THE SEASON AHEAD
Time For Harvest
“And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growin’ brown and golden under a sinkin’ sun.”
September signals the Autumnal equinox, when Summer fades to Fall. Day and night stand hand in hand as equal and the Sun crosses the celestial equator – an imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator – from north to south. The skies empty of aerobatic swallows, as flocks of redwings and fieldfares land. Daily shadows lengthen; the leaves turn a pale copper. Winter can be felt on the tip of the wind. And, just as the transition occurs in the natural world, we undergo a welcome shift.
It’s the period of a bountiful harvest as crops are gathered. In the British Isles, September replaced the Old English terms Hāligmōnað and Hærfestmōnað (harvest month). And its festivals are celebrated on the Sunday closest to the Harvest Moon. Many cultures celebrate theirs near the Fall equinox. There is the Bavarian Oktoberfest (17th) and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (10th). Tailing these are the Jewish Sukkot and Mehregan in Iran occur, plus the original American Thanksgiving.
After the slow heat of the summer, Harvest brings a sense of resolution and a return to action. On the first Monday of September, Labor Day celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers. And for all those in education, the month marks the start of the new school year. It feels as if the world starts up again.
This season marks the return of The Floristry’s wild-inspired events, gatherings and happenings. We’re kicking off with a floral-themed life drawing session with Jing Pang on 18 September, followed by seasonal branch weaving and a Harvest headdress-making workshop later in the month. Discover the full calendar of events at the-floristry.com.
For other crepuscular activities, Startbahn will hold the art festival Moon Art Night Shimokitazawa from 10–25 September around Shimokita Railway Street in Tokyo. Or, you can join an autumn moon circle. In the spirit of Harvest it refers to the harvesting of the goals and intentions you set or planted when the year started, and how those ideas have grown. The Reformed Bohemian is holding a virtual Full Moon circle via its website on 10 September, at 18:30–19:30.
Gift our Harvest Moon floral collection to celebrate a wild-inspired Mid-Autumn. Our limited-edition Moonrise vases are available exclusively this season in honour of the full moon.
September is bountiful. At The Floristry, we look forward to foraging rosehips from hedgerows. Try @SeedsofSelma’s recipe for cold-pressed rosehip facial oil: pick 125g of rosehips and steep in an organic carrier oil – almond works best – then leave in the refrigerator for three weeks to slowly infuse. Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, it has regenerative and antioxidant effects.
Another earthly September delight is plump figs plucked straight from the tree. Chef Ottolenghi protégée, Ixta Belfrage, knows how to whip up the taste of the season. Following her method, let grilled figs take a bath in a brew of Shaoxing wine, Chinkiang vinegar, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Top with ricotta, a fried chili and lemon skin oil.
Philippine mythology and science fiction are woven into artist Leeroy New’s large-scale interactive sculpture, Mebuyan’s Colony. On view at Ateneo Art Gallery in Quezon City, Philippines, the 7m-high sculpture is an ode to the goddess of death and fertility in Bagobo mythology. Its winding corridors and spherical rooms are filled with greenery, reflective of the goddess’s ability to sustain life.
Artist Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will arrive in the UK on 11 September at Bolton Abbey. The towering installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and a musical score created by the BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer Dan Jones.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival will roll into the Italian city on 31 August–10 September, opening will be Noah Baumbach’s White Noise. Look out for other films such as the story of two Syrian sisters, The Swimmers, and Sebastian Lelio’s Ireland-set The Wonder.