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

Santa Muerte Portrait

One of a set, Santa Muerte is a cousin the the Four Horsemen.

Santa Muerte Portrait

Arister Gifts Diorama

I just scored this clock shadowbox at Goodwill! What a great box! I love finding things like this. I’ve made several other scenes from thrift store treasure.

In my eagerness to get started, I forgot to take the “before” photos. Luckily, there are similar pics of this piece on the Internet. Here’s what this looked like before I took it apart.

Arister Clock Shadowbox
Detail of Arister clock shadowbox

Everything was glued and screwed into the box. I was worried about breaking it as I disassembled the pieces. But, it turned out!

The revised, finished diorama
Upper Panel detail shot
Lower panel detail shot

Here are the scenes before I reassembled to cover and glass.

A black and white cut paper church and graveyard
Scene of skeletons greeting each other

CHARON, THE FERRYMAN SHADOWBOX DIORAMA REVISITED

It was a little over a year ago that I made the first Charon shadow box. This is for an upcoming show at the Hamilton Gallery, and it seemed like a good “warm-up” for the upcoming work I will be making for this show.

This measure 10″ x 10″ and it about 2″ deep, and shows Charon guiding a ship through the Dead Sea toward the Land of the Dead.

Detail of Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
The assembled diorama, with Charon guiding a ship through the dead sea.
Detail of the ship and its layers, cut from paper.

Elgin

Here’s a holiday commission I made for a colleague’s parents. They live with a robot named Elgin. Given that prompt, and that they like Jazz…this showed up.

Elgin the dancing Robot
Jazz Musicians
A pup looking in the window