Big Bird’s First Name

Big Bird’s first name is “Larry.”

Big Bird holding a basket ball.

My October Pals

An Altoids Smalls tin, with my fingers for scale.

A doctor, a devil, a pumpkin head, a skeleton, and a witch walk into a scene during the month of October. The skeleton asks for a glass of almond milk, and the witch passes him a glass and a mop.

Altoids smalls with a doctor, a devil, a pumpkin head, a skeleton, and a witch.

Small Stories and Other Stories

Small Stories and other stories.

I am a guest artist at the Hamilton Gallery in Baltimore. It’s a special honor to be showing here, because it’s in my neighborhood! Here are some of the particulars…

HAMILTON ARTS COLLECTIVE | HAMILTON GALLERY
is pleased to present the exhibition

Jim Doran: Small Stories and Other Stories

Exhibition run October 4 – October 27, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION
First Friday, October 4, 6-9pm

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION
Sunday, October 20, 1-3pm

5502 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214

Link to Google Maps

This show feels a lot like the School33 show. Certain themes reveal themselves to me as I worked on this. There is the usual thread of macabre fun, but also some commentary on artists themselves, science fiction and a magnificent story around scissors. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on this material, and as always, I must thank those closest to me for their patience, understanding, and encouragement. I hope you can make it. I will post exhibit photos below, as they become available.

In the meantime, I needed a sign for the front window, and this is what I came up with…

Neon Sign for Small Stories and Other Stories
Neon Sign for Small Stories and Other Stories
I’m not sure I made it bright enough….
spoons on the wall
Gallery view
Clock diorama and scissors
Early at the opening, people mingling
Artist Talk on a rainy Sunday
Small Stories Zines in a basket
Jim Doran

The Widower Tailor and The Story of His Scissors

The Clock casement

I found this amazing mantle clock at the thrift store – the same day I found the Arister clock, in fact.

I found this notice in the back of the clock, and as a point of interest, I read several articles about this company. It’s not reverent to this story, however, so I’ll write no more at this time.

Revere Telechron documentation

Here is a little known piece of lore which I would like to share with you. A pair of scissors that was once owned by a late widow or widower seamstress/tailor/cloth merchant can be endowed with special properties, upon their passing. On the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month, one can peer through finger holes of the handles, and if the moon is bright, one can see into the Land of the Dead.

It is this lore on which the Revere Telechron Diorama is based. A widowed tailor made this discovery, and began to collect scissor, hoping to offer relief and hope to the most severely grief stricken among us.

A look inside the clock window
A skeleton, a Beetle Tailor, and a bust
A skeleton and a Beetle Tailor

I added a light inside the clock housing, and it makes for a nice atmosphere in there. The Tailor is conducting scissor research with his late companion, and consulting a list of deceased seamstresses, tailors, and cloth merchants.

You may have also noticed that The Tailor has a copy of A Map of What is Known of the Land of the Dead. He’s a very thorough researcher.

Here are some work in progress photos I took while working on this.

A table with scissors
A beetle holding scissors
Parts of the diorama before assembly

And, so, as the Tailor continues to grow and document his collection of scissors, he’s made some available for the rest of us to use.

I hear tell that some of his scissors will be available at the Hamilton Gallery during the month of October, 2019. Pass it on.

vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors
vintage weathered scissors

It might look something like this….

scissor display at Hamilton Gallery

A Few More Spoons

The ongoing, ever persistent spoon project continues! A new Mothra, a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish skull, and a lovely specimen of Anomala Orientalis, preserved in resin.

A moth in resin, in a spoon
Anomala Orientalis in resin, resting in a spoon
Glow-in-the-dark Jellyfish Skull