Look Closely: That’s Cell Division on This Scarf

This silky, luxurious accessory from Artologica gave our Gift Guide judges a new and beautiful way to view science.

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We’re rolling out our picks for this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, which focuses on STEM-inspired goodies.

Business: Artologica
Product: Blue mitosis scarf
Price: $55
Website: etsy.com/shop/artologica

From mitosis and sunspots to blood cells and EKG readings, artist Michele Banks can find the beauty in anything. Her soft, abstract works — normally executed in watercolors — translate beautifully into chic scarves appropriate for any occasion. Yet it wasn’t until her work, “Blue Mitosis,” was chosen for the cover of a major scientific journal that she decided to make her art wearable. She says, “For an artist, mitosis is an irresistible concept that encompasses so many ideas — change, growth and symmetry — at the very root of what it means to be alive.”

Editor’s Note: Our judges agreed that anyone with an eye for beauty and an interest in science would enjoy them. They are inspired by the STEM fields, but not in an obvious way — rather, they offer an artistic and subtle approach for anyone who prefers to wear their passion for science on the outside.

Find more science-y must-haves in our complete guide!

Posted: December 4, 2014

The Story ExchangeLook Closely: That’s Cell Division on This Scarf