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A WORLD OF WONDER

Photos From Our Traveling Museum Exhibitsat The Islesboro Island Community Center "ICC" 

ISSN 2474-820X 

"Illuminations: Ways To Light The Way"    

All the items in all our exhibits are available for sale; you can see them all in detail by visiting our website.  We hope we can help you find some wonderful new inspirations for you and yours.

As always, we are gearing up for a busy season of events, so make sure to keep checking our library events page at https://www.suityourself.international/libraryindex.html

And if you can't swim over to our island and stop by the store, you can always order all our wonderful items online at our website. We ship all over the world, so even if you live half the world away, we can help you get a remarkable gift into the hands of those you love.

Just so you know, when we say something is an "antique", we mean it is over 100 years of age.  

When we say something is "vintage" we mean it is over fifty years of age.

 

"ILLUMINATIONS: Ways To Light The Way"  

 

As the days begin once again to gain light in the Northern Hemisphere, we felt it important to acknowledge light as our primary energy source; light in its' many manifestations, both physical and symbolic.

Our main source of light comes from our Sun; sunlight provides plants with the energy they need for photosynthesis, which in turn provides virtually all the energy used by living things on Earth. Another important light source for humans has been fire, replaced by oil lamps, and now electric lights and power systems. Some species generate their own light, called bioluminescence.

This exhibit displays many varieties of light sources: candles made from many materials including rolled beeswax and resins, candle holders of all kinds including tin, steel, forged iron, spelter, bronze, and brass, oil lamps and oil burners of many types, electric lights, rice paper lanterns,  paper lanterns holding lit candles inside, and early Art Deco celluloid candle light scrims.

 

There is portable lantern from the late 1700's, made of forged iron, wearable at the waist over a belt, and whose light source is a lit wax candle, placed on the inside behind a finely ground parabolic glass reflector.  There is also a tiny hand made oil lamp reflector, which draws oil up to the reflector via a wick placed into the oil reservoir. 
 

There are early 19th century lighters which burn via sparks and fluids,  sterno-like resin containers from the early 1700's which burn fuel mixtures,  there are coal burners for the feet, metal hand warmers which hold a piece of burning coal, there are wood burners, and fireplace cooking utensils.

Light can also refer to enlightenment, edification, awareness, insight, understanding. To this end, we have included over thirty statues of different variations of Buddhas and Boddhisatvas, many with halos, plus several figures of Tara, a Nyo-i-Kannon.

There is a Catholic first communion candle holder.

The colored feathers you see everywhere in the photos represent the hues of the visible spectrum. To illustrate naturally occurring iridescence, we have included antique trays made using parts of iridescent butterfly wings.  The interlocking rings image is a rendering of a Hopf fibration. 

And of course, there are mirrors everywhere. Mirrors were used for spreading light throughout a room,  to reflect light, and here they appear in cast bronze with gold, gold-leaf and gesso on wood, cast bronze with silver, many dating back far more than 200 years. 

There is even a wooden folding traveling pillow stand, which we have used to lie on our back and rest our neck while we stare at the stars, the ultimate illuminations.
 

 

What is "LIGHT"?

 

Light is energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation, within a certain portion of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum.

 In physics, the term "light" sometimes refers to electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength, whether it is visible to us or not. 

Visible light is that portion of the electromagnetic spectrum visible to the human eye, responsible for our sense of sight. 

All types of light are emitted and absorbed in tiny "packets" called photons. Photons have properties of both waves and particles.

Optics is the branch of physics involving the behaviour and properties of light, its' interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it.

Light is studied in two ways: geometrical (or ray) optics and physical (or wave) optics. In geometrical optics, light is considered to travel in straight lines, while in physical optics, light is considered as an electromagnetic wave; it propagates as a wave. 

Visible light is usually defined as having wavelengths in the range of 400–700 nanometers (nm), or 4.00 × 10−7 to 7.00 × 10−7 m, between the infrared (with longer wavelengths) and the ultraviolet (with shorter wavelengths).

The speed of light waves in air is approximately 3.0×108 m/s (exactly 299,792,458 m/s in vacuum).

The primary properties of visible light are intensity, propagation direction, frequency or wavelength spectrum, and polarization, while its speed in a vacuum, 299,792,458 metres per second, is one of the fundamental constants of nature.
 

 

 

 

See into the Invisible.

Best Wishes,

"Mind like parachute - only function when open."  

Charlie Chan at the Circus

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