Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!

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A day to celebrate love! And after thinking about it a bit, it becomes obvious how unfair it is to keep it only for a significant other.
There’s love in all friendships and that is something to celebrate in itself! Specially as sadly, there are cases where the love from a friend is greater and more genuine than the love of a spouse or partner with whom people stay in regard to circumstances.

Go forward and celebrate love! Just make sure you’re clear about celebrating friendship-love, just to avoid misunderstandings and awkward replies…

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February, don’t bring us snow!

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This Friday’s fairytale got delayed, but it will be worth it as it will be a first on the blog as a two part story!

We bring you instead some popular wisdom for this month, which despite not being worrisome about how cold of a February it is, we still liked the immediate idea it gave us to make this illustration.
This one is catered to Portugal and its agricultural cycle: “Neve em Fevereiro, presságio de mau celeiro” which loosely translates to snow in February is an omen of an empty barn.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend, snowy or sunny – our wish falls on it being pleasant.

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A Devil’s Weaving ~ Lines

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The Devil’s Weaving Lines are here!
When a sweet voice promises you the world with very little effort and merely in exchange for a smile, surely a web is being carefully laid to catch you by surprise. Such is the nature of temptation, the type that keeps testing you, time and time again.

We wanted to bring an appropriate set of symbolic elements that spoke for the idea of a weaving devil, checking in which path the unfortunate soul’s decisions will fall on, when faced with tempting situations.
Righteous even if arduous or wicked yet effortless. And what about doing unto others as you would have them do unto you? But what if others are already stuck on such a web? Decisions…

With the tear (or loom) we wanted to follow the idea of weaving that can symbolize the structure and movement of the universe in its own microcosms, a very simplified analogy to the creation of human life where the cutting of the strings replaces the cutting of the umbilical cord of a new-born. A creation from the weaver’s own substance.

The thread around his arms are a call out to the red thread of fate, which connects to someone you’re pre-destined to meet and said that you will mutually feel affected by such an encounter. But which path will lead you to the best meeting point?

The wheel of fortune (on the weaving) shows us the wheel in which human life spins, unstable like a wagon wheel, a constant movement with its rises and descends, symbols of a permanent instability and the eternal return.

In a bed of webbing, this devil doesn’t wish you harm. He is merely entertained with how easy it can be to make people listen to a sweet voice full of promises and highly curious by the unknown outcome for their next step.

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Wintertime Witch ~Lines

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It’s the Wintertime Witch’s linework! We’ve mentioned it before, and we will never get tired of saying it, but inking hair has a certain therapeutic quality to it that will either be maddening or super relaxing.
It’s a bit of a wager, but for us it’s always worth it as in the least, it will be good practice.

For this piece we chose to give the goddess Perchta some yellow gladiolus flowers for the generosity and righteousness meaning, and the colour stands for joy, life-heartedness and also a symbol of friendship, new beginnings and happiness as we believe despite her extreme punishments, she will rejoice if people retain hope to get on the right path.
Just as important, the colour hints to the sacred and imperial walking hand in hand with her entity distinction.

As she is an alpine entity, we couldn’t help but throw into the design a stylized edelweiss brooch and spider webs frozen with morning dew on her sleeves.

The fur on the back of the dress are reminiscent to Perchten, name given to her followers and retainers where some are beautiful and bright, others more on the monstrous side that among fangs and tusks also had horse tails. But she doesn’t discriminate, so a little of both goes into her outfit: a bright tail.

All in all, a reminder that beauty and brightness doesn’t mean certain bliss. Perchta will make people accountable, so children should be taught not to lie and deceive, or she will be busy come winter time.

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A Devil’s Weaving

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Stick to your principles, just in case a weaving devil looks your way.

For the notion of Heaven there’s an inherent reverse that there is a Hell and to go with it, a Devil with a web of temptation, enticing people to ultimately choose to be mischievous in their sometimes volatile free will. As a cautionary tale there are many expressions in Portuguese that allude to this evil character, even if this popular wisdom has gotten far from the religious weight it implies.

One of such sayings in Portuguese is “Não vá o Diabo tecê-las.”, which translates to “In case the Devil weaves” in the way that a spider weaves its web, catching any unfortunate (or mischievous) fly in its trap.

A good usage of this saying would be to include it as “Just in case” or “To be on the safe side”.

From all the interpretations we could take from this saying, of course a busy devil (not “the Devil”, just “a devil”) a tailoring hobby, an aficionado easily lost in the throws of the latest fashion of the era, weaving on a small loom completely won as a concept for this expression. But we hope it still leads to thinking that it’s always better to take precautions when it’s so easy to fall into a fancy and sumptuous trap of shortcomings.

Check out the link below to see the lineart version and more about the elements we chose for this one and what their symbols are!

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Winter Sun ~ Lines

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This time it’s the linework behind the “Sol Invictus” piece, which in Latin means “unconquered” and “undefeated”, referring to a Sun god worshipped in the late Roman Empire as a patron to soldiers.

As per usual, let us bring you deeper into the meanings of the elements!

Since he is a Sun god, we chose themes that we feel that speak for the entity: sun, victory and fire.
The halo around him represents the sun rays basking the common mortal in its warmth and light, the laurel leaves and laurel motif on his belt represent victory, as his name prompts us. The circle floating over his hand is the alchemical symbol for the sun and the symbol at the center of his belt is an adaptation of the representation of the Manipura chakra, the third primary chakra according to Vedic tradition (associated with fire).
On his chest the gemstone is a Sunstone, which instils good nature, heightens intuition and allows the real self to shine though happily.
Finally the sunflowers, known to turn to the sun are all facing him, as they represent adoration, loyalty and longevity.

If you enjoyed the lines, please check out the full coloured version, if you haven’t yet!

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Wintertime Witch Season!

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Perchta, Berchte, Berta among other names. In modern days is a totem for the righteous.
“Rewarder of the generous and punisher of the bad, particularly lying children.”

Very well, “Winter Witch Season” can be overly dramatizing but it is a fact that until the 6th of January, in various parts of the world there were celebrations related to winter witches and goddesses.

While some of these witches were nice others were very admonishing, but most did call to your best behaviour. They protected the weak -and children’s souls who passed away among other traits- and maybe more importantly for the lucky ones, deliverers of good fortune and blessings. Unless you decided to stick to bad deeds and stepping out of your way to forsaken their specific rituals of the season.

Some entities would not be as forgiving, as among the benevolent ones there would be some like Berchta or Perchta – a goddess of Alpine paganism from the upper parts of the Alps- whose punishment could be somewhat absolute, as it involved having your stomach open, your insides pulled out and replaced with straw and pebbles…

Naughty or nice had a whole different kind of pressure. Quite an incentive to do good instead!

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