Monday, June 6, 2011

Bloomsday Challenge: Day Six

“The Hours” Necklace

I sketched the initial design for this necklace about a year ago and it has been a work-in-progress ever since. I had to find the right watch faces—particularly one large enough to hold the names of the Dubliners who inhabit the pages of “Wandering Rocks.”

Lucky for me I finally came across the perfect pocketwatch face! “The Hours” is my favorite creation thus far (and you must pardon my Woolf-humor here). Each episode is represented by its own individual watch face with its corresponding time in Ulysses. For a detailed description of each episode’s time, see Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Like my post, two days previous, I used a word or short phrase to represent (and hopefully encapsulate) each episode. A list of episodes and their representative words/phrases is below:

Telemachus: “Stately Plump”

Nestor: “history is a nightmare”

Proteus: “ineluctable modality of the visible”

Calypso: “faintly scented urine”

Lotus-Eaters: “flowers of idleness”

Hades: “Poor Paddy!”


Lestroygonians: “U.P.:up”

Scylla & Charybdis: “The one about Hamlet

Wandering Rocks: I used the shortest version of each Dubliner’s name: Conmee, Kelleher, Sailor, Katey, Boody, Boylan, Artifoni, Stephen, Dunne, Lambert, Lenehan, Flynn, Bloom, Dilly, Simon, Kernan, Cowley, Cunningham, Mulligan, Dignam, and cavalcade. I also added “Dublin” as I think that Dublin is the main character of this episode.

Sirens: “Jingle. Bloo”

Cyclops: “the citizen”

Nausicca: “O!”

Oxen of the Sun: “wombfruit”

Circe: ashplant

Eumaeus: “cabman’s shelter”

Ithaca: “womb weary”

Penelope: “yes”—there are 3 watch faces devoted to Molly’s recurring “yeses” in the episode.

11 more days till Bloomsday!

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