Close the Language Door

A friend shared this poem with me, and I wanted to make something with it. It’s not quite an insomnia haiku, it’s just lovely. For me, it speaks to intuition and desire.

I’ve had this silver plated box for a while, and thought this was the perfect container. I wrote the poem on a sliver of black Tyvek, which lives in the room, while the moon look on…

Small silver plated box
Silver box half open, showing diorama inside

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window

The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.

~Rumi

from: https://allspirit.co.uk/close-the-language-door/

I Got a Job as the Moon

I had a dream where I got a job as the moon.

During the day, I was normal me, and I did regular, normal me things. But at night, I was the moon. I watched the dew fall, and ushered dreams to their owners.

I made this animation, based on that dream. I hope you enjoy it. The music, Clair de Lune, was recorded by Amber Short.

This is my longest animation to date, and I’ve been working on it for a month and a day. I might make another version, where this above video appears in a paper theater, like a crankie.

My hands, drawing.
A scroll of black tyvek.
The God Mars in shown with a speech bubble saying foul things.

Insomnia Haiku #8

When I cannot sleep,
I pretend that I am on
A Trip to the Moon.

Inspired by Georges Méliès.

A diorama depicting Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon
A diorama depicting Georges Méliès A Trip to the Moon

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