Saturday, April 6, 2013

ellefolk quarterly newsletter v.7

Ellefolk v.7, our quarterly newsletter for Under The Root,
with coupon code too, is out among the ether.  The
following link will direct you to a subscription page.

Inside are swirling pixies circles, dandelions,  a sprite
survey, monsters, and a breathe from our Spring/Summer 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

111 fae, sprite, elven names to conjure

Mary by Lucy Hardie

Alvisa                    fast
Alsen                     loving
Alnosa                  clever
Aena                     nosey
Alle                        calm
Beona                   truthful
Brign                      dancing
Bren                      musical
Bittan                    sparkling
Besane                 writer
Cathen                 laughing
Cosia                     serious
Casele                   sleepy
Cosena                 bossy
Corane                 talkative
Doranth               intuitive
Derona                 of the flowers
Demile                  woodland
Dellar                    of the stars
Domar                  of the lake
Engatha                one who sews
Euphren               of powerful magick
Emathe                  of the sky
Elmar                     of the arts
Ephwar                 counselor
Foresta                 forest sprite
Fettam                 of the Moon
Freylar                  of the roses
Fistonia                    good
Fresmar               mischievous
Gamane               little
Gisset                   gossamer
Geffar                   graceful
Goldame             water nymph
Golar                     golden queen
Hasan                    power
Hepsonar            green fields
Hethane              dewdrops
Hollamia               of the grass
Hopenny             of the lake
Islatar                    of the trees
Ilsepas                  golden haired
Leftemi                    cotton
Lopeth                  of the bluebells
Leray                     of the birds
Limpet                  dragon
Lifthe                    dark haired
Magendar           of the rainbow
Mabellia               warrior
Miphaneth         of languages
Maizmar              of music
Misellrai               mystical
Nofar                    of the night
Nephley               of words
Nomaline            light
Neesweth           kindness
Niphlar                 laughter
Opaline                of the garden
Olsapine              gold
Ottemai               silver
Ottepha               of gifts
Offsemar             nighttime
Prearna                    courage
Presmath            who does act
Pincole                 dance and music
Pinevair                home and hearth
Phoetestay         beauty

Queenstar          from the royal castle
Quilesse               from the golden hills
Questar                     of the stars
Questaphane    gossamer wings
Quistine               of the clouds
Roselph                   golden orbs
Ristain                   faery keykeeper
Rifensar               faery tablet keeper
Rometh                  of languages
Remasay              light
Silphane               music
Silver                     myths and legends
Simjay                   autumn
Siphilmire            sapphires
Semsebar            bells
Tippy                     travel
Totezane             animals
Timplemay          land
Twasar                  mind
Tolsane                   intuition
Uphren                   mischievous
Umbar                  friend of elves
Unile                     newborn babies
Unefet                 health and vitality
Unape                  apple trees
Veronay               blue flowers
Volsar                   nighttime
Velmear               red hair
Vamsar                 watches over children
Vintespay            hospitals
Xolain                    fairyland
Xaymin                 communication
Xyvinar                 summer
Xpensomal         magick faery dust
Xtephae               candlemaker
Yetam                   winter
Yampolane         health
Yesmire               mind magick
Yitten                    blue light
Yaymar                 memory
Zento                    spring
Zephan                 all that is good
Zetta                     luck
Zimola                   blessings
Zeph                      of the stars


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

the italian illustrator and his monsters

The work of Domenico Gnoli cast a shadow of particular
inquiry to my view.  After an initial search across the 
world wide web, the avenue emblazoned with his eye.

(b Rome, 3 May 1933; d New York, 17 April 1970)
Italian painter and stage designer. His interest in art was 
encouraged by his father, the art historian Umberto Gnoli, 
and his mother, the painter and ceramicist Annie de Garon, 
but his only training consisted of lessons in drawing and 
printmaking from the Italian painter and printmaker 
Carlo Alberto Petrucci (b 1881).  After holding his first 
one man exhibition in 1950, he studied stage design briefly 
in 1952 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome; 
he enjoyed immediate success in this field, for example 
designing a production of William Shakespeare’s 
As You Like It for the Old Vic Theatre in London in 1955. 
He then began to live part time in New York, where he began 
to work as an illustrator for magazines such as Sports Illustrated. 
During this period he drew inspiration from earlier art, 
especially from master printers such as Jacques Callot 
and Hogarth, from whom he derived his taste for compositions 
enlivened by large numbers of figures stylized to the point 
of caricature.  In other works he emphasized the patterns 
of textiles or walls, boldly succumbing to the seduction of 
manual dexterity and fantasy in a style that was completely 
out of step with the prevailing trends of the 1950s.
biography found here 
you can read a swarm of goodness about him here

In 1962, a fairytale he had written and illustrated was 
published in English as Orestes, or, the Art of Smiling.

L’opera grafica di Domenico Gnoli, which was published 
by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in 1985.

The below images are of a set of drawings dating from 1968, 
and collectively entitled Bestiario Moderno, or,  
Cos’รจ un mostro, 
(What is a monster?) 
These particular designs had first been printed in the 1983 
volume about Gnoli published by FMR.

dandelion, herb of the lion dentist

The name, Dandelion, comes from the French, dent de lion
or tooth of the lion.  A couple common names in lore for this
herb are priest's crown, pig's snout, pee in the bed, fairy clock, 
clock, clock flowers, clocks and watches, farmers clocks, 
old mans clock, wetweed, blowball, cankerwort, puffball, and
wild endive.

The Dandelion, though not occurring in the Southern Hemisphere, 
is at home in all parts of the north temperate zone, in pastures, 
meadows and on waste ground, and is so plentiful that farmers 
everywhere find it a troublesome weed, for though its flowers 
are more conspicuous in the earlier months of the summer, 
it may be found in bloom, and consequently also prolifically 
dispersing its seeds, almost throughout the year. 
excerpt and more reading

As a detoxification herb, it helps cleanse the liver by stimulating the 
production of bile and its flow to the gallbladder, one avenue through 
which the body naturally removes toxins.  Dandelion leaves are 
also a diuretic. Steep the roots to make dandelion tea, or add 
the leaves to salads.  Dandelion is simply one of those unglamorous 
weeds that you've been poisoning or pulling out of your garden 
and lawn, stepping over or on, and possibly tossing it aside.  
This beauty is one of the world's most powerful healing plants.
The entire weed  can build and maintain good health:
boost your immunity, strengthen your liver, help you build 
strong blood, counter colds and the flu, increase your vitality.
My first introduction to the hundreds of hidden magiks in our own 
backyards was by Susun S. Weed with her enormous steps 
to enlighten the populace. 
This green menagerie may have left our typical diet but maybe it was
hiding until we have found it again.  Wellness Mama is a superb source
to find out more on the dandelion. 

image My Pantry Shelf

image Lara Allport

installation Regine Ramseier

print Hey Harriet