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of the Ogham Sketchbook personally signed by the Author - Karen
A few years ago I discovered the
Ogham, a system of writing devised by Druids over 2000 years ago.
Each symbol was not only a letter, but also a number, a time period
and a tree or shrub.
What fascinated me was that in this system
was encoded mythology and folklore, and the uses to which each tree
may be put, both for practical craft and for culinary and medicinal
I wanted to learn the system, but the task seemed
huge, far too big to achieve all together, so I chopped it up into
manageable chunks. I found that most of the trees grew very close to
my home, so I set about taking them in turn, at their allotted
times, and I made a magical journey, like a pilgrimage, to each one.
I kept a diary and sketchbook of the journeys, with drawings
and watercolour paintings of the trees, and observations of
everything that happened. Returning home, I researched the folklore
and mythology associated with each tree, as well as recipes,
remedies and craft uses.
I included traditional songs,
customs and weather lore - anything relevant which interested me,
and gradually built up a picture of the character of the trees I was
studying. This in turn gave me a level of mystical understanding of
the trees as archetypes, which may be used as a basis for a form of
The Ogham Sketch book is the record of the years
Come with me on a journey through the woods and meet
the trees I have come to know and love. If you have enjoyed my
artwork, you will love the Ogham Sketch book - a perfect present
you'll want to keep for yourself!
Folklore, Mythology, Herbal
remedies, Customs, Traditional songs, Recipes, Weather-lore,
Superstitions, Mysticism. Watercolours, Lino-cuts, Drawings,
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