Is there in your language the expression “moonlight farmer”? In Swedish we call it a “månskensbonde”. It refers to someone who runs a farm alongside a regular day job, having only early morning and late evening hours available to take care of the farm.
I did not manage to find any translations, either online translation tools are too limited, or there is simply no such expression in other languages. If anyone can enlighten me here, please step forward! I’m curious to know if this “moonlight concept” exists in other languages as well.
Obviously, I’m not a moonlight farmer myself, but I love the expression, and I do consider myself a moonlight jewellery maker. Projects evolve in small bits and pieces of time.
When I see the full moon, I more often than not stop to watch it for a moment. As if I haven’t seen it before. Well of course I have, many times, but it keeps calling my attention with its silent presence. Doesn’t it seem to be somehow both near and distant at the same time?
You may live in a completely different landscape, region or climate zone than I do, but we share, watch and contemplate the same moon. And so did all our ancestors.
My most moon-like piece is this silver pendant that I made in my first year of the jeweller training (late 90’s). We had not yet learned how to make rounded/spherical shapes, but created volume only with flat surfaces. A moon shape with a few drops of morning dew (the entire “Nordic summer romanticism” is in there, I’d say…).
I wish all you “moonlight makers” – whatever it is that you make – many moments of creative passion in the coming year.
Catch it. Stay with it. Let it shine.