~ Spiritual Animals ~

 "In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have." the urban dictionary

 I've come across a great article which explains the notion of a spiritual animal, or totem.
Here is an excerpt, to read more go to Legends of America.

"A totem can be the symbol of a tribe, clan, family or individual. Native American tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.

Native beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.

With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.

This Animal Guide offers power and wisdom to the individual when they 'communicate' with it, conveying their respect and trust. This does not necessarily mean that you actually pet or spend time with this animal, more that you are open to learning its lessons.

For some, knowing what is their totem animal is almost an innate process. It’s as if they’ve always known, inexplicably drawn to the animal or having a special feeling for the animal’s energy. For others, they wonder how to tell what their animal totem is."

 The above photos are of totem poles in Ketchikan, Alaska. There's a great article on totem poles and heritage trees on Cathedral Grove "You don't know what you've got ... till it's gone".


Mrs. Delany & her botanical collages

 "To create a new form of art must be the dream of every aspiring artist and to do this at the remarkable age of 72 years old is a remarkable achievement. Mary Granville (1700-1788) spent her happiest married years in Ireland and, encouraged by her second husband, Dean Patrick Delany, she developed her original artistic talents. It is for her collection of botanical pictures created out of coloured papers, at an age when most people’s powers are declining, that she will be best remembered. Her ‘paper mosaicks’, as Mrs. Delany called her collection occupied her until October 1782 when failing sight constrained her to stop, but she had completed nearly one thousand. She placed her pictures in ten volumes, which are now in the British Museum in London." ~ Irish Georgian Society ~ 

images via pale


& Canadian Stamps

 I had fun putting together these monochromatic collages. On a whim, I bought an envelope of used stamps, when I poured them out to see what there was, I couldn't resist arranging them by colour. Using some pieces of 6½" x 4¼" cardboard, I started arranging them to create ... mailart.
 Looking over the stamps was surprisingly nostalgic; it was great to see whole series of stamps and so many different years. It was a simple project and I love the results.

~ in red ~

~ in green ~

~ in blue ~



& Katie Scott

 "Kings of Super Beasts"

~ part one ~

~ part two ~

~ part three ~

 You can see much more of Katie Scott's amazing work on her tumblr and website.

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