On field journals:

Creating the fictional entomological field journals of my many-times great grandfather Capt. Hale, along with his entire entomological collection.  Gratification, as it lets me combine long-time interests in insects, 17th century three-dimensional embroidery, 13th c. Iranian miniature illuminated manuscripts, monasticism, sailing ships, calligraphy, genealogy, walled gardens, fictional biology, love letters, writing, sketching, music, voyages, bookbinding and journals, field kits, marginalia, valets, maps, pens, pirates, orreries, fencing, lap desks with secret drawers, oysters, homing pigeons, port wine, masks and death.  There is pressure in this particular era to specialize, to focus.  You can imagine the relief.

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About Lorca Smetana

White doves. Retreats. Insects. Languages. Making.
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