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January 22, 2020

Farewell, Wawa

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.
Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.
Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

Hermann Hesse: "Stufen". Translated and published by Richard and Clara Winston, 1990.

September 20, 2019

More Frivolous Statues

Using the meshes available at SketchFab and Scan The World, here's a few more statues for those palace hallways, museums or outdoor gardens. Most are 4 tiles standing 2 stories tall. The numbers after the names indicated the polycounts for each. I hope you enjoy decorating with them. A few more items finished from the Works-In-Progress files.

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September 15, 2019

Manor Regency Suite

I had found a sofa mesh at and used it as the base for a new furniture set that I'm calling The Manor Regency Suite
. The meshes have a master mesh, the sofa, while the rest of the meshes are slaved to it for their textures. The bed has a recolourable set for the bedding.

September 12, 2019

Tapestries from the Royal Collection -- The Story of Abraham Series

Quoted from The Royal Collection:
Tapestry subjects ranged from the mythological and religious to the decorative, allegorical and heraldic. The scenes in this series may have appealed to Henry VIII (1491–1547) because of his own political concerns. Taken from the biblical book of Genesis, the panels include God's appearance to Abraham to establish a covenant of blessing. Henry might have referred to this to strengthen his own claim to God-given rule after the Break with Rome in the 1530s. The circumcision of Abraham's long-awaited son, Isaac, would also have resonated with the king's increasingly desperate attempts to provide a male heir.

The Royal Collection set is woven in expensive gilt thread, which suggests that it was commissioned by Henry himself. During the king's lifetime the tapestries were hung at Hampton Court Palace, and when the series was valued by the Interregnum government 100 years later, it was priced at £8260. This astonishing sum was far greater than for any other work of art, highlighting the elevated position occupied by tapestries in this period.

Panels from the series were hung in Westminster Abbey for the coronations of Elizabeth I, in 1559, and the Stuart monarchs in the seventeenth century. Under William III (1650-1702), some of the series furnished the new king's apartments. The fact that tapestries 150 years old, rather than a newly commissioned set, were used for the King's Bedchamber clearly indicates their continued magnificence and power as emblems of the Tudor dynasty.

Before showing the pictures from the series, I made a new edited mesh from SimsWardrobe. The mesh is 5 tiles long and 2 stories high, since the tapestries created for royalty were meant to be in large spaces to showcase the majesty of the monarch. The mesh is titled "Audience with the Queen". It is needed for the Abraham Series to show up in the catalog.

September 02, 2019

Versailles Seating Part Two -- Tapestry textiles

In relation to the previous post, I did a series of textures using embroidery or tapestry textiles. Only a wee few this time ... 25 to be exact. I needed to save some for the "royal collection tapestries" upload I'm planning on publishing. When Henry VIII died, his inventory listed over 2,450 tapestries in his collection. But that's another post. LOL