It’s been a while since I shared one of my own geekcrafts, so in honor of Geek Pride Day, I thought I’d share this little beauty – a crochet representation of Starbuck’s mandala.
In the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” TV series, the character Kara Thrace, aka Starbuck, paints various versions of the same mandala image throughout her life, her unconscious attempts to recreate the “Eye of Jupiter” (depicted in the above left image, from the second season episode, “Valley of Darkness”). I was immediately drawn to these abstract paintings with their bold colors and strokes, and thought it might be fun to recreate in crochet form (as I’m not much of a painter). When I found Marinke Slump’s Crochet Mandala pattern, I knew immediately how to put it to good use. The pattern was quick to work up and I completed it in a weekend. I stitched it onto a light blue canvas for hanging on the wall.
Interesting geek trivia: the mandala on the wall in Starbuck’s apartment was actually painted by Starbuck herself, actress Katee Sackhoff, according to the Battlestar wiki.
We previously featured a Starbuck’s mandala knitted hat project here on GeekCrafts, and I’ve also seen a quilt that incorporates the image. Have you seen any other mandala geekcrafts floating around the Internets? I’d love to try out some more!
Links of Interest:
As someone who enjoys finding small and seemingly insignificant ways to show my fangirlness, when I stumbled across the Etsy store Fanservice Nails, I may have thought I caught a glimpse of heaven.
Though my personal favorite has since been sold out, the rest of her hand-blended nail polishes do not disappoint. Taking inspiration from a few of the best tv shows, ranging from Battlestar Galatica to Torchwood to Dollhouse, Fanservice Nails is just that. A service for fans.
My friend Barbara Shaurette has put a few of her costumes up for sale in her Etsy shop — including this phenomenal Battlestar Galactica flight suit modeled after Starbuck’s!
The suit itself is highly detailed, with exactly placed pockets on the legs and chest, and on the sleeves. Both sleeves include the appropriate patches – “Viper” on the right, and the Galactica insignia on the left. The left sleeve also includes a reflective red panel that extends from forearm to wrist. The wrists and ankles are finished with narrow PVC bands and snap closures. The front of the suit closes with a full-length zipper.
Along with her flight suit, you can check out her Poison Ivy and Barberella costumes, too!
If you’re like me, anything that glorifies geekdom is awesome, and if it glorifies geekdom in a hilarious way that may or may not feature a Battlestar Galactica toaster, then…it’s even more awesome! DoAFlip posted this great Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock Cross-Stitch featuring the game of internet fame and a quote from the Big Bang Theory episode that brought it to the world. Haven’t seen it? Well the rules are simple:
- Scissor cuts paper
- Paper covers rock
- Rock smashes lizard
- Lizard poisons Spock.
- Spock smashes scissors
- Scissors decapitates lizard
- Lizard eats paper
- Paper disproves Spock
- Spock vaporizes rock
- Rock smashes scissors.
Easy enough, right? And this great cross-stitch is perfect for reminding us that there is always an amicable way (that includes Spock) to settle an argument.
Geekcrafter Thea submitted this awesome knit hat of a Cylon Centurion from Battlestar Galactica. Look closely – she even knit pieces in different directions so that it would look more like those indents on the Cylon’s head. You can find out how she made it on her blog, Lick the Light Switch.
While watching Battlestar Galactica, Steph saw Starbuck’s mandala and thought it would make an awesome hat. (She was right!) She says,
The colors and design are great, and it’s the perfect fandom knit; people who watch the show will probably get it, but those who don’t will just think it’s an awesome hat.
Get the pattern and instructions on Steph’s blog.
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