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March 2017

Letters from Victoria – Letter 31

Dear Analis,

I have completed the transfer of the metrology equipment from the repair facility to the arranged transport heading for my studio. The units have been thoroughly tested for functionality where possible and I performed a visual check of all the pieces that could not be checked electronically. When I was examining the internals of the atmospheric scanner I came across an odd thing. Since none of the repair reports mentioned it, I assumed it was not something noticed or instigated by the repair crew. Inside the unit, located next to your manufacturing label was a strange mark. It was not etched into the titanium casing but appeared to be integrated into the material itself. Almost as if it was a flaw in the raw metal used to produce the casing. The symbol tickled some memory in the back of my mind. Hidden away in one of the dark recesses of the Louvre in Paris there was once a grave marker on display. A macabre skeleton over two meters tall bearing a shield before it. On the shield there was an inscription engraved in some ancient language and below this was a symbol. Until this day, the meaning of the inscription has not been successfully translated and the symbol remains a mystery. That symbol was clearly visible inside the casing of the unit sitting in front of me. I question if this is something you did since we were both fascinated by this item when we viewed it during one of our frequent explorations of the museum. I distinctly remember you mentioning it several times over the next several years after its discovery, and you even suggested delving into the mystery ourselves. 

I have copied the symbol as it appears on the unit at the bottom of this letter. When I return to my studio I will compare it to the research notes I have from my time at the museum. I created a graphite rubbing of the original shield and I believe a digital copy of this is somewhere with my past research. It could be only something you did as a unique identification marker for your patented equipment, but since you did not mention this before and it is not on any other pieces of your equipment, I wanted to let you know what I found. If it was not put there by you, I can only conclude it was done by the repair facility or the person who sabotaged the units. 

And yes, I am now convinced after a close look at the damage to the units, that it could not have been an accident during transport. The units that were inoperative not only had components that were tampered with, some of them had parts that were altogether missing. This could only have occurred if the cases had been opened to access the internals, as not even pieces of the missing components were present. None of the outer cases showed any type of damage other than scratches around the couplings. A cold chill travels down my spine when I think of this in combination with the trip from Earth. I do not know if it is possible to remain out of stasis for part of the trip here, but if there had been a saboteur aboard the Derringer, all the inhabitants of the ship were at risk lying helplessly in stasis. The damage was more than likely done after the equipment left the Derringer, but just the thought is disturbing. With this discovery and the additional disappointment of the meeting with the Flynn Foundation this afternoon, I am on the edge of panic trying to get a grasp on the situation. 

There was no message waiting for me from Dr. Falton when I arrived at the Delphi headquarters. Only a low level public relations representative who gave me a cold prearranged overview about what the foundation wants to accomplish with their research. She had no medical statistics available for me and no information on when, or if, Dr. Falton would be in contact. I will have to find another way to communicate with him as I now have little confidence that working through the foundation’s official channels will be successful. Hopefully tomorrow will bring me more success when I visit the planetary metrology division again. I am not holding my breath but I at least must try before I involve the Louvre. At least I will have the promised musical performance tomorrow night to pull me out of my despair if this also produces no results. The historical data of the solar flares over the last few years will be a unique source of comparison to my future data , but will not be necessary for my own observations. I only hope to get a longer time frame to study than my research window on New London allows, and this seemed to be the only avenue to obtain this information and the data from the solar episode on the Phycodurus-8. In all probability, I will once again run into a brick wall.

I have now returned to my lodgings on the high street, half a block from the music center. The hotel has an excellent restaurant on the ground floor and I have just finished my dinner before I return to my room to change for an evening in the city. Since my arrival in Delphi, my thoughts have frequently turned to Nikolas. I passed many places we visited together on the boat ride to the hotel and the meal tonight was reminiscent of the dishes Nikolas often described to me. It made me aware of how much I miss his company and the promise I made to visit him. For now I will have to make due with my memories and distant correspondence as there is still so much to achieve before you arrive from your long voyage. 

I will leave you for now. I want to lay out my things for tomorrow in anticipation of the concert before I go out for the evening. I only hope my required events during the day do not dampen the entire evening.

Love Always

Victoria

Project 12 – Stained Glass Fantasy update

Project is a little over half done.

Letters From Victoria- Letter 30


Dear Analis,

The first leg of my journey to Delphi is complete and a harrowing trip it was. The train route through the mountains was treacherous from damage caused by the passed winter and a heavy storm followed our passage the entire way. The layover in Newton was longer than predicted but other than the departing passengers, no one else was allowed to disembark. We remained at the station for over three hours, watching the white flakes quickly cover the city in snow as the storm overtook us. The high winds were the major delay to our departure and the train trembled with the strength of the tempest outside as we sat waiting to resume our journey. We are once again underway as the winds have subsided and the heaviest part of the storm has now moved off to the north. According to the reports the remainder of our route to Delphi is free of interruptions with only a scatter of rain showers predicted as we near our destination. Since Delphi is located on the sea coast the climate should become a bit more accommodating as we near the end of the journey. 

