Friday, 23 September 2011

Weird Little Beach FInd and a Fairy Flag

The beach find is like horsetail in the way it joins together but seems to be made of a calcium like substance. Perhaps it is fossilised horsetail! I found some on another beach, but didn't keep it as it fell apart. I was more careful with this piece, which I found on the beach near the house. I stuck it to the see through tracing paper page on the back of a sticky pogo print. It has lasted remarkably well so far. Dunvegan is the ancestral home of Clan MacLeod. The most interesting thing, I thought, was the Fairy Flag, which has a number of stories attached to it about its origin. Wherever it came from, it has been held as a good luck symbol for the MacLeods since they acquired it, and has traditionally been taken into battle with them. All that remains of the flag is a very fragile piece of cloth, now encased in a frame behind glass.

Here is my version, using a little ripped section of sari fabric. The remaining piece of flag has little circular red darned patches. The portrait is one of the lairds of the clan and is cut out of a postcard.

1 comment:

lilylovekin said...

I"ve been enjoying looking at your vacation pages, it inspires me to keep up with my journal.