Na Daoine Sidhe
“The Sidhe dwell in the Sifra, or fairy palace of gold and crystal, in the heart of the hill, and they have been given youth, beauty, joy, and the power over music…..Earth, lake and hill are peopled by these fantastic, beautiful gods of earth; the wilful, capricious child-spirits of the world…..The Sidhe passionately love beauty and luxury, and hold in contempt all the mean virtues of thrift and economy. Above all things they hate the …hand that gathers the last grain, and drains the last drop in the milk-pail, and plucks the trees bare of fruit, leaving nothing for the spirits who wander by in the moonlight. They like food and wine to be left for them at night, yet they are very temperate; no one ever saw an intoxicated fairy…….All they ask ….is to be left in quiet possession of the rath and the hill and the ancient hawthorn trees that have been theirs from time immemorial, and where they lead a joyous life with music and dance, and charming little suppers of the nectar of flowers, down in the crystal caves, lit by the diamonds that stud the rocks.”
From “Legends, Charms & Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Wilde”
- 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.
Inspiration for this piece came from a visit to the passage tomb Dowth. ( It's close to Newgrange). It's quiet and a bit eerie and not visited as much as the others passage graves. I had also watched the film Maleficient at that time so that film blended into creating this piece too.