Stratoz and I got ourselves to the Michener Art Museum Museum to see the exhibit of hand-painted photographs by Kate Breakey. The Small Deaths exhibit is there until July 12th, 2015. The colors of the birds were intense and glowing. I loved the orange beak of this cardinal.
Stratoz had just finished a stained glass cardinal commission. It’s his Year of Birds, and the Breakey exhibit fit right in.
This Kaleidoscope has moved many places with me, and I don’t remember when it came into my possession. Looking at it now, I see the type as 1970’s, in the way time makes us able to classify collections, characteristics that are invisible to us as children.
The butterfly revealed by the orange circle was the most fascinating butterfly. It had a window to the world. The box has two of these portholes, on opposite sides.
The Kaleidoscope has the heft of a mailing tube, with a visible seam where the label wraps around. The eyepiece is a hole cut from red cardboard, revealing the plastic underneath. There are no objects orbiting around inside the case to create the patterns. This is a type called a Teleidoscope, which according to David Brewster, Scottish physicist and inventor of the Kaleidoscope, means the mirrors inside transform the world around you into art.
I remember pointing the Butterfly Kaleidscope at the world around me as a girl, and seeing transformation, and yet recognizing some of the forms and colors, even as they were reflected.