The Stardust Collection: Binary Star

The Stardust Collection: Binary Star

The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. A binary star consists of two stars that orbit a shared center of gravity. Just like the sun, a binary star can be the center of a planetary system. Binary stars form when a star-to-be breaks into two pieces and both develop into a star. The pattern of this shawl is inspired by a binary star, as the complete shawl contains just two repeats of a large star motif.
The Stardust Collection: Supernova

The Stardust Collection: Supernova

The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. For millions of years, a star obtains a balance between two forces: an outward-directed force due to nuclear fusion and the inward-directed gravitational force. At the end of a star's life, there is no fuel left for nuclear fusion and the star cannot counteract the gravitational force any longer. The star collapses and explodes into a supernova. This shawl with its large star patterns symbolises the major extent of a supernova.
The Stardust Collection: Milky Way and Andromeda

The Stardust Collection: Milky Way and Andromeda

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: Ultraviolet

The Stardust Collection: Ultraviolet

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.
The Stardust Collection: Nebula

The Stardust Collection: Nebula

The Stardust Collection combines my love for weaving with my fascination for the universe. The Nebula shawl symbolises the birth of a star out of stardust from an old star. At the end of a star's life, it collapses and explodes into a supernova. The remaining cloud of dust contains the building blocks for new stars and planets. This dust cloud is called a nebula. Gravitational differences within the nebula cause parts of the nebula to clump together. These precursors of stars and planets grow to full-sized celestial bodies, a proces that formed the inspiration for the Nebula shawl.