I completed the initial outline of Katryna’s training as I sat in the station waiting out the storm. Because my apprenticeship with Master Denon in Paris was so enjoyable, I have modeled my plan from this experience. This is not something I have much adaptation for and the Equine will also have to be factored into the equation so I will use what know and not and stick with my former mentors program. I plan to begin with the neurological scans since this will allow me to chose the best venue for Katryna and also parallel my own work requirements. I will then proceed to a more traditional format starting with the production and mixing of colors. Katryna may prove helpful in my search for a canvas foundation as she is more versed in the materials found on New London. These steps will take her training through the initial two months then we can move on to the more complex aspects of perspective and inception. I have decided not to delve to deeply into the technical aspects of our product during her training since this will not be of any benefit to what Katryna is striving to achieve. It would also compromise some of the security aspects of our project. Instead I will concentrate on increasing her ability to put vision onto paper and allow the transfer of what she receives from the Equine to be accurately portrayed as a visual aide for her clients. This will also leave time for my own research into her abilities and steer away from the confidential areas of the Louvre project.

This trip to Delphi will be the first occasion I have to dip into the wardrobe mother sent with me. The various outfits have been stowed away in their original packing envelopes since I left Earth over two years ago. I fearfully unpacked one of the elaborate ensembles before this trip to check the condition after its long trip. Amazingly as soon as the void field of the envelope was released the sapphire and silver garment unfolded to regain its original form. I found myself staring down in admiration at the diaphanous skirt and bejeweled bodice. I always knew what an excellent designer mother was, but she has outdone herself on the pieces she created for my journey. I did not have the heart to tell her I would have few occasions to wear formal attire but this concert in Delphi will be an excellent chance for me to showcase what she has achieved. I did not unpack any more of the remaining eleven envelopes she sent since the sapphire outfit met my full expectation for how I want to present myself at the performance. I will be representing one of the most prestigious museums that exist today and the deep blue ensemble will hopefully stand out among the other patrons. I am not normally someone who relies on the notice of others but since I have been isolated now for several months with only construction workers as companions, it will be nice to socialize with a more artistic crowd. Mother assured me not all of her offerings were this impractical so I hope once I explore the remaining packages I will find something more suitable to country life, I cannot see myself painting in this blue cloud of a dream but it will be an honor to represent our talented mother’s work on a new planetary society. 

Unfortunately before I can enjoy this wonderful event I must get through several necessary missions. The task of securing the long missing metrology equipment is foremost on my agenda as well as making contact with the Flynn Foundation. I have decided that if I am unable to meet with Dr. Falton in person then I will not share my Equine research during this visit. I may instead leave the digital scan of my current rendition with the Louvre representative in Delphi and arrange directly with Dr. Falton to pick it up from her. I will have to find a cryptic way to inform him of this arrangement before proceeding with this plan, but I hesitate to hand over the piece or any information about my Equine research to anyone else at the foundation. Call it paranoia or instinct but I cannot dismiss this feeling of a connection between the loss of communication from Dr. Falton and the death at my studio. Since the new painting of the Equine has some features that I have never seen depicted before in any previous work I am not willing to share this information with anyone but you Analis. It is only necessary for Dr. Falton to see them as I need his input on the new expansion toward his facility. The growth of the appendage flowing toward the sector of space of the children’s research station is becoming more and more evident. It is not as pronounced as we have seen from Earth a year from now but within several months it will be evident to everyone. It would be nice to have some inside information from the Flynn foundation about what is occurring there at this moment that could cause the Equine to react this way. As Dr. Falton has been the only person at the foundation to be forthcoming with any information relating to the work there I feel the need to share what I know with him.

I will close for now as the movement of the train is quickly putting me to sleep.

I remain your trusted confidant,

Victoria

Project 12 – Stain Glass Fantasy Scene

Started project 12 this week.  It will be another original work complete without a pattern. 

Letters from Victoria- Letter 29


Dearest sister,

I am once again aboard the Geo-train heading toward the city of Delphi. The last three weeks since my mountain excursion have been extremely productive and I felt enough has been accomplished to allow this necessary trip. When I received the message on my wrist pad last week that the metrology equipment was at last repaired, I made the required arrangements to travel to Delphi to handle it personally. My trust in the safe transport of these delicate pieces was greatly tried on its journey from Earth and I feel more secure handling the transfer myself. This way I am also able to inspect the equipment before they leave the repair facility and ensure all units are operational before they are loaded on the ground transport I hired. I will also need to arrange payment seeing as the estimate I received from the administrator was much higher than he originally quoted. All the more reason to check all is in order before removing the equipment from the facility.

I have had little time to write to you since my trip into the mountains. My work and the material testing have consumed every minute of my days and most of the time well into the night. I again postponed Katyna’s arrival as I wanted to ensure the project timeline was again on track before beginning her training. We have agreed to her move to the studio a week after my return from Delphi and I am using some of my free time on this journey to map out her apprenticeship.

