Arts? Science? Why Choose?

Hey there Beastie friends! I hope you all had a super weekend… Especially any of you who were celebrating St Patrick’s Day on Saturday!

Today on the BeastieBlog, we’re weighing in on an issue that has been troubling humans for centuries – the ongoing battle between the arts and the sciences. And is it really true that if you have an interest in one, you’ll have no aptitude for the other?

For Beasties, the answer is a big HECK NO! Why would you ever limit yourself to just one? Meet this little monster lady, who just headed off to her new home last week.
A Pretty Beastie Face - CrawCrafts Beasties
With her long, flowing blonde locks and winning smile, she’ll look every inch the ballerina when she’s in her dance studio… This Beastie loves her ballet! So I made her a pair of pumps with ribbon laces…
Beastie Ballet Pumps, by CrawCrafts Beasties
… And a very feminine pink net tutu as well.
Beastie in a Tutu! Ballerina Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties
As you can see, the tutu actually fastens with snaps, to make sure it doesn’t fall off mid-pirouette!
Beastie Ballet Kit, by CrawCrafts BeastiesBut she’s not going to dance away the whole day! Time for a quick costume change…
Ready for the Lab! Beastie Scientist Outfit, by CrawCrafts Beasties
… And it’s off to the lab! Because like her new human friend, this Ballerina Beastie is also a scientist!
Scientist Beastie, Ready for Work! CrawCrafts Beasties
Hey, don’t forget your bag!
Scientist Beastie's Bag, with Hand-Embroidered Detail - CrawCrafts Beasties
Because Ballerina Scientist Beastie’s human counterpart is especially interested in DNA and associated fields of research, I thought a little personalised embellishment on her bag might be in order. And what’s that inside?
Beastie-Sized Laptop, by CrawCrafts Beasties
It’s a Beastie-sized laptop! This little felt computer has an embroidered keyboard, appliquΓ© felt details and magnets inside to make sure it closes with a nice neat “click”.

So, with that safely packed away again…
Pack your Bag, Beastie! Ballerina Scientist Beastie by CrawCrafts Beasties
…It’s time to head off in search of adventure!
Ballerina Scientist Beastie, a Personalised Commission by CrawCrafts Beasties
Thanks to my lovely customer Arlyng for requesting this special Beastie as a gift for her friend! I enjoyed the challenge of capturing all her interests in one Beastie project.

As for you, where do you stand? Do you think of yourself as more of a scientist or an artist? Or, like this Beastie, do you make time for both? Let us know in the comments!

We’ll be back on Friday, with a look at the community crafting project we took part in recently… See you then!

38 thoughts on “Arts? Science? Why Choose?

  1. How is it that Beastie feet (paws?) look quite flat when they are wearing boots but obviously when they are wearing ballet pumps, they are up on their points? And the feet (paws?) NEVER CHANGE SHAPE. What magic is this??

    1. Heehee! It’s just a little bit of sneaky monster magic, Queen Bee! But I’ll tell you something – this recent boom in Beastie footwear is certainly keeping me on my toes! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Oh that lab coat does take me back to my days as a lab rat! And what, blond hair too? She’s my Beastie doppelgΓ€nger (although I’m sure I’d fall on my face if I ever attempted ballet). I’m firmly on the side that art and science pair perfectly. Trust me, when you’re trying to build mouse-sized lab equipment from random stuff at the hardware store, you get VERY creative. Another excellent job, Helen!!!

    1. Hahaha! Hey, can I commission you to make a Beastie-sized maze to keep the monsters busy next time I’m trying to do my accounts? It sounds like you already have considerable experience in this area. πŸ˜€ I did actually think that this Beastie might catch your eye, given your scientific past… And I’m totally with you on the ballet thing. So many of my brother’s toys met their end thanks to my clumsy feet that the question of sending me to ballet lessons as a child was never even raised πŸ˜‚ At least I’m not the only one! Thanks for your comment… I feel better now! 😁

      1. Clumsiness is probably why my parents bought me Legos and not delicate dolls. Step on a Lego piece once and you never make that mistake again! And after the teensy tiny things I had to build for mouse neurosurgery, a Beastie-sized maze should be no problem. I can’t guarantee you’ll actually be able to corral them into it, but….

