The other day my three year old took to his bedroom wall with a piece of chalk and drew “Some stars in the night sky”. He had heard me talking about my plan to draw a star chart on his bedroom wall in glow-in-the-dark chalk and got a little eager. His walls are dark blue so the white chalk looked pretty good, even if the stars were hard to make out amongst the scribble. I probably should have been mad, but he was so proud of his picture. (I know. This will come back to bite me.)
After doing a bit of research, I have found so many great star charts that I might just assign a space theme to the whole room and get stuck in to pushing a career in astro-physics onto him now. Never too young right?
There are plenty of fabulous vintage star charts on Etsy, mainly lithographic plates that have been pulled out of map books, but there are also lots of great modern takes on it. Artist/author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers painted a star chart egg for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York this Easter, and Anya Hindmarch has created an astrological generator to go with her SS14 range which you can type your date of birth into to find out all your astrological details; star signs; moon signs; the day you were conceived (err, TMI?).
Heather Lins makes a Stitch The Stars Kit, which you can embroider yourself. Or for a truly bespoke option, Hand Made Shop on Goodsie.com will stitch a star pattern particular to an exact time and date of your choosing. Great for weddings. The designers at Dorothy have even remapped the sky with Hollywood stars, so you can see if the moon is rising in the Teen Wolf constellation.
Here are my top 10 star chart finds. Stay tuned for further wall graffiti as I attempt a star chart of my own.