Archive for March, 2017

hats for science

Lynne Rae Perkins

I’m planning the hat I’m going to make and wear at the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on April 22. My friend Kate, a costume designer for theater, is making a solar system hat that lights up. It will probably be amazing. I saw a picture of a boy, on the internet, who had also made a solar system hat. His was pretty spectacular, too:

As for my own ideas, some of them have been fairly simple. Like a windmill hat, for renewable energy research:

And some have been perhaps a little too complicated. This well-known wood engraving (called “the Flammarion engraving) by an unknown artist, has often been used as a metaphor for the search for knowledge, scientific or mystical:

The hat I envisioned:

This Scherenschnitte (paper cut) by Swiss artist Susanne Schlapfer-Geiser:

struck me as wonderful inspiration for a hat about biodiversity. It’s even the right…

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