Nature Spirits in the Garden
“I quite believe in fairies. Of course, they are really nature spirits….…. I spent hours in my garden and saw the fairies most often in the evening just after sunset. From observation I noticed they usually lived or else appeared about the perennial plants…. I used to talk to them and ask them to make special pet plants and cuttings I put in the garden grow well, and I am sure they did, by the results I got…The fairies appear every evening in a little wild corner of the garden we leave for them, and our cat sits and watches them intently, but never attempts to spring at them as he does other moving objects….In their own way they are as real as we are, and perform functions in connection with plant life of an important and most fascinating character…..these little creatures are occupied in consciously furthering Nature’s projects– very much I suppose, as a bee carries pollen – that growth of a plant…would never take place if the fairy builders were absent.”
Text from “The Coming of the Fairies” by Arthur Conan Doyle
- limited edition print of original pen and ink drawing
- edition of 200 (divided into 2 sizes)
- printed on archival paper using ultrachrome archival inks
- quotation is included with the print
This print is packaged in a compostable corn-starch bag. It will be shipped flat between two pieces of strong cardboard and wrapped in brown paper.
I drew this piece in my garden after I read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Coming of the Fairies". It is a collection of writings, letters and testimonials and previously published articles about fairy folk and the Cottingley Fairies in Yorkshire.