* lab sampler

Posted on May 12th, 2007 by maitreya. Filed under Cross Stitch/Embroidery.

I’ve been working on this sampler for a while now, and finally mounted it the other night over at Becket’s house. The backstory is, a few months ago I was complaining about a lousy review one of my papers got. It was so unreasonable, blah blah blah. In the middle of my rant, a good friend and colleague gave me the best science career advice ever: get used to it. All the bad science things that happen, lousy reviews, experiments that don’t work, personal conflicts, etc, there is nothing you can do about them. So get used to it. Best. Advice. Ever. I used to get upset over this kind of stuff, but now I just say get used to it. It had to be embroidered into a sampler.


The design inspiration is the building my lab is in. There are these funny louvers that are supposed to cast a DNA-like shadow, and the prevailing color scheme is burnt orange and dark dark brown. The louver pattern took a bit of trial and error to get the right aspect ratio, but I’m pretty happy with it. Haha, now I will tack it up on my wall to scare the grad students.

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photo credit to Becket

10 Responses to “lab sampler”

  1. futuregirl Says:

    Sounds like good advice for life in general. ;)

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I got the ‘double helix’ reference straight off! God, I miss science. Your lab building is far far more gorgeous than anywhere I ever worked.

  3. laurie Says:

    ha! makes complete sense – love it!

  4. Jane Says:

    Oh I LOVE it! I’m a genetics grad student, so that advice definitely applies to me. Think I’ll have to make something like yours to put up in my lab!

  5. abbyjane Says:

    I really like how you worked this architectural pattern into needlework! So cool.

  6. Melissa Says:

    Love it! I’m in an old lab from the 60s but I get to look next door at a pretty lab like that.

  7. lisa s Says:

    it’s brilliant!

  8. fert Says:

    alternative (though negative) sampler sayings:
    “why is my gel crooked?”
    “rats behaving badly”
    “cv fodder”

  9. fillyjonk Says:

    I’m in the middle of finishing up some manuscripts (looking ahead to applying for full professor in a couple of years – gotta get some pubs out). I think I need one of those samplers.

    Except, I’m an ecologist, so I’d have to have mycorrhizae or prairie plants on the border of mine.

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