Ilios mean sun. It’s Greek. It's also the name of the science program where my dad taught in the 70’s. I was young then, but the impression was profound. It was a time of excitement, warmth, tight community and opportunity. It was an alternative approach to education where students were free to direct their focus and take time to connect with their interests. It was a time to learn outside the grid of traditional education.
This was all before I was personally in school, but In many ways and on many occasions I’ve taken this route. I’ve taken my time and had plenty of missteps. I chose patient exploration and meaning over direct paths to predictable destinations and would not trade it if I could.
Ilios is an invitation down an illuminated path in the same way Robert Frost points towards a road not taken. The letters are reminiscent of the 70’s era NASA program. The colors are a gradient from bright sun to the mystery of deep space. It’s art and it’s science.
Ilios is a patch about stretching out along a path of learning. It’s about taking ourselves seriously enough to feel comfortable in our own skin, but recognizing that we are small in the universe. We need an illuminated path. We need each other.