        1. Ah nuts! I didn’t think of that! That’s me resorting to bribery AGAIN, then. πŸ™„ As for your Legotherapy, did it make you more graceful? If nothing else, I imagine that repeatedly standing on stray blocks taught you some sweet dance moves! πŸ˜‚

        2. Mostly I just developed tough feet. I can walk across gravel pathways now with only the tiniest bit of wincing. Maybe I should start a Walking Across Hot Coals act?

        3. That’s impressive… So maybe! It could be the centerpiece of your book signing events – who could resist? πŸ˜€

        4. I don’t know about that…fire and books don’t tend to go well together unless you’re a religious radical “saving” the world from the evil influence of Harry Potter.

    1. Heehee! Thanks, Laura… You’re making me blush here! 😊 As for the bag… Well, incorporating DNA into the design was a bit of a tricky one, so I’m happy to see it get such an enthusiastic response! Cheers for stopping by! πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks for dropping in, Catherine! You’re definitely getting the best of both worlds! πŸ˜€ Do you ever find one “side” spilling over and influencing the other in an unusual or interesting way?

      1. I’m not sure one influences the other so much as my creativity is becoming more and more dominant and prominent in my life. Will be interesting to see where I’m at in twelve months time!

        1. Definitely! I’m sure having a good head for figures helps though… I’m surprised how often I’m compelled to call on my sub-average mental arithmetic skills when I’m knitting! πŸ˜‚

  3. She is so awesome! And for some reason she reminds me of Bernadette from the Big Bang Theory! πŸ˜€

    Arts or Science? I take all of it. Like you said, why limit yourself?

    1. Absolutely! And when one borrows skills or ideas from the other, it can be pure magic! I can totally see the Bernadette thing too… Although (whispers) I haven’t seen The Big Bang Theory so I had to Google her! πŸ˜‚ Cheers for stopping in, Ivonne! πŸ˜€

  4. At this point I am just overwhelmed with the cuteness. If there was a national award for cuteness then the Beasties would win it! The ballet slippers – what a touch (not to mention the various accessories). I think a love of Art & Science can exist peacefully together within the same person. I am a huge science fiction fan and studied science at university but as you know I am really into artistic pursuits πŸ™‚

    1. Awww, thanks Tierney! Yes, I think the overall feeling here is that we can really benefit from having a foot in both camps! Does your love of science fiction ever find its way into your quilt designs, by the way? Thanks for dropping in! πŸ˜€

  5. I was on the edge of my seat hoping you were gonna tell me that the laptop had a magnet closure!!!! Haha augh so perfect! While I definitely fall on the ‘arts’ end of the spectrum and adore those ballet slippers, I am also taken with this Beastie’s science-y accessories! That lab coat! That satchel! Another wonderful job, Helen.

    1. Thanks, Weekes! And yes, how could I resist the lure of the magnets again? That must be my inner scientist shining through! I probably hang out on the arts end more myself these days, but I do love a good science documentary. They restore some of the wonder that school science classes sucked out of the subject! Cheers for your lovely comment πŸ˜€

  6. Great Beastie, Helen! I love how well-rounded her human counterpart is – proof that art and science need not be at odds! The tutu is so thoughtfully done (no chance of a wardrobe malfunction with those secure snaps!) and when I saw the DNA satchel and laptop… just, speechless. That computer is so cool! My mind loves those tiny keys! I’ve always loved the arts, but find the most inspiration from the natural world – so much artful design there. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s so true! I find that even delving into a really good documentary series can fire my imagination and send me off in all kinds of interesting and imaginative directions! And thanks for picking up all the little details of this Beastie’s outfit and accessories, Shirley… I did quite enjoy putting that laptop together! πŸ˜€

  7. I say definitely both! I already have 2 arts degrees, and next I want to get an engineering one.
    I love beastie’s little ballet shoes and tutu (how adorable!!) and the helix on her bag. And her glasses, and her hair, and… you get the idea πŸ˜‰

    1. Heehee, thanks Hannah! And I’m glad to see someone else flying the flag for sitting on the fence (if that’s possible!)… That’s an excellent collection of qualifications you’re gathering up there! I can only imagine what awesome ideas will result when your various areas of interest overlap… πŸ˜€

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