Next Stop: Mars with Mae Jemison

by Summer Ash

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Mae Jemison in person as part of a celebration of National Geographic's upcoming special on Mars (part documentary, part drama). Dr. Jemison was a science advisor on the project and helped the team to accurately portray astronaut behavior in crisis as well as how the bunks of the spacecraft should be designed. And she would know, having flown on the Space Shuttle as a Mission Specialist for STS-47.  

After a panel discussion to open the day, I was fortunate enough have Dr. Jemison all to myself for almost half and hour! Knowing I would have this amazing opportunity, I came prepared thanks to Celine...

In addition to personally wearing one of Slow Factory's Women Who Inspire scarves featuring Dr. Jemison along with fellow astronaut, Jan Davis, Celine gave me the scarf of Dr. Jemison alone to present to her in person. So before my time with her was up, I showed her the full design on the scarf I was wearing and told her all about the Women Who Inspire collection. She was amazed such a thing even existed. To her surprise, I then gave her the second scarf and needless to say, she loved both. I managed to get this photo of both of us rocking our scarves in celebration of women everywhere. 

The day ended with a screening of the first episode of the MARS miniseries so clearly I had to represent the red planet with some more Slow Factory

If you don't know Dr. Jemison's work already, I highly recommend reading up on her. A former dancer, she entered college at age 16 and finished medical school by age 25. She then did a stint in the Peace Corps before going on to become the first African American women in space (such a slacker!). One of her current projects it the 100 Year Starship which aims to make interstellar travel a reality in the next 100 years by "including the broadest swath of people and human experience in understanding, shaping and implementing this global aspiration."

National Geographic's MARS airs nationwide on Monday, November 14th. You can already stream the first episode online and there are three more to come. It's a stunning mix of science and narrative jumping between the present in 2016 and the future first crewed mission to Mars in 2033. It will inspire the hell out of you. 

Summer Ash is the Director of Outreach for Columbia University’s Department of Astronomy. Having been both a rocket scientist and a radio astronomer, she’s now harnessing her powers for science communication. She is the "In-House Astrophysicist" for The Rachel Maddow Show and has written for The AtlanticScientific American, Slate, and Nautilus Magazine. She tweets as@Summer_Ash and is also one-half of Startorialist.

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Slow Factory & Travel

by Celine Semaan Vernon

We want to see where the scarves have been...

Kilimanjaro


Iceland

Dune Field on Mars shot in Iceland #hirise #nasa #knowledgeisforeveryone @meredithtruax @0h_liv_ya

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Jamaica

Peace

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Burning Man

Slow Factory at #burningman @ladytrillionaire + @ronankenny ❤️

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Capsule Show!

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Here we are! Day 2 of Capsule Women Show for Fall in NYC!!

I was terrified, this is a selfie of me going there on Day 1. #firstcapsuleshow

Our Look Books fresh off the press! #capsuleshow

Our booth version 1

Our booth version 2

New friends!

Day 2 #selfie #capsuleshow

Our amazing (new) packaging!

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Series of Oneness

by Celine Semaan Vernon

 We have ONE available left in each of these prints. Time to break the piggy bank and get some of these unique beauties for your love ones!! First come first serve. We have been selling out quicker than we thought. As Tina Roth puts it in her Tattly blog post Things I have learned so far:

5. Prepare for success
I admit, I wasn’t prepared for the success. Luckily I was able to scale up very quickly and keep up with demand, which probably comes with the nature of the temporary tattoo business. This might not have been possible if I sold something with a much longer product cycle.
So, ask yourself, what if I get a ton of orders within the first few weeks? Can my business scale? Do I have a plan on how I will do that? Am I building my business on a system that will allow me to grow?
So here we go! Enjoy!
Photos are by the one and only Yannick Grandmont!

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We <3 NASA

by Celine Semaan Vernon

Sea Ice off eastern Greenland

This is definitely our inspiration for next season. NASA's images of our dear and dying Earth.

EARTH <3 <3

After looking outside of her we want to zoom back into Earth and honor its beauty. Our favorite Flickr contact is for sure the NASA Goddard one! Open Data and science is what makes us vibrate here at Slow Factory. Stay tuned for our next collection and events!

What is this image about?

"NASA image acquired October 16, 2012
The MODIS instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image of Sea Ice off eastern Greenland on October 16, 2012."

xo- Slow Factory

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