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What Do Women, Science, and Socks Have in Common?

As a women-owned company, equal representation is important to us. We’re a bunch of hardcore science nerds too. What better way to celebrate two of our favorite things, women and science, than a collaboration with Rachel Ignotofsky?

Rachel Ignotofsky is the author of Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed The World, a book which sparked the inspiration for our latest Artist Collaboration. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible, using educational illustrations to make it exciting and easy to understand.

After we read Rachel’s book cover-to-cover, learned a lot, and geeked out over her fun and funky designs, we chose four powerful and diversely successful women to feature on a new collection of socks. So who are these women?

Celebrating 4 influential women in the world of science.

Ada Lovelace wrote an algorithm for Charles Babbage’s “Analytical Engine,” that had implications on future generations. She was one of the most consequential mathematical minds, and without her the world would be a much different place. She imagined the world with computers that could do more than calculations. Did she have an inkling that historians would go on to call her algorithm “the world’s first ever computer program” and start referring to her as the “mother of modern computing”? Probably not, unfortunately, but this is the legacy she left on the world we’ll go on to remember.

When a trio of male scientists won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for “discovering” the structure of DNA, they owed much of their success to colleague and our next ‘Woman In Science’, Rosalind Franklin. Trained as a chemist and X-ray crystallographer, Franklin directed part of the research team, and was especially brilliant when it came to microscopic imaging. Notably, Photo 51, an X-ray diffraction image that was taken under her supervision, is considered one of the most significant breakthroughs to understanding the double helix structure.

Been to a zoo? Well you owe a lot of what you see to this next woman. Joan Procter was fascinated by animals – especially reptiles and amphibians – from a young age. Her curiosity led her to a job and the National History Museum in London, where, despite not having a college education, she began engaging in academic zoology. As Curator of Reptiles for the London Zoo, she came up with a revolutionary idea that’s still very much in practice in zoos around the world today: modeling the animals’ zoo habitats after the animals’ natural habitats in the wild. It gives us a happier and healthier animals in captivity, and helps improve our understanding of them as both a scientist and as lovers of the zoo.

And finally, Elizabeth Blackwell grew up in a world where becoming a doctor wasn’t something that was the norm. Like many other professional pursuits, physicianship was a career held by men. But Elizabeth Blackwell believed she could do anything a man could do. After following her passion, she became the first woman to ever graduate from medical college. She was notably known for her influence in typhoid fever, helping establish England’s first medical school for women, and in the process, became one of the most admired physicians of her time.

Like we mentioned before, this collaboration means a lot to us. Not only are we celebrating inclusivity, science, and Rachel’s amazing work, but we’re celebrating women and STEM education. As part of this collaboration, we’ll be donating 20% of every pair sold to Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

So what are you waiting for? Check out these amazing limited edition socks and grab them while you can – all while donating to an amazing organization, Girls Who Code. If you want to learn more about Rachel Ignotofsky, check out the blog we wrote about her as part of our Cool Girl series.

Where does Kendra Dandy find inspiration? (Full interview)

Sock It to Me presents Artist Collaborations. Fresh and stylish new looks designed by artists Ryan Bubnis and Bouffants & Broken Hearts.

Kendra Dandy, the artist behind Bouffants & Broken Hearts, was kind enough to answer some questions for us, about where she gets her inspiration, designing for different kinds of apparel, and much more.

Sock It to Me: How would you describe your artistic style? Where does your inspiration come from?

Kendra Dandy: My style is fun and colorful. Vintage is one big source of inspiration. I love the funky patterns and color from the 60s. Beauty and fashion are some others. And nature and fruit. Fruit is one of my favorite things to draw. There are so many ways you can draw an orange. Whole or sliced. With or without leaves. I like to say that nature is the best designer and it’s true.

SITM: How should people feel when they’re wearing your SITM designs?

KD: Happy.

SITM: What’s the biggest difference between making art for a sock versus making art for other kinds of apparel?

KD: For me there isn’t much of a difference that I’ve noticed. It’s the same process of trying to come up with ideas that inspire me and put them down in my sketchbook. As the designer you have to trust your instincts, whether it’s for socks or a t-shirt or something else.

SITM: How do you overcome self-doubt and stay focused on your goals?

KD: I’ve chosen to make this my career so I have no choice but to overcome it. It’s uncomfortable but it’s normal. I just try remember my successes and remind myself that I enjoy art.

SITM: Why do you think you and SITM make such a great pair?

KD: Sock It to Me loves to collaborate and so do I. I’ve worked with them in the past. And because fun designs look great on socks!

See more from Kendra at theebouffants.com or follow her on Instagram @theebouffants.

How does Ryan Bubnis squash self-doubt? (Full interview)

Sock It to Me presents Artist Collaborations. Fresh and stylish new looks designed by artists Ryan Bubnis and Bouffants & Broken Hearts.

Ryan Bubnis answered some questions for us, about the differences between making art for a sock versus a mural, how he stays focused on his goals, and a whole lot more.

Sock It to Me: How would you describe your style? What inspires you?

Ryan Bubnis: My work is fun, playful, flat, graphic and deceptively simple. Some sources of inspiration for me have always been nature, skateboarding, music. And of course, hanging out with friends and family, and checking out the latest work by other image makers.

SITM: How should people feel when they wear your socks?

RB: I hope that people feel good, positive and optimistic when wearing them. Connection is a big reoccurring theme in my work. I love the idea that someone would connect enough with my work to wear my images on their feet.

SITM: What’s the biggest difference between creating art for a mural versus creating it for a sock?

RB: Working on a large-scale mural is very physical. Your whole body is involved in the process. Working on a smaller scale or designing graphics for something like socks, the execution of imagery is mostly done with your arm, wrist and hands. It’s a different kind of motor control. There’s also a concern about readability when working between these two extremes. A detailed image might work well on a wall, might not work when shrunken down…

SITM: How do you overcome self-doubt and remain focused on your goals?

RB: There are times when thoughts of self-doubt creep in. There is a certain amount of vulnerability that goes along with being an independent artist. It’s encouraging to hear that some of the most accomplished people struggle with these very same issues. I try my best to remain optimistic and use the adversity as motivation to keep pushing.

SITM: Why do you think you and SITM make such a great match?

RB: I’ve been a fan of Sock It to Me for some time. A few of my illustrator friends have worked with them. I think what it comes down to is that the designs are fun, playful, accessible and inclusive and those qualities are very much in line with my own.

Check out more of Ryan’s work at his website, ryanbubnis.com and get yourself a pair of his socks today!