A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Little Lights

Faces is a sort of novelty store in Northampton, always pretty full of browsers. Most people go in there and want to buy everything they see. Walking around in Faces makes me, on the other hand, want to rush home and make stuff.

Light fixtures are high on the list of stuff I'd like to make. I spent several years as a decorator, and one thing I learned was the importance of lighting, to highlight what's in the interior and to create drama. Light seems an enchanting medium to play with.

Unfortunately, the fixtures themselves are often unaesthetic. I dislike the clunky plastic-coated wires and the ugly sockets, switches, bushings, and plugs. If I made fixtures, every part would be beautiful.

Strings of lights in particular would be fun to fabricate. I wouldn't mind a couple of dozen of these sets of little Chinese lanterns. Perfect for a backyard party.

It won't happen this summer....I'm too busy, and too broke. But it's probably going to go on the napkin this New Year's. Along with the patio and the fence. If I can hang onto this house for another year, anyway, I'll definitely have something to celebrate.