Hand pulled screen print, scratch-proof papermat ink on 220 gr. matte Fabriano paper. 35 x 50 cm // 13,79 x 19,7 inches
Designed by our friend and amazing artist Sean Fitzgerald (sfitzgerald-art), and screenprinted by Limbs-Disarm collective, this unique piece of art is the celebration of one of the most important times of the year cycle. These prints are made for Sean and the proceeds go directly to him, our part will only cover the material cost and will be reinvested in the forthcoming prints. Support this Celtic connection!
The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year, where the veils between our worlds seem to disappear, and everything is darkness. At the same time, though, it represents the rebirth of the Sun, the return of the light, the beginning of the second half of the year where the daylight increases day after day until its summit, the Summer Solstice. The Wheel of the Year revolves beyond death and towards a new beginning. The seed of light has been planted in the womb of darkness. The Solstice came to be known as ‘Yule’, a word that has several suggested origins from the Old English word 'geõla’, the Old Norse word 'jõl’ or the Anglo-Saxon word 'Iul’, for a festival celebrated at the Winter Solstice, meaning 'wheel’. Back in the time, well before the coming of Celts or Germanic populations, every aspect of the natural cycle was worshipped by our prehistoric ancestors. Many ancient monuments aligned to the winter solstice are to be found scattered throughout the British Isles, like the Boyne Valley grave of Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne), the chambered cairn of Maes Howe in Orkney, Scotland, and the so called Seven-Mile-Cursus in Dorset, England. Single stones, cairns, circles, stone rows, even isolated carvings stretching from ancient times to more recent Pictish and Celtic periods testify the intimate connection we have always had with the cycle.
Serie of patches taken from elements of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish stone, one of the most remarkable shallow relief stones of the Pictish culture. The original stone, found at Hilton, Easter Ross (Ros an Ear), is now housed in the Museum of Edinburgh.
From top to bottom, the Hilton of Cadboll stone shows the typical Pictish Z Rod with discs, a V Rod and a couple of circles with an extremely interlaced knotwork. Below this iconography, the original stone also shows a scene, often called a ‘narrative scene’, depicting a hunting and a lady on horse, alongside incredibly precise and harmonic floreal interlaces.