Space: The Final Frontier

I hate to admit it, but I didn’t get to vote yesterday because I was frantically trying to get this piece done.  It is called “Enterprise Generation”.  From my etsy shop description:

An original counted thread embroidery piece. Cotton thread on canvas. Finished piece is approximately 6×9 inches.

Two news stories from NPR were the inspiration for this piece. The first was story about graduating seniors and the annual list of things that this graduating class has or has not experienced. Seniors that graduated this year have always had computers and cell phones, they have never had cassette tapes or film cameras and so on. The very next story was about the last few missions of the Space Shuttle and how the shuttles were soon to be retired. Those two thoughts came together and I realised that very soon that list would include “The students graduating this year have never seen a space shuttle launch.” What a sad thought!

This piece tells that story. I imagine a future student typing in a search to their computerized something and coming up with this information about the Enterprise Shuttle OV-101 and the Space Shuttle Missions.

(For those detail nuts, you will notice that the date for STS-133 is incorrect. It was supposed to launch Tuesday and they postponed it for a possible launch on Thursday. Good luck, Discovery!)

The “future” computer screen is inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation consoles, as is the title of the piece.  The dates are faux star dates; faux because star dates are in the future and these refer to past events.  The right side is all Space Shuttle Enterprise facts and the latitude/longitude is the museum where the shuttle is currently on display.  The left side is the final few shuttle missions, complete with error as I mentioned above.  You can see more detail photos here.

Why?  Etsy and NASA have collaborated on a contest.  Grand prize winner gets to be a guest at the final space shuttle launch and your piece could fly on the shuttle.  So I had to finish the piece in time to enter.  I had actually started designing this summer and stitching was underway but they just announced the contest about 3 weeks ago so it has been furious work to finish in time.  You will be able to vote for my piece to be a finalist starting sometime next week.  I will let you know!


  1. marge November 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    how fun – launch is now scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) afternoon, 3:00ish. please let me know more about the voting process.


  2. Mother of the Artist November 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    NICE piece of work! All waiting for launch here, especially Little Sister.

  3. marge November 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

    now scheduled for Nov 30 at the earliest. marge

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