Last winter, I discovered I could make wonderfully light yet warm shawls with blow yarn. I switched to lighter yarns when spring came around. I picked up the blow yarn again now that autumn is here. Differently from last year, I now have an 8-shaft loom and experience with advancing twill and echo effects. In my new project with blow yarn, I made good use of these new tricks.
The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Solar Abundance shawl reminds us that all objects, even massive stars, are made up of tiny atoms. Atoms emit radiation of a certain color, somewhere between ultraviolet and infrared. An atom can be identified by the color of radiation that it emits, as the radiated color is different for atoms of different elements. The radiation of a star combines all these colors into a colorspectrum. By looking at the intensity of the different colors in this colorspectrum, it is possible to determine how much of each element it contains. In the case of the sun, this composition is called the Solar Abundance. The alternating green and petrol colors in the warp of this shawl symbolise the radiation colors of single atoms.
The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Luminosity shawl is inspired by the fact that starlight always contains a complete color palette. The radiation of a star spans the entire color spectrum of the rainbow --- from ultraviolet to infrared. The spectrum determines the luminosity of the star, a measure of how bright the star shines. Luminosity has a warp that gradually changes color, just as the light spectrum of a star does.
The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Milky Way and Andromeda shawls are symbolic of the unimaginable size of the universe. Andromeda and the Milky Way are two of the billions of galaxies present in the universe. Every one of these galaxies is a collection of millions of planetary systems, of which our Solar System is one. The central star of the Solar System is the sun and gravitational attraction lets the earth and seven other planets orbit around it. Our Solar System is part of the Milky Way and Andromeda is its neighbouring galaxy.
The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Ultraviolet shawl is a tribute to the brightest stars of our universe. Everything radiates. Not just stars, but also planets, plants, animals and people. This radiation is temperature-dependent and spans the entire color palette of the rainbow --- from ultraviolet to infrared. Us people give off infrared radiation, while the hottest stars in the universe radiate predominantly ultraviolet. These rare stars can reach temperatures of 30.000 °C. Their bright radiation allows us to observe them, even if they are very remote. The shades of violet in this shawl are inspired by these brightly shining stars.