The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful when it comes to gifts. I love science, art, and creative presents, but it’s usually difficult to find places that provide all of that in one place. So I thought I’d give anyone in the same situation a little help with my short list of five unique SciArt shops to support this holiday season. You’ll be helping a lot of great causes since all these shops are small business and women-owned. Take a look at a few of my favorite shops and the fun, science-y art they offer to see if there’s anything for the science lover in your life.
Shopping for a crafty chemist? Look no further than Elemental Carbon. Shop owner Alyssa has some beautiful artwork and jewelry in her shop, but the real standouts are her handcrafted liquid watercolors. The colors are stunning and I love the science inspired labels. My favorite colors are Mint Julep and Hibiscus. The best part is the colors can be turned into tons of shades by using more or less water. Alyssa writes that they can be used for hand lettering/modern calligraphy, watercolor painting, and more. They can be bought as singles, sets, or the entire collection. Be sure to check out her shop on Etsy.
Yara, self-described graduate student by day and maker by night, has hundreds of products in her shop, everything from prints to notebooks to mugs. I first found her shop on Instagram, and every time on her of her photos pops up, I can’t help hitting the like button. Not only is her art gorgeous, they’re full of wit and comedic relief. She takes topics that are usually stressful and turns them into fun mugs that will make anyone stressing out about their research smile. While her Seize the Data notebook was the first product I ever saw and is still one of my favorites, I have to feature her A Woman’s Place is in the Lab mug. I’m a sucker for any “A woman’s place..” merch, and this is one I definitely need to add to my collection. This mug is perfect for anyone who believes women have a place in STEM. If you know anyone who doesn’t believe that, give them coal instead.
Y’all know the love I have for SciChic and its amazing owner, Erin. I featured her a couple of years back, and she’s gone some amazing places and grown SciChic even more since then. 3D printing is the cornerstone of SciChic, and are perfect for every science lover out there. Erin’s designs range from coding and robotics to space and weather. They’re super affordable and great fro all ages. Erin is passionate about what she does, and that comes through in all her work. My latest favorite is her You Have the Power Necklace. Because, yes, we do have the power. If you’re simply a technology fan or love the message behind the necklace, this piece is perfect for you. Check out her shop for more cool products and to watch her 3D printing in action.
Chrissy Sparks Art
The final frontier meets the forest in the beautiful artwork from Chrissy Spark Art. From canvases to slices of wood to leaves, Chrissy can paint it all on anything. Just scrolling through her Instagram had me hooked. I can’t get over how stunning the Pink & Purple Nebula Cosmic Leaf Art is. And how cool of a name is that? Cosmic Leaf Art! Tell me that isn’t cool. Y’all know how much I love space and nature, and that I want to work for NASA’s social media or communications team as a dream job. This artwork just speaks to me on so many levels. Her hand-painted Mini Wood Slice Christmas Ornament would be the perfect addition to any Christmas tree, or even just to hang in your room to dream of the stars. I know I’ll have to get my hands on some for my apartment. Hand-painting an entire colorful nebula on a single leaf takes creativity, talent, dedication, and passion. Chrissy clearly has all of this, because all of her artwork is simply stunning.
Christine and Tera make gorgeous, science-inspired pins, patches, and zines for their shop Two Photon Art. You can see their passion and excitement for science in all of these eclectic, fun pieces. Their enamel pins are colorful, fun, and a great way to show off some fun science flair. My favorite pin they have up right now is the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell enamel pin. It’s one of those tidbits of information everyone always seems to remember from school no matter how long it’s been. This would look perfect on any budding biologists backpack, bulletin board, or jacket. Keep an eye on their Instagram for knew products in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to snagging one of those decorative Petri dishes.