New & Old Retroviral Mugs Restocked!

Hello everyone! Good news! Our online shops are finally restocked and ready for you! All 6 Retroviral mug designs are available on Folksy and Etsy.

The last few months have been very busy post-Kickstarter. Back in May we received our biggest order of mugs to date, and we have been packing orders steadily since then. All of our Kickstarter pledges are on track to be dispatched by the end of this month, so we thought it was high time to reopen the online shops!

You can order mugs via Etsy or Folksy, whichever is most convenient for you. Thank you for all of your orders and support so far. Please keep spreading the word… like a virus!

2018_Thefty-Retroviral-RETROVIRAL6-announcement-small.jpg

New Retroviral Mugs… on Kickstarter now!

Thefty-retroviral-TITLE-IMAGE

Hello! Helena of Thefty here with big news:

  1. We’ve got three NEW Retroviral mugs!
  2. We’ve launched them on Kickstarter!

Our Kickstarter campaign is live NOW! See it HERE!

We’ve been working with a new manufacturer to perfect six mug designs, three new (see GIFs below): Influenza, Measles, Smallpox, and three old: Herpes, HIV, Rabies.  Now it’s time to get them manufactured and into our customers’ homes.

THEFTY-kickstarter-animation-influenzaTHEFTY-kickstarter-animation-measlesTHEFTY-kickstarter-animation-smallpox2

Why Kickstarter?

On Kickstarter, backers can pre-order the mugs before we get them manufactured, thus covering production costs in advance.  If you want to complete or expand your collection then please jump in! You’ve got until April 3rd to get involved in the campaign.
The more you pledge, the more mugs you get.  The more pledges we get, the more mugs we can make! It doesn’t stop when we reach the funding goal! 

What to do next?

  1. Check out our Kickstarter campaign (especially the video!)
  2. Pledge if you can!
  3. Help spread the word! Tell your friends! Share the link on social media with the hashtags #Thefty and #Retroviral (We’re on InstagramFacebook and Twitter)
Thefty-retroviral-collage.jpgThefty-retroviral-GIF-backstamp.gif

Check back here for updates on the Retroviral relaunch. Thank you very much for your support so far!

Thefty x EBSA: Custom Retroviral Mugs

2016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-02

We’re delighted to reveal our latest project: A true Art X Science collaboration between Thefty and EBSA!

Last December we were contacted by EBSAthe European Biosafety Association – about creating a custom design to celebrate their 20th anniversary. EBSA is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to ‘provide a forum for its members to discuss and debate issues of concern and to represent those working in the field of biosafety and associated activities.’ Now, collaborations are always a delight, but given the subject matter we work with, it’s particularly wonderful to team up with organisations in the scientific community.

We worked with EBSA to produce something in their corporate colours… but absolutely not bland and corporate looking! The custom Fine Bone China mug was given to all attendees of the 20th anniversary conference, held in Lille, France, last week. More than 500 Thefty X EBSA mugs will soon be worming their way into labs and offices across Europe and beyond!

2016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-032016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-052016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-062016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-082016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-092016_04_29-THEFTY-EBSA-retroviral-mugs-10

As this is a custom design, it is not available for general sale. If you or your organisation are interested in commissioning a custom design, please get in touch!

Alternatively, if you’d like to get your hands on our mug range, please visit our online shop.

If you are interested in reading more about EBSA and their mission, you can visit their website.

New Stockist: Thefty at the Wellcome Collection!

Hello! Exciting stockist update: Our Retroviral mugs are now stocked at the Wellcome Collection Shop.

2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-013

The Wellcome Collection is one of our favourite places in London: describing itself as ‘the free destination for the incurably curious‘, the collection displays an eclectic mix of medical artifacts and original artworks exploring ‘ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art‘.

In other words, the Wellcome Collection is the perfect place for our mugs to be.

The next time you drop by (perhaps to catch the States of Mind installation) make sure to pop into the gift shop – Retroviral mugs aside, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll leave empty handed.

2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-001 2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-004 2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-0052015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-003 2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-009 2015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-0112015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-0102015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-0072015_12_11-Thefty-Wellcome-Retroviral-002

The Wellcome Collection

Galleries, Cafe & Shop

183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

Christmas Gift Guide: The Science Wishlist!

