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Beaded Orbits

Shannon Hack

August 6, 2020

Major: Art studies

Genre/Medium: mixed media fabric and seed beads

About the work: Beaded Orbits is a mixed media piece measuring two feet by two feet inspired by the information gathered during each phase of orbit by Psyche orbiter. In each corner is one of four medallions representing the four phases of orbits with Psyche in the center of the piece. Each of these symbols and Psyche were hand beaded using seed beads and then attached to a quilt style backing. I chose to design the backing like a small quilt as representation of the dreams that exploring the universe encourage when we are open to all possibilities. All the beaded pieces are about 300 hours worth of combined work that for me, is a nod to all the many hours, days, and years that go into a single mission.

Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. ASU undergraduate Kaxandra Nessi is the student manager of Psyche Inspired. Brooke Owen was the former student manager from 2017-2019. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Cobalt Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The works from the 2017-2018 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Titanium Class) are collected in a downloadable book that tells the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, and mixed media.

Psyche Inspired was expanded nationally during the 2018-2019 academic year. The works from the 2018-2019 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Iron Class) are also available in a downloadable book.

Take a look at our map that shows how the Psyche Inspired program has grown over the years!

Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.


Student Collaborations Participants