Tuesday, September 9, 2008

August's Microbiology Challenge!

We had a great selection of entries for August's Microbiology Challenge! This challenge was picked from a variety of science fields and microbiology was a hit! (And included some very interesting discussions on fungus! :D ) We had enough entries that they wouldn't all fit in just one treasury, so we nabbed a second one on Etsy and filled it with the remaining entries plus other great team items!

Entries for the Micro challenge included:
iWunder: Cyanobacteria, hand knit wool skinny scarf

buttonbowerbird: Mouldy cupcake

minouette: Radiolarians - Original lino block print

Ulixis: Bacterial Notecards

Olumna: ACEO card

pandphomemades: Fantasies in Microbiology

sweettweelab: Mixed Media Reflection on Microbiology

buffalonerdproject: Phage Party Festive Apron

thecuriousbiologist: The Anatomy of a Cell

FurWillFly: Plush White and Red Blood Cells

Arctida: S. pneumoniae necklace

soap: Gram of Neis Cocks Eye Soap

EverettCole: Drop of Sea Water

molecularmuse: Pinned microbes

audelaine: When diatoms meet

You can find photos of the treasuries as well as other great team photos at our Flickr page too! For these and other great team items, you can search Etsy with the phrase "msoe team" or "msoeteam challenge" for items made for our various challenges :)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Platypus Challenge Treasury!

Our team challenge for July was the Platypus - a great choice seeing as this creature could practically be our team mascot! Recent genome research showed that the platypus is a conglomeration of a variety of organisms, having genes from mammals, birds, even reptiles! I kind of like to think the MSOE is a similar conglomeration of scientists and artists :)

This month we have entries from:
Skydragons - Flatypus
FurWillFly - Purple Pete the Plush Platypus
pandphomemades - Platypus Cloth Tote
sweettweelab - Platypus Taxonomy Wire Sculpture
buffalonerdproject - Evolution of the Platypus Totebag
deWiUK - Platypus Genome Bracelet

Check out the platypus entries in our treasury as well as other great items from the team (it'll be up til 1am EST on Etsy)!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Scientists Love Art Too!

So, just who are the Mad Scientists of Etsy? For that matter, you may be wondering what in the world Etsy is?

Etsy, http://www.etsy.com, in an online marketplace for handmade arts and crafts, art/craft supplies, and vintage items. Its not only a marketplace, but a great community too! The idea for the site is founded in a grassroots type of idea and movement, to promote hand made goods, rather than mass produced commercial items. Etsy is often mentioned in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and even the Martha Stewart show. Part of the Etsy community are 'teams'. Teams are groups of Etsy members, usually mostly sellers, who share a common interest - whether it be location, type of art/craft, or other interest. These teams then help to promote each other as well as the team, develop goals for the team, and have lots of fun!

The Mad Scientists of Etsy team was an idea brought about to unite scientists who were also artisans/crafters on Etsy. It was started up a few months ago, with a couple members and has since grown to almost 100 members! Scientists of all types are on the team, including geoscientists, biochemists, mathematicians, physiologists, primatologists, ecologists, and more! The team is even more diverse in the art and crafts everyone makes, from photographs to plushes to jewelry and glass work - with a number of items with science themes! To find team items you can use Etsy's search menu and type in "msoe team" to find team member's items.

One of the great things we have fun doing are monthly team challenges. We have a rotating list of themes, and vote on different ideas for the monthly challenges. Our very first one was called the 'Science as Art' challenge, as a way to showcase our individual interpretations of art. Last month we had our team challenge focus on a famous scientist, which was Leonardo Da Vinci and had some great entries! This month the challenge is 'platypus' (yes as in the duck billed variety) and there should be some very fun results! To find the items entered as team challenges, you can use Etsy's search menu and enter "msoeteam challenge" to bring them up.

We're finally to the place where the team is ready to grow an online presence, hence the start of a team blog, soon a website, and hopefully online advertising in the near future! On this blog there are plenty things to be featured here, such as team news and updates, results of team challenge entries, features and more! So please stop in regularly for a very lively and fun (dare I say even educational sometimes?) blog, and be sure to check out team members stores and blogs. Feedback or ideas are always welcome - feel free to leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you!

More info where to find us online:
Team Profile on Etsy: http://team.etsy.com/viewteam.php?id=265
Team Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/groups/msoe/


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