Rhythm ⸰ Melody ⸰ Nature ⸰ Emotion ⸰ Night
⦁ Handcrafted in England
⦁ Naturally dyed Tuscan leather
⦁ Swiss-made Riri zipper
Moon Song is a shaft of moonlight melody for anyone who’s ever bathed in the music of the night sky.
To create this image Arthur Dove painted a song. Shakespeare uses musical metaphor to turn moonlight into the song of poetry. Together they merge our senses, emotions and nature to create a swooning multi-dimensional night orchestra.
Comes with an exquisite Exploration Card in a reusable luxury box tied with ART WRD cotton ribbon.,
Arthur Dove "Me and the Moon" 1937
Dove wanted to represent unseen rhythms, the spirit that lies beneath, spaces in between our senses. He also wanted to capture his own personal interpretations of nature.
Me and the Moon was inspired by a song he listened to on the radio of the same name popular in 1936.
He let the sounds stimulate his visual imagination, painting a deep night sky. The vibrating strata of colour that surround the pale yellow of the rising moon achieve Dove’s description of his work as “music for the eyes”. It creates a sensation that resonates in harmony with Shakespeare’s words about the song of moonlight.
Inside Moon Song is a link to its Exploration Page where you can find out more and sign up to its creative world.
William Shakespeare "The Merchant Of Venice" 1600
"How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears; soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony."
Moon Song's words, above, are from act V, Scene 1, delivered by Lorenzo introducing the theme of music, romance and the night. His monologue continues:
"Sit, Jessica: look how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold;
There's not the smallest orb which thou behold'st
But in his motion like an angel sings,"
He expresses the idea that music is the "music of the spheres." This was a popular Elizabethan notion, according to which the revolution of each planet around the earth produced a sound, and the combination of all the individual sounds of the planets made a "divine harmony."
"Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But, whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it."
This aligns with Dove’s idea that there is a harmonic reality obscured from our regular sensory perception which he tries to access through his work.
Handcrafted in England
People & planet positive
We will only ever make products that are positive for people and our planet.⦁ We use recycled nylon for stitch, zip and bond strength. The rest is plastic-free.
⦁ Everyone involved in making an ART WRD is paid properly for their skill and expertise.
⦁ Our fabric comes through the leading ethical purchasing policy of Manchester's oldest textile supplier.
⦁ Our tannery follows an ancient process using only non-toxic plant-based tannins.
⦁ We only use leather that is a by-product of the highest standard of welfare for food production.
Our traditional methods give the leather an unmistakable warm and brilliant shade that becomes more intense with daily use and the passing of time.
Our pioneering printing lasts a lifetime
In Nottingham, England we work with leather printing pioneers. Utilizing their specialist procedures, artworks are re-created like a tattoo, with ink absorbing deeper into the leather, resulting in unparalleled colour vibrancy, image quality and colour durability.
Our pouches are crafted by highly-skilled, passionate people
Just across the Nottinghamshire Wolds in Melton Mowbray our pouches are handcrafted in small batches using traditional methods. This, along with the natural variation in these artisan products, means each one is unique. Expertly made to the very highest quality they are double-stitched at pressure points and lined with the finest cotton twill.
In short, ART WRD pouches are made to inspire you and be loved for a lifetime.
Pouch size⦁ Pouches are 24 x 17.5cm
⦁ 100% leather outer, 100% cotton twill lining