Sunday, November 16, 2008

Elements & Artifacts: Winter Collection III

I have just completed the release of my winter collection for Elements & Artifacts! Each item in the collection is featured in this post, and the two preceding posts.


The Holly King
The golden Oak King, the light twin, rules the earth from midwinter to midsummer. The Holly King, the dark twin, rules the dark half of the year from midsummer to midwinter. Every year at the winter and summer solstices, the two twins fight for dominance. In reality, they are two parts of the same thing: the waxing and waning of the yearly cycles of the earth.



The Oak King
The golden Oak King, the light twin, rules the earth from midwinter to midsummer. The Holly King, the dark twin, rules the dark half of the year from midsummer to midwinter. Every year at the winter and summer solstices, the two twins fight for dominance. In reality, they are two parts of the same thing: the waxing and waning of the yearly cycles of the earth.



The Snow Queen
The queen of the snow. The sorceress, who lived in perpetual ice and snow, abducted Kay after he fell victim to the troll-mirror. She kept him from his true love, Gerda, and only promised to free Kay if he could spell "eternity" with the shards of ice in her palace.



The Ice Queen
Beneath the crystalline, sparkling ice and white cloak of winter lies the darkness of long nights and life-stealing cold. Beware of The Ice Queen's embrace.



The White Witch
Always winter
Break the spell
Come deep magic
Stop this coldness
Desolation
Oh, Aslan
Our salvation
Make the frost come
Thaw our hearts out
Hear the birds sing
Water flowing
Make us warm inside


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Elements & Artifacts: Winter Collection II


Decembris
The personification of December.


Proserpina
The first time I fell through I was scared
Taken away from the light that surrounded me
The chasm opened up and swallowed me

When I'm away my mother cries
When I'm lost the earth dies
She is in mourning
This is her warning
When I am gone the sun doesn't burn
She'll laugh no more 'till I return

I live the cycle of the year



Holle (Holda)
The maiden Holle, also known as Holda, is the ash girl; her face is half black with soot. She was destined to marry the King of Winter and Frost but was first tested with a riddle. Her cleverness shone. As crone, Holle was known as the wise woman, Old Mother Frost, who heralds the arrival of winter.



Yuki-Onna
My tears are ice drops
My breath was warmed by your touch
My freezing sleep is death
I showed you too much



Rusalka
Rusalka represents a female ghost-demon and water nymph that lures handsome men to the cold, dark river floor to live with her.

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Elements & Artifacts: Winter Collection I


Solstice Night
Sun, standstill in winter.



Morozko
Morozko, or Father Frost, was sent to freeze the hated stepdaughter of an evil woman who forced her husband to leave her out in the cold to die. Though tempted to freeze her with his icy grip, Morozko saw her strength and stoicism and brought her a warm fur coat and downy quilts instead.



Ianuarius
The personification of January.


Sif
It was damp in the mountain
Creeping down into caves
The wind gathered outside
I grew nervous and wanted to hide

How I want to feel fire
How this ice chills my bones
How I want to be free again
From the bend in the air again




Emily
With winter, sometimes comes sadness. A young girl is lost in a meadow. Ice, wind, cold, skin, darkness, cold, wind, sleep, cold, shiver, lie down.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hecate's Crossroads



When the ebony moon shines, Hecate appears at her three-way crossroad, each head facing in a certain direction. The blackest of onyx pendants glistens as the light hits it, and two of Hecate's keys are suspended from the antique brass chain. Sparkling black Swarovski, hints of gleaming sterling silver, and tiny red garnets adorn this asymmetrical piece.

The inspiration for this piece came from my experiences at an annual spring festival. In it, Eleusis was recreated with theatrical skits and shrines for the deities involved. I was always drawn to many of them such as Persephone, Demeter, Artemis, Aphrodite, Apollo, and Hecate. This expresses her essence.

Athena's Hale



A call to the everlasting companion to Athena, the wise owl. Antique brass and gold-tone findings give way to sparkling copper and topaz Swarovski.