer free shipping to the U.S. and have adjusted international shipping costs accordingly.

What I'm most excited about with this pin is how you can interpret it in any number of ways. If you are an astronomer who is always cowering over your data, perhaps this pin can be a reminder of what drew you to study the stars in the first place. Perhaps you've been having a rough time of it and can only see the ugliness that consumes you; this pin might be a reminder that there is beauty out there waiting for you to see it. Or maybe you've had dreams of being an astronaut, and this pin reminds you to keep looking forward to those dreams. Maybe you just like space and don't really want to think about what this pin means. Anyway, while I designed this pin, I hope that you can make it yours.

Stretch Goals

As I mentioned above, I have a couple of other pin designs lined up. Without giving too much away, these pins celebrate some of the groundbreaking moments in space science. One looks back to the journey to land humans on the Moon, and the other shares the more recent first detection of gravitational waves. Should either of these be unlocked, I will post an update showing the designs, and you will be able to choose which pin(s) come as your reward via a survey sent out at the end of the campaign. You can also adjust your pledge to get more pins if you'd like!

Black hole merger gravitational waves unlocked at $675

  • 1.15" (29 mm) at widest point
  • Soft enamel with black nickel plating
  • Rubber clutch to keep secure
  • Glitter accents

Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket unlocked at $1000

  • 1.57" (40 mm) at widest point
  • Soft enamel with black nickel plating
  • Rubber clutch to keep secure

No Pins, No Problem

Maybe you don't like pins. That's totally cool. I could still use your help. All pledges of at least $1 will receive a PDF of a coloring page made exclusively for this campaign. It won't ever be available in my SciArt shop; it will be made special, just for backers like you!

Risks and challenges

The final design of the funded pin(s) may be altered slightly, and the colors of the final product may appear differently than they do on your computer or cell phone screen. While I will do everything I can to get your rewards to you in a timely manner, I have no control over much of the manufacturing process. It can take up to a week for me to receive a proof of the pin, and production and shipping can take over a month. Shipping times may be negatively impacted by weather or other events. Nevertheless, I will be timely on my end and will do everything I can do have everything to you promptly. Should I be made aware of any manufacturing issues, I will communicate them to you so that I can be transparent about the progress of the project.

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