The sustainability test on the samples of sage and pytherium have produced the predicted results and I have sent this data to your research lab by secure strip beam. The sage is an ideal wavelength carrier as we had hoped and appears to retain its properties well beyond the two hundred year mark we targeted for. The lifetime of the wavelength cycle for the turquoise has also tested well within tolerance during the second batch of tests and I have four more substances under observation at this moment. I will need to replenish my supply of the pytherium from the herbal shop on this trip as I have had no luck discovering a local source for this elusive material. My small supply purchased months ago has been totally consumed by the most recent Equine rendition and the additional analyses needed after my failed attempt during my illness. The material has amazing properties and is proving to be particularly promising on the neurological spectrum, promoting calming wavelength emissions as well as providing a vibrant green tint for my paintings. I only hope the herb shop I visited before has more available then the last time. I attempted to contact the proprietress before my trip but with no success. Not everyone is technically connected here, Some by choice but others because of the lack of available technology that plagues some of the areas of New London. There are many things I have taken for granted from my life on Earth that are not near common here and it becomes more apparent the longer I remain away from my former life. 

I have transformed the charcoal drawing I created on the last night of my camping trip into a full color version. The results show the increasing complexity of the Equine and the new forms it is revealing to my increasing perspective. I will use this piece for the spectral measurement carried out by the modified optical enhancement unit. From what I gather from your instructions all sections of the painting needs to be connected to sensors giving a full reading of the emissions of the material acting in unison. This should be the last piece of data you will need to begin your work upon arrival at the station. Although not all colors are yet natively sourced, it will give you an excellent model to compare to the real Equine emissions that are currently being collected by your enhancement unit on the Phycodurus-8. The few messages I have received from the planning officer aboard the space lab have inferred that all seems to be going as planned with your instructions. There have been no reports of trouble aboard the station since my departure but I am baffled there have been no further solar flares from Alpha Centauri. It will be interesting to see what readings from our own metrology equipment are produced pertaining to the solar flares once I have them at the studio and operational. I still have not received permission from the officials to have the historical data released even though I have contacted them several times about the inquiry. One of my planned missions while I am in the city is a personal appearance at their office to resolve this issue. Maybe that will activate their memory about my request. I have not involved the Louvre representative in this struggle, but it may come to that in the end.

I also will be meeting with the Flynn Foundation in Delphi. Unfortunately I will not be meeting with Dr. Falton this trip as he is currently off planet. This is a great disappointment since we had arranged to meet during this time frame and I have much to share with him about the movement of the Equine structure. The Doctor has been oddly quiet these past months and I have only received short responses to my messages. He mostly gives his reassurance that our agreement is still in place but there is no other usable information in his replies. On the slight chance he might become available during this visit I have included a copy of my latest view of the Anomaly in my travel sachet. I felt reluctant to include this information with the last message I have sent him due to security concerns and hope sharing a copy in person will be possible.

I will only be in the city for five days but I have arranged a small treat for myself during my visit. There is a small music conservatory located just a few streets from where I will be staying. Every month the conservatory gives a performance of music inspired by the Equine and the Louvre representative has arranged for me to attend. It is one of the arts I greatly admire but truly do not comprehend, You know I cannot carry a tune to save my life and all attempts by our parents to coax any type of musical aspirations from me or you failed catastrophically. In my mind I realize it is all just mathematical arrangements but I once heard mother refer to us as the musical equivalent of Cinderella’s step sisters. I believe that was around the time both our parents ceased their endeavors to bring out the music in us. It now only makes me appreciate this form of art more and I am looking forward to this opportunity. I can only make music with my colors as it pertains to the Equine and this will be an occasion to expand my senses to the oratory zone. Equine vibrations were also something we discussed during our initial study and after reading through the last entries in my Equine journal I find myself even more drawn to experience this interpretation of the Anomaly. I know this sounds a bit cryptic, but you will see what I mean when I relate the next Equine entry. I want to have the additional experience of the conservatory concert to enhance my understanding of the entries before I relate them to you. There are two separate journal passages describing the Equines first encounter with the inhabitants of New London and the oratory reference in each entries does not seem to be coincidence with my chance to attend this conservatory performance. I will wait till after the concert before attempting to read these again and transcribe them to you.

The landscape is slowly becoming green again as we climb into the mountain range surrounding Newton. I will not stop there this leg of the journey but have planned to do so on the return trip. I need to replenish my supply of coffee and hopefully a new supply of pytherium as I stated earlier. The train will only be in the station for an hour before resuming the journey to Delphi so I will have no time to disembark. The stopover is longer on the return trip and I plan to do my supply errand then. It is a pity I was unable to find a pytherium source near the studio, but I think my best option is to grow the plant myself. I will have to ask the herbalist if this is possible in the dry conditions surrounding my home. I know producing my own coffee is not an option so I will just have to be frugal with my new acquisitions this trip as my last supply ran out too quickly.

I find it difficult to grasp that I have been on Nova Britannia now for over six planetary months. The time has sped by so quickly as I struggle with my project schedule but is still seems an eternity till you are due to arrive. It is only another half year but the waiting is excruciating.

Miss you terribly,

Victoria 

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