I’m really excited to introduce our new line of leggings! They’re still being tweaked for sizing, but will be up on my Etsy shop and in Wadoo by May.
‘So what’s so exciting about these leggings?’ you may ask. I’m glad you asked. You see, there is a panel of interesting fabric running down the side of the tights. And this fabric was designed by yours truly based on scanning electron microscope images*. The images I have printed on fabric so far are of lily pollen and a rat’s spinal cord, but expect to be getting in more designs soon of rat cerebellar neurons (used in movement) and rat hippocampal neurons (the hippocampus is a part of the brain’s memory system).
Here’s the first prototype that I made for a good friend of mine as a birthday present (she’s the adorable one with the matching blue hair):
The panel down the side of this prototype is a lily pollen image that has been mirrored to create the diamond pattern and then falsely colored.
Here are the other colors I’ve printed so far (the same lily pollen image in magenta, the teal lily pollen, and a rat spinal cord in browns/oranges):
And here are the designs I’m expecting to get in during the month of April (the first one is cerebellar neurons and the second one is hippocamal pyramidal neurons):
Keep your eyes peeled for more information on these guys. I’m going to try to finish prototypes this week and get a draft of packaging done so I can start making them for sale.
*Scanning electron microscopy is really cool, and if you want to see some other images using this technology, I highly suggest doing a Google Image search of “scanning electron microscopy”. There are some especially pretty photos of snowflakes and bacteria.
The Coloradoan (Fort Collins’ local newspaper) has a gift guide every year to give people ideas and inspiration for their holiday gifts. It’s full of gifts for him and gifts for her and gifts for food lovers and gifts for children and gifts for pets and gifts for pretty much every other person and for every reason you can think. I’m sure there’s a page in there that is dedicated to gifts for that one relative that you never talk to but feel the need to get them something they were nice to you as a kid.
Anyway, this guide came out on Black Friday, and Plaidypus is in it! Sure, it claims I make felted wood cup cozies (which, in case you were wondering, isn’t a thing) rather than felted wool ones, but it wouldn’t be a true feature without a glaring typo (right?). And publicity is publicity, so I’m not complaining.
Here’s the bit of the page that is dedicated to our (now famous) felted wool (not wood) coffee cup cozies.
And here it is in context of the full page:
That’s like a whole 1/8 of a page! Which doesn’t seem like much, but considering I didn’t have to pay anything for this opportunity and that an ad that size can cost a fortune, I’m pretty excited. So remember us this holiday season. You can come get some coffee cup cozies, as well as many of our other products, at Wadoo or online at the Plaidypus store.
We also still have one more fair for the year (next weekend!), so keep your eyes peeled for that as well. I’ll post specifics soon on here.
I found out this week that Plaidypus is mentioned in the Summer 2014 edition of FortCollins Magazine! FortCollins Magazine, as its tag line says, is there to celebrate life in Northern Colorado (I’m assuming the focus is on Fort Collins, since the name is in the title, but I guess there are articles and advertisements for other parts of Northern Colorado as well).
The magazine did a spread on what to do in Downtown Fort Collins, and our favorite store, Wadoo, has its own paragraph in which Plaidypus is mentioned.
Okay, sure it’s only (half) a sentence, but publicity is publicity! And the writer called my aprons and headbands “funky,” which I very much like (I’ve decided to look past the fact that he/she/they erroneously typed my tag line as “Freaks of Fashion” rather than “Freak of Fashion,” because you can’t always have your cake and eat it, too).
Here’s the excerpt of the paragraph talking about Wadoo and Plaidypus: