A year ago we embraced these long winter nights, launching the DM Nocturnal Collection. These special illustrations re-imagine four of our favourite creatures in the night's moonlit shadows.
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Featuring animals who all prefer to emerge after dark, the DM Nocturnal Collection have settled as popular companions to their daytime friends. Eschewing the brighter range of colours the sunshine lays bare, Daniel's nocturnal designs employ a much more limited range of pigments. The deep Prussian Blue is brought to life by accents of Quinacridone Gold and of course, the pink hues that feature throughout the DM Collection.
What is it about the night that holds such fascination?
There is a mystery and magical power to the nocturnal hours that has been enshrined in legend across the ages and cultures. Although astronomy shows us that the sun is dominant and the moon's light is nothing more than a reflection, Inuit legends tell of a powerful moon who chases the sun from the sky every night. Perhaps this reflects the strength of the moon's power over Earth - the tidal forces of the oceans and also the behaviour of animals, including ourselves. Our erratic behaviour under a full moon is encapsulated in the English language as 'lunacy', based on the Latin word for moon - luna.
Look closer at the captivating designs to see what is lurking in the shadows.
Our daytime hedgehog's grassy clovered spines become a blackberry briar on his nocturnal brother. The moonlit woodland portrayed in both the nocturnal Owl and Fox is enchanted by a tiny tree dweller, who has shut his miniature door to the night. The night time Cat is inspired by the cunning of Puss in Boots, depicted with his Italian giardino.
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With the exception of artists, inventors, and teenagers - we humans are diurnal daytime creatures on the whole, and although it’s one thing to be out and about during the night in a street lit urban environment, it’s a very different scenario if you find yourself in, say… oh, I don’t know, a forest per se. Where, if you’re lucky, you may hear the unmistakable cry or hoot of an Owl: natures very own nocturne, a stark reminder of the unknown peril of night, and a creature that has featured heavily in myth and folklore throughout the ages.