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On the Grey West Wind is a beautiful digitally printed card of an original textile artwork by Rachael. You will receive a H17.8cm x W12.7cm card with a matching brown Kraft envelope. The card is blank inside for your own message and are packaged plastic-free.

About the Original Artwork
According to Highland superstition the Heron was thought to be a Witch visiting from the Isle of Lewis brought on the ‘grey west wind’. The piece also derives inspiration from the idea of the ‘Spirit-host’ or ‘Spirit-multitude’ as communicated by Alexander Carmichael. The ‘Spirit-host’ was an army of earth-bound spirits carried on the west wind causing chaos and mischief. Another Lewis superstition relates to the passing of a person: at the point of a spirit departing the body all west-facing windows and doors should be closed to prevent the ‘Spirit-host’ from intervening with the person’s spirit as it departed the earth. Other beliefs point to the importance of keeping a window open to mediate their journey. Natural dyes derived from elderberries, alder, rust and oak are used to create cool, grey and silvery tones for the work. Machine and hand-embroidery add textural depth and movement. The Heron was hand-carved from a lino block and printed onto silk. Silver leaf adorns the shimmering moon.

On the Grey West Wind Card

  • On the Grey West Wind card
    W12.7cm x H17.8cm 
    Includes brown Kraft envelope
    Blank inside for your own message
    Printed on quality card from sustainable forests
    Sent with plastic free packaging
    Free UK postage
    Gift wrap available, please notify us at chechout

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