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I wanted to create a painterly style of space map unlike a lot of the darker imagery we're used to seeing associated with space. I was also inspired by trail guides and maps with keys that showcase important information about a destination. So I decided to make a key showing which planets are hot and which are cold (and of course, which one is just right!).
A few years ago I experienced the most beautiful night sky ever on Aitutaki, a small island lost in the Pacific, part of the Cook Islands. Never have I seen so many stars in my life, it was as if I was floating in the middle of the Milky Way (well, technically we are :) ). As I was staring into the night I couldn't help myself wonder if there were anyone else on the other side of the Universe staring at a similar but different star filled sky. What if, somewhere, other beings would also be amazed by their night sky? Maybe they would have a different type of moon, or would be facing strange planets? This is what inspired me this illustration :) But to be a reminder of my memories, the constellation represented are actually the ones I saw on that night of 2015.
This is the map of a mysterious planet located within the Kuiper Belt, a field of comets near the outer solar system. It is inhabited by alien creatures who feed on purple, glowing particles called Twilits to survive, allowing them to use magic to create entire continents and oceans.
I wanted to give the planets little personalities of their own, whilst having fun with the notion of gravity. I used a selection of vintage and existing fabrics, and accessorised the planets using crochet, trims and tassels. It is housed within a handmade diorama lined with inky corduroy that has been decorated with tiny felt stars and French knots.
'A dwarf planet, that's what Pluto is', quipped my 6yo. OMG so the mnemonic 'My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets is no longer valid!' That messy space is typically a scene at home when we are searching for something. We come across everything else than what we were searching for. Lol!