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


Last updated on Apr 11, 2020

Still shipping! Got everything at home and USPS comes daily : )

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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Michele Banks


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About artologica

Sales 4,170
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, a group blog focusing on the intersection of science and culture, and I tweet @artologica.

Shop members

  • 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.

Production partners

  • 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.

Shop policies

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 : )

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If there is a problem with your order, please convo me immediately and I'll do whatever I can to make it right.
My shop has been set up to accept credit card payments through PayPal.

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If I do not receive payment within 24 hours of placing your order,
I reserve the right to cancel your order through Etsy.
All orders are carefully handled and shipped in protective packaging.
Please make sure your PayPal and Etsy addresses match.

Unless otherwise noted in a specific listing, most orders ship USPS
First Class mail within 2-5 business days of receiving cleared payment.
If you have any special shipping requests [priority, delivery confirmation,
insurance, etc], please contact me for an updated invoice.
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as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
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if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

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Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

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Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Michele Banks, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at artologica [!at] Alternately, you may mail me at:

Michele Banks, 1077 30th Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 USA