Once We Are Twins
'I can go faster
"But I am more clever!'"
'You have it so easy, all playful and laughing ~'
"Truly you're blind to when I am alone."
On and on the scurrying duo
exalt and succumb, elate, and then deflate.
Each moment pregnant with earth rattling potential
now splitting the atom,
now merging with source.
Us twins always know, part of us is in the other.
Us twins often grasp,
but the bird in the hand is
never quite the prize that is
the glorious one once tittering in the bush.
See them: surfing the mobius strip.
No one takes the lead.
The space between,
no matter whether impossibly far,
remains their singular connection.
~ Astrologer Ian Waisler
Dove and I are in Lenox, Massachusetts for a wedding. Our friends Mark and Brad are getting married. Something about the process seems overwhelmingly normal to me—there are flower children and speeches and smiling parents.... but I’m crying because its extraordinary. Where I grew up homosexuality was illegal until I was 26. It is still a punishable crime in much of the contemporary world. Yet here, right now, amongst this diverse crowd there’s an incredible sense of oneness — that love rules.
Recently I’ve had this funny thing going on with keys — twice this month I've had to have a lock cut open — in the changing room at the Y and again with my bike at the office. I've also left home without my front door keys, which is pretty unusual and lost keys too... I’m not exactly superstitious but I do look for signs.....is this a sign that im letting go of something? Spiritual awakening? An end or beginning?? Or, is this an indication of early Alzheimer's???
Or it could be a sign that I've got a lot on my mind. It's been a super busy month. Martyn Thompson Studio is set on a path of diversification. Since toying with some tapestries last year I've really focused on developing these and also printed textiles and wallpaper— we’re upholstering furniture, fashioning coats and scarves, tablecloths, napkins and many many cushions ...its a tad overambitious. There has been months of sampling and endless trial and error — totally exciting, terrifying and exhausting too. There’s a lot of learning and relearning going on — sometimes we get 80% of the way with a sample and then hit a wall and have to go back to stage one — or realize we should have started at the end first.....mentally that is........
When I say “we” I mean some combination of Myself, Evan and Conor, the new boy, an export from down under who's come on board in timely fashion to help manage the new ventures. A multi tasking team. This past month, aside from our general goings on (i.e. the business of taking photos...) Evan has redone our website and built an online shop [which will go live with this newsletter.] Its a miracle of focus — especially as Evan has every reason to be distracted as he gets married in 2 weeks. Every now and then he says something like—“I’ve just got to pop out and get a wedding suit”....
We’re aiming for a fall “launch” of “Cezanne’s Shadow”— the title of this first collection — and have started prepping the studio on Prince Street for showroom mode — rubbish removed, walls wallpapered and Dove has painted a beautiful new mural to set the scene. He’s a Gemini — his birthday imminent. A principal characteristic of the Gemini is their ability to communicate and to think clearly. That’s a resource I am constantly plundering. I must have asked “what do you think?” about 800 times this month. It’s one of the strengths of our relationship, that we can objectively critique each others work. His own work has really taken off this month, with new jewelry stockists in both hemisphere’s.....and a call in from American Vogue.....
Work work work work. Dove is always reminding me that it isn't all about work. We’ve started hosting big lunches every month — a bit ”salon” like. Gemini’s love to socialize...... In our domestic life we have quite defined roles. For the lunch, he does the shopping, I make the food, he sets the table, etc. Often dessert is brought by a guest. Last week that was Maggie Ruggerio, who’d concocted a delicious chocolate and coconut pie — a combination of 2 of the most favored flavors at 88 Prince St. Dove felt this was an appropriately “Geminian “ food stuff once it had the addition of the strawberry.... We strive to keep the guest list broad and invite folk who’ve never met before and would, perhaps be unlikely to ever meet.
Last year I started working on this “Black” series — an antidote perhaps to the very colorful floral work that I had been doing. I'm collaborating with my friend Diana Sharp, a very chic Gemini, whose been creating these amazing vases for me to work with. The result is quite Victorian, funereal, “in mourning”. I’m calling it the “Death of Beauty”. There seems to be a proliferation of all things floral at the moment. Talking of this at work, recently, with Carol Woolton, jewelry editor at British Vogue, herself about to publish a book of florally inspired gems, she thought it a reflection of the very fragile state of world affairs. Or is it the untiring romantic soul, ever nostalgic for more?
Coco - Delicio
2 Cups Whole Raw Almonds
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Agave Syrup
12 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate, Chopped
1 1/2 Cups, Canned Coconut Milk, Well stirred
Pulse almonds with coconut oil and agave syrup in food processor or Vitamix until coarsely ground. Press evenly into a 9 inch tart pan, making a crust up sides and across the bottom.
Place chocolate in heat proof bowl. Bring coconut milk to a simmer and pour over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute, then stir until completely combined. Pour into the crust and chill until firm.