Astronomy Symbols | Denim Jacket

Melanie showed me an image in an arts and crafts book where Henri Matisse style cutouts were put on the back of a denim jacket. I immediately thought that would look good on my old jacket. Instead of Matisse, I planned to use the traditional astronomical symbols for the Sun, Moon, and planets. Some online research located a set of symbols and a source of iron-on fabric patches in a color set I liked that coordinated with denim. I am very pleased with the final result. I can’t wait to wear it on a cool day and have someone ask “What does that say on your jacket?”

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Moon and Sun

19 thoughts on “Astronomy Symbols | Denim Jacket

  1. Gosh, this is a neat jacket. Clever. It will be interesting to see how many hidden astronomers and astrologists are in your neighborhood, because I’ll bet you get some reaction.

  2. Do you remember the 1992 book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus? I think the Mars and Venus symbols get used often enough to indicate male and female in things like butterfly field guides that some people will recognize at least those two symbols on your jacket.

    By the way, I pointed out to someone on another blog recently that our word denim comes from the French phrase de Nîmes, ‘from Nîmes,’ because that’s apparently the place where the fabric originated.

    • I do remember that book. Although, I never read it.

      I recall finding out a long time ago about denim. My sister has a MS in French. She was always trying to teach me things about it.

      • My intuition is that most people don’t, mainly because most people don’t know much etymology at all. I suspect those who work with fabrics (like you) would be more likely to know than people on average. Here’s an experiment you can try that should give at least a rough estimate of the fraction of people who know the origin of denim. As you go about your normal business outside your home, occasionally pick someone at random and ask: “Do you happen to know why denim is called denim?” To be fair, you’d want to roughly balance basic categories like male~female and old~young. With just 10 or 20 people the pattern should become clear. If you decide to try the experiment, let us know how it turns out.

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