Twilight Arc

By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2016. One-of-a-Kind.

1.25 x 3 x 2.75"; 22 cloth pages. Miniature. Each leaf with recto of turquoise cotton embroidered with text and embellished with scrimshaw mother-of-pearl discs; verso of appliqued gold/green fabric, hand-marbled cotton, and commercial cotton print. Bound in covers of re-purposed shell pendants incorporating white mother-of-pearl and abalone shell. Single-needle Coptic binding with waxed brown polyester cord plus braided endbands and decorative terminals finished with shell and opal glass beads. Closure of braided ties. Longer braided cords knotted with abalone shell and opal glass transforms book into necklace.

The text: 'Twilight Arc/Cleaves Day / From Night / Earth Shadow / Cast / On Air / In That / Opal Chasm / Bats and/Night-hawks / Flyte - twilight arc, MC 2016'

Marian Crane: "'Twilight Arc' aka twilight arch or earthshadow is simply the earth's shadow cast into the atmosphere, above the horizon opposite the sunset or sunrise.

"'Flyte' from our friends at Wikipedia: 'Flyting is a ritual, poetic exchange of insults practiced mainly between the 5th and 16th centuries. The root is the Old English word fl?tan meaning quarrel (from Old Norse word flyta meaning provocation).'" 

Twilight Arc