Hello! I have put together a collection of cool/beautiful science-themed goodies which make A+ Christmas presents. These items are mainly inspired by biology and natural history, and I’d be very happy to find them underneath my Christmas tree. Scroll down for a list of books, clothing, jewellery, artwork, home accessories and stationery. There’s stuff for kids, stuff for grown ups, pretty things and simply badass things. Enjoy!

thefty-science-wishlist-1

1. 3D printed bracelet, inspired by Radiolarians. By Nervous System. £52.35

2. The Universe is Under No Obligation to Make Sense to You, art print by DangerDust. £13.09

3. Mitochondria Greeting Card, by Anatomically Correct Greetings. £2.78

4. Natural History Illustration butterfly brooches, by Blings to Pay the Bills. £5.69

5. Melatonin molecule necklace, by Cherryloco Jewellery. £15.oo

6. Anemone clutch bag, by Saskia Pomeroy. £45.00

thefty-science-wishlist-2

7. Petri Dish Paper Coaster Set, by Proton Paperie. £9.82

8. White Blood Cell (basophil) plushie, by ButterflyLove1. £10.47

9. Fluid Earrings, inspired by ammonite fossils. By Nervous System. £13.09

10. HIV Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

11. Herpes Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

12. Rabies Retroviral Mug, fine bone china, by Thefty. £9.90

13. Moorland Botanical Sweater, by Masha Reva x SNDCT. £78.53

thefty-science-wishlist-3

14. Endangered Bee Board Shorts, by Riz. £90.00

15. Animalium: Welcome to the Museum. By Katie Scott and Jenny Broom. £15.49

16. Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll, book by Zoe Cormier. £12.99

17. Set of White Pencils with Purpose, by Newton and the Apple. £6.50

18. Dinosaur Santa Christmas card, by Thefty. £1.75

19. Anatomy Tee, by nonfictiontees. £9.81

Happy shopping!

 

World AIDS Day

Hello everyone! #CyberMonday might be trending on Twitter, but today is also World AIDS Day. Given that we have an HIV mug in our Retroviral collection, we feel it’s appropriate – and important – to draw your attention to this cause. What is World AIDS day, you may ask? From the website:

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for you to learn the facts about HIV and put your knowledge into action. Find out how much you know by taking our online quiz: Are you HIV aware? Test your knowledge and awareness by taking the quiz and act aware by passing the quiz on and sharing it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

I actually took the ‘Are you HIV aware’ quiz and was surprised at how many questions I answered incorrectly. It’s an eye-opener, for sure.

Thefty-Maratheftis-FOLKSY-LSHTM

As you may already know, 5p from the sale of every Retroviral mug is donated towards research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (read more here). The school’s research on AIDS and HIV is at the forefront of the field, with projects around the world for developing vaccines, treatments and cures.

While you’re obviously welcome to buy an HIV mug today, you can also donate directly to LSHTM and make a personal contribution towards their brilliant work.

In addition, Londoners can drop by LSHTM to catch the exhibition about HIV/AIDS which explores the development of prevention and treatment responses to HIV/AIDS.

Thefty-Maratheftis-HIV-1 Thefty-HIV-diagram

Thefty HQ gets the Retroviral Treatment

Hello! The Ohh Deer Pillow Fight competition has been extended, so you can now get your Retroviral Cushions until December 1st! I ordered one of each design for myself – Herpes, HIV, Rabies, and a collage – and can confirm that the colours are lovely and bright, and the cushions are nice and fluffy. Of course, in addition to cushions, Retroviral mugs are still in stock in our online shop.

THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-04THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-03THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-08THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-10 THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-06 THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-07THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-05THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-12 THEFTY-Retroviral-cushions-lifestyle-11

Shop Retroviral cushions here

  Shop Retroviral mugs here

 

Art + Neuroscience = Art Neuro

This weekend I attended Art Neuro, a four day extravaganza exploring the overlap between art and neuroscience. As you’ve already seen, the crossover between art and science is one of my favourite topics, and I was looking forward to spending an afternoon immersed in it. The Saturday session began with a brief – and incredibly colourful – introduction to the evolution of the brain in both animals and humans. We learnt about the structure of brains and neurons, and got fired up for the screen printing session we’d take part in later on.

H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-01 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-02 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-03 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-04

Before dipping into the screen printing, we grabbed a drink and explored the Exhibition. Pairs of artists and scientists explored a variety of topics, from aging and dementia, to brain tumours, what it’s like to be a scientist, and the beauty of brain cells under the microscope.

H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-12 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-06 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-07 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-08 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-09 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-10 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-11H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-19H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-20H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-21H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-22H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-05

Finally, we all got to try our hand at screen printing, under the guidance of textile designer Zeena Shah. Zeena showed us how to print (sort of) like pros, and we all came away with crisply printed brainy tote bags and cushion covers…as well as a sense of accomplishment.

