Dec 6, 2011

Dear Mr. Karadimos,
this letter is so long overdue, and I have composed it a thousand times in my head.

My name is William; I am the owner of Karascope white #2, which you were kind enough to let me pay for in monthly installments some years ago.

I have to tell you that I live for beauty. My “addiction” is to any aesthetic high I can find. I’m a college professor and I teach literature and aesthetics; I collect art (on my modest income) and lived in Paris, France for five years where I studied in the museums through the Sorbonne. I also had a collection of about 25 scopes (from most of the best artists) before acquiring yours. In short, this is just to let you know that I have some context for the appreciation of your kaleidoscope.

Now, surely words will fail me. The experience of gazing into your scope--for many sumptuous hours--is an aesthetic high that has absolutely no equal in my experience. It easily exceeds all the great master painters and artists I’ve studied, all the great works of decorative arts that I so admire--it is, unequivocally a transcendence, an apotheosis into pure, unending, stupefying BEAUTY. The images--each one an unimaginable quintessence of perfection, color, form--are infinite. I’ve learned to “play” the scope like an instrument, delicately “sliding” the cell to the accompaniment of music--all genres work! And I’ve learn to use a variety of light sources to further expand the capabilities of this stunning instrument.

You can see that I am gushing here. I could go on and on and on forever about the sublime experience of looking into your scope. There is not another scope in my collection that even comes close, and I have fairly abandoned them all for my monogamous relationship with the Karascope. Ironically, none of my other scopes are dry-cell--and I never would have believed that a dry-cell scope would be my life partner of choice. If I lose all my worldly possessions, the one item that I will hold onto against all intruders is the Karascope. As long as I can look into your scope, life will be worth living, will reveal its infinite surprises and beauty. Thanks for redeeming the human experience in such a profound and inimitable way.

Your artistry is without peer.

Many, many thanks.
William J.

Nov 1, 2013

I bought an "Ambiance" kaleidoscope from you last year, and I wanted
to tell you how much of a pleasure it's been to look through it, and
just hold it, for that matter. The images are, of course, mesmerizing -
the pieces of black glass provide a great contrast that really sets the
other colors off, and I appreciate very much your work in getting the
image to be symmetrical and the mandala to be clean at the center. Just
holding and working the 'scope, it feels like a quality, well-made piece
of equipment made by someone who's not only competent, but cares and has
pride in what he produces. I own some German-made tools that I've had
for over 20 years and use constantly in my profession as a piano
technician that give me much the same positive tactile feedback. That's
a rarity these days and a, thank you for your efforts!

Paul F.

July 12, 2014

I just wanted to let you know that Ambiance arrived safely and is SPECTACULAR in every way. Gorgeous (to look at and to hold) exterior, glorious mandalas on the interior, and the soft chinking of the tumbled glass is as comforting as steady rain on a rooftop when one is warm, dry and content.
I can’t begin to thank you enough.

Catherine B.