When the discovery of Gravitational Waves was announced, it took me only a few days to make a dress inspired by the discovery. Imagine that; now we won't just be observing space, we'll be listening to it! It might be a bit much to take in, but there are several great videos that try to explain how groundbreaking this is.
The Gravitational Waves Dress combines the data of the original discovery into a flattering plaid pattern. I was so honored to be invited down to visit LIGO Caltech and learn more about the decades of work behind the discovery. Unknown to me several of the LIGO scientists have a Scottish heritage, which makes the design extra special to them. What's extra special to me, as an artist and science enthusiast, is to see them wear the design.
As the dress became popular, I also started getting requests for a matching tie. I don't have the ability to make ties myself (all my dresses are handmade in California), but I found a site called Zazzle that lets me upload my designs and have them handle production and shipping. I originally intended for it to just be a favor to those who specifically requested the tie, but after a constant stream of requests I've now made it available to the public on my Zazzle store.
I've also made earrings to match the Gravitational Waves Dress, as well as a t-shirt for a more casual look. I imagine we'll have more situations like the one below where David Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO project, is interviewed by Rebecca Andersen (OSA)