Original Hand printed lino cut print.
The earliest signs of creative expression can be found in ancient cave art all over the world where images have been painted of half animal half human beings, sometimes depicted at point of metamorphosis.
Whether influenced by psychoactive plants & mushrooms or not I believe some of these costumes are a continuation of these therianthropes and link us deeply to our original ancestors.
These prints are inspired by four costumes that come from Wales, Ireland, Austria and Switzerland. All costumes are worn during the festivals of the Winter months and in one way or another have their roots in blessing the harvest for the year to come and a scaring away of the cold harsh months, a welcome return of the Spring. A dance of survival.
I’m currently living in Wales (which feels like Winter today) where the Mari Lwyd (grey mare) is a big part of the culture here. On January 13th New Year is celebrated (in tradition of the Julian calendar) . The Mari Lwyd is paraded around the village , there’s a lot of singing and it’s said to bring lots of luck to the following year to take part.