October seems to be the month where the colours orange and black are everywhere, as we head into autumn. It is one of my favourite times of year and I love the colours changing into warm golds and reds.
When I go to Avebury gardens in late September and early October, the last of the black and orange butterflies are visiting a few remaining flowers and there are ripe pumpkins ready for Halloween.
A variety of wild mushrooms are appearing in my garden near the woods and last night I saw a hedghog quietly strolling across the lawn, heading towards the apple trees!
The trees have nearly dropped all of their apples now and the leaves will soon fall to make a beautiful carpet of colour.
It is now, that I always think about artists such as Arthur Rackham, because he was one of the illustrators who best captured the dark side of fairy tales. His owls and black cats look very similar with a menacing stare. I think if I had seen the witch piture in a children's book when I was young, I would have been terrified of her hooked nose and claw hand!
Buying and Selling from Etsy...
If you follow my Facebook page, you will know that I have bought a cat jumper for Zigsa!
He is not really much of an outdoor type of cat, but I have noticed that every winter when he goes outside in the cold, he looks freezing and not very happy at all. He loves going out when it's warmer weather, patrolling the garden and looking out for other cats, but winter is not his time of year. So last month I bought Ziggy an Icelandic sweater to keep him warm. I'm really not into dressing cats up in pet fashions, but I think this jumper is lovely, made from 100% pure Icelandic light wool.
Anna, is from Iceland and makes all kinds of wonderful knitwear. Here is a link to her shop, where you can get your winter knits HERE.
As you can see, Zigsa was happy to model and pose for the camera!
Also, I have been making some other creature brooches. The faces are ceramic with fake fur attached. I decided to keep the owl, not long after it was listed in etsy, but the Foxy Lady sold quite quickly and the Owl Moon face with wings, shown in the last photo is available in my shop.
This winter, I'm very much influenced by tribal art, totem figures and the Inuit traditions. They believe that the spirit of their ancestors can live on in creative objects that can protect and heal the family, which I think is a lovely idea. The little girl is adorable in this old photo.
The gold and red deer antler pendant has also sold, but the silver one with green sari silk will be listed soon and the new butterfly man pendant has already been listed in Etsy. Please do contact me if you have any questions about my work...