I love these beautiful handcrafted cards by Agnes Beck – scientist, artist and creator of We Are Stardust – and her fun and factual take on the traditional “I love you to the moon and back” card , rewording it as “to the moon and back = 477170 miles of love” Send this to your loved ones for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or just to tell them how much they mean to you. Blank inside for your own message.
Front text: “to the moon and back = 477170 miles of love”
Back text: “The distance from the earth to the moon and back is approximately the same as going around the earth’s equator 19 times. That’s a lot of love!”Size: 12.7 x 17.8 cm
Envelope: Recycled brown fleck Kraft
Cello wrap: biodegradable
Card: 300gsm Soft Castillo White, Forestry Stewardship Council certified
Medium: black ink fine liner pen; pen and ink text
Agnes is a wonderful mix of scientist and artist. As a child she used to imagine she was an explorer in a jungle gathering unusual animal specimens on mysterious tropical islands or discovering ancient civilisations. I’d draw maps of my explorations and collect strange stones, shells and flowers. At school she loved both art and science and studied them all the way up to age 18. She now spends most of her week working in the field of science communication, with some of the best scientific minds and the oldest research institutions in the country. But every Friday, she spends the day illustrating and designing at her home in St Albans.
We Are Stardust is a natural progression from her childhood imaginations. She first had the idea when she worked at the Science Museum and looked at the products in the shop all for people who love science. She wanted to create a shop for everyone who loves learning about the natural world, so she started We Are Stardust in 2013 as a shop for nature lovers and curious minds. In her words:
“Everything and everyone is connected. We are one, small part in this giant, amazing universe, the scope of which we can’t comprehend…We all rely on each other and on nature to survive and be content. So let’s look after each other, be compassionate, empathetic and kind…Experience the big, strong and loud as well as the small, delicate and quiet. Take care of the world around you, and the ones you love. We only have this life!”