H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-14 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-16 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-17H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-15 H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-18H-Maratheftis-ArtNeuro-13

All in all, it was a thought-provoking afternoon of creativity and discovery. I’m looking forward to the next Art Neuro event.

Retroviral cushions available now!

Exciting news! Thefty is part of the Ohh Deer Pillow Fight, meaning that you can now order Retroviral Cushions in four designs: HIV, Herpes, Rabies, and a multi-virus mix. The cushions will only be available until November 15th, so get your Christmas shopping in early!

Buy your cushions here!

Thefty-cushion-collage-600px

Pillow Fight is an annual competition run by Ohh Deer to find new contributors. Hilariously, the winning designs are those that go the ‘most viral’. HA! If you’d like to support Thefty, then please help Retroviral go viral on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (tagging Thefty and Ohh Deer where possible). Of course, you can also buy a cushion (or four!)  – there are great multi-buy discounts available on Ohh Deer.

DETAILS: The cushion covers are made from super soft faux suede with a fully-illustrated front and a stone-coloured reverse side, as well as a zip fastening. They measure 43x43cm, and contain a 50x50cm insert to keep them plump. (You can opt to receive the cushion without the insert.)  They’re machine washable at 30c and are hand made in the UK.

 Matching mugs are available from the Thefty online shop.

Thefty-website-retroviral-products2

To learn more about the Retroviral collection, click here.

Blogstagram: The week in Instagram pictures.

Hello! What a week it’s been! As you may have noticed* I finally launched my first ever collection of illustrated mugs. Woohoo!

The collection is called Retroviral, and is as retro and as sciencey as it sounds. So many lovely people have already ordered mugs online, and I’ve been up to my eyeballs in bubblewrap and boxes. I love it! Parcels have already been dispatched to Hawaii and Las Vegas and other far flung locations. (My mugs are clearly leading a more exotic life than I am.) Here are a few of my Instagram photos, documenting a week of the best kind of chaos:

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-011

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-008

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-004

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-007

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-010

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-002

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-009

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-003

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-006

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-001

Helena-Maratheftis-thefty-blogstagrams-OCT2014-005

In case you’re wondering: Of course I made time for technicolour tea parties and bouquets of lilies despite the madness. Those are the things that keep me sane. Here’s to another good week (and yes, I know it’s Wednesday!).

 

* Ahem – If you’ve managed to miss my constant posting, I salute you.


Beetles at TEDxAlbertopolis

Hello! Welcome to my Beetles! series. I am the behind-the-scenes photographer in the beetles department at the Natural History Museum (aka the ‘Coleoptera section of the Terrestrial Invertebrates Division’). The collection is an enormous jewel box of six-legged beauty, and I’ve got plenty of photos to share!

This is a deviation from my usual Beetles! posts, because none of these photos were taken inside the Natural History Museum. Instead, they were taken at the Royal Albert Hall, during TEDxAlbertopolis: ‘an afternoon of inspiring, thought-provoking and entertaining talks exploring how art and science fit together in the modern world.’ I was excited to hear all the speakers, but was particularly looking forward to Max Barclay‘s talk. Max is the collections manager for the NHM beetle and bug collection (you might recognise him from my photos) and he had plenty of interesting things to say.

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-03

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-04

AboveMax in mid-talk, with his shirt accidentally adhering to the colour scheme!

The venue was the perfect setting for TEDx. the Royal Albert Hall is part of Albertopolis, London’s complex of buildings dedicated to the pursuit of science and the arts.  It’s a spectacular building, with its soaring Victorian ceiling and mesmerising colour-changing lights. An inspiring backdrop for inspiring ideas. The event was a sell out – the hall was packed with 5000 people – and I’m guessing most of those people left with a new appreciation for beetles and the work that goes on in museums!

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-01

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-13

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-06

Helena-Maratheftis-TEDxALB-05

Below:  Beulah, Lucia, Lydia, and Hitoshi – curators and research assistants at the NHM Coleoptera department. The team manned the super-popular beetle exhibit, where the TEDx crowds flocked during the interval. They presented all sorts of fantastic 6-legged beasts from the Museum’s collection.

Continue reading

Beetle & Me: The photographer and her subject.

Once a week, I head to the Natural History Museum, slip into the Coleoptera department, and take whatever pictures the department requires. I love it, love it. The collection is huge and there’s so much to see and to photograph. Of course, once my work is done, things often get a bit silly…

Helena-Maratheftis-beetle-and-me-collage

What can I say? I just love hanging out with (dead) beetles.

Click here to see other Beetles! posts in this series.