Washington, D.C., United States · 2079 Sales



Washington, D.C., United States 2079 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Paintings, collages, ornaments and silk scarves inspired by SCIENCE!
Follow me on Twitter @artologica

Last updated on Oct 22, 2015

Paintings, collages, ornaments and silk scarves inspired by SCIENCE!
Follow me on Twitter @artologica

Michele Banks

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Michele Banks

Pyramidal Neuron Silk Chiffon Scarf - Red
Blue Brain Cells Silk Scarf
Black Petri Dishes Silk Chiffon Scarf
Pastel Virus Silk Chiffon Scarf
Black Petri Dishes Silk Charmeuse Scarf
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nhirshbein on Oct 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great scarf. Thank you so much.


nhirshbein on Sep 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I love my scarf. Thank you.

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Beauty and brains! This luxurious silk scarf features paintings of neurons. It's a perfect geek chic gift.

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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, a group blog focusing on the intersection of science and culture, and I tweet @artologica.

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  • Michele Banks

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    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.

  • Middle Kingdom Inc

    Washington, 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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Last updated on February 3, 2011
I love to paint. So instead of painting one picture and making loads of prints, my preferred mode is to sell that one and make another. So each piece is unique.

This is cool because you own the only one in existence : )

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