January 2, 2020

Canberra is engulfed in smoke at the moment, so when I sat down to draw this month's Patreon rewards I was dreaming of creatures that live in the water. Perhaps a Scottish Kelpie, a Welsh Ceffyl Dŵr or a Scandinavian Knokken?

After a bit of poking around on the web I ca...

November 12, 2019

Last year I came across Folktaleweek (an instagram art challenge) on the last day and I was miffed to have missed out, so I put it in my diary/planner and I thought there is NO way I'm going to miss it this year!

The prompts for the week 4-10 November (thank goodness it...

October 17, 2019

I'm experimenting with combining pressed plants and folklore text snippets (with some moveable type) in clay to create some necklace pendants for glass production. Cue an excuse to buy books on plants and folklore. One thing that is great about having all that commissi...

July 18, 2019

Determined to actually read my book club title for July's after slacking a few months, I jumped into Lanny by Max Porter with no idea of the theme or mood. I was quite delighted with Lanny.

Set in the present day in a small village outside London. Told around a small b...

March 31, 2019

When I'm very busy, like in a push to finish work for an exhibition, my reading habit suffers. To tide me over I find I prefer to go back to old favourites and re-read sections of stories. Dipping in and out of a favourite tale suppresses the ravening part of my mind,...

February 3, 2019

Over Christmas I was indulged with a few titles from my reading wish list and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry was the first to be finished. No. 5 of the Top 10 Folk Tales in Fiction Guardian article The Essex Serpent was a curious read. Illuminating about the period i...

November 29, 2018

I don't know why I waited so long to read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I very much enjoyed this wonderfully frosty and creepy tale. The second title of the Winternight Trilogy is on my ever growing TBR pile (though book 1 reads well as a stand alone...

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