artologica

Artologica

Washington, D.C.
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Announcement    Original art and stylish accessories inspired by SCIENCE!
Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @artologica

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Last updated on Mar 14, 2022

Original art and stylish accessories inspired by SCIENCE!
Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @artologica

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Michele Banks

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About artologica

Sales 4,461
On Etsy since 2010

Inspired by science, expressed in paint

I've been a professional artist for over a decade, selling my work at festivals and in galleries. I was intrigued by biological images, and I painted lots of them, but I wanted to connect with a geekier audience than I was finding at festivals. In 2010, I decided to try expanding online. Things started a little slowly, but once I was featured in some science blogs, word started getting around about the woman who paints cells and viruses.

Once I got connected with some scientists and bloggers on twitter, a great dialogue began, with ideas and images pouring in and artwork pouring out.

Friends had been suggesting to me for years that I put my artwork on fabric, so in 2012, I decided to try making some scarves based on my paintings. Luckily, my friend Alison was already producing gorgeous scarves for museums and high end shops. She helped guide me through the process, and now scarves are a big part of my business.

The scarves are the only things in my shop not fully handmade by me. I paint the picture, get it photographed professionally, photoshop it to the right dimensions, and have the image digitally printed on silk. It's a fairly long and expensive process, which is why I can't take orders for one-of-a-kind scarves.

In addition to the scarves, I've been making little paintings in petri dishes for two years now. They're great as Christmas ornaments or just to hang on a wall.

In addition to painting sciencey stuff, I blog weekly about science and art at TheFinchandPea.com, a group blog focusing on the intersection of science and culture, and I tweet @artologica.

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  • Michele Banks

    Owner, Maker

    I'm a painter and collage artist based in Washington, DC. Most of my work is inspired by the beauty and wonder of science. I'm a full-time artist - in addition to selling on etsy, I show and sell my work at festivals and in galleries.

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  • Middle Kingdom Inc

    D.C., United States

    Middle Kingdom was founded by husband and wife team Bo Jia and Alison Alten Jia in 1998. They design and make fine porcelains and bespoke silk scarves for clients including the MFA Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Field Museum.

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